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Color by Kristin: How to Design Your Own Beautiful Knits Hardcover – November 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933027835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933027838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristin Nicholas is a renowned knitwear designer, decorative artist, and author who was named one of Vogue Knitting’s Master Knitters of the 1990s. Her designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Family Circle, and other publications.

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Kristin Nicholas is a knitwear and stitchery designer who lives on a working sheep farm with her husband and daughter in western Massachusetts. She is the author of 8 books on both knitting and embroidery including her newest Color by Kristin. She has also illustrated many of her own books.

She learned to knit, crochet, embroider and sew as a young girl. She studied Textiles and Clothing at the University of Delaware and received a MS from Colorado State University. For 16 years she was the Creative Director of Classic Elite Yarns in Lowell, MA. She writes the popular farming, knitting and lifestyle blog http://getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com/

Kristin is known for her innovative use of bright colors and textures. Many of her designs feature the Fair Isle knitting technique and many of the projects are worked in the round on circular and double pointed needles.

Kristin and her family have a sheep flock of over 250 breeding ewes. The sheep are raised for meat with they sell at local Farmers' Markets in western Massachusetts. Their two border collies, Phoebe and Ness, help herd the sheep and keep everyone in line.

Kristin hosts Knitting Retreats on her farm a few times a year where knitters come to learn about colorwork, design, and living on a working sheep farm.

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This is a beautiful book, teeming with inspiring patterns and information to help you create colorful knitwear.
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The designs themselves are timeless and classic in style and I believe would be beautiful to wear for years.
Joyce Owens

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2009
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I love books on color theory, especially if they also include some patterns that illustrate and support the theory. This book is just my cup of tea. Chapter 1 is called 'The Joy of Color'. The color wheel is illustrated with yarn samples which makes it more accessible to the knitter. There are instructions for how to use the color wheel as well. The second chapter is on Fair Isle Knitting with instructions on how to do two-color knitting and working in the round. It also includes a section on the steek, that magical and scary knitting technique. The author, Kristin Nicholas, does a good job in the section called 'Designing Fair Isle Knits'. She also includes a whole section of different Fair Isle patterns in the back of the book.

The patterns in this book are lovely. Think COLOR, COLOR, COLOR. My favorites are the child's zip-up cardigan, the Best Friends Pullover for girls, and the Marrakesh Market Pillows. The layout and photography in the book are beautiful.

Whenever I purchase a knitting book I ask myself these three questions:

1) Do I want to knit any of these projects?

2) Are the instructions clear?

3) Is the book a good resource?

The answer is 'yes'. However, this is a book primarily for experienced knitters. The patterns will be overwhelming for any beginner or even some intermediate knitters. The book is a good resource for anyone and it is great eye candy for all knitters.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Diane H K on November 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is gorgeously photographed, extremely well-written, and sensibly organized.

The Introduction is priceless, giving insights into Kristin's amazing world of color and wool. The first three chapters of the book are jam-packed with useful and important information on color and technique, and the Practice Projects will help jump-start knitters new to stranded knitting.

In the Patterns section, there are patterns appropriate for knitters new to stranded knitting, and for knitters experienced in the technique. The Designer Sourcebook section is an invaluable resource that any knitter working with color will return to again and again for information and inspiration.

Look for vital tips and techniques in the light green and light blue text boxes throughout the book.

Treat yourself to Color by Kristin, or gift a copy to someone you know who loves to knit!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Owens on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book will jumpstart your creativity, particularly in respect to color. Kristin states that it's a "neutral-free zone" and I must agree. Many of the colorful designs are based on ethnic woven fabrics. The book is beautifully photographed on the family farm and the photographs show the big overall pictures as well as all the little details that are so helpful if one is trying to reproduce an item. The directions seem excellent and easy to follow.

There are projects in this book that are accessible to any level of knitting expertise. The designs themselves are timeless and classic in style and I believe would be beautiful to wear for years. There are many charts and much encouragement throughout to change up the designs and make them one's own.

Included are adult and child sweaters, scarves, wraps, mittens, gloves, hats, as well as items for the home including a lap top holder,(one of my favorites) and bolsters, pillows, ottoman and more.

This one is a keeper! I became acquainted with Kirstin's work when I bumped into her blog.[...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With all the patterns I want to knit on my wish list, I had made a decision to stick with the one or two color knitting I've always done. That was....until I came across this book in the bookstore! While I'm always inspired by nicely designed things, this is the first book that even tempted me to try knitting with more than one or two colors at a time!

Everything is very clear and well laid out - including the instructions, illustrations, charts, and fantastic photographs. I especially appreciated that the same gauge/weight yarn and double-pointed needle sizes were used for mittens, gloves, and socks. So I can mix and match all the colorful skeins I ran out to buy! Kudos to the author for doing it that way.

It was actually an enjoyable read as well - not something I necessarily expect in a craft book. The only thing that would have put this book over the top for me was if instructions had been included for making the children's size pullovers in adult size! However, maybe the book will indirectly inspire me to learn how to do that conversion as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NM Mom on January 23, 2010
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I LOVE this book! There are a lot of wonderful designs in it for everything from sweaters (adult and child) to cup warmers, to a tea cozy, to bags/totes to a gorgeous womens' jacket/coat. The colors used by the author are terrific, but the book also features photos of alternate color choices. It gives extensive directions on how to design your own intarsia patterns using graph paper and also on how to embellish those designs with embroidery, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. VINE VOICE on February 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kristin Nicholas is well-suited to write a book devoted to using color in knitting. She's an artist, a knitting designer, a photographer, a sheep farmer and an author of embroidery & other books. She created her own yarn line, Nashua's Julia, and has worked with some of the top yarn companies in America. From the time you open this book and see the endpapers teeming with color, you know you're in the right place to be inspired.

"Color by Kristin" begins with the author's introduction, telling how she came to be a knitting designer who specializes in stranded color knitting; then goes on to give an overview of Nicholas' approach to designing with color. Another chapter covers the basics of knitting with two colors of yarn, stranding the yarn across the back of the work. The remainder of the book is filled with Nicholas' brightly-patterned designs. You'll find a wide range of items, from women's sweaters to home dec items (pillows, a tea cozy) to a baby blanket to children's items, with lots of smaller projects, like mittens, to practice playing with color & technique. I like that there are numerous photographs showing all sorts of colorful inspiration; that alternate colorways are given in swatch form for many of the projects; and I'm especially fond of Nicholas' emphasis on having fun and experimenting to find one's own color sense.

This is a beautiful book, teeming with inspiring patterns and information to help you create colorful knitwear. It would be a welcome addition to any knitter's library, and I daresay would inspire anyone interested in textiles, color or the visual arts.
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