Tessellating Leaves Scarf Mosaic Knitting Knit-a-long Week 2!

Hello fellow mosaic knitters! If you’re knitting along with the Tessellating Leaves Scarf, welcome to week 2! How is your mosaic knitting project coming along?

Mosaic knitting is one of the easiest ways to knit colorwork patterns, but it does come with its own little tricks and troubles. The biggest stumbling block might be the abbreviated charts—but they’re easy to work around!

If you’re not familiar with knitting charts, the trick is to remember that most charts are read from bottom to top, and right to left. So basically, the exact opposite as to how most of us are used reading. When reading a chart that’s worked flat, or back and forth in rows, you read the bottom line first, from right column to left, and then work the next row up from left to right (it sounds more complicated than it is when you are able to practice it). When knitting the round, you still start at the bottom but every line of the chart is read from right to left.

Think about it this way: you’re matching the chart-reading to your knitting. You’ll start from the “bottom” of the knitted piece (even if you’re knitting a top-down sweater, for example, you’re beginning with the least amount of fabric on the needles), and you move the stitches to the right.

Reading an abbreviated mosaic knitting chart works the same way, whether you’re knitting a mosaic piece flat or in the round.

The bottom of the Tessellating Leaves chart is where we begin, and we also begin at the right side.

The trick is that we then read the bottom line again, this time working from right to left and on the wrong side.

The trick I found the easiest to manage this was to pretend that left hand column didn’t exist—I worked the right side rows as directed, starting at the right-hand side of the chart, and then just ignored the chart entirely on the wrong-side rows. Since you’re working the stitches in the exact same order, and only reversing the knit stitches to purl stitches (continuing to slip the stitches that were slipped on the right side), it was easy enough to read my knitting and go from there!

I found the knitting went pretty quickly—what did you think? Did you come up with any tricks for managing this knitting style? Leave a comment below!

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