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Knitting with Two Colors Paperback – December 15, 2011
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This book has, of course Fair Isle, that traditional technique of small patterns repeated in bands interspersed with larger bands of "OXO" (x's and o's against a sometimes multicolored background.) But Turkish colorwork, with its teasingly symmetrical but abstract patterns is here too. And this book is a joint effort of many knitting authors including the late Joyce Williams, so "Armenian" two color work is here too. This is a method that involves stranding so that one or another color floats to the top to make an intarsia-like pattern without the method of intarsia, where you lock in areas of color using small balls of yarn for each color area. Bohus knitting is discussed, which uses not only color but texture stitches to achieve a luminous result.
There is info on centering motifs and designs (an issue I have right now, I'm doing a color yoke design of my own, and I have to center the design for the front of the cardigan.) There is info on how to shape within colorwork to maintain a pleasing pattern, so you can decrease an arm or the leg of a stocking and have the colorwork continue on in pattern. And info on avoiding the "jog" or the fact that rows of knitting are spirals when knitting in the round, but you want to have stripes end without climbing onto themselves. There is info on sizing and adjusting.Read more ›
I love this book! If you are contemplating ever doing some color work, this book is a must have reference on your bookshelf. It is jam packed with very useful instructions and tips only knitting veterans like Meg and Amy can impart. The book has many illustrative (rather than gratuitous) photos, which is very helpful.
It is almost as good as being in a color work class with Meg and Amy --- I only wish they would do a companion DVD!!!!
These ladies are great teachers, and demystify color knitting.
I would disagree a bit with their finishing of steeks, however. I think Therese Chynoweth's book, Norwegian Sweater Techniques for Today's Knitter, is a bit more complete, with smoother internal finishing.
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Excellent reference book to understand stranding methods from around the world.
Techniques, NOT PATTERNS for finished works.
I've been filling in some missing parts of my knitting library. This is a great source for those classic Norwegian designs. Terrific fundamentals, but few projects.Published 1 month ago by Lizzie Bennet
Loads of good and sensible accessable stuff here for any enthusiast wishing to improve their skills in this technique. Would thoroughly recommend it to the serious knitter!Published 14 months ago by Maryjane Buxton
Awesome book written by two of the most remarkable knitters in the world. This book needs to be in every color knitting library.Published 16 months ago by spice1217
amazing detail. very technical and helpful. some of it is beyond my present knitting level but i know as a source book it's 'the bible'--Published 16 months ago by debby c
I bought the book (or leaflet, I'd almost say) because I loved the cover design so much and just wanted to have it charted. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Knitting Customer