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About the Author

MELISSA LEAPMAN is a widely published knitwear designer whose patterns have appeared in every premier needlework publication in the country, including Vogue Knitting, Knitter's, McCall's, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Interweave Knits. She has been a featured guest of HGTV's Sew Much More and is a knitting and crochet host in the DVD series I Can't Believe I'm . . . (Leisure Arts). Leapman is the author of several books including Hot Knits, Cool Crochet, Cables Untangled, Continuous Cables, and Color Knitting the Easy Way. Nationally, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are popular with crafters of all skill levels.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586506
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phyllis Staff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2010
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Mastering Color Knitting is a book of techniques, and, even though I consider myself an accomplished knitter, Leapman has included many techniques I have not learned and am ready to try.

Here's my take on Mastering Color Knitting:

PROS:

1. I've known about steeks for some time, but the idea of actually cutting into my knitting made me quake. Leapman's explanation is sufficient and calming enough that I may give it a try.

2. What about double knitting? The previous instructions I've tried were insufficient to make this a useful technique for me. Now I've changed my mind, and I've already completed a cap for a cancer patient who complains of a cold head.

3. The book is packed with tips on keeping an even tension when doing stranded knitting. In addition, there are many charts that you can use to create your own color knits.

CONS:

1. While I do not believe this is a negative, knitters looking for complete sweater patterns will not find many in this book. Leapman's focus is on technique and chartings, so if you're looking for garment patterns, this will not be the book you want.

2. The book itself does not lie flat when it's open. To work from a chart it will be necessary to copy the chart to a separate page, or to weight the pages to keep the book open.

OVERALL:

There's plenty here to delight most knitters - stranded knitting, double knits, intarsia and a wealth of charts to get you started. A worthy addition to your knitting library!
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This is like the other half of her "Color Knitting the Easy Way." That book focused on things like stripes and slipped-stitches to add color to your knitting. This one is all about stranded, intarsia, and double-knitting.

Just as I'd expect from Melissa Leapman, she does this with a variety of brand new stitch patterns to play with and new projects to knit. And, of course, clear explanations and great illustrations.

Three primary techniques are used here. Stranded (often referred to as Fair Isle), Intarsia (color blocks), and Double-Knitting (reversible fabrics). Each chapter starts with thorough instructions about what the technique is, and how to do it. Next are stitches to play with and inspire you, and they are followed by patterns to make. All the usual suspects are included-hats, sweaters, afghans.

There are other books that have similar goals and similar structures, but this one does it very well. I like the way Leapman describes things, I like her eye for color, and her balance between being new and creative while sticking to tradition. Her books are always a treat, and her explanations are always helpful.
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Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting is a book for those learning new techniques. Each section covers one technique, first with a detailed description of the process involved, then a great section of patterns that use the technique, and finally projects that give the knitter practice working with the technique. Again, the patterns, pictures and illustrations are quite clear, as well as the tips Ms. Leapman includes to help you become accomplished. This book definitely covers the techniques involved quite well, but again, if you already have books on these techniques you don't need this one. That said, this one has three in one, so if you don't have books that cover these topics, it is a good one to add.
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This book focuses on the techniques of stranded and intarsia knitting. It discusses steeking etc. Covers corrugated rib but no mention of it's tendency to roll up and hence no tips on preventing this. Insists that casting on must be in one colour when there are free demos on the internet of two colour cast ons.

Lots of stitch patterns for stranded knitting (charts, B&W)

Four pages describing colour wheel is all that this book contains on how to choose colours yourself. The authors colour choices for the books projects are not terrible but not particularly inspiring either.

So if your requirement is mainly for a technical 'how to' for colour knitting, this is your book. But if you expect direction on creating your own colour schemes or inspiration along this line, you will be disappointed.

I often check books out from the library before I decide to purchase and I'm glad that I did that with this book as I will not be buying it.
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pros:
this book is awesome for learning techniques, have a few nice patterns that I have knitted two of... both turned out great. I found her instructions very clear and helpful, I have learned a lot from this book. There is also color wheels to help you determine several different ways to pick colors for your project. I couldn't ask for more from a teacher of color knitting, its pretty much like taking a class with the workshops within the text.

cons:
if you are looking for a lot of patterns instead of motifs or peeries or borders, this book's not for you.
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This book describes the techniques clearly and is easy to understand. I like that you also get to learn how to read patterns in both written and in chart form. A great addition to any knitter's library
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