I am just about old enough *cough* to remember the cheerful, bright intarsia sweaters of the 1980s and because there’s nothing new in fashion, the shops have been full of them again last winter and again this year. Intarsia has been my nemesis for a long time. I learnt stranded knitting really quickly, but intarsia has always felt fiddly and awkward. However, I really want to get this colourwork monkey off my back (which has nothing to do with not knitting but surfing Ravelry for patterns over the past few days, honest! ).
So here are a few possibilites:
Fat Kitty by Justine Turner
Brendan by Catherine Shields
Snuffle Sweater by Lorna Miser
Sirdar 2399 by Sirdar Spinning Ltd.
First Mate by Kate Bellando
This one reminds me of an Elsa Schiaparelli sweater.
And while I was looking through Ravelry for patterns, Rose spotted and requested this one:
Sirdar 4087 by Sirdar Spinning Ltd.
which a) would never fit under a coat and b) is seriously going to freak you out if you suddenly catch sight of your reflection and see a big grinning bear peering over your shoulder. But it’s very cute.
to try to get me started on intarsia, as there is a LOT of colourwork in the book. And I do love the pirate sweater on the cover. (The dinosaur phase is currently morphing into pirates. We shall not say a word about the stress of knitting a ginat brontosaurus only for it to be rejected for parrots and eyepatches.) It uses only two colours, although I think I’d need to have two or three balls of each colour on some rows, which is the bit that puts me off! Another problem is that, like a lot of patterns in the book, it is knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton which is a PITA to substitute as it has a tension of 20 stitches x 28 rows to 4 inches. I am going to experiment with some Stylecraft Special DK to see if knitting it at 5 spi makes too loose a fabric.
So either I will have an exciting WIP photo of a skull and crossbones, or I shall never mention this again.