This is a travelogue of my very first intarsia project (!)—a motif and color odyssey. Consider it a pattern in pictures.
Strength for the Journey and a Compass
Take a moment (or a few hours) to appreciate that palette picked by Kaffe Fassett. That collection of colors is the reason I overcame the dread.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
I cast on as instructed for a Kites motif I-Cushion because the width seemed just right for a wrap.
All the dread is in the places where the yarns meet. Those 8-color junctures were not my happy places.
If you really want to knit this wrap and you’re inexperienced as I was, cast on the number of stitches for the I-Cushion, but start with the Cityscape motif just like Jen recommends and demonstrates here.
And Now We Zig Zag
Around the time the Kites motif was making me wish I’d never been born, a higher power, er, Rowan Yarns, sent me an email announcement about Kaffe Fassett’s Oversized Zig Zag Wrap. I was completely smitten.
I adapted the idea by working the incline on the right side only—copying the slant angle of the Kites.
I really enjoyed the zigging and also the zagging. This long stretch of simple single joins helped me develop my intarsia muscle memory and come to terms with the tangle. I worked this section so that Peach Felted Tweed made one complete trip from edge to edge and back.
At that point there was no keeping me down on the farm.
This is my favorite part. That is all. Doesn’t it shimmer?
I worked one complete I-Cushion chart of boxes, choosing colors just because I liked them next to one another or because they hadn’t been used recently.
Earned My Stripes
Earlier in my journey when the Kites were getting me down, I thought I might eventually break out into random horizontal stripes and be done with the whole intarsia thing. (By the way, this bundle would make an amazing, narrower Garter Stripe Shawl. Just saying.)
But because the Zig Zag got me into a rhythm working the joins, and the Cityscape motif turned me into an intarsia devotee: vertical stripes!
For my finale, I worked horizontal stripes after all, but with a bit of visual, geometrical intarsia interest. The aim here was to work one of the colors in each stripe to turn out square-ish. For example the block of Heliotrope Felted Tweed in the top stripe is 11 stitches wide and 14 rows tall. And the wee blip of Peach nestled between Sulfur and Black is 3 stitches wide and 4 rows tall.
I worked a four-row garter stitch border at the ends and edges. Normally, picking up 400+ stitches for a border is something I would put off forever and a day, but not for this beauty.
All 18 inches by 96 inches (45 x 244 cm). Felted Tweed blocks so beautifully. Don’t get me started.
There’s so much left over! I’m thinking about revisiting the Coins motif for a(nother) cowl from Field Guide No. 13: Master Class. And the shorter lengths are perfect for crochet coasters and mats—aka doilies.
Can you tell I really love this FO?
The Oversized Zig Zag Wrap by Kaffe Fassett