Have you heard that intarsia is hard? Or that it can’t be worked in the round? Do you find yourself fondling intarsia sweaters and accessories in clothing stories, but you’ve been too intimidated to try this technique for yourself? If you’ve said “yes” to any of these questions, then you need to learn about Annetarsia Knits, my upcoming book about making intarsia knitting painless and fun!
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A new book about intarsia, including “in the round” and garter stitch
By Anne Berk
Edited by Ann Budd
Foreword by Lucy Neatby
Excerpt from Annetarsia Knits Introduction:
I’d been happily knitting intarsia for a long time, pleased with my easy, flat knitting and invisible mattress stitch seams. I worked out ways to keep making it easier and more fun, and teaching other knitters to enjoy the technique as well. But in classes, there was always the question of “Can we do this in the round?”
Though there were methods for doing intarsia ITR, none were very appealing. It occurred to me that if I could find a way to easily do intarsia ITR, a whole world of design possibilities would suddenly open up for hats, mitts, gloves, socks, and other items that aren’t seamed. My imagination started working, and I became motivated to work this out.
As I started my research and development, Suzanne Pederson was looking for class ideas for the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. She was starting to offer “mini-classes” of 90-minute length. I blithely offered to teach an intarsia ITR technique, and now I had a goal. In the six months before the retreat, I was going to solve this riddle…
Annetarsia Knits is my journey of discovery and a reference book for learning my techniques to knit intarsia flat or in the round, in stockinette or garter stitch. The book also includes a motif library, and 28 patterns for using the new techniques. Students collaborated on the teaching workshops and designs that are included, and the content is designed for knitters of all skill levels.
Annetarsia Knits is in the final stages of development, and will be available in early 2014.
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Anne Berk was certified by TKGA as a Master Knitter in 2003. As a knitting instructor, she has taught at shops as well as at national events such as Interweave Knitting Lab, Stitches, and Madrona. Her workshop subjects range from Argyle knitting to Zipper insertion, and loves to help knitters solve problems.
Interweave released her two instructional DVDs on the intarsia technique — “Inside Intarsia” and “Intarsia InDepth” — which formed a foundation for the material Anne developed for her groundbreaking book. She has written patterns and articles for many publications, including Piecework, Sockupied, ColorKnit and Twist Collective.
Anne is also an optometrist in private practice in Portland, OR, is a distance runner, and is currently obsessed with learning to weave.