Painted Desert is a modern asymetrical, shallow depth shawl / wrap with a western artistic theme that is knit on the bias to create a cross piece landscape with carefully placed feature mosaic patterns so that when wrapped around your shoulders or as a large wrapped cowl, the feature mosaic can be seen weaving it’s way around the folds.
Imagine being in the Painted Desert with the eerie buttes striped with blues, grays and browns. Then look up to the desert sky with it’s dazzling night light display of the Milky Way. That was my inspiration for this design.
About mosaic knitting If you have never worked with color before, mosaic knitting is a very easy way to add color without having to juggle 2 colors across a row at once. With this, your tension is much easier to manage and you knit only 1 color at a time. The pattern comes from slipping stitches in the previous color as you knit the second strip of color. As you can see, it creates a dramatic feature to a piece.
***Updated with charts***
This uses Cascade 220 100% Wool Superwash (light worsted weight) A total of 5 skeins, with 4 colorways, approx 650 yds total US size 6 / 4.00cm circular needles (knit back and forth) - min 40" / 100 cm length
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