Basic Intarsia Techniques (3 hours) (beginner)


Class Description

Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multi-colored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.

Techniques to be covered

  • Discussion of materials needed for intarsia knitting
  • Preparing charts
  • Preparing materials
  • Joining new colors
  • Twisting yarns between colors
  • Helpful hints (detangling, stitch tension)
  • Reading a chart
  • Weaving in ends
  • Duplicate stitch
  • Optional: Knitting backward

Supplies needed

  • 50 gms smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in main color
  • 10 yds each smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in 4 contrasting colors
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles
  • Sharp tapestry needle
  • Blunt darning needle
  • Scissors


With main color, cast on 25 stitches. Rows 1-6: Knit. Row 7: Purl. Row 8: Knit. Row 9: Purl. Do not bind off. Do not cut yarn.