Learn how to knit intarsia plus amazing FREE patterns

Published on 3 December 2019 2 min read

Make your knitwear picture perfect! Learn how to knit intarsia in this beginners step-by-step guide with Merion. Plus we have some fab patterns for you to try out!

So what’s intarsia?

Ever wanted to create pictures in your knitting? Intarsia is the fab colourwork technique that enables you to make cool shapes and images in your knitwear! Think jazzy jumpers, snazzy socks, dazzling decor - not to mention epic festive sweaters! 

Unlike other colourwork techniques like stranded knitting, intarsia uses separate bobbins so you don’t need to carry the yarn along the back of your project. Phew! Instead, every time you switch colours you use bobbins to reintroduce the colour, or pick up from where you left the working yarn.

What you'll learn in this video

Merion will teach you all the basics, from how to change colour to sewing in ends!


Top tips for perfect pictures!

  • Keep your bobbins tidy! Stop after each colour change and make sure you untangle the bobbins. If you leave them more than a row, you'll get tangled!
  • When you change colour, don't forget to take the new colour under the old colour to secure the yarn and stop any holes forming.
  • Don't pull too tight! If you pull all the yarns too tight your picture will pucker. It may look bumpy and uneven but blocking will help to settle the fibres down and make it even.
  • Don't panic! If you end up with holes, you can sew them closed from the back after you've finished!

Knit yourself a jolly Christmas Motif Jumper with this FREE Paintbox pattern!

Now you’ve got the basics down, try this brand spanking new Christmas jumper pattern from Paintbox Yarns! There are two Christmas motifs to choose from but lots more will be coming in the future.

Interchangeable Motif Jumper in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky - Downloadable PDF

Interchangeable Motif Jumper in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky - Downloadable PDF

By Paintbox Yarns

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