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« on: October 17, 2007 06:07:50 PM »

What's the difference between the two?  I see that the Fair Isle is more intricate.  But some of it is basically the same as some stuff I've seen as intarsia.
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2007 06:24:57 PM »

I believe the difference is (but I may also be wrong) that fairisle is stranding (carrying your yarn with as you knit - mostly knit in the round), while intarsia is picking up and dropping secondary colors (not stranding, and mostly knit flat). Did that make any sense? Wink

« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007 06:37:27 PM »

Mainly the difference is such that you use intarsia for colorwork that is for big blocks of  color at a time, for a pattern- each block of color uses its own bobbin/ball  of yarn- for example, if you were kniting a yellow square with a blue circle in the middle you would use one ball  of yellow until you work to the circle, the blue stitches would be worked  from its  own ball, and then you would pick up the yellow on the other side of the circle from its own ball. Colors are not  carried across the back of the work, they are worked in their own blocks. Because a more detailed color pattern would have numerous balls/bobbins hanging out in the back, intarsia cannot be used for knitting in the round.

Fair  Isle, or stranded knitting is typically used for more quick color changes in more intricate/detailed patterns, acolor is only used for a few st at  a time so the yarns are carried across the back. Typically one would just be using 2-3 colors per row, and since they you 'catch' in the back of your work nicely as you go, Fair Isle can be done in the round.

So thinking about this that way you can see why one would use one technique instead of the other. I thought a visual might help so I'm throwin this link at ya for knitting in color.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 08:11:00 PM »

I have been frequenting that website a lot lately.  As I have been teaching myself how to knit (something I've always wanted to do since crochet, in my opinion, is best for doilies and amigurumi.  I'm not to fond of the look of most crocheted clothing and other things).  That website is amazing.  Thank you both for the help.  I think I do understand a little better now.  And yes, missknitty, that did make sense lol.
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2007 04:34:33 AM »

Check out Knittinghelp videos to see how they are done but basically intarsia is for bigger blocks and you know those kids' jumpers with cartoon characters on the front? That's a typical example of intarsia. Like this:


Stranded colourwork (there are different kinds of stranded colourwork, Fair Isle is one kind) is different, here's lots of nice examples:
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