Faye Perriam-Reed on creating neater intarsia
Q I’ve tried intarsia, but my fabric always looks messy. Any tips?
A Intarsia knitting looks fantastic when done well, as our ‘Teign’ shawl on page 43 shows. There are a few simple tricks to achieving a neat fabric. First, it’s helpful to wind bobbins of the different colours you’ll be working with before you start to knit.
1-2 When changing colours, always pick up the new yarn from underneath the previous one and gently pull up to tighten its last stitch. Try to keep an even tension as you knit - keep checking by smoothing out the knitting to make sure it will lie flat.
3 Before blocking, neaten the stitches. On the wrong side, pull up the loose strands, then check the right side and straighten the stitches. Work on both sides until the knitting looks uniform. When weaving in your ends, weave into the loops at the yarn change, being careful not to weave in too many ends in one area, as it will leave a lumpy finish.