March 23, 2012
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I like knitting in the round. I like colour blips. I like the two together.
But intarsia does not work in the round…
So this is how I do it.
(The instructions below are specifically for the coloured squares in my sweatrrr (see previous post) — pattern should be available soon(ish). If you are working with larger colour insertions, you’ll obviously need a longer piece of Contrast Colour and to be a little inventive.)
Round 1: Cut a 55-60 cm (22″)-piece of Contrast Colour (CC) yarn. Join and knit 5 sts, but leave a 20 cm (7″) end at the beginning. You will knit the 5 CC sts on the next round with this end.
Now strand the Main Colour (MC) behind, not too loosely, not too tightly either, then twist MC around CC, and pull MC tight at beg. of the 5 CC sts — pull and stretch the fabric to see that the yarn is not pulled too tightly, check, fiddle a little.
Round 2: Knit 5 CC sts with the short yarn end from previous round.
Now strand MC behind and twist it with the long end of CC (from the previous round).
Round 3: This is the odd-one-out round. Slip the 5 CC sts without knitting them from Left Needle to Right Needle. Turn work (= Wrong Side) and purl 5 CC sts with the long yarn end from the first round.
Turn work (= Right Side) and again slip the 5 CC sts from Left Needle to Right Needle.
Continue with MC as before, stranding, twisting.
Round 4: Knit 5 CC sts (the yarn end is just where you want it), then continue with MC. Done.
I used a similar technique — but improvised and not very methodical — for a larger, red square on my marja-stina kiddie kimono: