Even though I am a “dyed in the wool” crocheter, I do like to knit from time to time, as long as the project is a small one that won’t take me forever to complete. I’ve knit a lot of sweaters for Guidepost’s Knit for Kids organization in the past
(Update 8-27-11: The Knit for Kids Program is now run by World Vision, a non-profit organization that benefits children.)
This time around, I decided to incorporate a mosaic pattern into the sweater for a little variety.
You may remember that, a while back, I knitted the afghan featued in Barbara Walker’s Learn-To-Knit Afghan Book. The goal of the project is to teach new knitting skills beyond the knit and purl stitches. The book includes slip stitch, mosaic, twist stitch, cable, increase and decrease, and lace patterns, as well as special techniques such as short rows and knitting in the round.
I remember there being several garter-stitch mosaic patterns in the book, so I selected one to do the sweater’s top half. It turned out nicely, although if I ever do it again, I’ll knit the mosaic pattern a little more loosely because the slip stitches used to create the design tend to pull the fabric in.
I used acrylic yarn from my stash as usual, but ran out of the mint green shade of Caron Simply Soft Eco yarn (unfortunately discontinued) that I used in the bottom half of the sweater. I had to use another shade of green that I had in my stash for the garter-stitch top, but most people I show it to say the difference in colors is only noticeable when I point it out (so maybe I should stop pointing it out, ya think?).
There are a lot of patterns in Walker’s book that could easily be incorporated into this easy-to-knit sweater (the Knit for Kids knit and crochet sweater patterns can now be found at the AC Moore website). I’m told that the children who receive these sweaters love bright colors and interesting designs, so if you ever decide to knit one of these sweaters for a child in need, this is a good way to spice it up a bit.
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