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Knitting with The Color Guys: Inspiration, Ideas, and Projects from the Kaffe Fassett Studio Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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This book contains tips and coaching from Fassett and Mably on how to use color, but relies on the individual knitter to seek out color and yarns she likes and be bold in using them in her knitting. While full patterns are included for the knitted items in the book -- throws, scarves, pillow covers, some hats, wristwarmers and legwarmers -- the point of this book isn't so much expecting the knitter to slavishly follow the pattern but rather use the patterns, color combinations and shapes as a jumping-off point for her own creativity. There are four sections, each divided by a color grouping (e.g. rich jewel tones, muted stonewashed hues) and all of the projects and photos in that section play off the color grouping. Some of the knitted items are shown in multiple colorways or in different sections knit up in different colors to enable the more conservative knitter to better gauge how a change in palette will affect the design as a whole.
The patterns are all knit in Rowan yarns, one of the top designer yarn companies, and the yarns range from fine (fingering weight)all the way through very chunky, helpful for using up bits of one's yarn stash. The techniques include stranded colorwork, intarsia and easier striping or colorblock methods.Read more ›
I first became aware of Kaffe Fassett when I was quilting. His colorful and creative quilting projects were always calling to me from the bookshelves. (Whenever I would look more closely at his books, I would realize how much work was involved with the projects, and immediately return the books to the shelves.) I only became aware of his knitting work in the last year or so. I wasn't very familiar with Brandon Mably's work until I picked up this book.
Two masters take you on a journey into their creative process as it relates to color, with a focus on projects that are not garments. These projects are then artfully photographed at the lovely house of a friend "deep in the English countryside," along with colorful pictures of various inspirations (e.g., a bouquet of flowers, porcelain urns).
Following individual introductions from Kaffe and Brandon, the book is organized into four color palettes: Soft Tones, Singing Color, Moody Hues, and Rich Shades. In each section, each project is described by the designer and photographed along with various inspiration pieces. The patterns follow the descriptions in each section. At the end of the book, there is a section called Useful Information, which includes brief descriptions of color knitting techniques (Intarsia and Fair Isle), duplicate stitch, and finishing methods, along with the standard pattern book information (yarn standards, pattern abbreviations, etc.).Read more ›
There are several blankets and throws for adults and children, stoles, hats, scarves, gloves, leg warmers, and cushions. Some of the patterns are bright and in primary colors. Others are softer and in more muted tones. All of the patterns are beautiful and knitting one for someone you love would feel rich and giving. Each piece is an heirloom piece and requires quite a bit of work and thinking. This will make the finished piece that much more special. I highly recommend this book not only for its patterns but for its beauty. Bonnie Brody 1/18/12
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Love Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mabley's color work. Even if I never complete a project, looking at their designs and colors is a good experience. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Silver Sadie
If you are a Kaffe Fassett fan, you won't want to miss this one! Excellent prose, pictures, and projects. I highly recommend this book!Published 8 months ago by Sylvia Barrett
This book has lots of great patterns to knit, along with wonderful pictures. I am thrilled to have it.Published 16 months ago by Kathleen
I collect Kaffe Fassett knitting books. I have met him a couple of times and even traveled to England to meet him there as well.Published 18 months ago by Dana R. Stone
I first enjoyed this artist's quilting designs and color combinations. I also love to knit so I was happy that I could find the same patterns and colors in a knitted projectPublished on January 20, 2014 by Studychix
This is a nice addition to my collection of knitting books. Plenty of inspiring colorways to view. Fun patterns, beautiful photos.Published on September 9, 2013 by Woods Rides
Their use of color is far above the ordinary. They are both creative and delightful. Go see them if you can!Published on September 5, 2013 by TruthSeeker
Even though this book was published in 1985, it remains the best ever. I'm so glad I found it. Very inspiring!Published on September 3, 2013 by HarpSinger (Consignment)