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Old 12-08-2009, 12:19 AM   #1
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Best intarsia-in-the-round technique
I'm firm in knitting intarsia in the round. What I intend to knit has no other way out (that I wish to do).

I want to knit a friend a purse with DPNs. The purse consists in alternating squares (purple-white-purple-white), and a peace sign knitted with fair isle on top of them. So, the only thing I can do is use the intarsia method with the squares. (I will not knit two flat pieces and sew them together)

I've read some techniques, and liked two of them:
- One consists on knitting until the end of the round, yarn over, turn the work, knit to the end again, and k2tog the last stitch with the previous yarn over. I don't know why I think this will leave little holes lying around.
- The other one is knitting until the last stitch, wrapping the first stitch, turning the work, and going back on the knitting. I believe this would be neater?

Could anyone tell me which method is nicer-looking? And if anyone knows a better one, please tell me.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:09 AM   #2
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How large are the squares? You can do that with the stranded method and catch the yarn every so often so the floats aren't too long.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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You could knit squares and graft them together so it looks continuous.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:31 AM   #4
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The squares are pretty big (there are only 4 squares on each side of the purse). I really want to try intarsia in the round, since I'm terrible at sewing. Please help...
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:35 AM   #5
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You probably haven't gotten responses because most people wouldn't do it that way. If there are only 4 squares on each side it seems like you could use intarsia flat for the 4 squares and then just seam at the sides. If you use mattress stitch it would barely show. It's really pretty easy.
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Ok, I'll then just go ahead and knit two flat pieces (using intarsia) and sew them together. I'll google mattress stitch and practice it on a piece of cloth. Thanks for the advice!
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There is a mattress stitch video here.. I think it's under tips (?) and this is also very helpful.
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html
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I'm interested in the idea of knitting intarsia in the round the way you described at the top! I'm a beginner when it comes to color work - I've only done a couple of projects using it. But I'd like to knit a baby hat for my friend, and the first time I tried using long floats and it was all puckered. I wonder if I'd have better luck with the knit and turn and purl back method...

Here's the hat... I emailed the designer and she said that she expects people to just use long floats and control their tension. I guess I'm not very good at that!
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I've read somewhere that knitting fair isle inside out makes the tension better. I've yet to try it though.
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I'm not sure what you mean by inside out. Like, purling everything?

I think the pattern I am looking at (the sheep hat) is technically intarsia, not Fair Isle. ???

But I still have to churn out a few more fingerless gloves before I start that hat again.
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