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Mosaic Zig Zag Pullover Sweater Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Mosaic Zig Zag Pullover Sweater Knitting Pattern

The use of one variegated yarn in this sweater pattern turns an easy mosaic stitch into a spectacular look! Try it with two solid colors or experiment with two variegated yarns and watch the magic happen.

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).

Size:
Small/Medium
Finished chest measurement 38½"

Gauge:
18½ sts and 24 rows=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 needle
Stitch holders
7 skeins Noro Cotton Iroha (discontinued)-color #109 (Color A)
70% cotton 20% cashmere 10% nylon
40 grams/1.411 ounces
80 meters/87 yards
4 skeins Plymouth Fantasy Naturale-color #8176 (Color B)
100% mercerized cotton
100 grams/3.5 ounces
128 meters/140 yards
See appropriate substitution help. Use worsted weight yarns to obtain gauge.

Instructions

Pattern Stitch
Mosaic Zig Zag - multiple of 6 sts

Row 1 (RS): With Color B, *k1, sl1, k4; rep from *
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 Color A, *sl1, k5
Row 5: With Color B, *k5, sl1; rep from *
Row 7: With Color A, *k4, sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 9: With Color B, *k3, sl1, k2; rep from *
Row 11: With Color A, *k2, sl1, k3; rep from *
Row 13: With Color B, Rep Row 1
Row 15: With Color A, Rep Row 3
Row 17: With Color B, Rep Row 5
Row 19: With Color A, *sl1, k1; rep from *
Row 21: With Color B, Rep Row 5
Row 23: With Color A, Rep Row 3
Row 25: With Color B, Rep Row 1
Row 27: With Color A, Rep Row 11
Row 29: With Color B, Rep Row 9
Row 31: With Color A, Rep Row 7
Row 33: With Color B, Rep Row 5
Row 35: With Color A, Rep Row 3
Row 37: With Color B, Rep Row 1
Row 39: With Color A, Rep Row 19
Row 40: With Color A, Rep Row 2.

Mosaic Zig Zag Knitting Pattern

Back
Pattern uses a selvedge st at each end. Work the first and last st in St st and the pattern over the remaining sts. These are used for seaming.

With smaller needles and Color A, CO 74 sts. Work k1, p1 ribbing 2½". Inc 18 sts evenly over last row - 92 sts includes two selvedge stitches.
Change to larger needles and purl one row. Knit in pattern stitch for 14" or desired length.
BO 5 sts beg next 2 rows - 82 sts.
Keeping to pattern, dec 1 st each end every other row 9 times - 64 sts.
Work even until armhole measures 9".
BO 8 sts beg next row 4 times. Place rem 32 sts on holder.

Front
Work same as Back until armhole measures 6".
Shape Neck
Work 22 sts in pat, place 20 sts on holder, place last 22 sts on a second holder.
At neck edge, dec 1 st every other row 6 times - 16 sts.
Work even until armhole measures same as Back.
Beg at armhole edge, BO 8 sts, work back, BO rem sts.

Sleeves
With smaller needles and Color A, CO 36 sts. Work k1, p1 ribbing 2½". Inc 8 sts evenly over last row - 44 sts includes two selvedge stitches.
Change to larger needles and purl one row.
Beg pattern stitch. Keeping to pattern, inc 1 st at each end every 6th row 12 times - 68 sts. Work even until sleeve measures 18½" from beg or desired length.
BO 5 sts beg next 2 rows - 58 sts Dec 1 st at each end every other row 16 times, then every 4th row 3 times.
BO 20 sts.

Neck Band
Seam right shoulder (or both shoulders if you wish to knit neck band in the round).
With RS facing and circular needles, knit 32 sts from back holder, pick up 18 sts along right neck edge, knit 20 sts from front holder, pick up 18 sts along left neck edge. Please see Picking Up Stitches For Necklines And Armholes for more information.
Work in k1, p1 ribbing 1". BO.

Finishing
Sew left shoulder.
Sew in sleeves.
Sew sleeve seams.
Sew 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