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The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Radcliffe
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Imagine a softly striped crib blanket knit in the comforting colors of the nursery. Or a sophisticated cashmere wrap featuring rich jewel tones that set off a favorite black dress. Knitting teacher and author Margaret Radcliffe presents a world of color techniques in a single comprehensive reference that you'll consult every time two or more yarn colors are in play. Stitchers of every ability level will love the color-combining methods and professional secrets revealed in The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques.

Multicolor knitting techniques are explained with step-by-step illustrations and photographs accompanied by instructive text. Complete chapters on stripes, stitch effects, knitting with multicolor yarns, stranded knitting, and intarsia cover the theory and how-to behind each method as well as offering creative solutions for handling tangled yarn, estimating yarn quantities of each color, tips on how to handle all those ends, and stunning finishing techniques. An additional chapter describes more unusual techniques, such as helix, shadow, mosaic, and modular knitting.

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if you're struggling with any aspect of colourwork or just want to develop your skills, then pick up this book and your'll find tips and advice to help you through…We love the attention to detail. --Simply Knitting Magazine

"This book will definitely be one that you refer to time and time again." --Knit Today

"This book will definitely be one that you refer to time and time again." --Knit Today

About the Author

Judith Durant is the author of the best-selling The Knitting Answer Book. She also offers knitting classes on everything from beginner's basics to design, and is particularly interested in promoting creativity and independence in all knitters

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15246 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4WIJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Knitting Bible 11 Dec. 2009
By La Fata
I am an nexperienced knitter and I have few knitting books, but this one is by far the best, even if it is written in American English. Clear pictures, brilliant colours and extremely useful comments. A must for someone who wants to improve techniques and learn about colour composition, and wants to start experimenting with more challenging projects and creating own designs. Would highly recommend it even to beginners!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any knitter's library 23 Sept. 2010
A thoroughly great book - not only are the patterns great, the advice is good - as an experienced knitter it was nice to have relevant information and advice rather than the usual half-book rehash of how to knit from scratch. Having said that, the advice is sufficiently easy to follow for knitters of all abilities to follow. Gorgeous illustrations, clear patterns, and good inspiration for your own projects.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid book! 14 May 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This a reference book for anyone who wants to design any knitted item, and the subject is colour. It probably says all you really need to know about colour and knitting as it covers so many different techniques. The instructions are very clear, the diagrams and photos are excellent.

It's very good on choosing colours to use together, knitting with different coloured yarns and multi-colour yarns and the effect stitch choices have. Also creating pattern effects in the colour, or random effects, and then special techniques: stranded knitting, intarsia, helix knitting, shadow knitting, mosaic knitting, twined knitting, double knitting (two layers at once), designing with modules (a.k.a patchwork knitting), entrelac.

There's a nice "design workshop" section with basic garment design and most appropriately it ends up with finishing touches. Love it!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring ideas for using 'stash' 26 Mar. 2010
Plenty of colour illusstrations to help you blend or combine colours using small quantities. Good stitch guide to show how colour choices can be used. An excellent book for using up stash as well as creating really attractive items.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive colour knitting guide 15 Nov. 2011
This book is a great overview of colour knitting techniques, including the obligatory colour theory section at the beginning (it's well done, but colour theory is never that exciting). This book introduces colourwork techniques from basic stripes and varigated yarns through slip stitch patterns, intarsia, stranded work, twined knitting, shadow knitting and more. The chapter on finishing techniques is worth the price of the book however - techniques I've previously only seen on technical knitting blogs, explained and presented in an easy to follow manner.

This would be a great buy for an adventurous beginner, an intermediate knitter looking to add their own stamp to patterns, or an experienced knitter looking for inspiration or to brush up on techniques. The only possible downside is that the projects included call for yarn from a small US based supplier - though with the guidance on choosing yarns and colourways included in the book, finding suitable substitutions shouldn't be too much of a trial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colour Knitting 29 Oct. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although this book is a paperback, the pages are thick, hardwearing and pleasantly smooth to touch. The print colours are very clear, important when the subject is about colour knitting. The focus of this book is about how to use stitches with different coloured wools rather than teaching how to knit or presenting really fancy designs. A clear graph for each patterned stitch is displayed on each page: the instructions couldn't be clearer. In addition to the stitches and advice on colour, there is information on design in general. I have found this book very useful for developing my own creative thoughts with the variety of wool that I have.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good for beginners, gets complicated early on 12 Feb. 2013
By Missy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I knitted when I was very young, basic. Having just got into again, I decided to buy this based on reviews. Although it is promising, I feel that this book would benefit people who used to beable to knit all styles and have lost practise or for people who have more experience-this book got too complicated and algebra like early on despite my eagerness and commitment to learn. I have given this book a 3 star due to my personal experience of not engaging with it, but it is an incredible book so would recommend if your more of a confident knitter or fast learner. I am returning it and going to purchase Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner by Aneeta Patel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that keen knitters will be keen to have. 10 July 2012
By Joanna
This is a very attractive and extremely useful book, providing plenty of practical advice and inspiration for using colour. I took it to my craft group where it was enthused over. Acessible to beginning knitters, it nevertheless provides lots of ideas for experienced knitters to develop their skills. Instructions are clear and very well illustrated. A glowing gem of a book, it makes your fingers itch to get knitting!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book, great illustrations and great for inspiration or just dipping into
Published 24 days ago by Mariko Whyte
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great ideas with good explanations. A guide that one goes back and back for fresh ideas.
Published 6 months ago by PW
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
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Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice book
A very easy book to read with a lot of illustations in nice bright colurs. Can bring you a long way with colour knitting. Great for both beginner and experienced knitters
Published 13 months ago by Hanne Jakobsen
5.0 out of 5 stars The patterns keep on comming
Never have I seen so many different patterns and techniques in a single book. I'm from Denmark so I haven't yet mastered the translation of the technical terms but it looks easy... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lise Greve
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of practical advice
the book goes from simple stripes to complex stitch and colour patterns. I got it becasue I wanted a guide to knitting with multple colours and how to do intarsia - it not only has... Read more
Published 22 months ago by SamuiD
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful understanding
Good explanations for the use of colours. This book is especially good for anyone who has little to no understanding of how to use colour.
Published 22 months ago by Cheryl Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting book
My daughter requested this for Christmas. She is delighted with it as she wanted to try out different knitting techniques.
Published 23 months ago by jmr27
4.0 out of 5 stars The colour purple
With all these patterns for Fair Isle and Intarsia, this is an excellent guide to how to do it plus lots of other stuff on colours that's a bit beyond me. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mrs. Leila M. Spinks
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this book is great. it tells you lots of different things about colour. wool , yarn etc well worth it
Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by Ms. Sian Jackson
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