Easy Mosaic Cowl Knitting Pattern (+ How to Win at Life)

Take 2 special yarns and 2 simple stitches and add a little magic. What do you get? Viva La Rose, a gorgeous mosaic cowl knitting pattern. This fabulous accessory will add a pop to any chic casual style. And for something that looks complex, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to create!

Mosaic Knitting In the Round

New to Mosaic Knitting? Start Here!

Mosaic knitting allows you to create complex, colorful stitch patterns working only one strand of yarn at a time.

How is this possible? By slipping stitches.

The mosaic colorwork chart shows you which stitches to knit and which to slip on every round. Each line of the mosaic colorwork chart is worked twice.

Not so comfortable with charts, no problem! All my mosaic cowl knitting patterns—Viva La Rose, Truly Madly & Silver Dusk—have full written instructions as well, so you can knit in your comfort zone!

Knits and slips, mosaic knitting really is that easy! Ready to give it a try? Then start small with a mosaic cowl knitting pattern!

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Note: The yarn for this pattern was provided for me at no charge by the yarn company. Yarn support allows designers, like me, to continue to provide you with gorgeous patterns while we grow!

Why Start with A Mosaic Cowl Knitting Pattern? (AKA How to Build & Keep Motivation To WIN IN LIFE)

I always advise trying a new skill on something small! (Psst. This is the secret of how I learned to knit so quickly!)

To solidify a new still, set yourself small and achieveable tasks that build on each other.

First, knit a mosaic swatch.

What?! You did it?! You are a rock star! A queen! I knew you could do it! (And you’re already ahead on your next task.)

Now, try a cowl. (Might I suggest Viva La Rose?)

You knit that too? In only 4 weeks? You’re kidding me! That’s incredible. I bet now you’re ready to take on shawl with mosaic edging. Now a fully mosaic shawl. Now a fully mosaic sweater WITH SHAPING.

Next thing you know you’re writing a book on mosaic knitting and taking off on a grand world teaching tour where Andrea Mowry herself will thank you for all that you’ve taught her.

Okay… maybe I went a bit too far on that last one. But you get the picture. You start small and work your way bigger. Each little success will give you the confidence and courage and motivation to take it to the next stage.

Where does it end? Well, that’s up to you!

Personal Note

Shortly before learning to knit I read The Motivation Myth by Jeff Hayden and it changed my life. I took its principles (loosely outlined above) and applied them to knitting. Because of this I went from “how do I hold these needles” to knitwear designer in one year.

All that to say, you can totally do this.

I feel like I should dust off my hands and end this post right here. But I have a few more cool things to tell you about this specific mosaic cowl knitting pattern before I go!

Mosaic Cowl Knitting Pattern

Why is Mosaic Knitting in the Round Special?

This one is easy! Because it hides your floats!

In knitting, floats are the little strands of yarn that hang out when you slip a stitch or when you’re working stranded knitting. You have to careful with floats on your knits because they can catch on things, like your earing or watch, and pull the stitch or break the yarn.

But not so with this pattern!

Viva La Rose is knit up as as a tube. This means that mosaic knitting in the round keeps all your floats hidden in the inside of the tube keeping them from getting caught on anything ever!

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Add A Sparkle To Your Next Project with This Crazy Cool Indie Yarn Dyer

Meet Asylum Fibers: Colors You’ll Go Mad For! (No, that’s not their slogan, but it totally should be!)

Stephanie picked out this color combo for me and I’m so glad she did! I would never have gone so bold with the bright pink of Viva! And sparkles in my yarn? Who knew they’d be so cool!

The bright, fantastic colors of Asylum Fibers pushed me out of my neutral comfort zone into a gorgeous and brilliant world! Fall in love with the fabulous tonals and bold speckles. You won’t regret it!

Mosaic Cowl Knitting Pattern

All the Things You Need to Knit Viva La Rose


Circumference: 22.5 (27)/57 (68.5) cm — A (B) Height: 5.5 [7]”/14 [18] cm — C [D]

Height and circumference can be chosen independently to get the perfect fit for you! (Photographs: AD combo)


Combination AC (AD, BC, BD)
MC – 115 (155, 140, 185) yds/105 (140, 130, 170) m CC – 125 (165, 150, 200) yds/115 (150, 140, 185) m

Recommended Yarn

Asylum Fibers Merino DK (100% Superwash Merino) 231 yds/211 m, 100 g – 1 skein in Viva! (MC)
Asylum Fibers Sparkle DK (75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Silver Stellina) 231 yds/211 m, 100 g – 1 skein in Tart (CC)

Needles & Notions

US 7/4.5 mm – DPNs or Magic Loop – preferred method for small circumference knitting [16”/40 cm] (or needles needed to obtain gauge!)

Stitch markers, tapestry needle


23 sts & 35.5 rounds = 4”/10 cm in mosaic motif, after blocking 1 motif = 3.5” wide & 4.5” high

Concentration Level

Medium-High – This mosaic cowl pattern is easy to knit, but you need to look where you’re knitting to ensure you’re staying on-pattern. This is not the project to bring to your son’s football game, but it’s perfect for long car rides.

Techniques to Indulge In

Provisional CO (optional)

Knit stitch

Slipped stitches (only 1 at a time)

Knitting in the round

Written & charted instructions

Optional Kitchener, Seamed, or 3 Needle BO

Mosaic Knitting In the Round

Wrap It Up (In Yarn)

Now that I’ve hit you with a life lesson you weren’t expecting, go forth. Cast on and conquer!

And don’t forget to grab a copy of Viva La Rose!

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