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The Cross-Color Stripe Mosaic Pattern is another slip-stitch pattern that is fun to knit. In fact, it is just knitted over 4 rows. This makes it a stitch pattern that is easy to master and memorise.
Furthermore, like so many mosaic patterns, it has more than one version.
The depicted sample is the garter stitch version. You can achieve this pattern by knitting all the wrong-side stitches.
Conversely, the pattern can also be worked in a straight stockinette version. This is done by purling all the stitches that are worked on rows 2 and 4. These are the wrong side rows.
Whether you go for the garter-stitch version or the stockinette-stitch version, you should make sure that the colors you choose are highly contrasting.
By making the right color choice, you can really make your mosaic pattern pop.
Mosaic patterns are great for novice knitters who want to explore knitting with two colors. As you are just knitting with one color at the time, you do not have to worry about tricky color changes or floats.
Want to learn more about mosaic knitting? We have a great article on the subject that you can find here: All You Need to Know About Mosaic Knitting.
If you want to explore slipped stitches more, you can find a detailed tutorial here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise.
Techniques Needed for Cross-Color Stripe Mosaic Pattern
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
wyif with yarn in front
wyib with yarn in back
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
Multiple of 14 sts plus 9. Colors A and B.
Cast on with Color A and Knit one row.
Row 1 (RS): With B, k1, * sl 1 wyib, k5, (sl 1 wyib, k3) twice; rep from *, end sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1
Row 2: With B, k1, * sl 1 wyif, k5, (sl 1 wyif, p3) twice; rep from *, end sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1
Row 3: With A, k1, * (k3, sl 1 wyib) twice, k5, sl 1 wyib; rep from *, end k3, sl 1, k4
Row 4: With A, k1, * (k3, sl 1 wyif) twice, k5, sl 1 wyif; rep from *, end p3, sl 1, p3, k1
Repeat rows 1-4 until the desired length is reached.