Comparing Mosaic Patterns: Garter and Stockinette

   A few weeks ago, I wrote about the ease and fun of achieving complex-looking knitted patterns using the mosaic stitch. I've enjoyed knitting many projects using this stitch and hope some of you will want to give it a try.
   When selecting a mosaic pattern, notice the differences between a mosaic pattern which is knitted using garter stitch and one using stockinette stitch. To illustrate this, I knitted the same pattern using exactly the same yarn and needles. As you can see from the photo, there are some significant differences. Both are pretty and easy to knit, however, the finished swatches look and feel different.
   The first thing you might notice is the size of the garter stitch swatch (left) is smaller than the stockinette swatch. The garter stitch version is an inch shorter than the stockinette swatch. If you select a mosaic pattern that calls for a garter stitch pattern and want to convert it into stockinette, you will want to account for the extra length. This will also affect the yarn yardage needed to complete the project. Garter stitch generally requires more yarn and results in more texture. If you want to try converting a pattern, begin with a scarf or cowl. You can estimate the amount of yarn you will need for garter stitch. Just multiply the length of your scarf or cowl x the width x the gauge.  The second thing that you will notice is that the pattern in the garter stitch pattern looks more defined. This is because garter stitches produce bumps that hug each other and produce a tighter fabric. The stockinette version is nice as well.
   My current project calls for stockinette stitch and is worked in the round. Working on the right or public side of the project means that I am always knitting (rather than knitting on one side and purling on the other). Once blocked the  mosaic pattern will stand out.
   Remember to keep your working yarn behind your slipped stitch on the right side and in front on the wrong or inside. If you are working in the round, keep your working yarn behind your slipped stitch in all rounds. Experimenting with different patterns can be challenging and fun.   
   You might want to pair colors of Baah Aspen (merino, silk and cashmere blend) and make a lux gift for a special friend.