Hi there:) It’s a long weekend here in Ireland, and for once I don’t care that the weather is dull and dreary – I’ve spent it indoors, studying (or cramming to be more truthful!). I have exams coming up and I cannot wait for them to be over, and for normal life to resume. Sorry if you come here for sewing – it will resume soon -I promise! Unfortunately, the only sewing I’ve done lately has been in my dreams. There are a few knitting projects on the go – very slowly though – they were a way to unwind over the last few months.
I have a knit tee that I have wanted to copy with a while.(It’s the larger orange top below). I made an attempt once before , but it derailed into a completely different top – (that would be the much smaller yellow top below!). The yellow top is still being worn – sometimes knitted clothing magically grows along with the child wearing them!
I’m planning a second attempt, this time with better calculations and more suitable yarn!
These are some of the colours I’m going to use –
I’m going to do some type of intarsia design on the front (mixing in different coloured yarns). A quick guide to doing intarsia can be seen here – Intarsia instructions . If anyone has some links to modern/geometric intarsia patterns, please share – I haven’t been able to find any beyond some dodgy eighties styles!
I haven’t found any charts online that I like. So in typical D.I.Y fashion… I’m attempting to make my own chart. First I knitted a sample swatch using some of my yarn – and counted my rows and stitches over 10cm.
I used my knitting gauge to choose the best size paper. Ordinary graph paper isn’t suitable for making Intarsia charts, as knit stitches are short and wide instead of perfect squares. Knitters Graph paper can be downloaded for free here- Sweaterscapes Knitters Graph Paper . .
It’s a very rough draft – I want to knit a sample to see the actual scale, before I plan it properly.
I’ve cast on another swatch to try out the triangles and see if I like the size – hopefully when I get some time back, I’ll start to make some progress.
Ps – I’m not the only one working on an Intarsia design of my own – another example can be found here 🙂