Intarsia Crochet is the art of crocheting with two or more colors of yarn or thread, worked together one color at a time, into a pattern. This class does not require previous intarsia experience, but the technique is trickier in garter stitch. There are other methods of color work that are typically easier to employ while knitting in the round. Annetarsia — Like virtually all useful innovations, this one started with a problem: How to knit intarsia in the round. I am also teaching Annetarsia: Be the Boss of your Intarsia ” at the Knitting Boutique, in Maryland.

When joining a different color on the right side of the work, cross the old yarn over the new yarn and knit the next stitch with the new yarn. Thus avoiding a great deal of the great yarn game of bob and weave that can really slow down your color-work work knitting. If it’s knit flat probably some increase but not as huge an increase since it could be confined to the area of the intarsia. Be the first to enjoy new knitting tutorials, resources, contests, giveaways & much more. Intarsia involves knitting a section of color that’s different from the rest of whatever’s being knit.

Learning to knit in my native France, I never learned the difference between intarsia and stranded colorwork. I like to think of it as trapping” the yarn, because you put the yarn you’re finished using in front of the new yarn, trapping it between the new yarn and the knitting. The other two methods I’m going to discuss are essentially a disguised version of knitting flat, with joins made row by row. Finishing: Apply a finish, and again there is no one finish for Intarsia, any wood finish will work.

After winding a few yards of each colour onto its own bobbin (and possibly several bobbins’ worth of some colours), the knitter simply begins knitting their pattern. Page to read all the wonderful comments from other intarsia artists who have purchased my book in the testimonial section of my web site. If you scroll to the end of this tutorial, you can see my finished ‘H’ swatch to see how that looks.

Within one design, you may use predominantly Intarsia technique, but switch to Fair Isle for some fiddly part of the design. Suzie Johnson spent her childhood knitting, and her passion for knitting grew with her into adulthood. It’s unclear when this skill came to fiber arts, however it started first with weaving and knitting around the 1500s, and moved to crochet shortly after. For a fabulous intarsia project that looks great on the reverse side, check out Knitosophy’s beautiful Noro blanket on Ravelry: -heart-blanket Her project notes are excellent.

On the wrong side (WS) or purl side, you do EXACTLY the same thing – but it looks a little bit different, as you are purling rather than knitting. Start the intarsia row with a bobbin (or ball) of blue yarn, join the bobbin of white, and then join another bobbin (or ball) of blue. As you knit back across the work as you reach each color change you pick the yarn back up, twist and continue on. As with any color work when finishing Intarsia knitting you may end up with more yarn ends which will need to be woven into the back of the fabric.

Loose strands: The simplest technique is just to let each yarn supply dangle freely from the work. First, knit the round as usual, and (leaving a tail of about 6-8 inches for tacking down floats later) knit the new colour in the stitches where you want them: in this case, the flower. Not unlike a paint-by-numbers canvas, you place the colored stitches in an intarsia design by following a chart row by row. Intarsia doesn’t leave any loops of yarn that can get stuck around small fingers.

If the edges of your picture look a little weird, like they’re sinking in on the sides, you can use the pointed tip of a knitting needle to pull on the stitch and make it uniform with the other stitches. For the letter blocks needed for the Knit a Poem project we are using the intarsia technique. Welcome to the Intarsia Crochet Photo Tutorial, courtesy of April Garwood at Banana Moon Studio! I learned the add new yarn with the yarn end on the front” trick in Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting by Debbie Stoller.

Starting with a small knitted square with a simple motif, the author shows the reader how to interpret an intarsia chart and guides them steadily into larger, more inspiring projects. I start with a couple of beginning rows of single crochet that are wide enough for my chart to fit (10 sts wide), plus an extra stitch on each side. Learn two color intarsia motif design, plus take a look at how to knit intarsia socks.

When they arrive at a point where the colour changes, the knitter brings the new colour up underneath the old one (to prevent holes) and starts knitting with it. If flat knitting, at the end of the row, the piece is turned round just as with regular knitting, and the knitter returns the way they came. Introduce the yellow yarn so it comes in from the right, and knit the smiley-face stitches, but strand the blue yarn along behind.

Learn to understand intarsia knitting technique, fix challenges, and knit intarsia motifs with Intarsia InDepth with Anne Berk DVD Plus, this video is now 10% off with coupon SAVELP. I would like to introduce you to a marvelous teacher – Lorilee Beltman, she will quickly help you untangle your intarsia and create a lovely center pull butterfly. If it is slanting to the RIGHT as you’re looking at it, you need to twist the yarns, regardless of whether you’re on the knit or the purl side of the piece.

To avoid making a twisted stitch, you must knit into the back of it when you work it on the next row. And when you get to the flower center where you left stitches waiting for the background colour, knit them with the background colour. I’ve tried the technique with a variety of yarns and fibers—including wool, cotton and silk—and found a big improvement with everything I’ve tried. Anne Berks’ story of discovery for this new method of a time honored style of knitting brings you into her journey. Based in Weston Super Mare where Suzie lives, The Wool Sanctuary runs a local knitting club and workshops, and sells yarns and knitting patterns for Suzie’s popular designs.

Slip the stitches already knit, knit the stitches you saved, and when you finish the second row of the flower chart, everything lines up nicely. This simple method of color-work knitting can offer a beginner or intermediate knitter a less intimidating color knitting option that will still offer them a broad spectrum of new pattern options, ideas, and experiences.