Tutorials for fair isle and intarsia?

Does anyone know some good tutorials for teaching fair isle and intarsia? I’ve searched for websites and found some, but I’m still confused. I’ve also checked the videos here, but I’m on dialup, so it would take all day to load the videos :rollseyes: . I want to start just practicing on small swatches, but I’m confused about when to use fair isle and when to use intarsia and what to do with the yarn, etc. Any help would be wonderful!!

You can find some intarsia info on DIY’s Knitty Gritty site and here & here & some fair isle vs intarsia tips here, but I think Amy’s videos are so helpful, u know she has the cd-rom for sale & it’s great…I have it & LOVE it!!
I also found this, which looks to be very helpful :wink:

I think that in general, when you do fair isle knitting you are carrying one or more colors across the entire row producing ‘strands’ across the back. In intarsia it is more used to produce a single larger block of a different color and the colors are not carried across the back (except if there are only a few stitches in between blocks). The yarn is dropped and then picked back up on the return row when you reach that point.

This looks like a pretty good tutorial on learning intarsia:

Here’s a good description of the differences between intarsia and fair isle that I just found:

This looks like a good tutorial on fair isle:

Hope this helps a bit.

Ok, I gave intarsia a try last night, but I’m not sure I did it quite right since I did some stranding across the back. However, the front looks perfect, so I’m happy. The brown stems are embroidered on using stem stitch, BTW :happydance: .

You just whipped that up last night?? :shock: I’m so impressed!! Way to go! :thumbsup: I think it’s okay to have a bit of stranding in intarsia if the stitches are only a few between rather than having a seperate ball. The front looks unbelievable, you should be proud of yourself!


:notworthy: You should be proud…looks good :wink:

Very nice!!! I often combine the two when working a pattern.