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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118066855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118066850
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Working with color—whether it's one richly toned variegated handspun yarn or multiple yarns worked in an intricate pattern—is a great way to advance your knitting from basic projects to more complex and satisfying ones. Photo by photo and step by step, this book explains all the key techniques used to knit with color, from stripes to slip stitch to stranded knitting, intarsia, and entrelac. Plus, you'll get lessons on color theory and discover how to put together beautiful color combinations with a variety of projects.

Concise lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill or technique is defined and described

  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step

  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo

  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

  • Inspiring projects

  • Step-by-step instructions

  • Hundreds of color photos

About the Author

Mary Scott Huff, a nationally recognized knitting designer and teacher, is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she shares a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary. You can follow Mary's adventures playing with string on her blog at www.maryscotthuff.com.

More About the Author

Mary lives with her husband and children in Portland, Oregon. There may also be a few skeins of yarn at their house...

Mary stops knitting long enough to play with children or Scottish Terriers, write, teach, spin, or ride motorcycles.

Find out what's on Mary's mind and on her needles at www.maryscotthuff.com

Customer Reviews

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Very clear instructions.
Billie J Cole
I've found the book useful as a general knitting reference and have already knitted several items inspired by the technique examples.
M. M. Clements
Good book to draw you in to various color work knitting techniques.
C. Reed

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on June 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
(Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Wiley.)

Like the other books in the Teach Yourself VISUALLY series, this book has limited text and emphasizes step-by-step photographs and charts. This book takes an encyclopedia approach to color knitting and explores many techniques briefly. Mary assumes you already know the knitting basics and aims to help you differentiate the types of color knitting and provide you with basic skills for each technique.

Why Knit In Color? gives an introduction to color theory and terminology. The chapter includes a pattern for rainbow reptiles, knit snakes worked in various color combinations to illustrate primary, secondary, tertiary, and analogous colors.

Color Knitting Yarns shares the properties of different animal, plant, and synthetic fibers, with particular emphasis on how the different fibers react to dye and the color options available. Mary also discusses the structure of the yarn (plys, texture, weight, and dyeing method) - again, with an emphasis on why certain yarns might work well with different types of colorwork.

In Explore Stripes, Mary shares tips for joining new colors and jogless knitting. She also includes patterns for a striped hat, vest, and turtleneck, as well as 12 color charted stitch patterns using stripes.

Discover Slip-Stitch Patterns starts with swatches showing the possibilities of slip stitch knitting for colorwork. Mary includes tips for slipping stitches whether working flat or in the round. She includes a hat, mitten, scarf, and baby cardigan pattern using slip stitches, as well as 12 charted stitch patterns using slip-stitches.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kaylynn McClister on May 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was so looking forward to this book, being a huge fan of the knitting genius that is Mary Scott Huff. I decided to not even crack the cover until I was ensconced in my cosy chair with a cuppa, to draw out the delicious anticipation. Well! It was absolutely worth the wait. After only my initial perusal, I'm thrilled with this book.
The color photographs are amazing and the attention to detail is so thorough. It's chalk full of beautiful projects that won't be intimidating, because the instruction is so wonderfully laid out. Although I know I'll want to jump right in knitting, this is a book that will compel me to actually read all the technical information, as it's put forth so clearly and with the author's whimsy and sense of humor. I'm confident that with this book in hand, I'll finally acquire a working knowledge of not only color knitting, but color therory as well.
I highly recommend this book for anyone enamored with color work in knitting and especially for those of us who have looked on adoringly, but thought it was too hard. As Mary will convince you...no way!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm an advanced beginner knitter. I understand the basic concepts, and have done some easy lace knitting and easy colorwork, can knit in the round on both dpns and circular needles and have done some bead knitting. My daughter is about the same level. Since both of us wanted to learn a lot more about color knitting and have liked a lot of the other books in the Teach Yourself Visually series, we were excited about this one.

It starts with color theory. Explaining the value, hue, saturation and temperature of colors as well as a bit about how to build palettes and find inspiration. The next chapter covers yarn types and explains fabric terms like drape and hand.

Then it gets into the colorwork. What I like best about the Teach Yourself Visually series is the logical progression. Starting with simple things and working up to more challenging things. If you're a beginner, you will probably find new things even in simple techniques. It will help you master them more quickly by filling in gaps.

Stripes is the first chapter, and it shows examples of how different stripe patterns are knitted. Starting with the absolute basics, it shows how to add a new color and carry a strand for garter or stockinette horizontal stripes. There are also two methods for working with circular needles to make jogless rounds so the stripes are even. Then there are projects using the technique. The hat is my favorite.

That's the way the whole book laid out. Introduction to the technique, then a project to help you learn it. Each chapter/technique ends with an idea gallery.

Slipstitch, stranded colorwork, intarsia, entrelac, modular knitting, then finally embellishment are all explained well with lots of photographs and projects that are whimsical and fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on October 1, 2012
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This does give the basics of different color knitting techniques, but very basics. And more than once suggests "follow pattern instructions". But I bought this book because I have come across color knitting patterns that don't give any color change/yarn handling instructions or even say which color technique the designer expects you to use. I was also hoping for an introduction section on the various color techniques and when you would use one verses the other. The information is there, but spread out amoungst the chapters on each technique. What this book does have are a few patterns with step by step instructions for each type of color knitting. There are also stitch libraries of motifs for each technique. So if that' what you are looking for, this is a good book for you. If you hava a multi yarn color knitting pattern that leave alot to be desired and were hoping to suppliment the instructions, skip this book.
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