Does identifying one type of knit from another catch you for a loop? Once you’ve distinguished your textile as a knit vs. a woven, identifying an intarsia garment will be no ‘sweat-er’ as long as you remember these key identifying points!
The intarsia knitting technique involves two or more differently colored yarns that create motifs in solid blocks of color. A few examples from our site include the trompe l’oeil-inspired Trick of the Eye Sweater, the vibrant It Was a Dark and Squirrely Night Sweater, and the adorable A Little Bit Bunny Cardigan! Unlike other knitting methods, the motifs on these garments are produced separately before being fitted together to form the final piece. At any given time, there is only one yarn per stitch, meaning other colors that appear on the front do not float across the back of the garment; rather, they are tied off when starting a new color. To seal the deal, simply turn your fabric over and it bears the same image on both sides, then you know it’s an intarsia knit!
So that sweater that you had as a kid with giant crayons splashed across the front? You can now lovingly remember it as one of the best intarsia knit to have graced the garment world! Do you remember or currently have any intarsia knits with notably awesome motifs?