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Kristin Knits: 27 Inspired Designs for Playing with Color Hardcover – October 31, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First Edition edition (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017678X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176781
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Feeling playful? Kristin Nicholas sure is, and the proof is in the pudding. She fuses a vibrant palette with a dash of ethnic-design inspiration and more than a bit of merry embellishment – choose your garment and level of virtuosity.” Yarn Market News

 

 

 

“A Kristin Nicholas design is immediately recognizable – sweaters and accessories covered in bold, graphic patters that play with geometry, color, and texture all at once.  In her new book, Kristin Knits, Kristin presents twenty-seven designs that leap off the pages in a tumult of color and line.”

            -Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2007

 

 

“Kristin…is in full bloom with her latest book, Kristin Knits, which explodes with her signature bold colorways.  Kristin Nicholas is multifaceted, bright-hued, on the move, and simple in her complexity – a true kaleidoscope of talents.”

            -Interweave Knits, Winter 2007 

 

 

 

“Kristin Nicholas was destined to knit.  As an expert craftswoman, Nicholas is primarily interested in combining the useful with the beautiful – the practical with the fanciful.”

            - The Best of Vogue Knitting:  25 Years of Articles, Techniques and Expert Advice, naming Kristin Nicholas a “Master Knitter of the 90’s”

 

 

“For those of us who tramp about in our monastic black skirts and boots, Kristin Knits is a joyous wakeup call. Fearlessly juxtaposing oranges, magentas, and periwinkles with bright greens, hennas, and pinks in crisp combinations, this master strands and intarsias her way through the color wheel.  Kevin Kennifick’s spectacular photos capture the energy of the outdoor scenes while still showing full stitch definition.  Nicholas lovers and newbies alike will flock to this new installment (twenty-seven designs in all), in which even the humble pompom becomes an exciting adventure in color.”

            - Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2008

 

From the Back Cover

If you're confident with the needles, but still feel a little unsure about improvising with color, now you can learn to develop your personal fiber palette with Kristin Nicholas. She enthusiastically guides you through the process of harmonizing colors and textures to create knitted garments that are personal, contemporary, and stunningly beautiful.

Nicholas encourages every knitter to look all around—in a flower-filled park, at an art museum, in a child's picture book—for colors that please and inspire. Work those colors into your knitting with wide or narrow stripes, surprising bobbles and fingers, or basic embroidery stitches that lend playfulness to even the simplest patterns. Experiment with your wildest ideas. You can always unravel what doesn't work!

Play with your new color freedom with 27 Kristin Nicholas patterns. Make your knitting sing with the warm, vibrant colors for which Nicholas is famous, or take inspiration from her to find your own color language. Either way, the results will shine!

More About the Author

Kristin Nicholas is an artist, author, and designer who lives on a working sheep farm with her husband and daughter in western Massachusetts. She is the author of 10 books on both knitting, embroidery, and interior decoration. She has also illustrated many of her own books.

Her newest book is the re-issue of Colorful Stitchery. It is published by Roost Books in Sept. 2014.

In January of 2015, Crafting a Colorful Home is being published by Roost Books. It is a how-to guide to decorating, painting, and crafting for your home. Kristin's home has been featured in Country Home, the Boston Globe, and on the Houzz.com website where it was the "Most Popular Colorful House of the Year" in 2012.

Kristin teaches on-line knitting and stitching classes on the websites Craftsy, Creativebug, and is the Knitting Expert on PBS' Knit and Crochet Now.

She learned to knit, crochet, embroider and sew as a young girl. 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 own Leyden Glen Farm with a flock of 250 breeding ewes. The sheep are raised for meat with they sell at local Farmers' Markets in western Massachusetts. Their 2 Border Collies, Ness and Kate, help herd the sheep and keep everyone in line. Guard dog Winston, guard llama Jeremy and guard donkey Eeyore try to keep the critters at bay.

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

Check out her website at www.kristinnicholas.com

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Easy to read & understand instructions.
MariAnne
The 27 patterns are of simple construction but show you color techniques that can be incorporated in your own design.
Linda Bulger
This book is just full of fun, cute patterns!
Marcia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
KRISTIN KNITS will pop off the shelf at you and if you love colorful knits, it's bound to be love at first sight. More than just a book of patterns, it's a primer for designing with color. The 27 patterns are of simple construction but show you color techniques that can be incorporated in your own design. Fair isle techniques, embellishments and surface decorations are among the featured elements.

This is a bright book with spacious layout, organized by type of project: scarves and afghan, hats, socks, gloves and mittens, and sweaters. The photos are beautiful, the patterns presented clearly in a tabular format that looks very easy to follow. The sweaters are women's sizes.

Kristin Nicholas is most deservedly held in the highest regard in knitting circles. Some of my most satisfying projects were from her 1995 book Knitting The New Classics: 60 Exquisite Sweaters From The Studios Of Classic Elite, a book containing many complex construction and texture elements. That brings me to my only reservation about KRISTIN KNITS, and it is definitely a personal preference: while I always reach for the books with eye-popping color designs, it's the construction and texture of a project that hold my interest.

My plan is to knit some of the smaller projects in this book and see whether the great colors take my knitting in a new direction. At least I'll have some bright and beautiful gifts out of the exercise!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Crow's Roots on December 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a knitting book collector and this book has found it's way into my top five!

Covers color selection and offers an amazing collection of patterns for lovers of color. To add to the patterns is the Nashua Knits Julia yarn which as another reviewer has noted can be easily substituted, but why? The blend is amazing and you can use it for every project in the book.

I plan on making one of everything in this book, and I have never said that about any other knitting book.

You can't go wrong with this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MariAnne on January 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While the book's initial emphasis is on the author's use of color, the bulk of the book is actually patterns for wildly colored & patterned scarfs, socks, mittens and hats. Easy to read & understand instructions. Fun stuff!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Lundy on April 5, 2008
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I have long been a fan of Kristin Nicholas and was glad to see a design book authored by her. I love the ethnic looking designs in the book. All designs are easy to knit (if you enjoy two-color knitting) and quick as the needle size isn't too small. Really fun hat and sock designs. Love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Bell on April 21, 2008
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This lady is awesome! I have seen her on TV and thought I needed a book filled with her ideas. This book has all of the different techniques she used on TV. Embellishing is not only for garments you have knitted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Mulvenon on March 1, 2008
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This book is a feast for the eyes. The riot of colors in combinations that are unexpected will inspire you to go out and buy some "Julia" yarn and have a go at it yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Hibbard on March 10, 2008
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I am a big fan of Kristin and this book does not disappoint! It is filled with great patterns and the photos are beautiful. I am happy to own this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z. Celikkan on February 24, 2008
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If you love colorful hats,scarves,socks and gloves this is the book for you.Pictures are nice too.I am glad that I bought this book.
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