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Man's Mosaic Pullover

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Man's Mosaic Pullover

Although designed for a man, I think this pattern is equally appropriate for a female as well.

If you're not familiar with mosaic knitting, a few notes are in order.

Mosaic knitting is a colorful technique but not particularly difficult to master. One color is used for two rows, while the other color is not carried along but left waiting where it was joined.

On right side rows, slip stitches with yarn in back; on wrong side rows, slip stitches with yarn in front.

Level: Intermediate
Yarn: 4 skeins navy and 5 skeins wine Webs Park Square cotton (one skein=163 yds/3.5 oz/100g) or appropriate substitution
Needles: 7 and 10½ US
Gauge: 4.8 st=1" 6.5 rows=1"
Size: Large (finished chest measurement=47.5")

Pattern (multiple of 14 sts)

Row 1: With navy, *k2, sl1, k9, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 2 and all other even rows: With same color used on previous row, slip all slipped stitches and purl all stitches you knit on the last row.
Row 3: With wine, *k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k2; rep from *
Row 5: With navy, *sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k3; rep from *
Row 7: With wine, *k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k9, sl1; rep from *
Row 9: With navy, *k4, sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 11: With wine, *k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1; rep from *
Row 13: With navy, *k2, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 15: With wine, *k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1; rep from *
Row 17: With navy, *k8, sl1, k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 19: With wine, *k1, sl1, sl1, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k2; rep from *
Row 21: With navy, *sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k5; rep from *
Row 23: With wine, *k9, sl1, k3, sl1; rep from *
Row 25: With navy, *sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k5; rep from *
Row 27: With wine, *k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k2; rep from *
Row 29: With navy, *k8, sl1, k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 31: With wine, *k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1; rep from *
Row 33: With navy, *k2, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 35: With wine, *k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1; rep from *
Row 37: With navy, *k4, sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 39: With wine, *k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k9, sl1; rep from *
Row 41: With navy, *sl1, k5, sl1, k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k3; rep from *
Row 43: With wine, *k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k5, sl1, k2; rep from *

Instructions

Back

With smaller needles, CO 102 st with wine. Rib k1p1 3". Inc 12 st evenly over last row (114 st includes two selvedge stitches).
Note: Selvedge stitches are not part of the pattern but used for sewing the garment together so the pattern continues uninterrupted along the seam. Start and end each even row with a knit stitch and each odd row with a purl stitch, following the pattern on the 112 stitches between.
Change to larger needles and knit in pattern for 15" or to desired length.
BO 5 st beg next 2 rows (104 st).
Dec 1 st each end every other row 10 times (84 st).
Work armhole 9½".
BO 12 st each end 4 times. Place rem st on holder.

Front

Same as back until armhole reaches 7".
Work 30 st, place 24 st on holder, place 30 st on holder to be worked later.
At neck edge, dec 1 st every other row 3 times, then every 4th row 2 times (25 st).
Work until armhole reaches 9½".
Starting at armhole side, BO 12 st, work back, BO rem st.
Work 29 st on holder in same manner.

Sleeves

With smaller needles, CO 44 st with wine. Rib k1p1 3". Inc 4 st evenly over last row (48 st).
Change to larger needles and knit in pattern.
Inc 1 st each end every 6th row 14 times (76 st).
Work 19½ or to desired length.
BO 5 st beg next 2 rows (66 st).
Dec 1 st each end every other row 24 times. BO 18 st.

Crew-Neck Band

Sew right shoulders together.
With smaller needles, knit stitches from back holder. Pick up stitches along neckline to the st on the front holder, and k those st. Continue picking up stitches along other side of neckline. Please see Picking up Stitches For Necklines And Armholes for more information.
Rib k1p1 1". BO loosely in pattern.
Finishing

Sew other shoulder seam. 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.


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