Intarsia and Other Ramblings

RBrereton's picture

Tomorrow's Friday and that's my new favorite day. There's a *great* knitting circle up in Kent, CT at "Enchanting Yarns and Things". They've recently expanded and it's all just so delectable.

Now, for the new intarsia findings. I went to "The Village Sheep" in New Milford, CT today. They're just great there. I talked with Barbara, who's quite the knitter and she pointed me to Vogue's knitting book. They had very detailed information on intarsia. Here's the intarsia scoop according to Vogue:

If the color change is vertical, twist the old yarn and the new yarn on every row as follows:
1. Knit Side - Drop the old color, pick up the new color from under the old color and knit to the next color change.
2. Purl Side - Drop the old color, pick up the new color from under the old color and purl to the next color change.
(to me, these two steps seem the same...am I right?)

If the color change is diagonal, twist the old yarn and the new yarn every other row as follows:
1a. Right Diagonal Knit Side - Bring the new color over the top of the old color and knit to the next color change.
1b. Right Diagonal (public) Purl Side - Pick up the new color from under the old color and purl to the next color change.
2a. Left Diagonal Knit Side - Pick up the new color from under the old color and knit to the next color change.
2b. Left Diagonal (public) Purl Side - Bring the new color over the top of the old color and purl to the next color change.

Now I haven't actually tried this yet, so it may be much easier than it sounds. If I'm reading this correctly and seeing it correctly in my already overtaxed brain, it sounds like you twist on the knit rows of a right slanting diagonal and not twist on the purl rows. For left slanting diagonals, you twist on the purl rows but not on the knit rows.

I'm sure this project will be like all my other first time projects: Do it and rip it till I get it right. *sigh*.

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MMario's picture

An alternate way of saying

An alternate way of saying it would be...if the colour change is at the same stitch or BEFORE the colour change on the previous row, twist.

If the change is AFTER the colour change of the last row, don't twist.

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