We all know that intarsia is almost impossible to do in the round.
You CAN, however, work a panel of stranded (think fair-isle) knitting in the round, where the colour work doesn’t go all the way round the piece, but is only worked in one specific area.
This is a technique that Nathan Taylor has pioneered himself, and it’s really fun to do. Its applications are many and various. You can, for example, put a contrasting motif on the ankle of a sock, or a logo on the front of a hat. Fancy working a patch of colour work into the breast of a jumper knitted in the round without doing duplicate stitch after the event? Now you can add little patches of stranded colourwork anywhere you like in your in-the-round projects.
Level of experience: Adventurous Beginner. This is a class that will be suitable for knitters with some experience of stranded/fair-isle knitting, who are comfortable with working with two colours at the same time, and who are looking to expand their horizons.
You will need: about 20g and 10g respectively, of each of two colours of
yarn, worked into the swatch described below. Use two highly contrasting colours, and for best results a fibre that is suitable for colourwork, such as shetland wool, or another fairly grippy, natural fibre.
BEFORE THE WORKSHOP please make a swatch worked as follows:
Using DK-weight yarn, and appropriately sized needles, with your main colour, cast on 40 sts in the round,
and work about 10 rounds of stocking stitch/stockinette. Do not work any colour changes.
DO NOT CAST OFF YOUR SWATCH! We will continue knitting it in the class.