Welcome to the Intarsia Crochet Photo Tutorial, courtesy of April Garwood at Banana Moon Studio! Okay, that was cheesy...anyway. In honor of my latest published pattern, T. Rex Hat and Mitts, found in Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011. I have made this photo tutorial about working intarsia crochet. In the picture above I have a simple intarsia chart of a letter 'H'.
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The chart for the T. Rex pattern is in the mag for those who plan to make it. I didn't think it would fly too well with the editor for me to post that here for all to see ;) So we will work with this one as an example. Intarsia is a technique that involves using 2 or more colors of yarn to stitch a picture into the fabric. It isn't stitched on top, it is a part of the fabric. If you scroll to the end of this tutorial, you can see my finished 'H' swatch to see how that looks. The chart above shows you visually how to use the 2 colors. The white boxes represent the background color (green in this case) and the green filled boxes, represent the color of the picture I am making (which in this case is pink). So for each white box I work a stitch in the green, and for each green box I work a stitch in the pink (sorry, I realize that's kind counter-intuitive).
I start with a couple of beginning rows of single crochet that are wide enough for my chart to fit (10 sts wide), plus an extra stitch on each side. When working from a pattern, this set-up part will be written into the pattern. I have placed stitch markers in the first and last stitches that will encompass my chart so that I don't have to think much about where to begin and end my chart work.
I pull that loop of pink through the 2 loops of my green sc to finish it off. The top of that green sc will be green because it's top is formed by the loop pulled through the sc before it. By pulling through this sc with pink, I have provided a pink top for the stitch that I am just about to work.
By the way, the yarn I used for this demo is called Queensland Collection Super Aussie 100% Merino. it is a VERY soft worsted weight superwash wool that I LOVE! I ordered mine from http://yarn.com/.
I hope this was helpful to you! Was there anything you would like me to clarify? explain in more detail? Leave a comment and let me know! I'd also love to hear about it if this was ver helpful! I plan to put up a second blog post today or tomorrow about winding off a separate bobbin or "mini-skein" to complement this post. Until then, happy crocheting!