There it is, I have been blithering on about communication and I missed a really great question from a lovely artist/designer on Facebook. Today I did something I have not done on Facebook before – I checked the tab “Just Others” and there was the question from May 2010.
The question was “Where can I learn more about your method of intarsia freeform knitting?”
Now that should have sprung out and said “Hey, Here I am”!!!, and I missed it.
There are books out there and much on the internet explaining Intarsia, but my free form Intarsia, there is no resource available as yet that I am aware of.
And so there is no single easy answer to the question, although I am working on an answer to it as I am putting together a book proposal.
For the design on the piece I consider the shape of the canvas, which might be a sweater or a cloak, or a jacket; and the person or exhibition for whom this piece is being created, and then I work to the idea or concept. In other pieces I might simply change the colours and yarn types as I feel, as I view what I am creating.
Very very basically, I sort yarns by colour, texture and weight (more or less as I don’t let the weight drive my work) and then I knit (play) always with the idea or concept in my mind or on the sketch.
The biggest hurdle for most knitters is to plan too much, and while I do plan, that is I have a canvas, which is the shape of the knitted piece, and concept and colour group, then I just knit.
I would love to run workshops on working with intarsia generally and including freeform work, or on “Playing with colour and yarn”. I hope I will have the opportunity to do that when I return to New Zealand.
I am working on a proposal for a book which will have basic knit designs, Instruction on working in the Intarsia method, a planned intarsia design for each knit design, as well as exercises to play with the yarns and colours and so go on to work on a free form intarsia design within the knitted design.
There is a lot work even in putting together a proposal as I am sure you all know, and of course I have to convince a publisher that it is worth their while.
This is a sweet and easy shell to create in one colour or as I have done in many colours and yarns. It is knitted in the round to the armholes, and is a great starter piece for someone wishing to experiement with colours and yarns. It is also a great stash buster.
If you are not sure about a rolled edge at the bottom I do include instructions for a ribbed edge as an option. I am a firm believer in options when spending your hard earned monies on patterns.
The shell in the photograph was created for the “Colour Play” exhibition held in Auckland New Zealand in 2007
Click through to the Etsy pattern listing here. The pattern will be provided via email as a PDF once the US$5.00 payment is received through Paypal. I will include with the pattern general information about knitting in the round, using many colours and yarns in simple stripes and/or simple intarsia, plus the option for knitting with a ribbed band if you prefer.
I keep looking at “The Great New Zealand” cloak because it reminds me there can be art as well as patterns in my life. The Great New Zealand Cloak
And then there are new beret patterns, with technical information about knitting in the round and simple intarsia. There are 3 patterns, all knit in the round, one colour, stripes, and striped with simple intarsia.
Etsy Shop Link if you would like to check it out Etsy Shop pattern link if you like the patterns. The set includes 3 beret pattern options, all knitted in the round. Plain, striped, and simple intarsia with stripes and a variety of yarns. The intarsia one will create a unique beret. I have also included simple basic intarsia knitting instructions.
Intarsia is a technique whereby you can create beautiful and colourful designs or pictures on your knitting. Usually done flat, it is also possible to do it in the round. There are no special requirements in terms of material or equipment. With knowledge of basic knit and purl stitches you are already well on your way to being able to complete an Intarsia knit.
Hopefully this website will also be of assistance to you! You can browse for ideas and inspiration. Feel free to send in your questions when you get stuck. Your creations might not look like designer clothes on your first try but remember that practice makes perfect. No matter what level you are, you will find helpful tips and tricks to guide you along the way. You can do it!
If you are new to Intarsia you may have questions that I could answer which will help you with what you are creating now. Those questions may also give me additional ideas on what should be included in my Intarsia book.
I have started a topic “Intarsia Knitting”, on my Facebook business page under the tab Discussions requesting questions and queries on Intarsia knitting.
The book, which has no name as yet, will cover the skills of knitting using the Intarsia method from working with a basic graph to how I work in the free form way.
It will cover the technical aspects – geared to a learning Intarsia knitter and develop the skills in increments from graph, geometric to free form, over a range of projects. The project patterns will be included. So far projects include a small wall hanging, a sweater, and a jacket.
This is an important project for me – and it has been rummaging around in my head for a long time. Now is the time for me to make it happen. Please join me on the ride as we can all benefit from each others skills, interests, and especially queries.
Standards and Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting
The publishers, fiber, needle and hook manufacturers and yarn members of the Craft Yarn Council of America have worked together to set up a series of guidelines and symbols to bring uniformity to yarn, needle and hook labeling and to patterns, whether they appear in books, magazines, leaflets or on yarn labels. Review this site as you will find it very very useful when working with patterns and using yarns from your stash or yarns that you love but are not the recommended yarn for a pattern you may be trying to work with.
The section Standard Yarn Weight System with categories of yarn and gauge ranges, along with the recommended needle and hook sizes is particularly useful to me as I use yarns from everywhere in the world where the opportunity to purchase something interesting comes up. I also try to read and understand patterns and yarn types from all over Europe (including Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany), USA, Great Britain and New Zealand.
It is a daft thing but even though I very very rarely knit from a specific pattern – I have managed to purchase patterns in Dutch, Danish and German. Why – I don’t know.
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