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A beginner's guide to intarsia knitting : 11 simple inspiring projects with easy to follow steps / Suzie Johnson, Daniella Taylor, Linda Williams.
Publication Information:
Tunbridge Wells : Search Press, 2016.

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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746.432043 JOH Book Adult General Collection

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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 to knit intarsia with this essential and easy-to-follow beginner's guide by Suzie Johnson, founder of The Wool Sanctuary.

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.

Author Notes

Quail Studio is a group of knitting, crochet and sewing designers, well known for their contemporary style and eye for trends. It is a family-owned company, and their shared love of handmade fashion and interior design coupled with their keen knowledge of the industry has resulted in a design team skilled in creating beautiful items for people who are passionate about crafting the world over.

The Studio's reputation for sleek, up-to-the-minute style has led to frequent collaborations with major craft publishers and big brand names, such as Vogue and Rowan, to produce stunning, modern patterns that capture their devotion to wearable, fashion-forward designs.

For more information about Quail Studio, please visit their website: | Instagram: @quail_studio | Facebook: @quailstudiodesigns

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Intarsia Basicsp. 6
What is intarsia knitting?p. 7
Useful materialsp. 8
Choosing yarnp. 10
Abbreviationsp. 11
Preparing yarnp. 12
Making a yarn butterflyp. 13
Joining in a new colourp. 14
Changing colour on a straight linep. 15
Changing colour on a diagonal linep. 16
Stranding across a knit rowp. 17
Stranding across a purl rowp. 18
Understanding tension (gauge)p. 19
Working from chartsp. 20
Swiss darningp. 21
Finishingp. 22
Pressing and blockingp. 23
Fox pillowp. 46
Draught excluderp. 50
Tea cosyp. 54
Diamond pillowp. 58
Door stopp. 62
Chevron scarfp. 66
Child's hatp. 70
Child's mittensp. 74
Star blanketp. 78
Child's motif sweaterp. 82
Flamingo motif sweaterp. 90