Have you heard that intarsia is hard? Or that it can’t be worked in the round? Do you find yourself fondling intarsia sweaters and accessories in clothing stories, but you’ve been too intimidated to try this technique for yourself? If you’ve said “yes” to any of these questions, then you need to learn about Annetarsia Knits.
Annetarsia Knits is a reference book for the Intarsia technique, presented in a fresh, informative and comprehensive format. Knitters have traditionally shied away from intarsia due to the annoyance of dealing with multiple yarn supplies on the needle, and weaving all of the ends. “Annetarsia” gives knitters easy options to manage those issues, so that they can get to the fun stuff; painting pictures on their knitting without stranding. Intarsia creates a flexible, lightweight fabric, wonderful for garments.
The book begins with extensive instruction on technique, tools to make it easier, and intuitive ways to deal with problems that may occur. Photography illustrates each step. Then, there are 2 workshops with fun and useful projects to practice skills.
- “In the Kitchen” has patterns for a potholders worked in stockinette and garter stitch intarsia, and an oven mitt worked in the round (ITR). Worsted weight wool is recommended for ease of knitting, and feltability.
- “In the Loo” patterns for stockinette and garter stitch intarsia are washcloths, and the ITR project is a soap bag. Worsted weight cotton is recommended.
- “Yarn gauge” is introduced here, a new technique which enables knitters to measure how much yardage is needed for each intarsia section.
Anne’s students contributed to the workshop projects, and their work is photographed in the book. Students test knit several projects, and 3 variations became original designs, that are included. Their success and enthusiasm attests to the enjoyment of intarsia when done the “Annetarsia” way.