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A Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Knitting

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Work a world of colour on just the tips of your needles, and learn to knit intarsia in this essential guide by the designers at Quail Studio.

Learn how to create bright and colourful knits using the intarsia method of colour knitting.

This clear and simple book is ideal for anyone who wants to learn the art of knitting with different coloured yarns. It guides you effortlessly through the process of choosing colours, preparing yarn bobbins and working out yarn quantities through to the basic intarsia techniques such as joining in new colours and working from charts.

At the end of the book there is a mouth-watering collection of 11 gorgeous projects including a fox-themed cushion, an eye-catching chevron scarf and a show-stopping star blanket all designed with the beginner in mind.

Whether you prefer vibrant, multi-coloured knits or more muted tones, this easy-to-follow book will teach you all you need to know to create contemporary colourwork.

Table of Contents


– What is intarsia knitting? 7
– Useful materials 8
– Choosing yarn 10
– Abbreviations 11
– Preparing yarn 12
– Making a yarn butterfl y 13
– Joining in a new colour 14
– Changing colour on a straight line 15
– Changing colour on a diagonal line 16
– Stranding across a knit row 17
– Stranding across a purl row 18
– Understanding tension (gauge) 19
– Working from charts 20
– Swiss darning 21
– Finishing 22
– Pressing and blocking 23

– Fox pillow 46
– Draught excluder 50
– Tea cosy 54
– Diamond pillow 58
– Door stop 62
– Chevron scarf 66
– Child’s hat 70
– Child’s mittens 74
– Star blanket 78
– Child’s motif sweater 82
– Flamingo motif sweater 90


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