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« on: December 03, 2003 06:36:17 AM »

so, i'm knitting right along with one color of yarn and everything is fine and dandy until i want to change colors and then no  matter how hard i try, i cannot figure out the instructions in my copy of Stitch n' Bitch on how to do it.  

it just doesn't make sense to me.  i usually just end up either not switching colors at all or just tying the new color onto the old, like a big fat dork.

so does anyone have any advice or tips or websites that explain it a little better?  i want to knit striped stuff and patterned stuff like crazy (my boyfriend wants the skully sweater), and it's killing me that i can't figure this out.

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2003 08:54:11 AM »

Check out this site

It's got some great info on intarsia.

Marnie MacLean
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2003 12:10:38 PM »

It's really not as complicated as it may seem.  Just drop the color you're using (a) over the next color (b) to the left.  then pick up (b) and knit on.  The yarn will naturally twist around each other to prevent a hole between color changes.  Good luck!


(Thanks for the link, Marnie!)
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2003 07:11:24 PM »

The directions in S&B overexplain it, I think. Don't think about it as much. You really are just "twisting the yarn"...it's not as many steps as it seems. The advice to drop it over was perfect (so perfect, in fact, I don't know why I'm bothering to add my .02.).
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2003 10:42:38 AM »

I did my very first Intarsia project and was amazed at how it came out, considering I never did anything like it before.
Here it is:

Here's the back, which I covered with a soft tie-dyed flannel:http://home.earthlink.net/~ellenrmargulies/_uimages/blankiedone.jpg
This was made from Mission Falls cotton and was their pattern called "Whimsy".
Another site with some good info is here:


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