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Stashbuster Knits: Tips, Tricks, and 21 Beautiful Projects for Using Your Favorite Leftover Yarn Paperback – November 15, 2011
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There is a nice section on color combinations. She explains the theory of color and provides different color combinations that go together. She discusses the Magic Ball Technique to get random color patterns. One cuts random lengths of yarn from one ball and a different length from a second ball. Then continue adding lengths from different yarns and wind them all together. Attach the lengths with knots.Read more ›
The attractive projects include (1) a charted "jigsaw puzzle piece" baby blanket; (2) geometrically-patterned bangle bracelets; (3) striped mittens, scarves, shawls, throws, and sweaters; (4) striped and patterned shopping, sample, and tote bags; (5) a Fair Isle yoked sweater and a Fair Isle vest; and (6) many single-color hats. The projects are grouped in the book according to the yarn weights used: fine, lightweight, worsted, or chunky.
What I really like about this book is the lengthy introduction that discusses sorting yarns leftovers by weight and color, to ensure the best possible combinations for successful knitted fabrics. Several pages, illustrated with color wheels, explain the scientific theory of color--including how to get good results from monochromatic color combinations, and from combinations of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 colors. The book also includes explanations of how to join yarns together using standard knitting techniques, or using the "Russian join" (which uses a tapestry needle). There is a nice discussion of how to put together a "Magic Ball" of short lengths of leftover yarns of different colors and textures (the ball is knitted up like regular yarn); as well as some discussion of yarn storage.
Nearly all of the projects are fairly easy to knit.Read more ›
I know I'll be referring to this books for many other projects as well. Even just for the color combination secion alone. So now I'm going to take Melissa's suggestion of shopping from my Stash and making use of this wonderful book while knitting a dent into my own yarn collection. But first I need to pull all those hidden balls out into the open and find out just what I have. Thanks for the inspiration, Melissa!
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Great ideas for using leftover yarns. These projects are simple and creative ways to make things that are pretty and functional!Published 5 months ago by Judith King-Freels
Great book, came on time, good quality with no rips, marks or damage..... thank you A+ to the Seller and I am really enjoying working from this bookPublished 5 months ago by Anne N. Stoddard
Leapman is practical while also being a clever designer. This is great book for patterns, but also for all her general knitting helps and insight. A good reference book!Published 10 months ago by D. Dippel
I checked this out of the library three times before I decided to buy it. I have a room full of yarn that I need to get under control. Read morePublished 15 months ago by rik
A good solid knitting book, with practical discussion and illustrative patterns.
The discussion portion is a good blend of pragmatic and inspirational. Read more