THE INTARSIA BRAND was the brain child of knitwear designer, Gary Kennedy. There is little information regarding Gary and the brand, however what we do know is that he formed Intarsia back in the late 70’s which thrived through the 80’s and 90’s cleverly publishing a few of his licensed character sweater and toy designs in the UK magazine, Women’s Weekly.
Offers to purchase sets of the patterns via mail order at an illusive PO Box in Middlesex is hardly desperate housewives, but if you had a child who was into Postman Pat, Teletubbies or Power Rangers, you would do anything to get your hands on these patterns.
Highly collectible the Intarsia talent spans the generations. Classic childhood favourites and retro designs have stood the test of time and are a staple for any family knitter. Now out of print these designs can go for a tidy sum on Ebay .
Renowned British Toy Designer Alan Dart designed 20 licensed character booklets under the Intarsia brand. I now have the full set of Toy booklets and a very empty bank account to boot.
While searching for the booklets, I did not have a point of reference. I launched myself on Ebay, Amazon, Abe Books to find each and every one, not knowing what I was actually looking for.
I had made a few mistakes purchasing sweater rather than the toy patterns, this is because, with all the patterns below the same cover is used on both sweater and toy pattern booklets. Be sure when looking for them the pattern you purchase has the word TOYS somewhere on the cover.
THE INTARSIA TOY KNITTING PATTERN SERIES INCLUDES:
Barney: 3 Toy Knitting Patterns – Barney / BJ / Baby Bop
Beano & Dandy Collection: 7 Toy Knitting Patterns – 2 versions of Dennis the Menace (Large / Small ) / 2 versions of Gnasher (Leaning on a Bone / On All Fours) / Minnie the Minx / Beryl the Peril, Desperate Dan
Fireman Sam: 3 Toy Patterns - Fireman Sam / Station Officer Steele / Elvis (Bucket & Ladder)
The Flintstones: 4 Toy Knitting Patterns: Fred Flintstone / Wilma Flintstone / Dino / Barney Rubble
The Hanna – Barbera Collection Book 1: 5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Benny the Ball / Top Cat / Huckleberry Hound / Yogi Bear / Boo – Boo
The Hanna – Barbera Collection Book 2: 6 Toy Knitting Patterns – Scooby Doo / Pixie & Dixie / Betty Rubble / Bam – Bam Rubble / Pebbles Flintstone
The Little Miss: 6 Toy Knitting Patterns – Little Miss Giggles / Little Miss Sunshine / Little Miss Late / Little Miss Contrary / Little Miss Busy Body / Little Miss Lucky
The Magic Roundabout: 6 Toy Knitting Patterns – Dylan / Florence / Zebedee / Dougal / Ermintrude / Brian
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: 5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Red / Blue / Pink / Yellow / Black
The Mr. Men: 7 Toy Knitting Patterns – Mr. Funny / Mr. Clever / Mr. Greedy / Mr. Skinny / Mr. Bump / Mr. Happy / Mr. Snow
Enid Blyton’s Noddy: 5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Noddy / Big Ears / Mr. Milko / Mr. Plod / Tessie Bear
Pingu: 5 Toy Knitting Patterns – 3 versions of Pingu (Large / with Sledge & Bobble Hat / with Bindle) / Pinga (Building Blocks / Table) / Robby the Seal
Postman Pat: 5 Toy Knitting Patterns – Postman Pat / Jess / Mrs Goggins / Ted Glen / Peter Fogg
Rupert Bear: 5 Toy Knitting Patterns – 2 versions of Rupert Bear (Large / Small*) / Bill Badger / Edward Trunk / The Little Plane (*Small Rupert Bear fits in the little plane)
Sooty: 3 Toy Knitting Patterns – Sooty (Magic Wand) / Sweep / Sue
Teletubies: 4 Toy Knitting Patterns – Tinky Winky (Handbag) / Dipsy (Large Top Hat) / Lala / Po
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends: 4 Toy Knitting Patterns – Thomas the Tank Engine / James the Red Engine / Percy the Small Engine / The Fat Controller
Tom & Jerry: 6 Toy Knitting Patterns – 2 versions of Tom (Sitting / Standing) / 2 versions of Jerry (Sitting on Cheese / Standing) / Spike / Tyke
Tots TV: 3 Toy Knitting Patterns – Tilly / Tom / Tiny
The Wind in the Willows - Based on the E H Shepard Illustrations : 4 Toy Knitting Patterns – Mole / Ratty / Badger / Toad of Toad Hall
To clear up any confusion, Gary Kennedy owned the Intarsia company and designed all of the sweaters. Alan Dart designed the toys, inside each pattern it states: GARY KENNEDY INTARSIA PRESENTS: (name of pattern) by Alan Dart
Hanna – Barbera Collection
Book 1 states 11 knitting patterns 6 of these are sweater designs
Book 2 states 13 knitting patterns 7 of these are sweater designs
I purchased most on Amazon and Abe Books with the odd one in a nerve rendering bidding session on Ebay (memories of rushing home in time to bid on Noddy, only to have Ebay crash on me, still haunt me). Pricing the booklets range on the demand and whether you get into a bidding war the average price was £35.00 (May 2011). If you do decided to collect this wonderful set, here are the full set of front and back covers. The patterns are an advance knit, mainly from a making up point of view.
If you would like to know more about these patterns or need a hand making up, send me a message via my contact page.
I HAVE NO INTENTION OF SELLING OR DUPLICATING THESE BOOKLETS, SO KINDLY, DO NOT ASK