Argyle socks and Intarsia

I'm working on my first pair of Argyle socks. I've done a bit of intarsia in the past, but not much. I'm more into texture and less into color. Mostly because color just scares the crap out of me. I have a terrible eye for it.

So I'm trying to wrap my head around this wrap the new color yarn. Most of what I've read says just wrap the old color around the new color...which is what I've always done. But I found this neat little video on that explains not to wrap on left slanting colors and it actually makes a bit of a difference. So I'm ripping out the socks and starting again. Luckily I wasn't too far along. I guess that's the price I pay for teaching myself pretty much everything I know about knitting. Who knew there were more qualified people out there?


crmartin's picture

Hi Rob,

I am pretty much the same as you as far as color/texture goes. I really haven't done any color work except for stripes. I do like working with variegated yarns though. One of these days I will try some color work, perhaps Fair Isle. Good luck with the socks!



RBrereton's picture

Thanks Randy!

QueerJoe's picture

Thanks Rob for pointing out this video tutorial. I have done a lot of intarsia over the years, and I had no idea that it was better not to wrap left-slanting color changes. Fortunately, my most recent intarsia was simple vertical color changes, so wraps were appropriate...not like I would even consider fixing them if they weren't.

Who knew it took a village to knit a sock?

RBrereton's picture

Hi Joe,
Thanks for the comment. So I'm curious, do you just wrap all the time when doing intarsia? When you do wrap, how do you wrap? I've ripped these socks out four or five times now - oy! It seems no matter how hard I try to follow instructions on intarsia, I get that blasted gap. One more question, if you don't mind indulging there any trick to joining a new yarn? I find the new yarn is very loose.

Hope to hear from you. If not, check my blog and I'll fill you in on the sock saga : )

Again, thanks for the comment.

QueerJoe's picture

Yes, up to now, I have always wrapped each time I change color, but the next time I will definitely try not doing it on the right slants.

As for gaps, I don't know what to tell you. I don't have any except sometimes where I have just added the new color.

When I join the new yarn, I weave in both ends of the old color and the new color as I knit the new color...when I've finished weaving in, I pull the ends gently to tighten the initial new color stitch. It's hard to describe in words, but easy to do.

MMario's picture

Intarsia scares the crap out of me; though I greatly admire what can be done with it. *ANY* colourwork pretty much frightens me; though simple horizontal stripes I can and have managed.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation