Wren: a mosaic knitting chart

A while back, I encoded the word Wren and made it into a lace stitch pattern and a needlework chart. For this week’s post, I reworked a code grid I made while planning that post and turned it into a mosaic knitting stitch pattern. (I used the process described in this post.)

A nice thing about mosaic knitting is that the charts are similar to the final appearance of the knitting, so I’m not going to provide a swatch. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern.

Here’s a detailed blog post I wrote about how it works.

This is a Barbara-Walker-style mosaic chart. Each row of squares in it represents two rows of knitting (which is why there’s a row number at each end). The square in the column to the right of the row numbers indicates the color of yarn being worked in that line. So in rows 1 & 2, all black squares are knit or purled, and all white squares are slipped with the yarn being held on the wrong side of the work. In rows 3 & 4, all white squares are knit or purled and all black squares are slipped.

sample image for Wren: a mosaic knitting chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
Wren: a mosaic knitting chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
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  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. This is not a pattern for a finished object.
  • Wren is a multiple of 23 + 1 stitches and 8 rows.
  • The non-slipped stitches in the second row of each stripe may be either knit or purled, as desired.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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  • k: knit.
  • p: purl.
  • sl 1: Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back.
  • sl 1 wyif: Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front.

Start by casting on and then knitting a row in color A (represented by the white squares in the chart), or by having at least two rows of color A before starting the mosaic knitting.

switch to color B

Row 1 (RS): *(k2, sl 1) × 2, k1, sl 1, k7, sl 1, k1, sl 1, k2, sl 1, k1; work from *, k1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, *k1, sl 1 wyif, k2, sl 1 wyif, k1, sl 1 wyif, k7, sl 1 wyif, k1, (sl 1 wyif, k2) × 2; work from *.

switch to color A

Row 3: *k3, sl 2, k3, sl 1, k1, sl 3, k1, sl 1, k3, sl 2, k2; work from *, k1.

Row 4: k1, *k2, sl 2 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1, sl 3 wyif, k1, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 2 wyif, k3; work from *.

switch to color B

Row 5: *sl 1, k5, sl 1, k9, sl 1, k5; work from *, sl.

Row 6: sl 1 wyif, *k5, sl 1 wyif, k9, sl 1 wyif, k5, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

switch to color A

Row 7: *k1, sl 1, k7, sl 1, k3, sl 1, k7, sl 1; work from *, k1.

Row 8: k1, *sl 1 wyif, k7, sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k7, sl 1 wyif, k1; work from *.