Intarsia Bobbin Knitting Method Explained Knit With Different Colors

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This method is illustrated and explained in Essential Techniques. When large color panels with a vertical or diagonal trend having distinct borders are required, a method of knitting called "intarsia" is utilized. It is worked using bobbins.

While working the foundation row of colors, just add in each color from a bobbin, keeping them at the back of the work. On subsequent rows where the colors are already established, at each color border, lift the just-used bobbin up, pass the next bobbin under it, lower the just-used bobbin, commence knitting off the next bobbin with adequate tension. By so doing, the yarns have been crossed at the color border. This will form a nice little locking weave at the back of the work along each color border, thus holding the color panels together.

In The Round: Intarsia cannot be worked in the round as a spiraling knit; it is strictly a back-and-forth knitting method. Unlike other sock-types, argyle socks are usually knitted flat and seamed, as is the case with the TKGA Level II (2) sock.

Intarsia can be worked in the round with a bit of ingenuity, but it is still worked back and forth (K one round, P one round), on circular needles. Method is explained in detail in Essential Techniques in such a way as to completely hide the round join.

Work on circular needles. Mark the beginning/end of round. Add in your colors as you would for flat intarsia knitting.

Knit Round: YO, knit around to last stitch before YO. Work a left-slant decrease. Turn.

Purl Round: YO, purl around to last stitch before YO. Purl 2 together. Turn.

Keep repeating.


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