My Mom made an extremely cute little sweater for my fantastic little son when he was in preschool. It had a dinosaur on front and another on the back. She choose to work the dino's in duplicate stitch to avoid working in intarsia. I wish that I still had that little sweater, but I passed it down to a nephew, and you know how that goes. I still have this colorful little hat that my Mom made for my equally fantastic daughter when she was in first grade.
For this project she did work in itarsia, and I even found the bobbins that she had used in a bag with her remaining Tahki Cotton Classic.
I have recently pulled out those bobbins and have spent a little time working on my own intarsia project... I have concluded that there are two trying things about this technique...
The first is yarn management while knitting. The work will have two or three, or sometimes countless numbers of strands of yarn being worked. They can be in balls, or on bobbins (you often need to wind some of a color to be used in more than one area onto a bobbin). Since each time you change colors you do need to twist them together, all your balls and bobbins repeatedly get tangled. It is necessary, periodically, to pause to untwist them. (Sorry that I did not take any photos of the knitting in progress... I was traveling by car... and it was all over my lap... not to mention that any photo I shot would have just looked like one 'hot' mess.) I soon found it beneficial to do the untangling at the start of every wrong side row, since that is when all of the ends were facing.
This is what my project looks like now.
The anchor does not look so bad from a distance. But there is a certain amount of unevenness that I will have to try to tame as I weave in the ends.
And true to intarsisa, there are a large number of ends.
The second trying thing about working in intarsia happens after all of the knitting is done. Somehow this seems more trying to me than the knitting itself. (Did I ever mention that I am a bit of a perfectionist?) The second trying thing about intarsia is adjusting the tensions so that the stitches
For some reason, I have a strong feeling that adjusting the tension and hiding the ends will be best accomplished after the first blocking. My plan: Wet block the piece... Hide the ends, while at the same time, adjusting loose tension as much as possible... Wet or steam block again...
Finally, I will assemble the piece as the top panel of a floor cushion cover. (I am taking my chances here, as the planned recipient of this cushion occasionally reads this blog.) I will be working on this over the next week, and I will let you know how my plan unfolds. (Details on the pattern and yarn will be included in the FO post.)
I would welcome advice from any experienced intarsia knitters.
Is there anyone out there that loves working in intarsia?