I recently finished knitting this:
This was my first attempt at intarsia! I wish I had a little human on which to model it, but I couldn’t quite squeeze it over Davey’s head! It’s a 12- month size, and it’s really a great sweater pattern. I’d highly recommend it for both a first sweater and a first intarsia project. The pattern is from Roo Designs. She has lots of really cute patterns. Puppies, peace signs, penguins – all intarsia.
Here’s the puppy one.
I really like this striped sweater with the skull and crossbones too!
I can thank my LYS, Yarn Folk, for inspiring me to finally try intarsia. I’ve been kind of scared of it. I was afraid that I would have big unsightly holes where I had to join the colors. It wasn’t too hard though. It was not unlike what I do when I switch colors in fair isle – when I catch the old color under the new so that there is a smooth transition.
Ann at Yarn Folk was leading a knit-along for this sweater, and she helped me lots. She taught me to make my little butterflies that I needed to switch back and forth between the colors.
It was a little tricky – the butterflies took me a little while to get used to. I am very skilled at tangling yarn as well. It seems to happen quite naturally for me. So there was a few breaks for untangling along the way.
I am pretty happy with it though! I knitted it with Plymouth Encore which is a great inexpensive wool/acrylic blend. I like working with it.
Here’s the back:
I’d like to try this again sometime, and I’d like to do another Roo Design pattern. Maybe Davey would like the skull and crossbones sweater! It would be a lot of fun to make.
Knitting intarsia is one of those “makes me feel like a real knitter moments”. I definitely want to try it again sometime.