Colormatic – Part 2



I hope you enjoyed the simple beauty of color play in Section One!  After our somewhat fiddly start, I’m sure you found the knitting fast and easy.

Part Two of the cowl pattern brings a new color and a new stitch pattern.  Many of you know that I am a fashion aficionado and adore knitting stylish garments with a classic nod.  Pattern mixing has been a huge trend in fashion that easily translates to knitting.  I have paid careful attention to scale and color order in this cowl’s design to bring you the best in color and pattern mixing.  I know you will love the results!

Section Two is knit with Colors A and C in a mosaic zigzag pattern.  Mosaic patterns are a subcategory of slip stitch patterns that were pioneered by Barbara Walker.  These dense, two-color geometric designs may be worked in garter stitch, stockinette or a combination of the two.

While mosaic patterns range from simple to very complex, they become infinitely easier since they ALL follow these rules:

  • One color is used at a time for two consecutive rows.
  • All stitches are slipped as if to purl with yarn in back on right side rows and with yarn in front on wrong side rows.
  • Every wrong side row is worked the same as the preceding right side row – the same stitches are slipped and the same stitches are worked.

The Zigzag pattern used here is worked in stockinette.  Since we are knitting in the round with the right side always facing, every worked stitch will be in knit and all stitches are slipped with yarn in back.  Odd numbered rounds will alternate colors while the even numbered rounds are a repeat of the previous round.  I like to think of the even numbered rounds as “recovery” rounds since no thinking is required.

A traditional mosaic knitting  pattern is worked solely from a chart with only the right side rows indicated.  I have chosen to update this clue’s chart to a modern format that displays all rounds.  In circular knitting, as used here, the chart is read from bottom to top with each row read from right to left.  While I considered omitting written row instructions (forcing you to use the chart), I have included them for you to self-check your chart reading skills.  If you are new to charts, this double information can help you decode charts and give you the confidence to eliminate the sometimes cumbersome written instructions.  Chart reading is becoming more and more prevalent in publications and I consider it essential to knitting education.

Mosaic knitting creates a very dense fabric.  For this reason, Section 2 is worked in a needle one size larger.  The larger needle will help maintain a consistent size and drape throughout the cowl.  To switch needles, simply begin Round 1 of Section 2 by knitting the stitches onto the larger needle – no need to transfer the work.  If you are lucky enough to have a set of addi click interchangeable needles, I recommend changing the right hand needle to the larger size.  At the completion of the Round 1, change the left hand needle to the larger size as well.

Enjoy the knit and the new color pairing!

Happy knitting,


Part Two

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Section Two

Using Color A for MC and Color C for CC, change to larger needles and work Zigzag Pattern (see chart below) until section measures 6 (16)” ending after Round 12.



Zigzag Pattern

Round 1.  Using Color C – *k1, sl3, k3, sl3, k2; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2.  Same as Round 1.

Round 3.  Using Color A – *k6, sl1, k3, sl1, k1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4.  Same as Round 3.

Round 5.  Using Color C – *sl1, k3, sl2, k2, sl1, k2, sl1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 6.  Same as Round 5.

Round 7.  Using Color A – *k1, sl1, k1, sl1, k3, sl1, k1, sl1, k2; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 8.  Same as Round 7.

Round 9.  Using Color C – *k2, sl1, k2, sl2, k3, sl2; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 10.  Same as Round 9.

Round 11.  Using Color A – *sl,1, k3, sl1, k7; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 12.  Same as Round 11.


Work above rounds until piece measures desired length ending after Round 12.


See you October 17th for Section 3!


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  1. Ann Bruno
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    I seem to be alone in the silliness of my question since no one else has asked it ; ) I am making the shorter version of the scarf and have no idea how long to continue knitting the 12 row pattern of section 2. Help!! ; )

    • Posted October 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

      Not a silly question at all! For the short version, each section is knit to 6″.

  2. Asa
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 5:59 AM | Permalink

    I’m eagerly waiting for part 3 here in Sweden; it’s been Thursday for almost 12h now 🙂 seems like you’re in another time zone!? Please publish, I want to knit…NOW. 😀

    • Posted October 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

      I love it! Thanks for knitting with me across the International Date Line!!!

