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The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques Hardcover – December 1, 2008
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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From the Inside Flap
Putting Color To Work
Imagine a softly striped crib blanket knit in the comforting colors of baby's nursery. Or a sophisticated cashmere wrap featuring rich jewel tones that set off a favorite black dress. How about a comfy-cozy pair of socks, knit in school colors for your college-student daughter?
Margaret Radcliffe unravels the intricacies of combining two or more yarn colors, explaining all the techniques that transform simple knitted items into fabulous, colorful masterpieces. From the easy trick of working with multicolor yarn to the intricate details of stranding and intarsia, here are all the beautiful possibilities for playing with color in knitting. With Radcliffe's clear instructions as a reliable road map, every knitter will discover her inner color designer.
Throughout, knitters will find creative solutions for handling life's little stitching difficulties. Tight stitches, loose stitches, curled edges, messy ends, and twisted yarns --- Radcliffe helps knitters put them all in the past with practical tips and tricks that bring out the best in every project.
Every time two or more yarn colors are in play, knitters will turn to this easy-to-use reference for questions large and small.
From the Back Cover
Jazz up your knitting with the complexity and visual appeal of multicolor patterns. Margaret Radcliffe's practical advice and step-by-step instruction unravel the intricacies of combining two or more yarn colors and reveal a beautiful world of limitless design possibilites. From simple tricks for making multicolor yarns more exciting to the precise details of managing stranding and intarsia, here are all the inspiring options for playing with color in knitting.
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It's a shame the book's title is what it is, because it doesn't convey the wealth of information it contains far beyond color knitting. Yes, it begins with an excellent chapter on color theory, using pictures of the color wheel to provide practical tips on choosing color combinations, and has chapters covering any number of beautifully pictured two and multi colored stitches. It also contains a number of projects making use of the techniques covered, and has a very useful chapter on what to do with all those variegated skeins that are hard to know how to put to best use, showing how different variegations look when used with different stitches and patters. However, what sets this book apart is the quality of the color pictures and explicit directions covering a myriad of techniques used in creating them. It covers any number of basic and more advanced techniques by no means confined to multiple colors, as well as being a wealth of information on finishing techniques and embellishments. It also covers knitting on double pointed needles, addressing problems people commonly encounter; double knitting; entrelac; knitting in the round, and steeking, to name just a few. It even covers sweater architecture, with useful diagrams of flat, circular and sideway knitted designs. Beginner+ to intermediate knitters could appreciably advance their skills making use of this book alone Truly one of the best knitting books I've encountered.
TEGCT was written in 2008 and published by Stoney Publishing in MA.
On almost every page of the book Chapters before the Appendices, she includes stunning color photos of yarn, knitting, and related paraphernalia, which she uses to demonstrate: color basics; how to create HK stitches; projects; both left-/ and right-hand knitting techniques; correcting mistakes; modifying existing patterns; demystifying steeks; and finishing techniques, among a multitude of other topics.
This heavy book also comes in dust jacket, and the book has the following, important 9 chapters: Chapter 1. Color Basics; Chapter 2. Stripes; Chapter 3. Pattern Stitches; Chapter 4. Multicolor Yarns; Chapter 5. Stranded Knitting; Chapter 6.Intarsia; Chapter 7. Other Techniques; Chapter 8. Finishing Touches; and Chapter 9. Design Workshop.
4 Appendices (which contain simple 2-color stitch graphics) follow these Chapters:
A. Glossary of Techniques
B. Using Charts
C. Garment Sizing Guidelines
D. Abbreviations and Symbols
Finally come the last sections of the book: The Bibliography (including Elizabeth Zimmermann’s books, The Vogue Ultimate Knitting Book, Alice Starmore’s books, and Sally Melville’s books, just to name a few); Acknowledgement; and Index.
TEGCT is a book that often sits on my coffee table right next to my Elizabeth Zimmerman (EZ), Alice Starmore, and Sally Melville books; My Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book; and my knitting machine books like those from Susan Guagliumi. I pull these books to page-through, to then become inspired to begin a new knitting project. (See my reviews of these books.)
This is a great book in my knitting library, and it should be in yours, too.
This book is clear, concise, well organized. It has projects that tackle and walk you through specific types of colorwork (Fair Isle, Stranded.) The projects are building blocks of techniques.
The book opens with a highly detailed look at color and how color is combined for pleasing effect. This section is worth the cost of the book by itself.
Each type of color knitting has very in-depth examinations along with helpful problem solving (important to new knitters like myself.)
This book gave me the confidence to start a traditional South American Chullo (8 colors,) and it is going well!!!!
I can't recommend this book more highly!