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I'm Going to Learn Crochet Intarsia! I am So Brave!

Hello, how are you?  I hope your week is going well and you're making excellent progress with your projects.  I'm about halfway through a swatch.  Yup, that's what I'm actively working on right now.  I decided to get crazy with color work and try out the Beginner's Guide to Crochet Color Work.  I've always wanted to knit or crochet a throw pillow for my living room, and the Kilim pillow pattern really grabbed me.  There is a project for each of the techniques explained in Beginner's Guide to Crochet Color Work--stripes, mosaic, Intarsia, woven Fair Isle, and combinations of these techniques--and the Kilim pillow is the project for Intarsia.

This is so pretty!

And what exactly is Intarsia?  Well, I'm so glad I get to pretend you asked!  According to the guide, "Intarsia color work draws highly graphic pictures onto a crocheted fabric, using many colors on each row."  So that's what I'm trying out because that sounds awesome! 

I had thought about starting with something a little less intimidating like the super pretty Ripple Cowl, which is for striped work.

Let's be honest, though. I'm still going to make this sometime soon. This looks awesome.

But I already know how to crochet stripes and I really liked the look of that pillow.  So even though I knew I would need bobbins for this project, I went ahead and plunged into making the gauge swatch.  I know it's a little thing, but any time a project calls for tools I don't normally use--even something as simple as stitch markers.  Those used to freak me out--something in my brain decides that I should panic and get scared of something as simple as a new crafting technique.

This picture should not trigger a fight-or-flight response, but it did.

But I was a super brave adventurer and just went for it!  I carried some strands of yarn and pulled yarn from both ends of the skein for one color.  And after that, I decided I would be a firm believer in bobbins.


This is a tiny little bit of crocheted fabric and I've got all kinds of tangles in the back of this work!  I'm incredibly glad that I just jumped into swatching instead of jumping into the entire pillow because I would have been in some awful level of crochet hell if I had.  Actually, I would have had to unravel this anyway because I need to go down a hook size.  This is looking pretty loosey-goosey.


But!  I'm still totally going to finish this swatch.  I am going to treat this little bit of crocheting like my Intarsia trouble-shooting experiment.  I literally cannot wait to see what else can go wrong with this project!  No really, I mean that.  This has been a fantastic practice.  I have now crocheted six whole rows of Intarsia and I'm feeling a lot less intimidated.  And I think I might use different colors.  Or the same colors in a different arrangement.  Or something.

 I'm going to keep thinking about it as I finish up this swatch.  This is the practice run for Intarsia where you work out different techniques and work on your tension.  So I'm going to work on this AND probably work the recommended gauge swatch before I make the pillow itself.  It looks beautiful and I can't wait to have it on my couch this fall.  It's going to be a lovely piece of decor and I'm going to be super pumped about having finally made a throw pillow with yarn!  It's going to be awesome.

I hope your works-in-progress are awesome this week, too.  Happy crafting!

4 thoughts on “I'm Going to Learn Crochet Intarsia! I am So Brave!”

  • Bailey

    I made a kitty blanket for my niece without knowing a great deal about the technique. The bobbins are incredibly necessary. You learn more about tension as you go along because the picture really depends on the quality and consistency of your tension. Difficult project, but I'm glad I did it.

    • Jen

      Good to know--I tend to have inconsistent tension and I'm really going to have to keep an eye on that for this project. A kitty blanket sounds adorable!

  • Charlotte Huffman

    I'm intimidated by this technique also but want to try.

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