Do you ever wonder why some knitting techniques get a bad rap? Or are you one of those bad rappers who rap before you wrap? Sorry, wow, bad pun!
I have been a bad rapper about intarsia in the past, assuming it to be overly cumbersome and annoying to manage all of the yarns. In my knitting history, I have worked one project using intarsia and the experience was totally fine. Still. Whenever I see a pattern that uses intarsia, I always write that pattern off as something I wouldn’t want to knit because intarsia = blech!
For some time, I’ve been mulling over a few different ideas for designs I have but have stalled on them because they all would involve the dreaded intarsia. I tried to brainstorm alternative construction methods but ultimately decided that the optimal method was with intarsia.
So I took a deep breath and cast on.
About four days later, I am over halfway done with the body of the sweater, having been blowing through the knitting of this project at lightning speed. With this project, I am managing six different yarns and I am surprised to discover that the cumbersomeness of managing multiple yarns is overstated. Yeah, so there are a bunch of yarns that sometimes get tangled. And yeah, I have to spend approximately two seconds twisting them at the back of the work to join the colors. Big whoop!
I’ve experimented with a few different yarn management techniques but my preference is to simply divide my yarns according to where in the work they will be used and then not really worry if the yarn tangles. A big plus for my current intarsia project is that it requires little attention whilst knitting, and is great for kicking back with a beer and a friendly conversation, or my latest bing-watching program, whatever my druthers. I have even successfully brought my intarsia project to public establishments and have worked on it with ease.
What about you, Readers… any crafting techniques that you avoid for possibly no good reason? How do you feel about intarsia?