Class length
3 hours
Skill level
Supplies needed
1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in main color
10 yd (10 m) 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
Materials fee
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.
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
Basic Intarsia Techniques photo

Basic Intarsia Techniques

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.