I consider myself to be an experienced knitter, but my busy lifestyle of raising kids and working a full-time job has resulted in me gravitating towards knitwear patterns that appear intricate, but are actually easy to create. Mosaic knitting fits in nicely with this concept because of its simplicity and ease. Mosaic knitting can be knit flat or in the round. You can use stockinette stitch, garter stitch, or a combination of both for varied effects in you designs. If you can knit, purl, and slip stitches purlwise you can learn mosaic knitting! It's the perfect technique for knitters who are ready to branch out into colorwork designs because unlike traditional colorwork designs like fair isle, in mosaic knitting you only carry one color of yarn every two rows or rounds. How great its that?!
The mosaic pattern for the ManHATtan Magic hat pattern is #107 from Barbara G. Walker's Mosaic Knitting book. I highly recommend this book for the fantastic pattern selections you have to choose from. The sky is the limit in terms of what you can create using Walker's patterns.
The idea of intersecting lines and the use of high contrast colored yarns was why I selected #107 as my pattern choice for ManHATtan Magic. The final project looks much more complicated than it was to knit. That's what I liked about creating and knitting this hat.
Below is the moodboard I created inspired by Walker's pattern and my husband's vision of intersecting lines, streets, and traffic lights in the borough of Manhattan, New York.
ManHATtan Magic pattern launches on March 31, 2022. You can purchase the pattern through the shop on my website or on my Ravelry Designer Page.