Class: “Brain Frieze” Cowl – Mosaic Knitting

Hill Country Weavers

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Instructor:  Birgit Hesse

Level: Intermediate

Have you ever adored a fair-isle sweater and wanted to make a multicolored project but were intimidated by the technique? Or have you seen mosaic patterns and wondered how it all comes together?  Or do you just love to combine different colors in a knitting project? Then this class is for you.

Whether you are using a self-striping/variegated yarn or several Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails to create a unique color palette, the “Brain Frieze” cowl pattern is the perfect project to try mosaic knitting.

You can make a single loop or a double loop. Please purchase and bring a copy of the pattern below to class. 

What you will learn: Quilt stich, slip stiches with yarn in the front and/or in the back. We will knit one complete pattern repeat in class so you know all the different stiches and can finish the project at home.

What you will need:

PATTERN: “Brain Frieze” Cowl by Stitchnerd Designs

YARN: DK/worsted or fingering: 2 yarns  - one plain, the other can be self-striping or variegated. Double loop  - allow about 220 yds/ 200 m, Single loop – allow about 165 yds/150 m

For the 3 class samples I used fingering weight yarn: for the double loop I used 1 skein of Hedgehog Fibers Sock yarn and 1 skein Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere and for each of the single loops I picked 5 different colored Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails and 1 skein Shibui Knits Staccato and some left over sock yarn (Soo much fun to pick the different colors)

NEEDLE: US 7-8 (4.5 to 5 mm) circular needle for DK and US size 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle for fingering. Depending on which loop size you make you will need a 32” (double loop) or 24” (single loop) circular needle 

NOTIONS: tapestry needle to weave in ends

What you need to know:
Knitters will have to know basic stiches like knit, purl and yarn over.

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