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« on: December 17, 2004 09:35:42 AM »

hey everyone! This is not a SNB project, but I am attached to y'all so I hope you don't mind me asking my question here...
I am using SNB's intarsia instructions to make a Christmas stocking for my 6 mo old daughter that has elmo wearing a Christmas hat on it. I'm working it in the round so I have less finishing at the end (on dpns though so the heel and toe are easy to do) but I'm confused...

SNB says that when working with 1 block of color, there should be 3 strands, 1 for before the block of color, 1 for the block of color itself, and then 1 for after the block of color. How does this translate when working in the round? I have so far just been cutting my ends whenever I come to the color and starting fresh on the other side, however, if possible, I would like to have fewer ends to weave in when done. Any thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2004 12:08:19 PM »

Here's  the best description of intarsia in the round that I've been able to find. It may sound a bit complicated at first, but once you get the swing of it it's actually quite easy. Just have to be sure your tension is tight when you change directions.
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2004 04:51:11 AM »

Another consideration:

Knit from beginning of round, knit your motif, then knit back around until you get to the motif again.  You won't be able to knit the motif because it's on the wrong side, correct?  Turn your work so you're looking at the inside (don't actually turn the stocking inside out, just flip it around), slip all your MC stitches back until you get to the wrong side of the motif, purl the motif sts, then purl your MC stitches all the way back around to your motif.  Turn your work, slip all your MC stitches until you get back to the motif, the knit the motif, then knit the MC stitches.

Priscilla Gibson Roberts explains this best in her book:  Simple socks, plain and fancy.  The nice thing about this method is there is no appearance of a seam whatsoever.  Any time I do intarsia on a sock, I do it this way and have always been happy with the results.
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2004 04:53:44 PM »

before I learned there were better ways, my quick-and-easy technique for doing this was to knit with the MC, then switch to the CC, just like flat intarsia.  after each row, when the CC part was done, I would just break the yarn, then make another little patch when I got back around on the next round.  does that make sense?  it demands a bit of weaving, tucking, and tying on the inside to finish it off, but it does accomplish the result.

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