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Old 11-23-2010, 06:27 AM   #1
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Intarsia.. how to start pattern?
For my first intarsia project, i had found a pattern for wristbands where intarsia is used to form 4 letters. I'm not sure what a block is in that case, would a bobbin be used for each letter or would i need to add a new block of the main colour for say, the "empty" space in the letter 'e'..?
Also, do you always start the pattern on the purl side?
I'm so confused!

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Old 11-23-2010, 12:55 PM   #2
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I could be more precise if I had a link to the pattern, because then I would know what we talk about.

Mostly what you do in intarsia: you have a few rows of knitting done (ribbing, cuff, straight, whatever your pattern says, mostly anyways).

Then the intarsia part begins: every block of color gets a bobbin of its own. Your question is: what is a block of color: well, you see that easily by going through the chart line by line (row by row): every color change marks a new block. So every time you go from one color to the second: new bobbin.

Now, if I knew your pattern, I could tell you more... If your letters are - let's say - just one or 2 stitches wide for each line in the letter, I might take a new bobbin for every line of that letter, but I would strand the main color behind (call that "fake intarsia" if you like) For true intarsia you would start a new bobbin of main color there as well.

Oh, you do not always start a piece of knitting with a purl row.
The pattern says what side (Right side or Wrong side) you start on. Either is fine.
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