i hate intarsia:each goddamn pink and purple diamond had to have a strand hanging down because you just are not supposed to carry the yarn behind so many stitches. the front of this looked okay, but the back is a disaster.
here’s another back of intarsia, my second attempt at this project. i decided it would be easier to just have one center line of argyle so i wouldn’t have so many strands. doing it this way i had only 5 strands as opposed to the 15 i had with the first try.
but it looks all gross on the back.
here’s the front of that piece:
looks nice enough, right? but each row took so long (just doing those 3.5 argyles took a couple of weeks) and although you can’t see them, there were no fewer than 8 dropped stitches within that argyle, so i threw it away, too.
so after throwing away the back of a vest, three ruined partial fronts (forgot to take pics of try number 3) i did this! in 4 days!
and why did it only take four days, you ask? well see, in fair isle, there are no more than 5 stitches in between colors so you can just switch colors without starting a whole new strand. also, instead of being knit separately, this vest was able to be knit in the round, like a tube for most of it, most importantly all the colorwork was made this way.
look at how pretty the back is:
so i’m more proud of this project than any other i’ve done in a long time.
here’s a pic of esme eating birthday cake yesterday at grandma’s:
1. ankle straps
2. tights/pants or something made of tulle with embroidery for god’s sake
3. tartan and gingham!
4. inside out tartan cuffs!