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« on: March 16, 2010 09:23:21 AM »

Hey guys!

So, here's the skinny:  I've done some fair isle before, but never any intarsia.  I decided that I want to knit a tiny (we're talking 4.5 inches across, 3.5 inches long) sweater for the office mascot, Chuckie the bear, with the company's logo knitted into it. 

I came up with this basic chart, using a knitting graph paper program, but am having trouble making the intarsia look good, between the joins (have been twisiting the yarns together), the places where the new color starts significantly far away from where it was in the last row, and the places with big gaps between color in each row. 

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Adjusted chart (too many stitches on original for the small size of the sweater.  Bold lines indicate each stitch):



Also, the logo is looking pretty squat and not round like it should when knit...I thought knitting graph paper made it so it would have the correct shape of the stitches, and make things come out correctly?

Any tips you guys can give me would be great!
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010 10:55:24 AM »

How are you doing the twists between colors? Color A (old) should go over Color B (new). It's hard to describe! Stitches can also get loose with Intarsia knitting but they can be tightened up a bit when you sew in your ends.

Here is a link to a video on youtube that might be helpful...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK07PBQMTE8

I've had a hard time getting circular patterns to look good with intarsia knitting.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010 11:26:19 AM »

Thanks for the video!  It really helped.  I think of of my biggest problems was that I was trying to knit in the round...that's totally not going to work!  Tongue
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