This past Friday I bought a book
, which inspired me to learn intarsia.
So, Sunday I grabbed some straight 8’s and two colors of worsted weight yarn and dug in with minimal research.
I thought I had this figured out. Nah, I’ll just skim over another book and see what they have to say, and I think I’ve got it, I thought to myself. Turns out, I had the right idea, but the wrong technique. Ever happen to you?
As I went along, it was apparent that maybe I wasn’t doing something right. For example, I thought that each color change was done with a separate strand of yarn. I managed to get a pink blob, as you can see from Exhibit A, that somewhat resembled a heart. It took FOREVER to knit, and I had a hojillion ends to weave in, which took about as long to do as knitting the darn thing. I figured this was OK for a first attempt, but I was going to do more research the next day. One thing I DID do right was read the chart correctly. I’ll give myself credit for that.
Monday came and I did a little search on intarsia knitting tutorials. Knit Picks had a good one
, and I’ve used theirs before, so I figured I give their instructions a try.
I read them.
One point I missed:
use yarn bobbins to knit sections of color.
Carry the new yarn you are using INBETWEEN the old one and the fabric.
The proverbial light bulb went off in my brain and the technique clicked.
That evening I got the same supplies I had before, plus some newly purchased yarn bobs. I cast on and followed the tutorial. Ding! I got it! See Exhibit B? It actually resembles a heart! There are mistakes in it, mostly because I was tired when I was finishing the pink part. What’s important, I learned something new. I can do this!
The moral of the story: Always read your directions fully and completely. If you’re still not sure, do more research.
I can’t wait to do more intarsia. This has opened a whole new world of knitting for me. Fair Isle, you’re next!