Explorations in Intarsia


Price includes 6 hours of class.

A virtual class with Sarah Peasley

Oct 8, 2:00-4:00pm; Oct 9, 2:00-4:00pm; and Oct 16, 2:00-4:00pm CDT

In-tar’-zha. In-tar’-zee-ya. No matter how we choose to say it, intarsia is fun, Fun, FUN!

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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What’s your favorite kind of knitting? Mine is most definitely intarsia, and I would love to introduce you to its whimsy and beauty.

With intarsia, you can create checkerboards, argyles, and vertical stripes. You can put Santa’s face on a Christmas stocking, or the phases of the moon on a pillow for your den. Initials add a personal touch; words make a statement. Bold colors and geometric shapes create one mood, curved lines and soft tones portray another. Traditional, recognizable motifs and modern, abstract images are equally accessible. The possibilities are limitless.

The first session will introduce you to the ins and outs of intarsia: yarn prep (choosing colors and fibers, cutting lengths or yarn), yarn wrangling (bobbins, butterflies, tension, and detangling), chart reading (super simple ones, honest!), and easy vertical stripes (to get your intarsia journey started).

Next you’ll try out diagonal lines to make some diamonds, and curved lines to make a flower or two. Can you add texture to intarsia? Why, yes you can! A cable and some garter stitch will show you how.

There will be a detour into duplicate stitch, an embroidery technique that can make tiny bits of color possible, form an outline, or fill in a blank space, if intarsia isn’t quite the right choice for that spot. And we’ll weave in some ends, because…every knitting project has ends to weave in, am I right?

And finally, the artistic versatility of intarsia will be showcased as you learn to chart your own intarsia motifs. This is Sarah’s absolute favorite part of intarsia — it’s so easy to create a work of art out of your own imagination or from a favorite little one’s scribblings.

It’s fun. Did I mention that it’s FUN? SO. MUCH. FUN.

Special Skills
Student must be comfortable knitting and purling.

Supply List
• 50 gm each of at least 6 colors of smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn; you will have the best success if all of the colors are very close to the same weight/gauge
• US 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size needed to go with chosen yarn
• Sharp yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
• Blunt yarn needle (for duplicate stitch)
• Scotch Tape
Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes

No pre-class work required.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Kelli J.
Amazing Class for Intarsia and All Knitting

In addition to being hilarious and very, very smart, Sarah is a great teacher--she taught not only the basics of intarsia but a lot of tips and tricks related both to intarsia and knitting in general. Her understanding of knitting and how it works would appeal to and help knitters from beginners to those who are designing their own patterns or making up own designs. I highly recommend Sarah's courses!