In the Library with the Candlestick by Barbara Benson

In the Library with the Candlestick

April 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 11 rows = 2 inches
in Striped Texture Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
450 - 500 yards (411 - 457 m)
22" x 53.5" (56 x 136 cm)
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It’s a Mosaic Lace Mystery Knit-a-long! The mystery has been solved but we kept track of the clues so if you run into any snags, check out this thread and you might find answers to your questions.

The title has nothing to do with the pattern except to let you know that this will be a process of learning from Clues and reaching a conclusion (a finished shawl!).

Mosaic Lace is a combination of knitting stripes, slipping stitches, and working lace. You are only working with one strand of yarn at a time - no carrying yarn across the rows. The slipped stitches create an illusion of fancy colorwork and the way they interact with the increases and decreases of lace develop fun and interesting patterns.

As you progress through the Clues you will learn more and more about this fun technique while knitting up a beautiful shawl. And since it is a Knit-a-long you will get the help you need as we all work through the clues.

The instructions are provided both fully written out and with supplementary colorwork lace charts for those who prefer charts. There will also be video tutorials if we run into any interesting questions.

Release Dates
Set Up - April 25
Clue 1 - May 25
Clue 2 - June 1
Clue 3 - June 8
Clue 4 - June 15

Yarn Selection

You will need two contrasting colors to create your piece (solid or semi-solid yarns in the same yarn base will give you the best results). The sample was knit in the amazing new merino/cashmere/sparkle yarn from Anzula Lucero. It is a DK weight yarn with a little something extra.

If you are not a sparkle kind of person Anzula Cricket is the same luxurious base with Nylon instead of the sparkle. If you want a hint of sparkle you could use one of each base and they will work fine together.

For the sample I used Coco (brown) and Blanche (teal).