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272 of 273 people found the following review helpful
Mastering Color Knitting is a book of techniques, and, even though I consider myself an accomplished knitter, Leapman has included many techniques I have not learned and am ready to try.

Here's my take on Mastering Color Knitting:

PROS:

1. I've known about steeks for some time, but the idea of actually cutting into my knitting made me quake. Leapman's explanation is sufficient and calming enough that I may give it a try.

2. What about double knitting? The previous instructions I've tried were insufficient to make this a useful technique for me. Now I've changed my mind, and I've already completed a cap for a cancer patient who complains of a cold head.

3. The book is packed with tips on keeping an even tension when doing stranded knitting. In addition, there are many charts that you can use to create your own color knits.

CONS:

1. While I do not believe this is a negative, knitters looking for complete sweater patterns will not find many in this book. Leapman's focus is on technique and chartings, so if you're looking for garment patterns, this will not be the book you want.

2. The book itself does not lie flat when it's open. To work from a chart it will be necessary to copy the chart to a separate page, or to weight the pages to keep the book open.

OVERALL:

There's plenty here to delight most knitters - stranded knitting, double knits, intarsia and a wealth of charts to get you started. A worthy addition to your knitting library!
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2010
Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting is a book for those learning new techniques. Each section covers one technique, first with a detailed description of the process involved, then a great section of patterns that use the technique, and finally projects that give the knitter practice working with the technique. Again, the patterns, pictures and illustrations are quite clear, as well as the tips Ms. Leapman includes to help you become accomplished. This book definitely covers the techniques involved quite well, but again, if you already have books on these techniques you don't need this one. That said, this one has three in one, so if you don't have books that cover these topics, it is a good one to add.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
This is like the other half of her "Color Knitting the Easy Way." That book focused on things like stripes and slipped-stitches to add color to your knitting. This one is all about stranded, intarsia, and double-knitting.

Just as I'd expect from Melissa Leapman, she does this with a variety of brand new stitch patterns to play with and new projects to knit. And, of course, clear explanations and great illustrations.

Three primary techniques are used here. Stranded (often referred to as Fair Isle), Intarsia (color blocks), and Double-Knitting (reversible fabrics). Each chapter starts with thorough instructions about what the technique is, and how to do it. Next are stitches to play with and inspire you, and they are followed by patterns to make. All the usual suspects are included-hats, sweaters, afghans.

There are other books that have similar goals and similar structures, but this one does it very well. I like the way Leapman describes things, I like her eye for color, and her balance between being new and creative while sticking to tradition. Her books are always a treat, and her explanations are always helpful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2012
pros:
this book is awesome for learning techniques, have a few nice patterns that I have knitted two of... both turned out great. I found her instructions very clear and helpful, I have learned a lot from this book. There is also color wheels to help you determine several different ways to pick colors for your project. I couldn't ask for more from a teacher of color knitting, its pretty much like taking a class with the workshops within the text.

cons:
if you are looking for a lot of patterns instead of motifs or peeries or borders, this book's not for you.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
This book focuses on the techniques of stranded and intarsia knitting. It discusses steeking etc. Covers corrugated rib but no mention of it's tendency to roll up and hence no tips on preventing this. Insists that casting on must be in one colour when there are free demos on the internet of two colour cast ons.

Lots of stitch patterns for stranded knitting (charts, B&W)

Four pages describing colour wheel is all that this book contains on how to choose colours yourself. The authors colour choices for the books projects are not terrible but not particularly inspiring either.

So if your requirement is mainly for a technical 'how to' for colour knitting, this is your book. But if you expect direction on creating your own colour schemes or inspiration along this line, you will be disappointed.

I often check books out from the library before I decide to purchase and I'm glad that I did that with this book as I will not be buying it.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
This book describes the techniques clearly and is easy to understand. I like that you also get to learn how to read patterns in both written and in chart form. A great addition to any knitter's library
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
For years I tried to learn how to do multi-color knitting with very poor results. However, when I read this book, it just clicked. I was able to complete an afghan with about 20 colors/bobbins per row with no problems (other than having to spend hours of working in the ends). I highly recommend this book. The instructions are clear and easy to understand.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2011
This wonderful book is full of useful techniques and tricks for adding color to one's knitting- even for someone like myself, who has been knitting for twenty some odd years. From working tricky intarsia patterns to mastering double-sided reversible knitting, this book has it all! I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in working with multiple colors in their knitting- this book is a must have!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I don't care for stranded knitting, but this book gives me many other options for color knitting. I love the Mosaic section especially!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2011
This book contains detailed explanations and clear diagrams of various color knitting techniques. Included are several beautiful projects to practice those techniques. I really like the abundance of patterns so that you can design your own projects. There is even knitter's graph paper at the end of the book that you can use to make your own designs.
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