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Monthly Archives: August 2010

  • FAQ: What is Intarsia?

    Intarsia is a color work technique that is used to create individual fields of color in one piece. Yarn is not stranded horizontally (like in Fair Isle knitting); rather, each section of color has its own working yarn that moves vertically. You can usually identify intarsia because the color work does not continue over the course of the entire row. Thus, it would be pointless to strand a yarn over a row in which it is not used. Here's an example that I knit up.
    Intarsia front
    While I only used two colors of yarn, I used three different strands of yarn: one purple piece for the center, one mustard piece for the left, and one mustard piece for the right. Here I have recolored my swatch to show where the matching mustard piece is.
    Back recolor
    As you can see in this close up, it is important to twist your working yarns when you change colors. This helps to prevent holes from forming when you change colors.
    Intarsia back

    And what can you make with intarsia? Click here to see seven knit and crochet intarsia patterns.

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  • On the Road: Customer Projects at Stitches Midwest

    This past weekend I had the great pleasure of going to Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg, IL.  It was so fun being surrounded by crafters all weekend and seeing knitters everywhere we went.  As I've said before, one of my favorite things about going to shows is seeing customer projects.  Some stop by to show off their work, while other are stumbled upon in hotel lobbies.  Either way, seeing the finished work (or work in progress) is always so satisfying for me.  Here are some of the beautiful projects from this weekend:

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    Please keep your mouse over the slideshow to see the captions. Unless the name of the pattern is specified in the caption, we do NOT have the pattern available. If you're viewing the photos in your e-mail, please click on the title of the blog post to view it on our website in order to see the captions.

    We're headed to Maker Faire NY in September and Stitches East in October, and we'd love to see you there!  Even if you can't make it to a show you can share your projects in our Customer Gallery.

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  • Bright & Graphic Tights for Fall!

    New York Magazine's fashion blog, The Cut, recently featured a fun slide show of bright, textured, and graphic tights--a trend that seems to be catching on for the fall. (Click here to visit the slide show.)

    Well, with the introduction of 7 new colors this year to our Sock-Ease line, as well as dozens of patterns for leg warmers and socks added to our website, there are a ton of options for an enterprising knitter or crocheter to capitalize on the look and make her own!

    Here are just a couple of the options:

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    (If you're looking at this blog post on the website, click on the slideshow to move to the next photo. If you're viewing this blog post in your e-mail and you're having trouble with the photos, please click the title of the blog post to view the slide show on the website.)

    Find the patterns at (must be logged into LionBrand.com to view):

    What is your favorite fashion trend for fall? Leave a comment and let us know!

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