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    From "Knitty Gritty"
    episode DKNG-108


    Leigh Radford has designed a clever drawstring bag that serves as a nonthreatening introduction to the knitting technique called intarsia. When working with a variety of colors, knitters have their own personal preferences about how to handle the individual lengths of yarn, so check out her suggestions and see which one works best for you.

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    For a printable version of this chart, click on the PDF file below.
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    Intarsia bag
    Knit-O-Meter Rating: Intermediate

    ©Leigh Radford; material not to be reproduced without permission or used for resale.

    Finished size: approximately 11" x 11"

    Materials
    Rowan HandKnit DK Cotton yarn (100 percent cotton, 50g; 93 yards/85 m): (2) Main Color/Flame #254; (1) each: A/Sugar 303, B/Celery 309, C/Rosso 215, D/Bleached 263
    One pair US 6 (4mm) (adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge)
    Tapestry needle
    Ribbon/drawstring

    Gauge
    Rowan HandKnit DK Cotton: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4"

    Stitches
    Stockinette Stitch (St st)
    Row 1(RS): knit all sts
    Row 2 (WS): purl all sts.

    Moss Stitch
    Row 1: K 1, p1
    Row 2: repeat
    (pattern worked over even number of sts -- purl knit sts and knit purl sts)

    Tip: To help you keep your place on the chart as you knit, use a piece of stick-on note paper to mark your current row. Simply place the paper so it covers the previous rows and underlines the one you're knitting -- it's a lot less confusing than tryong to remember which row you were working on.

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    Adding a second color (to see a step-by-step demo, click on the video link below) ...
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    Bag
    With color A, CO 50 sts. Work 7 rows in St st (approx. 1") beg with a purl row.
    Next row: (RS) K1, *yo, k2 tog, ending with k1.
    Work 7 rows in St st (approx. 1").
    Work 2 rows in color B.
    Work rows 1-52 of Chart One, inc 1 st on first row of chart (51 sts.)
    With color D, work 1 row St st, then work 24 rows (approx. 2 3/4") in Moss St.
    With main color, change to St st, working rows 1-52 of Chart Two, dec 1 st on last row of chart (50 sts).
    Work 2 rows in color B.
    Work 7 rows in color A, (approx. 1").
    Next row (RS): K1, *yo, k2 tog, ending with k1.
    Work 7 rows in St st.
    BO all sts.

    Knit Bit: Want to know how much yarn you need for a block of color? No problem! Take a look at your chart and count the individual stitches in the block of color. Then you're going to take your yarn and wrap it around the needle the same number of times that there are stitches. Once you've done that, you've got your length of yarn -- and you're good to go!


    RESOURCES :

    Rowan HandKnit DK Cotton
    Suggested retail price: $5.00
    Main color: Flame #254
    Accent colors: Sugar #303, Celery #309, Rosso #215, Bleached #263
    Rowan Yarns
    Website: knitrowan.com

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    GUESTS :

    Leigh Radford
    Art Director, Interweave Knits
    Website: interweave.com/

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