Intarsia is one of the most creative techniques within hand knitting that can be likened to painting with yarn. In this class, students will learn all the skills needed to walk away feeling confident with this artistic colorwork method. After trying out the technique with a small swatch in two colors, participants will look at different intarsia charts as examples and learn how to read them. Yarn organization and finishing will be explored, including the best ways to add in new yarns for a clean and professional look, as well as tips on handling and organizing multiple yarns at a time. Inspired by Florence Spurling’s Jardin Pullover design, the class will work on a botanical intarsia chart that uses different weights of yarns to create an organic patterning effect. After completion of the class, students will walk away with all the skills needed to confidently knit organic intarsia patterns.
Technique Requirements: knit/purl
• 2 colors of yarn in the same weight plus corresponding needles to practice the intarsia method
• Yarn for the botanical intarsia swatch in different weights: laceweight (the Jardin pattern uses silk/mohair), fingering weight, two lots of chunky weight in different colours/textures (the pattern uses chunky mohair and chunky boucle).
• Size US 8/5mm needles for the botanical intarsia swatch