I am a newer knitter. I would like to learn some colorwork. Which is easier for a beginner in colorwork? Intarsia or fairisle? Can someone lead me to some resources for casting on to working it and how to add the 2nd color, etc? Any help would be appreciated.
Do you have a specific project in mind or are you planning to just work up some swatches? A particular project will help you decide which to learn first.
There are some videos on this site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6n561SMZXQ (scroll down) or you can search on youtube and finds tons of how-to videos.
I found stranding (fair isle) to be a little harder than Intarsia, but neither is particularly difficult.
I agree with the poster above. Fairisle isn’t difficult so long as you remember your hierarchy of colours.
Main colour needs to sit high and secondary colour(s) below it in order of the pattern.
Most patterns will say Main Colour and then C1, C2 (contrast 1 and contrast 2). So long as you keep C1 below the Main Colour and C2 below C1, you’ll avoid getting into a muddle.
Hope this helps?
I agree with Antares that it depends on the project. Each technique is useful and fun to learn. Find a pattern that you like and try one of them out.
In many patterns, the cast on and ribbing or border are done in one of the colors and the other colors added for the main body of the project. Starting a new color is just a matter of holding the end of the yarn in place with one hand and beginning to knit with the new color. There are videos here for intarsia and for fair isle. You can see that one of the main tips in both is to cross the colors so that you don’t get holes where you’ve change colors.
Good luck choosing a pattern and come back if you have questions!
I did a stuffed toy for my GDD that used intarsia and it wasn’t difficult at all. Of course it only had one extra color so wasn’t dealing with a lot of colors. I started with a small project so I could get the technique down and would feel more comfortable tackling a larger project.
I have also found that when using multiple colors, bobbins are best.
I’d love to learn colour work this year, but I can’t even tell you what the difference between Intarsia or fairisle are LOL
Have you thought about trying doubleknitting? It is very simple to learn and will help you to get used to working with two colors (managing two different color yarns simultaneously) and there are some simple patterns you could start out with.
There are of course, videos for both techniques on the Advanced Techs part of Free Videos. But you know, there are easy ways of doing two color techniques that don’t require either and which only use one color per row. Using slip stitch techniques creates a very complicated looking pattern that’s actually very simple to do.
Slip stitch is next on my list of Things To Learn. But like most things I’m doing it backward. I’ve already done a little bit of Fair Isle and a little of intarsia… (neither of them very well I should add). But hey… I’m the guy that decided that black cotton yarn would be a GREAT thing to start off with. :masochist:
I made this Mosaic Sampler Hat and its all do e with slip stitch. It’s been posted here, but the pic isn’t showing so here’s my Rav link to it. It was fun!
That’s a cool hat, Jan. Really cool.
Jan, that’s an adorable hat and it looks wonderful. That’s just the kind of complicated pattern you can get with the ease of slipped stitches. Very nice.