I recently took on another class offered by Craftsy. This one is called Next Steps in Intarsia (w/ Anne Berk) taught by Anne Berk.
The main reason for wanting to take this class was to learn how to work Intarsia in the round. Typically Intarsia is worked flat, because the yarn ends up on the wrong end of your knitting when you try it in the round. There are several methods to solve this problem. The instructor, Anne, has a very unique approach. At 1st it seems confusing and I will say it’s not the kind of knitting I’d want to do every day. But I think with a bit more practice, I could master it.
The main issue is trying to keep all the various yarn bobbles from getting tangled. That seems to be inevitable – even Anne was having trouble keeping them strait. It only takes a moment to unwind them, but while learning a new technique, I found it to be somewhat troublesome.
There are 3 patterns that come with the class. A cowl, a pair of fingerless mitts, and a hat. I decided to make the mitts. They looked to be rather large, so I used a different gauge to shrink them down a bit. I also stopped early to make them a bit shorter. This is my daughters hand in the photo. They come up a little higher on mine. And in case you are wondering, I’ve used Cascade 220 yarn.
I did struggle a bit and have made some mistakes in the first one. She recommends that you have some chocolate on hand for those moments of frustration. I still had some candies leftover from the Baby Shower, so that worked.
It’s an interesting form of knitting and I can think of many uses for it. I’m already picturing images that I’d like to knit into a sweater or glove project. It’s fun to imagine all the possibilities.
As with all Craftsy Classes, there are printed instructions to help you follow along. If at any time you still feel confused, or just want to comment on the class or share a finished project, it’s easy to do so. If you’ve posted a question, your instructor will answer promptly. You can also take video notes to mark areas of special interest. I’ve said it before and it’s still true. I love the Craftsy platform. It’s a great way to improve your skills or learn something new – no matter what your interest is!
And the Mitts are really cute!