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Color Style: Innovative to Traditional, 17 Inspired Designs to Knit [Paperback]

Ann Budd , Pam Allen


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1 Sep 2008 Style
Color work is a popular form of knitting for projects of all types and complexity. Knitting is more fun when two or more colors are used and gives the knitter an opportunity to learn new techniques. From simple repeating stripes to intricate Fair Isle patterns, two or more colors can add life and dimension to garments and accessories. Color Style, following in the footsteps of Bag Style, Folk Style, and Wrap Style - with gorgeous patterns, luscious lifestyle photographs, and step-by-step instructions - features classic and innovative use of traditional color techniques by top knitwear designers that will be a welcome library addition for beginner and experienced knitters alike. From an easy-to-knit pullover that alternates narrow stripes of solid and variegated yarns to a multicolored Fair Isle cardigan worked with steeks, readers will find loads of practical projects and inspiration from fifteen top knitwear designers including Veronik Avery, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, Kristin Nicholas, Shirley Paden, and more. In addition to seventeen inventive patterns, the Design Notebook chapter details the fundamental ways to incorporate color into knitting. Learn the secrets to successful Fair Isle, intarsia, and slip stitch or how different techniques can be used in combination for outstanding results. Soon you'll be on your way to designing your own colorful masterpieces! Even if you're a beginning knitter, shows easy ways to achieve colorful effects in your knitting.


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Yarn Market News: Half a dozen titles in, the Style series has hit a confident stride. This entry is conceived to make even the most colorwork-averse yarnie yearn to dive head first into the paintbox. Seventeen attractive pieces, many with no- or low-seaming construction, survey color knitting in its entirety: striping, mosaic, slip stitch, intarsia, Fair Isle and stranding are all represented and explained quite well in the Design Notebook. The techniques are then given a workout: Robin Melanson carries floats on the right side of a Bohus-type stranded sweater to mimic embroidered geometrics. Deborah Newton's striking cover pullover relies on honeycomb slip stitching to harmonize melon colors with wine. The intarsia diamonds and diagonals of budd's argyle vest start on both sides, so pay attention. And Mary Jane Mucklestone's mismatched-stripe sweater, with its strong contrasts of brown, green and rust, sews together in strips, quilt-style. www.karenplatt.co.uk: In this knitting book, several designers have come together to show the different techniques of working with colour in knitting. Seventeen projects highlight colour work from fair-isle, intarsia, stripes, slip-stitch and embroidery. The projects include bags, sweaters, jackets, gloves, scarves and mittens. This book provides step by step instructions for the projects plus tips for colour knitting. Most of the projects are wearable on the whole, however, I must say that since this book is on colour, some of the designers, to my eye, display little colour sense. The instructions are clear and the colour work is done by charts. The book is enhanced with good photographs. Sources are given for the USA.

About the Author

Ann Budd first learned to knit in 1968 when living in Switzerland for a year with her family. At the time, knitting was part of the curriculum for all schoolgirls. Back in the United States, Ann continued to knit through her high-school, college, and graduate years, when she earned a master’s degree in Geology. In 1989, Ann decided to forego the sciences and pursue her passion for knitting and fiber-related crafts when she began working as an editorial assistant for Handwoven magazine. Through the years, Ann worked as a book editor and managing editor of Interweave Knits magazine. Since 2002, Ann has authored or co-authored more than eight books, including the popular Knitter's Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, and several books in the Style series. Ann continues to edit craft books for Interweave as well as author her own books. Pam Allen has been part of the hand-knitting industry since 1985, and joined Classic Elite Yarns in May 2007. Until 2003, when she was hired as editor of Interweave Knits, her designs were published regularly in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and Knitters. Her work was also featured in general interest magazines—Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Woman’s Day—and in Melanie Falick’s book Knitting in America (1996) and Vogue Knitting/American Collection (2000). She is the author of Knitting for Dummies and Scarf Style, and the co-author of 4 other titles in the Style series published by Interweave Press. As editor of Interweave Knits, Pam worked with established hand-knitwear designers such as Norah Gaughan, Mari Lynn Patrick, and Deborah Newton, and she also encouraged new-generation designers such as Veronik Avery and Kate Gilbert. As creative director at CEY, Pam continues to work with these and other talented and well-known hand-knitwear designers, including up-and-coming blogger and designer Jared Flood. She also continues to be published not only in CEY’s semi-annual collection of best selling pattern booklets, but also in major knitting magazines, and e-zines, such as Twist Collective and knitty.com.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but not a must-have 20 Oct 2008
By Jacquelyn E. Alberta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I ordered this book sight unseen as a prepub discount, because I LOVE color in my knits and loved the other Style books from Interweave. Once it came in the mail, however, I wished I'd seen the book before I purchased it. It's not nearly as strong as the previous Style books (Lace Style, Scarf Style, Wrap Style), with a few patterns that seem almost dated, and worst of all some are ... drab. There are also a few patterns that are almost too color-saturated, and would need to be toned down for most knitters. Plus, the sweater I loved the most was actually published in an issue of Interweave Knits (I believe the Winter issue) already as a promotional pattern for the book, which I found disappointing.
The one part I do really love about the book is the Designer section at the back, which shows you how to design and knit your own color-coordinated projects, and shows the different techinques for each. This is where the style books excell, and I see myself referring to this section in the future when I work on my own designs.
Overall: if you like fair isle/ski-type sweaters and a more traditional look to your knits, you may love this book. Otherwise, I recommend looking at it before you buy to make sure you're happy with your purchase.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not earth-shattering patterns, but a lot on technique 13 Dec 2008
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ths book is more about various techniques employing color in knitting rather than about some exciting designs to knit. While there are some attractive patterns, especially for the cover mosaic-knit yoke pattern pullover with elongated color cuffs, most of the patterns are more remarkable for the way they are knitted than what is knitted.

