Interweave Knits Summer 2018: Desert Nights Cardigan

Mosaic knitting is a method of colorwork that uses two colors and involves slipping stitches in a charted color pattern. It’s an easy way to achieve beautiful colorwork, and for some is more approachable than stranded knitting, so it’s a good place to start if you haven’t done a whole lot of colorwork (or if you haven’t done any). You can use mosaic knitting with stockinette stitch or garter stitch, and each gives you a little bit of a different, unique look. The Desert Nights Cardigan makes for a good foray into mosaic knitting, with American Southwest-inspired mosaic colorwork charts.

The American southwest desert has an erratic climate; whether it’s January or July, when the sun sets in the desert the temperature plummets. Pull on the Desert Nights Cardigan when the mercury drops on the thermometer. The yoke, hem, and cuffs of this cardigan feature a mosaic stitch, worked in a hand-dyed yarn to mimic stranded colorwork without the extra effort, but with all the results. This cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece to the underarm, and then the fronts and back are worked separately. The sleeves are worked back and forth from the bottom up.

The main color of the Desert Nights Cardigan is a solid natural/cream colorway, and the contrast color is a variegated colorway, which makes the mosaic knitting pop even more. At first glance it’s one color, but when you look nice and closely, you can see all the color changes of the contrast yarn, making it that much more special against the natural cream color. Two front pockets knit with a row of the contrast color at the top put the finishing touch on this cardigan, making it both a beautiful and efficient piece of clothing to wear.


Pattern Details

Desert Nights Cardigan DESIGNER Jennifer Owens

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 30 (33, 37, 40½, 44½, 48)” bust circumference. Cardigan shown measures 33″; modeled with 1″ of positive ease.

YARN Malabrigo Yarn Finito (100% superfine merino wool; 200 yd [183 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #063 natural (cream; MC), 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins; #862 piedras (orange; CC), 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.

NEEDLES Sizes 3 (3.25 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 26 sts and 36 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needle; 26 sts and 51 rows = 4″ in charted patt on larger needle.


Interweave Knits Summer 2018: perfect for desert summer nights and beyond.

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