  3. Posted October 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM | Permalink

    There are online resources that have all of the colors. Please let me know if I can direct you to one.

  4. Izzybb
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM | Permalink

    Help my yarn(beetroot) is out of stock!! They are saying it will be 10days before they get it from skacel. Now what am I supposed to do. The KAL will be done by then.

  5. Denise
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 7:18 AM | Permalink

    My first knit-a-long and I started two weeks and two days late. Got section one nearly done. Want to crank out section two to be in time for section 3. If I didn’t happen into the yarn while my son was at his fishing tourney, I wouldn’t have done this. Thanks!

    • Posted October 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

      Delighted to have you along! Sounds like you were my “catch of the day”!

  6. Posted October 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    Can’t find my comment, please HELP. I’m a beginner knitter and not sure what to do about my mistake. I started pat 2 last night and realized after completing row 1 that I have 86 stitches, instead of 84. Should I knit 2 together twice at the end of row 2, or keep 86 stitches? Michelle, your instructions and videos are excellent and easy to follow. This is my first mystery knit along and I am thoroughly enjoying it!

    • Posted October 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

      I’m sorry you did not receive my reply. Yes, decrease back to the original 84 stitches. No harm done!

  7. Laura
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM | Permalink

    I am calling this my McDonald’s Cowl…because “I’m lovin’ it!!”
    I thought the whole cowl was going to be in the Sawtooth stripe pattern, just with different color combinations. So I was delighted with Clue #2!
    Thanks!! My mosaic section is done and I can’t wait to see what is next! I know I will make this pattern many times with other colors and yarns! 🙂

  8. Rachel Schmidt
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    Well I am going to give this a try…I am disleic (exsplanes my spelling) so thank you for instructoins on the chart…as my projects look very funny when I am using only the charts…the brain just can not match them up…but I love working on it and Barb at the yearn store in Neenah loves to help me start over.

    My questoin (enven know I have been knitting for years I still have a hard time readding and remembering all the tearme…again disleic) am I still sliping the stiches the same as I did in sections 1?

    I have found you to have some of the best instructoins that work so well for my brain…hope the new book on two color knitting it out soon.

    My long car ride to MN this weekend will be the perfect time to start such fun.


    • Posted October 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

      Welcome to the KAL! Yes, you will slip the stitches in the same manner. Slip as if to purl with yarn in back.

  9. Posted October 11, 2013 at 2:03 AM | Permalink

    When starting week 2, instructions say to slip color A for row 1& 2. Won’t that stretch the stitch?

    • Posted October 11, 2013 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

      It does stretch the stitch but it works out quite well. Have faith.

  10. Lori
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

    Finished part #1 last nite – I am really enjoying how “painless yet pretty” the color work is!!! Looking forward to starting part #2 tonite – tks for another fun KAL Michelle!! 😀

  11. Ann
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    Will there be one of your well done videos coming soon for Section 2? I just started Section 1 on Tuesday (3 inches complete & working) and the video was SO useful.

    • Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM | Permalink

      The simple pattern didn’t seem to warrant a video. I love your faith in me and my videos!

  12. tara wright
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    I’m new to this kind of thing, am I using the color b loops from the previous section until i start with color a. A video for the switch would be nice.

    • Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

      You end Section 1 after Round 3 which uses color A. When slipping the stitches in section #2’s first round, you will be slipping color A.

      • tara wright
        Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

        Okay my last row from the last section is my color b. So I wanna make sure im doing this right or i need to rip back out the row and a half that I started. my first row section two i have color b ( which im not adding addtion yarn to because it is cut to end) that i am slipping. and then i also have my color c which i am knitting with. so my color b will fade out after my second row or so. is this correct?

        • Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM | Permalink

          It’s okay that you ended Section 1 with Color B. Color A would have made the chart reflect your knitting, but this small deviation is not a big deal. Continue with Section 2 and your Color B will no longer be used after the first round. Think of this as your own design element.

  13. carlene gruenwald
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for the instructions. I have never done charts yet and will give it a try and can check with the instructions. Looks really interesting. Great Fun. Thank you for your instructions.

    • Posted October 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

      Some knitters prefer charts. They take a bit to get comfortable with, but the written instructions are there as a back up.

  14. Shirley
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

    I’m assuming it’s okay now to cut off Color B?

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