The loop join is a perfect choice to work intarsia – you take care of all the yarn ends as you go. The new colour may be required to be joined on the right or wrong side of the knitting. Equally, you may need to end the yarn on either side. Here are detailed instructions for all 4 possible cases using the loop join (A, B, C and D), as well as 2 cases for using the sliding loop join.
The loop join
A. New colour starts on the right side of Stocking stitch.
B. New colour starts on the wrong side of Stocking stitch.
C. New colour finishes on the right side of Stocking stitch.
D. New colour finishes on the wrong side of Stocking stitch.
The sliding loop join
I should say here that the sliding loop join can also be used for intarsia. Although it might appear more involved than the loop join, the result is even neater. Here’s how to do it.
The first picture below demonstrates how the intarsia sample will look if worked in the usual way – with the yarn ends. In the second picture is the sample made by using The sliding loop method.
The intarsia samples were made using: