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Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting Paperback – November 9, 2010
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Here's my take on Mastering Color Knitting:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
if you are looking for a lot of patterns instead of motifs or peeries or borders, this book's not for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a bit advanced or intermediate but there are good explanations on how to add color to a project. Stripes that don't jump where you start and end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janet Wesner
This is a wonderful book for color knitting. It includes directions on several methods of color knitting and lots of great patterns.Published 2 months ago by Theresa Kane
This is an excellent book with informative techniques for color knittingPublished 5 months ago by Linda Diane White
This book is one to keep so you always have on hand as a reference.Published 6 months ago by Claire