Barbara Benson is a little bit of an insane genius. I first noticed her propensity toward beautiful madness with her Golden Lion Throne pattern, and then again in her Courant pattern featured in Twist Collective. Now she’s encapsulated her brand of ingenuity into a book, Mosaic and Lace Knits (Stackpole, 2017).
Barbara’s iconic brand of knitting brilliance comes from combining mosaic knitting, a form of two-color slip-stitch knitting, with lace patterns to form unique, beautiful pieces that are a joy to knit and wear. Before you run screaming for the hills, keep this in mind—as with most slipped-stitch knitting techniques, you only ever work one color at a time, one row at a time, so the process looks a lot more difficult than it actually is.
Barbara walks you through the basics of mosaic knitting as outlined by Barbara Walker, and expands upon that technique to incorporating different stitch patterns. There’s a super-simple mosaic knitting patterns for mittens to get your feet wet, if you’re unfamiliar with mosaic knitting. Barbara even walks you through how to choose the best yarn colors to work together to ensure that your work is shown off to its best—no muddy colors here!
Yarn weights used in the book range from light fingering to super bulky, so there’s plenty of opportunity to practice with anything in your stash. We’re so honored to have Berroco yarns used in two projects within the book—the first is the Clupeidae Scarf, knit in Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Light. This piece is a “self-styling” scarf that Barbara designed to wrap nicely around your neck AND show off the right-side of the fabric at the same time.
The second design featuring Berroco yarns is the Isochronal Arc capelet, knit with two colors of Berroco Artisan™. The mosaic and lace pattern creates delicate arches in the fabric for a gorgeous shoulder warmer.
If you want to get your hands on this great book, be sure to ask your LYS if they’re carrying it! And to celebrate the launch of this incredible new book, we’re giving away one copy of Mosaic and Lace Knits! You could win one copy of the book and the yarn to knit one of the two projects in Berroco yarn.
To enter, simply leave a comment letting us know which of the two projects (Clupeidae or Isochronal Arc) most catches your eye, and which colors of the yarn (Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light or Berroco Artisan, respectively) you’d like to use. We’ll have another opportunity to win a copy of the book and yarn on our Facebook page, so be sure to check that out as well! Giveaway is open to anyone 18 years or older anywhere in the world. Responses must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 26.