How to knit intarsia without bobbins or butterflies
First up, let’s take a look at some ways to knit intarsia without bobbins or butterflies. In particular, this video covers how to work from opposite ends of the same skein of yarn, as well as letting your yarn tails fly free as you knit.
If you’re more into tidy work as you go, here’s a tutorial for how to work intarsia using bobbins & butterflies, including how to estimate your yarn tails for each color and how to wind butterflies.
The case for disorganized intarsia knitting
Wondering why you’d want to deal with the inevitable tangles that happen as a result of bobbin-free intarsia knitting? I’ve made a little video to explain why you might want to give it a go.
Do you have to knit “disorganized” instarsia? Not at all.
I’ll say this again because it bears repeating: your knitting is your own. If you think knitting intarsia in a more disorganized style isn’t your cup of tea, you go ahead and make those bobbins. But if you want to give his approach a try to see if it suits your personal knitting style, do it! There’s a great (and free) practice swatch in this post if you want a low-risk pattern to try out organized and disorganized intarsia for yourself.