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The Alchemy of Color Knitting: The Art and Technique of Mastering Exquisite Palettes Paperback – July 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Stated 1st Edition edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307393550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307393555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GINA WILDE is the co-owner and creative director of Alchemy Yarns of Transformation. She holds an MFA in
Arts and Consciousness and is an acclaimed teacher on the topics of color and transformation. Her knitwear designs have appeared in Handknit Holidays, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, Folk Knits, and Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Shibori Knits.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bombay Lover on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I thought the patterns in this book were very beautiful. The cover picture is a nice example. Did the book go in depth on color theory? Maybe not as much as the other reviewer would have liked but there is some. There are approximately 15 pages devoted to color theory and then a color lesson in each pattern as well. Perhaps the word alchemy is misleading to some because they do not realize that Alchemy is the company name of the author Gina Wilde's yarn brand. I only wish there were a larger size range on the patterns as some go up to a 48" bust whereas some stop at 42". The 25 designs were mostly beautiful and Alchemy yarns have a rich and saturated color palette. But the patterns seem very brand specific to me although there is a section in the end for substitutions. Beware that Alchemy yarns are high-end, gourmet (read expensive) yarns and not widely available.
Designs included shawls, wraps, gloves, socks, cardigans, pullovers, a skirt, a baby sweater, and some home decor.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sandra H. Elston on September 8, 2009
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Ordered this book, hoping it would fulfill the title: The Alchemy of Color Knitting. The title is very misleading. It is not a book about how to use color. Of the 144 pages 11 pages are devoted to "color" the remaining pages are patterns of items I would never knit, much less wear. They are really "over the top". When I order a book about color or patterns or techniques, I expect the author to cover those subjects exclusively. Perhaps throw in a pattern or two. This is a book of patterns and very little about the use of color in our knitting. Learned absolutely nothing new, you can get this information from any color wheel...Save your money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By knitwit on November 5, 2010
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First Flower Baby Cardigan runs into trouble early on. This pattern needs serious proofing. Sent a note to Alchemy Yarns who published the book, but no response. Errata for one pattern published, but needs more work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Mcclelland on November 13, 2012
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I mainly bought this book for the baby sweater, and when it arrived I found several other patterns that I liked. Like the, Diamond Trellis Pullover knit in a beautiful green shade of 100% silk and with a touch of interesting detail. I also liked the, Cutaway Cardigan also done in 100% silk with some sutble detailing. Other patterns are, shawl, socks, tunic, hat, a cute shrug, wraps, skirt etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DamselflyStudio on October 3, 2012
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Nice selection of patterns for the average to above average knitter. All the patterns are written for Alchemy yarns. As long as one follows the yarn weight and makes the dreaded swatch to confirm gauge, there should not be a substitution with other yarns. It is a book that has a variety of patterns from baby sweaters, accessories to sweaters. Nothing overly exciting. But a nice pick up if you see it on sale.
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