Intarsia allows for separate areas of color within a knitted piece. Each color area has its own skein or bobbin of yarn allowing for long distances between color changes. Add lovely motifs to your knitting such as argyles, polka dots, pictures – the only limitation is your imagination! Watch this video to learn the basics of intarsia and bring your knitting to a whole new level.

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  1. Kristen
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Every time I say to myself, “I wonder how to…” there you have video for it. You’re the best!

  2. Posted May 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I aim to please!

  3. Liz
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I wonder, is there anything a “picker” should keep in mind when working intarsia?

  4. Posted March 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    No, the yarns still need to be interlocked in the same manner no matter what method you use to knit.

  5. Elizabeth Fry
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for making this so clear. I looked up lots of directions and pulled out lots of my knitting books, and was still confused. I think because I’m a combination knitter (I recently converted from English to continental and then modified that and I think I’m an Annie Modesitt-style combination knitter now) I was twisting the stitches when I added in a color. I think I’ve got the hang of it now, but it is so comforting and reassuring to know I have your video to fall back on if I start having trouble. Thank you, again.

  6. jean
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I love to use your website on my nook but your website isnt optimized for mobile knitters like me who take her knitting bag and nook full of patterns every where

    I just ordered Building Blocks from FiberWilde and site said your website would have helpful videos i am anxios and thankful for videos very clear teaching method

    Maybe soon could mobilize site?

  7. Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    The videos are currently available on my website with internet access. I will have my tech team look into mobile possibilities. I appreciate your comment. Please let me know if you have any questions as you knit the Building Blocks.

  8. Barb
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Thank you. So clear. Helpful!

  9. Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    You are very welcome. Good luck in your project!

  10. Glenda Collins
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you. I have a beautiful, teapot cozy, tea towels, hot plate that was given to me and I’ve been trying to do this. Your videos explanations, patience, detail to how to perform these stitches really help and provide a science behind performing the knitting pattern. Thank you from all my heart!!

    Happy Knitting to you!!!

  11. Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Have fun knitting the project!

  12. Posted April 1, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I am an artist, I use knitting to keep my hands busy when I’m sitting in front of the TV with my husband. I’ve become addicted to socks, they are so portable and I usually do just a basic sock. For Christmas this year, I gave socks to all my close friends and family, I probably have enough sock yarn to keep me in socks for the rest of my life, lol. I found your website when I was struggling with following a pattern for short row heels, I think I ripped out the stitches 10 times, at least (I think some people just don’t have a knack for explaining how to do things), and finally got on-line to see if I could find something that explains it much better, thank God! I appreciate it. Now, I will finish this and on to the next, I’m also trying lace socks for the first time, I figured that out, I’m not sure why I was having so much trouble with this, except it’s so much easier to see someone else do it first, thanks.

  13. Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m delighted I could help a fellow sock addict!

  14. chrissy
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Hi Michelle!
    Me again! I just wanted you to know that I still cannot access your video lessons on my kindle fire. I know we’ve been going back and forth before about it, but I guess I’m going to be like a dog with a bone here! LOL! The MAIN purpose by me getting the kindle was for my knitting. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Oh, I CAN STILL access the video lessons on my phone. It just seems kinda weird to me.

  15. Posted April 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Please try the Ridgely Part 1 video on your Kindle. It is updated to the latest Youtube codes and my website firm assured me that it would work with Kindles. I am working very diligently to accommodate all electronic devices. Keep me posted:)

  16. Posted August 5, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Is there a way to get a transcript of the tapes that are shown so I can refer back to it?

  17. Posted August 5, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry that I don’t offer that service at this time. My new book features Intarsia and other color work techniques – it will be available in early 2014.

  18. Barb Low
    Posted September 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    How would you estimate how much yarn to allow for each diamond in an argyle pattern for a vest? My pattern has 7 contrasting diamonds running across the front, so I assume I’ll need a ball for each diamond and one for each of the original color. I just don’t know if there’s a quick rule for how much yarn to estimate for each ball. This is my first time trying this, and I’m a relatively new knitter. I have found your site so helpful!

  19. Posted September 9, 2013 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Yarn estimation is always a tricky part in Intarsia. A quick method is to count the number of stitches within the diamond area. Let’s just say that it has 100 stitches per diamond. Wrap your working yarn around your needle 100 times, unwrap and then measure the length of the yarn. I would add a bit extra but this should get you very close. Good luck!

  20. Mary Foster
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    watched your video on Intarsia – really helpful, as it has been a long time since I have knitted a project with multiple colors. How do you join a new color on the purl side of stockinette stitch to get the interlock?

  21. Posted November 12, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Purl the first stitch in the new color. Drop the yarn to the front, pick up the old color from underneath and over the new color,and secure it with your left hand. Pick up the new color and purl it, you are now joined and interlocked. Happy knitting!

  22. Barbie
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    show how to intarsia knit in the round ie; for hats, sometimes my background yarn is too apparent and shows through -how do you fix this?
    thanks and love your expertise!

  23. Posted December 4, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    The yarn showing through is generally a tension issue. Are you working Intarsia or stranded knitting?

  24. Laura Powers
    Posted April 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm | Permalink


    I am beginning Building in Color (I finished my Building Blocks afghan and it turned out beautifully). So, on page 10, when we first start, it says to “work charted design in Color A (two separate skeins are required) and Color B…” Does that mean I need two skeins of Color A in addition to the Color B skein? Sorry, I hope what I am asking makes sense.

    Thank you,

  25. Posted April 23, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building in Color with me! I’m delighted that you wanted to create another blanket while growing your skills. Yes, you need two skeins of A and one skein of B for the panel.

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