Adventures in Intarsia


As I’m working on a large cushion for a garden bench with a ‘sun’ motif on it which is repeated 16 times, I’ve been doing a lot of Intarsia recently!

This is a technique often used for sweaters with large, solid-colour features or ‘picture jumpers’ with designs such as fruits, flowers, geometric shapes or Christmas motifs like snowmen, reindeers and robins.

With the growing popularity of Christmas Jumper Day in December more and more people are looking at trying this method out for themselves.


If you’re a bit nervous then why not read our information page which describes the process and gives advice to help you try to avoid some of the pitfalls. Then I would suggest getting out your needles and some spare yarn and trying out a simple geometric shape and knit yourself some samples.

As we approach Valentine’s day we’ve been thinking of making some decorations for the shop window and I took some inspiration from this wallpaper. IMG_0609





Drew a simple chart and knitted this sample.









Now I need to decide how it’s going to be displayed and also playing with variations on the motif.

I used Bonus Aran for the background and Giselle Aran for the motif which has a hint of sparkle in it for that extra special touch. I’m imagining the different uses I could make of this simple but effective design such as little gift bags, cushions, blankets or you could use it on the front of a sweater. The possibilities are probably endless!!

We’ve had a lot of people in the shop during January who’d like to knit something like this – soldier tank top

prince george

Sirdar recently produce this version of their lovely tank top pattern suggesting that we could sirdar train tank

‘’Knit the little prince in your life this gorgeous Snuggly DK tank in the style of Prince George’s! To make this cute little tank we’ve used our train tank pattern 4443 and changed the shades to Snuggly DK 353 Indigo Mix, 242 Flamenco and 303 Cream, we think its royaly adorable!’’


So if you just want to jazz up a plain jumper or make something for someone very special, why not give Intarsia a try for your next super cool knitting project?



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