Shake off the mayhem, the April fools, the daily distractions—it’s a new month, and a new project from A Year of Techniques.
If you had fun with last month’s Helical Stripes, this month is going to make you feel like a total genius.
This is it.
This is the month we learn intarsia.
HOLD ON! Don’t gimme that shake-your-head-no-thanks business. This is not the month to plug away on some garter-stitch blanket. April is for new beginnings. Friends, this is the month we dig deep, straight into the belly of the beast, right into the technique that allows us the magical ability to start and stop colors anytime we damn well please, at any place in a row of knitting.
What you see before you is a brand-new, exclusive Year of Techniques pattern from everybody’s favorite brainiac designer, the tall and clever Bristol Ivy.
Why is her Brambling Shawl such a perfect way to learn intarsia?
Number 1: It’s a beauty. Here’s the schematic, which shows the irregular geometry that is possible when you’re not locked into a pattern where colors must end at the end of a row.
Liberation! Freedom from rigidity! Artful curvy bits!
Number 2: Only a few colors at work. We will ease into this idea of changing colors in the middle of a row. Seven minutes with the cool-headed Jen Arnall-Culliford is all it takes to set us on our way with this fascinating shawl. The tutorial up top shows the simple maneuver required to change from one color yarn to another in the middle of the row.
Number 3. The yarn! The glorious, fluffy Fyberspates Cumulus!
How to Get in On This Thrilling Project
- Get the pattern. If you bought your Year of Techniques ebook last month, this new pattern has been delivered to your Ravelry library, ready to go. If you need to buy your Year of Techniques ebook, head over to Arnall-Culliford Knitwear where you can purchase your ebook and/or print copy of A Year of Techniques—it includes 12 patterns for the whole program.
- Get the yarn. We have just stocked the MDK Shop with Fyberspates Cumulus. Alpaca and silk. Dreamy stuff. We’re offering two colorways for the Brambling Shawl, five colors per colorway.
- Get ready. I am ready to overcome my foolish and irrational fear of intarsia. I think I saw a photograph of Kaffe Fassett in 1985 with a 75-color dolman sleeve pullover and it scarred me. The bobbins were dangling like trapped beetles. It looked terrifying.This project is not like that. It’s fluffy. It’s pretty. This is going to be fun. We are going to conquer this.
Top: Colorway Revere.
Bottom: Colorway Sterling.
Conversation about this month’s project commences immediately over in the Lounge: “Technique Number 2: Intarsia.”