Sailing Diamonds by Barbara Benson

Sailing Diamonds

March 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
235 - 246 yards (215 - 225 m)
One Size
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Mosaic & Lace Knits is an introduction to a technique that I have been developing over several years that brings colorwork into lace using slip stitches. Handling only one strand of yarn at a time, no carrying along the row or stranding, allows development of colorwork patterns without any floats running behind your work and obscuring your lace.

Combining mosaic and lace allows me to do something that gives me no end of joy— make my knitting do something that it isn’t “supposed” to do. Causing horizontal stripes to magically become vertical stripes is one of those tricks. The horizontal stripes in this hat run directly into vertical stripes that flow up out of the lace at the base of the diamond
motif. I thought it gave the diamonds the appearance of a sailboat, hence its name.

I chose to work this pattern in a monochromatic scheme that is decidedly pink, but with different color choices this is a quite unisex piece.

If you would like to see this pattern in action watch the video pattern tour on my YouTube channel Watch Barbara Knit.

The sample was knit in the colors Fairy Tale and Velveteen

18.5”/47 cm around brim (stretches to 24”/61 cm), 11”/28 cm tall