Intarsia in the round

I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew! Ingrid gave me a good explanation of doing intarsia in the round… I’m doing a simple block letter on a hat. That part involves slip stiches and purling. I think I get it. However, when it comes to the main color on the other side of the graphic, it seems that when I add on that strand, I’ll work my way around to the graphic and find myself with 2 strands of the main color. And then 3 and then 4 etc. as I work my way up the pattern.
Does this make sense? What do to :thinking: ? Just making a plain hat is becoming an attractive option!!!

I understand what you’re saying.

When you knit with the main color across your motif, you slip the cc’s. When you purl back you only do the cc’s, so the mc is where you left it and the cc is where it needs to be for the next round. Then you slip it all back over so the working strand of the mc is where it needs to be for you to start knitting. It really is hard to picture if you haven’t done it.

The only way I can picture it working is when the mc is part of the motif and it gets carried across on the “first pass”. Then you’re going backwards for only the cc, then coming back, through slipping, for the mc where you left it on the left side of the motif after you knit that color across. :?? I’d probably be just as clear if I wrote in Finnish! I’ve done it, and could show you quite easily, but maybe if you sit down with it you’ll be able to make it make more sense.

If not, I’ll be here all evening, come on over!

Hey Ingrid. I think I get it better now. What I tried to do was add on a new strand of my mc at the end of the graphic instead of carrying it through. I’ll just stick with the one strand now so the slip/purl trick will work. I’d love to come by for a demo but you’re a bit far :frowning: . Why don’t you come with us on vacation? I’m going to be in the car for 6 hours tomorrow - that should give me enough time for trial and error. I’ll let you know how it turns out when I get back.
Thanks SO much!!!