Learn the basics of mosaic knitting, with the Mosaic Sampler Blanket Mystery Knit along! Follow step-by-step tutorials for each of the 6 sections to create your own mosaic masterpiece. Connect with others to share your progress and tips. Plus, there’s a giveaway too!
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Mosaic Sampler Blanket
Mosaic knitting is one of those techniques that looks intimidating, but is actually super easy! With the magic of slipped stitches, you can create intricate colorwork designs, while only working with one color at a time.
This stunning blanket is made up of 6 different mosaic knitting patterns. We’ll start with a basic stair-step and work our way up to more complicated designs. Each of the patterns uses a 12 stitch repeat, so it’s easy to change the size of your blanket. The pattern will include instructions for baby, lapghan, and afghan sizes.
Mosaic Sampler Blanket Mystery Knit Along
The blanket pattern will be released in 6 sections. You already know the first section will be a stairstep design. The design for each future section will be a mystery until it’s released, which is what makes this a mystery knit along (mkal). You won’t know how the whole blanket will look until it’s finished.
Every time a new section is released, I will update the pattern post to add the new section. That way, you will always go to the same pattern post for the new sections, and once the KAL is finished the entire pattern will be all in one place.
|Date (2021)||Pattern Section|
|June 29th||Section 1 – Stair Steps|
|July 27th||Section 2 – Swiss Cross|
|August 24th||Section 3 – Dotty Diamonds|
|September 21st||Section 4 – Square Tiles|
|October 19th||Section 5 – Flower Garden|
|November 16th||Section 6 – Mosaic Chevrons|
The pace is purposely set up to be slow, with 4 weeks between each section. This way everyone can follow along, regardless of what size blanket they are making. It also allows plenty of time for tutorials, hints, and help along the way. By the end of the year, you’ll have a blanket perfect for holiday gifting!
How to participate
Here are the ways you can join in the fun:
- Stay in the know – Subscribe to the Stitches n Scraps Newsletter for email updates and reminders, including updates on the MKAL.
- Join in the community – Chat with others about the blanket on the Scrappy Stitchers Facebook group.
- Tell your friends – The more the merrier, so spread the word!
- Make the blanket – Knit along with each section to have a beautiful blanket by the end of the year!
- Share your progress – Finished projects and/or works in progress, share all your pictures of your sweater with the group!
- Use the Hashtag – Whenever you post about the KAL, use the hashtag #MosaicSamplerMKAL so we can easily find your posts. You can also search that hashtag on social media to see what others are posting.
- Enter the Giveaway – See below for the giveaway entry forms and details!
- Support Our Sponsor – Sponsors make events like this possible, and the prizes make it more fun! Please be sure to visit our sponsor, Lion Brand, and show them some love.
Mosaic Sampler Blanket Knit Along Supplies
Lion Brand provided the Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling Yarn for this design. You will need 6 colors for the blanket. I’ll be using #135 Adobe, #404 Silver Heather, #132 Olive, #158 Mustard, #109 Steel Blue, and #122 Hazelnut, in that order.
We’ll be using 2 colors in each section, and switching them out one at a time. So section 1 will be in colors A & B. Section 2 will be in colors B & C, and so forth. The mosaic designs will show most clearly if you have some contrast, so I suggest alternating between darker and lighter color choices.
Depending on the size blanket you are making, here is how much of each color you will need.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||# of skeins each, of 6 colors.||Total Yardage|
|Baby||30 x 30||1 each||900 – 1000|
|Lapghan||36 x 48||2 each||1750 – 1900|
|Afghan||52 x 60||3 each (might be close)||3100 – 3300|
We will be knitting flat across the width of the blanket. This means you will need circular needles with a cord long enough to hold all your stitches. I’m using a 32 inch set, which should be fine for either of the two smaller sizes. You will likely need at least 40 inches to comfortably fit the large size. If you use interchangeable needles, you can usually connect 2 of the cords together to create a longer cord.
The gauge for the pattern is 15 sts x 9 rows in 4 inches in garter stitch. Use 5mm needles, or whatever size you need to match that gauge. I highly recommend making a gauge swatch, particularly for the baby size. You may find yourself running out of yarn if your gauge is too big.
You don’t strictly need stitch markers for this pattern. However, you may find them helpful to mark the pattern repeats. While some of the patterns have shorter repeats (like 4 or 6), each is charted with a repeat of 12 stitches for consistency. If you marked every 12 stitches, not counting the edges, you would need 10, 12, or 17 markers, depending on the size you choose.
Enter the Giveaway
Knit alongs are always more fun with a giveaway, and Lion Brand is sponsoring an awesome prize for this one!
One lucky winner will win 6 skeins of Basic Stitch Anti Pilling yarn! That’s enough to make the baby-size blanket. The winner will be selected after the KAL ends and can choose their colors from the in-stock colors at that time.
To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid, US shipping address. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide their shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected. The giveaway ends on November 30th, 2021 (at 11:59pm, central time). Enter below!
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