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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307449424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307449429
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MELISSA LEAPMAN is a widely published knitwear designer, whose patterns have appeared in every premier needlework publication in the country, including Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, McCalls, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Interweave Knits. She has been a featured guest on DIY’s Knitty Gritty, Lifetime TV’s Handmade by Design, Shay Pendray’s Needle Arts Studio on PBS, and HGTV’s Sew Much More. Her knit, crochet, and design workshops are popular nationwide.

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The instructions are written very well and I had no problem following along.
Heather
I consider myself an advanced knitter, and while none of the patterns in this book are advanced, it's so worth it to have this book!
Jill
In each section of the book, she provides pictures of the color pattern along with the corresponding charts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
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Melissa Leapman is one of my favorite knitting designers. She's now written a book called 'Color Knitting the Easy Way'.

The first part of the book is about understanding color. She talks about color theory including hue, value, saturation, tone, tint and shade. The book is illustrated with several color wheels to demonstrate what she is talking about. She then goes into selecting and combining colors: monochromatic combinations, two-color combinations, three-color combinations, four-color combinations, five-color combinations and six color combinations.

Chapter two is on mastering color knitting techniques using stripes. She discusses knitting in the round, dealing with yarn tails, weaving in to finish and color play. She offers a dictionary of stitch patterns using different techniques that are samples of what can be accomplished by color combinations. Chapter three is on creating color patterns using slip stitches. In this chapter she also offers a wide diversity of knitting stitch patterns. The book also provides several patterns for knitters. The last chapter is on techniques.

I wasn't knocked out by a lot of the patterns though some of them are nice. What is special about this book is the color theory information that will be helpful to any intermediate or advanced knitter who wants to learn more about knitting with color. The stitch dictionary is also useful. I suggest you check out The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sandie on May 10, 2010
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Good for a beginner but not up to the standard of her cable books The projects are not new and many of the stitches can be found elsewhere
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Cheyney on February 8, 2011
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I read other reviews that criticised either this book or her "advanced" book on color knitting Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting and was not sure to buy them. I am very pleased with both of them. I think one needs to understand that this book is the introduction and the other book--the next steps. Very clear instructions in my opinion. I am adding both to my permanent library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyken on June 19, 2011
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There are lots of books out there that examine color knitting, but this one focuses on color knitting using only ONE color at a time.

That's right. Not intarsia. Not fair isle. Instead, this book is about adding color to your knitting with stripes and slip stitches.

The book starts with basic color analysis-a look at color analysis, hues and values, how to judge which colors go together and which don't-all very thorough. My only complaint in this section is that when discussing the relationships of certain colors, the illustration will "dim" the other colors in the wheel so you focus on the colors they want you to look at. Except, the dimmed colors aren't quite transparent enough, so the colors I was supposed to be looking at weren't as obvious as they could have been. It took a little work to focus on the relevant colors. But, really, that's not that important. The writing, the techniques, the analysis are all useful stuff.

The other two main sections of the book talk about adding color by using stripes, or by doing slip-stitch/mosaic colorwork. Both sections are split into three, basic sections-basic instructions, stitch patterns, and project patterns.

This is ideal, to my mind. Nothing makes me happier than knowing WHY I'm doing something, and having the author go to the trouble of not only explainining each technique to me, and then sharing an assortment of stitch patterns for me to play with, and THEN giving me actual patterns to knit? Well, it's like heaven. You can skip over the explanatory stuff if you're in a rush to get to the patterns, or you can skip the patterns while making up your own from the handy stitch collections. It's your choice ... and I love having choices.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betty D. Becker on November 12, 2010
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Some of these knitting techniques have been discussed in many other texts, but Melissa has a somewhat
new twist on them and makes them understandable. She goes through starting new colors, carrying yarn,
yarn tails, color stitch patterns (both common and fancy), and striped stitches--all of course in color.
There are projects for the techniques discussed. The one called Mitered Mania Throw is interesting in
that she is dealing with miters along with color techniques. Designing slip stitches in color is another
good section. A readable book. I am looking forward to making the Throw.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Person on November 12, 2012
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This is a lovely book that has a great section on how to choose colors to go together in a way that I think will make sense to knitters. It then goes into different ways to use multiple colors in knitting, such as stripes and slip stitches. I'm still not sure I completely understand the whole slip stitch method, but I'm someone who usually needs a video to cement what I've read.

The only downside to this book, in my opinion, is that it doesn't address Fair Isle or intarsia, or other stranded knitting, at all, and I was really hoping for that. Granted, it didn't promise to do so, but I thought it would be included in a book on color knitting.

I haven't tried any of the patterns in here, but I suspect I may end up using this book more for reference than for the patterns.
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