I am offering something new in the class schedule this month, Intarsia knitting. I like to refer to it as controlled chaos in your knitting. Intarsia knitting enables you to introduce areas of color in any shape, size and number of colors to the background. Unlike Fair Isle knitting, that is knitted, in the round and you are able to carry your color with you and trap it along the way. Intarsia knitting is worked flat with many different yarns all going at the same time.
When changing colors, you drop one strand of yarn and leave it hanging for use in the following row. Each time you change colors in an intarsia design, you do it the same way, regardless of whether you are working from the right or wrong side of the piece. This technique allows you to make a picture in your knitting. I used this to great effect when I recently created a book of the nursery rhyme “Baa Baa Black Sheep”
In a sweater you can also create a single motif or multiple motifs with many different colors. Kaffe Fasset is very famous for his color work with this technique. I have chosen one of his designs for this class, a beautiful cardigan with flowers. If you do not care for this design and want to choose another pattern for this class to learn intarsia technique that is perfectly fine. The class will be held March 8, 15, 22, 29 Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 pm