Definition of Intarsia

A type of knitting. Usually featuring large diamond checks showing light, dark and halftones in between.
The diamond areas are separated from each other by complete loops, and not loops superimposed on ground loops made from other yarns. Mock intarsia knit gives the same patterning motif using the jacquard mechanism.
Design is most often seen on sweaters, scarves, socks and stockings.

The word intarsia refers to all kinds of 'inlay' including marquetry, which is a form of decoration for furniture and architectural panels.

Derivation of Intarsia: From the Italian word, intarsiare meaning 'inlay'.

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