Running circles around intarsia

This month, we’ve been tackling intarsia in the round … and the results have been pretty spectacular! It’s always great to see the amount of learning that happens in the monthly knitalongs, but this month in particular, it’s been really inspiring to see knitters take on a technique that was new to virtually almost everyone!

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Technique Talk with Julia Farwell-Clay

his month’s Boost Your Knitting designer is the supremely talented Julia Farwell-Clay, whose cleverly cute Heartgyle Socks have knitters around the world not only working intarsia, but doing it in the round! She loves a good sweater, but also has designed beautiful accessories — she’s partial to eye-catching designs and interesting techniques! She was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her design process and the role that new techniques play in it — and she’s got some good advice for us too!

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More Intarsia in the Round Patterns to Try!

I’ve been happily knitting away on my Heartgyle Socks, looking forward to getting to the intarsia action! If you’re casting around looking for other projects that use this technique, you might struggle initially – like dip stitches and tuck stitches, “intarsia in the round” isn’t a separate pattern characteristic field on Ravelry. So here’s a small roundup of more patterns from Julia Farwell-Clay that use this technique!

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Knitting How-To: Working Intarsia in the Round (A Video Tutorial)

I’m a big fan of stranded colourwork knitting – and I know many of our customers are aficionados too! But there are times when you want a single bold colour motif that’s non-repeating, no stranding required. It’s in these situations that we turn to another type of colourwork knitting: intarsia. Working the technique in the round poses special challenges. I’ll show you how to tackle them in today’s tutorial.

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Picking Colours for the Heartgyle Socks

Julia Farwell-Clay’s Heartgyle socks, this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern, give so much scope for playing with colour. I’ve been having more fun than I should playing with combinations of Coop Knits Socks Yeah! 4ply (the heathered shades are just so fun to mix and match) … and now I want to knit about a half a dozen pairs!

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