Barbara G. Walker, knitting icon, says:
"In mosaic knitting, the knitter never has to handle more than one strand of yarn at a time. There are no extra lengths on the back of the work to thicken the fabric or make it lumpy, puckered or uneven.....Truly, mosaic knitting is a beginner´s paradise. Even a comparatively unskilled knitter can achieve spectacular results without any of the tension problems..."
source: Barbara G. Walker: Mosaic Knitting
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On every right side row that begins with a dark color square, you knit all the dark stitches, and slip all the white stitches, purlwise, with yarn in back.
On every right side row that begins with a white square, you knit all the white stitches and slip all the black stitches, purlwise, with yarn in back.
On every wrong side row of the pattern, you look only
at the stitches on your needle.
You knit or purl the dark stitches again
and slip the white stitches with yarn in front.
That´s the secret of mosaic knitting. Easy and fun.