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.
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