POW: Intarsia with the Blooming Tee

Interweave Crochet Spring 2017 released this week! I loved working on this issue and have spent many months looking forward to sharing these fun projects with you. The Blooming Tee, designed by Natasha Robarge, is the very first Project of the Week from our newest issue.

The intarsia technique creates the poppy on the Blooming Tee. We often see the intarsia technique in knitting, but it is used less often in crochet. If you are excited to try intarsia, this is the perfect project for it! Make the back of the tee first: since it is made in a solid color (no poppy), you can get used to the shaping of the tee. To make the front, divide the yarn for the main color (MC) and eventually the first complimentary color (CC1) into two balls working from each ball on each side of the tee.

Working from two balls will greatly improve the finished garment’s drape:  your tee will feature neither long floats (caused when working a long distance between color changes) or unnecessary bulk (from working over the yarn). For tips and tricks on dividing a ball of yarn for intarsia, watch this Yarn Hack made for the Maya Hat and Mittens set. The video is separating the yarn for a different technique, but the principles are still the same.

Project Details

Finished Size: 38 (41, 44, 47, 50)” bust circumference to fit 34 (37, 40, 43, 46)” bust. Sample shown measures 38″, modeled with 4″ positive ease.

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% merino; 420 yd [384 m]/3½ oz [100 g]; celadon (MC), 2 skeins; Pendleton red (CC1), 1 skein; el Greco (CC2), 1 skein.
crochet intarsia
Hook: Size D (3.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle; 7 st markers (m).

Gauge: 21 sts and 12 rows = 4″ blocked.

Are you planning to make the Blooming Tee? Have you thought about making the bloom in another color? Share your work with us on Ravelry or on Instagram #interweavecrochet @interweavecraft!

Happy stitching!

—Sara Dudek
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet

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