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Color by Kristin: How to Design Your Own Beautiful Knits Hardcover – November 3, 2009

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About the Author

Kristin Nicholas is a renowned knitwear designer, decorative artist, and author who was named one of Vogue Knitting’s Master Knitters of the 1990s. Her designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Family Circle, and other publications.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933027835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933027838
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fairbanks Reader - Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2009
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I love books on color theory, especially if they also include some patterns that illustrate and support the theory. This book is just my cup of tea. Chapter 1 is called 'The Joy of Color'. The color wheel is illustrated with yarn samples which makes it more accessible to the knitter. There are instructions for how to use the color wheel as well. The second chapter is on Fair Isle Knitting with instructions on how to do two-color knitting and working in the round. It also includes a section on the steek, that magical and scary knitting technique. The author, Kristin Nicholas, does a good job in the section called 'Designing Fair Isle Knits'. She also includes a whole section of different Fair Isle patterns in the back of the book.

The patterns in this book are lovely. Think COLOR, COLOR, COLOR. My favorites are the child's zip-up cardigan, the Best Friends Pullover for girls, and the Marrakesh Market Pillows. The layout and photography in the book are beautiful.

Whenever I purchase a knitting book I ask myself these three questions:

1) Do I want to knit any of these projects?

2) Are the instructions clear?

3) Is the book a good resource?

The answer is 'yes'. However, this is a book primarily for experienced knitters. The patterns will be overwhelming for any beginner or even some intermediate knitters. The book is a good resource for anyone and it is great eye candy for all knitters.
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This book is gorgeously photographed, extremely well-written, and sensibly organized.

The Introduction is priceless, giving insights into Kristin's amazing world of color and wool. The first three chapters of the book are jam-packed with useful and important information on color and technique, and the Practice Projects will help jump-start knitters new to stranded knitting.

In the Patterns section, there are patterns appropriate for knitters new to stranded knitting, and for knitters experienced in the technique. The Designer Sourcebook section is an invaluable resource that any knitter working with color will return to again and again for information and inspiration.

Look for vital tips and techniques in the light green and light blue text boxes throughout the book.

Treat yourself to Color by Kristin, or gift a copy to someone you know who loves to knit!
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This book will jumpstart your creativity, particularly in respect to color. Kristin states that it's a "neutral-free zone" and I must agree. Many of the colorful designs are based on ethnic woven fabrics. The book is beautifully photographed on the family farm and the photographs show the big overall pictures as well as all the little details that are so helpful if one is trying to reproduce an item. The directions seem excellent and easy to follow.

There are projects in this book that are accessible to any level of knitting expertise. The designs themselves are timeless and classic in style and I believe would be beautiful to wear for years. There are many charts and much encouragement throughout to change up the designs and make them one's own.

Included are adult and child sweaters, scarves, wraps, mittens, gloves, hats, as well as items for the home including a lap top holder,(one of my favorites) and bolsters, pillows, ottoman and more.

This one is a keeper! I became acquainted with Kirstin's work when I bumped into her blog.[...]
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Misleading subtitle--this is more of a pattern book for one line of yarn (the author's own) than it is a book about how to design colour schemes.

Pros:
Very inspiring pictures and projects--the author clearly is a very talented albeit limited colourist.
Hits all the important points about stranding, steeking etc.
Lots of actual patterns--many books advertising themselves as colour design books have very few but this one has many and they are inspiring.

Cons:
All projects use only her own line of yarn which consists of mainly saturated colours. This, understandably, meshes with the authors colour style. However, if you are looking for shaded fair isles or subtle, complex combinations you won't find them here.
No neutrals or patterns incorporating neutrals. The author says that neutrals deaden a colour scheme.
The subtitle, "How to Design Your Own Beautiful Knits" is misleading. One page on colour theory and colour wheel. One page urging you to swatch. A few pages illustrating converting line drawings to charts and adding embroidery.
This is not a sufficiently exhaustive 'how to' to justify the subtitle. The book is more about inspiration than instruction.

That said, within the confines of her limited colour style, the author is very successful at creating rich, inspiring projects that are wonderful eye candy.
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I'm not normally a fan of large gauge colorwork, but the great use of colors here, playful and vibrant as they are, overcame my resistance. Nice variety of projects, but it's mostly about mixing colors for me and keeping that joyful vibe going. There are a couple projects I'll probably do, or at least approximate, but it's the color inspiration that really kicks it for me
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