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« on: September 27, 2007 01:37:03 PM »

Hi, I'm new to intarsia (and any advanced knitting) and made this little sample duck.

Should I have a separate strand of yarn for each area no matter how small instead of carrying the yarn over? For example a strand of yarn just for the eye and for the wing area?

I've included a picture of the front and the back.



The back. YIKES! It's a mess! You can see I carried the yarns over a bit. If this was on something that showed, it would look terrible.


Thank you for any help!
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007 01:45:01 PM »

I am definitely NOT an intarsia expert, but I have this website bookmarked:
http://vickidesigns.homestead.com/Intarsia.html

I think that if there are 5 stitches or less between color changes (like the eye for your little duck), you can carry the yarn over. If it is more than 5 stitches, you are supposed to start new yarn.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007 01:49:31 PM »

farrah, thanks so much for your reply and link. I bookmarked that website. I'll go over it more. It looks great!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007 03:08:59 PM »

Wow, this is your first time working intarsia? I haven't tried it yet but am anxious to, I just wanted to say that I'm impressed! And I don't think the back looks bad. You don't display that side anyway, I don't really worry about that. I love the design you chose, too Grin Awesome work Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007 04:38:06 PM »

Thanks so much pickled_peppers! I did a simple heart only before this. The link posted by farrah states you can carry three stitches but not more or the pattern will pull.

I will keep practicing. I was surprised I could even do this. On a scarf however it would show. knittinghelp.com also has some good videos to get you started.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007 06:23:05 PM »

when i do intarsia (all three times that i've done it!) i never strand. i would if i could but i without fail pull my floats too tight so i get puckered, bunchy knitting if i do. if you don't have this problem i can't see anything wrong with stranding just a little bit.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2007 06:29:01 PM »

Thanks angel, I tend to knit tight so I would have to be very careful about pulling the carried yarn too tight. It's definitially something to consider.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2007 03:28:27 AM »

The rule about carrying wool behind seems to be that if it covers more than an inch, that's too long. Your intarsia looks fab by the way! It always looks hideous on the backs, so on the odd occasion where people use it on a scarf, it will be covered by another layer of knitting on the back in a solid colour.

For tiny areas like that eye, I would add the extra stitch later with embroidery - Google Swiss darning or duplicate stitch.

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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2007 10:02:19 AM »

Yeah, the back of intarsia always looks crappy.  Don't worry.  I am a lazy lazy person, and often when I do intarsia, I will carry much farther than is advised, then even out the tension when I'm done knitting.  If it's for a scarf, I would recommend backing with either knit or woven fabric (or you could double knit and then there *is* no wrong side). 

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