Tesserino Cowl: Free Pattern!

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I’m excited to see another pattern come out to the world! I’ve worked with Louet and Staci Perry before, designing patterns that Staci can use to teach a technique, and to promote the lovely Gems yarns by Louet. This time I wanted to give a little love to a technique that I love, but seems to be ignored a fair bit–mosiac knitting!

mosaic knitting, mari chiba tesserino cowl

It looks complicated like stranded fair-isle knitting, but in fact you just knit one color at a time, slipping stitches to create the beautiful pattern.

A couple fun facts about this pattern:

1. The model is my sister, Emi. I coerced her into babysitting and modeling for me while she was visiting last month.

2. The pattern name comes from my amazing boss Leanne, who loves all things Italian. Tesserino means little mosaic in Italian.


I used one skein of each color of Louet Gems Worsted weight, but the pattern also includes a longer double-loop size that uses two skeins of each color. You can sign up for the Louet newsletter list and get the pattern for free here, and watch Staci’s super thorough tutorial of mosaic knitting here. I’d love to see your Tesserino Cowls!

7 Responses

  1. Donna shearrer
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  2. Sharon Ringwalt
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    I joined the Louet website to get the free pattern for the Tesserino cowl, but I can’t find it there. Please help!

    • Mari
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      Check your email! Should be there.

  3. Jane
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    Hi Mari,
    Thank you 🙂 I love this pattern. I am going to knit this cowl for my son

  4. Linda
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    Thank you for sharing! And the site for the tutorial! I think I’ll try it. Beautiful cowl and your sister is very pretty!

  5. Kathryn Bates
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    This is beautiful, would love to try and knit it.

  6. Connie
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    Could this pattern be knitted flat instead of circular? I would like to knit a scarf instead of a cowl.

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