For measuring the length of yarn needed for each color block.
For trimming yarn tails.
Optional: Organize all your different working yarns to prevent them from getting tangled.
Knit with your Main Color (MC) up to where your Contrasting Color (CC) begins.
Drop MC on top of the CC, and pick up CC so that it comes up behind and back over MC. (Both strands will be on the back side of your work.)
The MC will be twisted around - or "locked in" - with the CC.
Knit with CC up to the next color change.
Drop CC on top of a new strand of MC and bring that strand up behind and over CC. Note: the yarns are not carried behind with intarsia, so there will be a new strand of yarn for each color change.
Knit with MC. Repeat these steps for each color change.
Purl with your Main Color (MC) up to where your Contrasting Color (CC) begins.
Drop MC on top of the CC, and pick up CC in front of MC. (Both strands of yarn will be on the front side of your work.)
The MC will be "locked" behind CC.
Purl with CC up to the next color change.
Drop CC and pick up a new strand of MC from under and in front of CC.
Purl with MC. Repeat these steps for each color change.
Depending on your pattern, you may have different strands of multiple colors of yarn all live across the same row at the same time.
Rather than have several balls of yarn attached to your project, determine approximately how much yarn you need for each color section and pre-measure that amount of yarn.
For example, Julie determined she needed about 2.5 yards (2.25 meters) of yarn for each square in her Nine Patch.
Once you know how much yarn you need for a particular area of color (a patch in this case), measure your yarn with a Tape Measure and snip off just what you need, being sure to leave enough for tails.
Tip: Julie's favorite way to measure yarn quickly is by her own arm lengths. To do this, hold the end of the Tape Measure to the tip of your nose, then extend your other arm out, holding the tape measure. Make a note of your arm length. For Julie, her nose-to-hand measurement is 29 inches. So to get 2.5 yards (90 inches) of yarn for her Nine Patch squares, she holds the yarn to the tip of her nose and stretches her arm out (just like she did with the Tape Measure) three times to get approximately 90 inches. It doesn't have to be exact!
Now with shorter strands, you can simply let your yarn hang loosely behind your work.
If they seem to get a little tangled together, simply grab the tangle of yarn in one hand and pull out the individual strand with your other hand. Since it is not attached to a ball or cake, it will easily slide out.
If you don't want to bother with measuring out your yarn this way, or don't like the idea of letting your yarn hang loosely behind your work, you can instead organize your yarn balls with one or two Natural Mesh Bags. One bag can hold 2-3 small balls of yarn, and you can separate each strand with the snaps at the opening.
Intarsia is used to create the colorful patches in the NINE PATCH cardigan. Nine Patch is really two patterns in one: you get to choose whether you knit it with sleeves or as a vest - instructions for both are included. This pattern uses a modified Cocoknits Method with English tailored shoulders, but the worksheet is not required.
Intarsia is used to create the patch pockets on Version A of the TONI Cardigan. Toni is a Cocoknits Method V-neck cardigan with plenty of customization options: two types of incorporated button bands, two types of color blocking, two types of pockets, two different lengths, and optional short-row bust darts.
Intarsia is used to seamlessly create the color-blocked sleeves in Ally. The distinct lines of this Cocoknits Method pattern were inspired by moto jackets. It also features articulated elbows, which are worked with short-row shaping.