Getting into Intarsia

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Intarsia is a color technique that lets you paint with yarn. You use this method when you're knitting a bold geometric pattern or an isolated flower or snowflake design.

Intarsia is color knitting without floats. Instead of carrying different colors of yarn across the wrong side of your work so they're both always at the ready, each color area has its own strand of yarn waiting on a bobbin or wound into a small butterfly. When two colors meet, you intertwine the yarns in a way that prevents a gap where one color ends and the next one begins, and then you start working in the next color. Intarsia fabrics stay relaxed and stretchy because no strands are running across the back to stiffen and draw in the fabric.

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