Intarsia (picture knitting) is a technique that allows color changes in the middle of the row without having floats across the back of the knitting

No matter what machine you use,
you can knit Intarsia

1Built -in intarsia

Some machines have carriages with Intarsia built in.
  • Select the Needles according to a chart
  • Lay the yarn(s) across the needles
  • Set the cam for Intarsia
  • Knit multiple colors across the row with ONE pass of the carriage
2Separate Intarsia Carriage

Some machines have a separate Intarsia Carriage.
  • Select the Needles according to a chart
  • Lay the yarn(s) across the needles
  • Replace the main carriage with an Intarsia Carriage
  • Knit multiple colors across the row with ONE pass of the Intarsia carriage





Knit multiple colors with one pass of the carriage
3Manual Intarsia
Intarsia can be created manually by using hold and MULTIPLE passes of the carriage

  1. Select the Needles for color 1
  2. Place all other needles in hold position
  3. Set the carriage to hold
  4. Thread the carriage with color 1
  5. Knit the needles in work
  6. *Put the needles that were just knit in hold and put needles for color 2 into work
  7. Thread the carriage with color 2
  8. Knit the needles in work*
  9. Repeat from * to * (steps 6-7-8), following the chart. Knitting 1 color at a time and passing the carriage multiple times to knit all the stitches of the row


Knit colors with MULTIPLE passes of the carriage

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