(sort of) intarsia in the round

I like knitting in the round. I like colour blips. I like the two together.
But intarsia does not work in the round…

So this is how I do it.

The instructions below are specifically for the coloured squares in my Sweatrrr. If you are working with larger colour insertions, you’ll obviously need a longer piece of Contrast Colour and to be a little inventive.

Round 1: Cut a 55-60 cm (22″)-piece of Contrast Colour (CC) yarn. Join and knit 5 sts, but leave a 20 cm (7in) end at the beginning. You will knit the 5 CC sts on the next round with this end.

First 5 sts, right side

5 CC sts knitted on Round 1. Not a bad start!

Now strand the Main Colour (MC) behind, not too loosely, not too tightly either, then twist MC around CC, and pull MC tight at beg. of the 5 CC sts — pull and stretch the fabric to see that the yarn is not pulled too tightly, check, fiddle a little.

Twisting the yarns behind

Twisting the yarns — in normal intarsia knitting, the twisting would be complete here.

Twisting the yarns 2

Completing the twist to continue knitting with the purple (MC) yarn.

Round 2: Knit 5 CC sts with the short yarn end from previous round.

Round 1, wrong side

View from Wrong Side (WS). The arrow points at the short yarn end which will be knitted with on the next round. The purple yarn is stranded comfortably — not too tightly, not too loosely.

Now strand MC behind and twist it with the long end of  CC (from the previous round).

Wrong side, round 2

View from the wrong side after knitting Round 2 (from the right side). On Round 3, you’ll be purling back with the long yarn end at bottom right.

Round 3: This is the odd-one-out round. Slip the 5 CC sts without knitting them from Left Needle to Right Needle. Turn work (= Wrong Side) and purl 5 CC sts with the long yarn end from the first round.

slipping 5 sts

Slipping 5 CC sts from Left Needle to Right Needle — so that they can be worked (purled) from the WS.

Round 1, wrong side

View from Wrong Side (WS). The arrow points at the short yarn end which will be knitted with on the next round. The purple yarn is stranded comfortably — not too tightly, not too loosely.

Turn work (= Right Side) and again slip the 5 CC sts from Left Needle to Right Needle.

Continue with MC as before, stranding, twisting.

Round 4:  Knit 5 CC sts (the yarn end is just where you want it), then continue with MC.

Complete, from right side

The coloured square is complete — and one more round has been knitted above it.

Complete, wrong side

Viewed from the Wrong Side

Done.

I used a similar technique — but improvised and not very methodical — for a larger, red square on my marja-stina kiddie kimono:

marjastinaWMsleeve


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