Just take a gander through my designs and you'll see a overwhelming bias towards these types of patterns.
This cowl design started out as a typical mosaic pattern, but I had been working on a lot of brioche projects, so when slipping stitches, instead of keeping the working yarn stranded across the back, I did the yarn forward, slip1, yarn over motion common in brioche knit rows. Didn't even realize it til I got to the next round. I just kept at it and on the next round, I slipped the original stitch, the previous yarn over, and made a new yarn over. On the next round, I barked together the slipped stitch and the two yarn overs - and realized that just about any mosaic pattern could be worked this way!
This technique has lots of advantages over regular mosaics:
- the resulting fabric looks like stockinette on one side, but does not roll - it stays flat!
- what would typically be the right side in a regular mosaic pattern has a bit of a skew to it that creates really interesting diagonal dimensions - the plain knit stitches are narrower than the brioche type stitches - this leads to some very interesting visual effects for various patterns
- it's reversible - the reverse side is as interesting as the typical right side. The brioche stitches form diamonds. The photos don't do this side justice.
I hope you give this technique a try - the pattern is available for $3
Or you can favorite or add it to your queue or wish list over here on ravelry.