June 14th, 2008

Show 84: Intarsia KAL

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New Yarns

Event: Book signing with Carol Sulcoski, author of Knit So Fine
Saturday, June 28th, 2008, 3:00pm
Knitalong with Pixie – Intarsia
Sometimes you have to go back and use duplicate stitch on your projects because it’s easier.

Feel free to use whatever colors you like for the palm tree – it doesn’t have to be the “regular” colors – use what you have lying around – have fun with it!

What You’ll Need:

  • Yarn
  • Tapestry Needles
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Box for Yarn (if you use one bag, your chances of getting tangled increase)
  • If you’re using butterflies – a bag or basket is helpful
  • Crochet Hook
  • Highlighter Tape
  • Magnetic Boards and Rulers are helpful
  • Stitch Markers

Look at your design and pick the yarn that will work best for the design. The fuzzier the yarn, the hazier your picture will be.

If you use a textured yarn for part and a smooth yarn for another part, you get a very interesting effect.

You can create texture by doing some sections in garter or seed stitch.
Make a swatch in stockinette stitch. Intarsia needs to be knit at a tighter gauge so the fabric has a bit of firmness. Use straight needles with good points – you’ll want to knit the first few
stitches right one the point. Circular needles are not recommended for intarsia because you can get more tangles. Pixie is knitting her project in Valley Yarns Northampton on a size 6 needle to get a firm fabric.

Wind your yarn into small center pull ball and place in box. Do not put in knitting bag because they may tangle. Never knit intarsia directly from ball – you want to work on a much smaller scale (small balls or butterflies). It is easier to contain and less likely to tangle.

Share your intarsia knitting tips with us!

Part 1 – What is Intarsia?
Chart – Palm Tree
Part 2
Parts 3, 4, 5
Parts 6, 7

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