There are 17 patterns, including fair isle, intarsia, mosaic knitting, argyle, bohus style (socks), and slip stitch. There is a design notebook in the back with swatches and discussion of the techniques.

If you are new to color knitting, this is a good sampler of methods.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Color Style 29 Oct 2010
By Marge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Color Style: Innovative to Traditional, 17 Inspired Designs to Knit (Style series) by Pam Allen and Ann Budd, published by Interweave Press in 2008 is part of the Style Series. The Style series has books on folk, scarf, lace, bags and simple knitting. The books have a collection of new designs by several different designers followed by a glossary of techniques and terms.

Many knitters, when faced with knitting in color, will use the many hand-painted or variegated yarns available. The designers of those yarns have already chosen pleasing color combinations so the knitter cannot really go wrong. Instead of using multicolored yarns Color Style has a section called design notebook which discusses the many ways to use more than one color in your knitting. This one section demystifies intarsia, slip-stitch or mosaic, and Fairisle knitting. It clearly states the differences and similarities and examines how to create stripes, squares and other patterns to get the result you desire.

Finally, the book includes 17 patterns which put the different methods of color knitting to work. The patterns are a mix of classic and traditional and include sweaters, accessories and items for the home. Only you can tell if you need this book in your personal library, but it definitely deserves a look.

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for colorwork 23 Mar 2010
By Delaknitter - Published on Amazon.com
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I just completed a series of classes where I learned Intarsia, Fair Isle, and slip stitch knitting. I love the patterns in this book because they are beautiful, easy to read, and are letting me apply my newly learned skills with projects I actually WANT to keep when I am finished. The patterns vary in skill level required, so there is something for everyone, regardless of skill level. The explanation of techniques at the end of the book is very well done, and easy to understand, especially for someone needing a little help getting started with the various techniques. The photos show off the projects beautifully, so you have a good idea of what you are getting into before you start. The projects are all appealing to a wide audience, unlike some color work pattern books I have come across. The patterns are all accurate as well, according to the publishers website, with no corrections posted. This is a great book of patterns for someone looking to try their hand at color work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Several Great Patterns 20 Jan 2010
By laikabear - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this book and am pleasantly surprised. First, the patterns. There are several sweaters I would actually knit: the cover sweater with the slip stitch designs, the colorblock pullover, the Fair Isle sweater with bell sleeves, the yoke sweater with faux embroidery, the striped raglan, and the Harvest cardi. I also liked the pattern on the Andean pullover (on the back cover), but I didn't like the cropped style. I even liked the argyle vest and knee socks, though I am primarily a sweater knitter. There were a couple of patterns I didn't like - the scarf (Kristin Nicholas is just NOT my style) the pillow, and the flower mittens; however the great majority of the patterns appealed to me.

The book also has a small section which briefly goes over the different color techniques and gives references for more information. I found the tips in the section helpful, and didn't feel it was lacking. I have other reference books with Fair Isle techniques and history that are more in-depth. This being primarily a pattern book, I didn't expect a long section on how-to.

Overall I would say this is a great pattern book. It has contemporary takes on intarsia, stranded knitting, and stripes. I think it is easy for intarsia and stranded (Fair Isle type) sweaters to look dated, but I really found these patterns appealing.
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