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Mosaic Pattern Short Sleeved Pullover Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

mosaic short sleeved sweater

Mosaic knitting is a simple variation of slip stitch patterns. Only one color per row is used and the wrong side row is always an exact repeat of the right side row...so you never have to look at the pattern to knit the wrong side.

Slip all sts as if to purl with the yarn on the wrong side (in back on right side rows and in front on wrong side rows).

There are a number of variations possible with this knitting pattern. It could be knit with only two colors throughout. Or instead of carrying the red through the entire pattern, you can knit with two entirely different colors each repeat.

Size:
S/M
Finished chest measurement 36½"

Gauge:
19 sts=4" in pattern stitch with larger needles

Materials:
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) needles
Size 9 US (5.5 mm) needles
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) 16" circular
Lily Sugar 'N Cream
125 yds/114 m
2.5 oz/70g
1 skein black, blue and yellow
4 skeins red
Or appropriate substitution

Instructions

Corrections made Sept 2, 2008

Pattern Stitch (multiple of 28 + 3)

Row 1: With blue, k1, *sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k15, sl1, k3, sl1, k1; rep from *, end sl, k1
Row 2 and all even rows: With same color, slip all slipped sts and purl all sts knit on the last row.
Row 3: With red, k1, *k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl3, k5, sl3, k3, sl1, k3, sl; rep from *, end k2
Row 5: With blue, k1, *sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k4, sl3, k4, sl1, k3, sl1, k3; rep from *, end sl1, k1
Row 7: With red, k1, *k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k5, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k2; rep from *, end k2
Row 9: With blue, k1, *k2, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k7, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k1; rep from *, end k2
Row 11: With red, k1, * sl2, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl3, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1; rep from *, end sl1, k1
Row 13: With blue, k1, *k4, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3; rep from *, end k2
Row 15: With red, k1, *k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k5, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k2; rep from *, end k2
Row 17: With blue, k1, *sl2, k4, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k4, sl1; rep from *, end sl1, k1
Row 19: With red, k1, *k3, sl3, k3, sl1, k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k3, sl3, k2; rep from *, end k2
Row 21: With blue, k1, *k8, sl1, k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k7; rep from *, end k2
Row 22: Slip all slipped stitches and purl all stitches you knit on the last row.
Row 23: With red, knit all stitches
Row 24: With red, purl all stitches

Rep Rows 1-24 changing blue yarn to yellow, then black for next repeat.

Back
With red and smaller needles, CO 70 sts. Work k1, p1 ribbing 2½". Inc 17 sts evenly over last row - 87 sts.
Change to larger needles and purl one row. Knit in pattern stitch for 13" or desired length.
Armhole
BO 5 sts beg next 2 rows - 77 sts.
Dec 1 st each end every other row 4 times - 69 sts.
Work even until armhole measures 9".
BO 9 sts beg next 2 rows, then BO 10 sts beg next 2 rows. Place rem sts on holder.

Front
Work same as Back until Armhole.
BO 5 sts beg next 2 rows - 77 sts. Work 38 sts, place 1 st on holder, place 38 sts on holder to be worked later.
At armhole, dec 1 st every other row 4 times.
AT THE SAME TIME, at neck edge, dec 1 st every 4th row 10 times, then every other row 4 times.
Work even until armhole measures 9".
Beg at armhole edge, BO 9 sts, work back, BO rem st.
Place 38 sts from holder back on needle and work in same manner.

Sleeves
With red smaller needles, CO 46 sts. Work in k1, p1 ribbing 1½". Inc 13 sts evenly over last row - 59 sts.
Change to larger needles and purl one row. Knit in pattern stitch 4" more or desired length.
BO 5 sts beg next 2 rows - 49 sts.
Dec 1 st each end every other row 13 times.
BO 23 sts.

V-Neck Band
Sew shoulders together.
With red circular needles, knit stitches from back holder. Pick up stitches along neckline to the st on the holder, place marker, knit the stitch on the holder, place marker. Continue picking up stitches along other side of neckline. Please see Picking Up Stitches For Necklines And Armholes for more information.
Work in k1, p1 ribbing 1" decreasing 1 st on each side of marker. BO.

Finishing
Sew in sleeves. Seam sleeve and side seams. Weave in ends on WS.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.


Also see Knit A Bit, for patterns by Barbara Breiter