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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405931
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 1.8 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Hazell is passionate about knitting and teaches workshops for Rowan Yarns. Emma King is a talented knitwear designer who is set to inspire knitters across the world. She is a Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns and also has her own company, supplying her knitted bags and limited edition kits. She uses her passion for colour and texture to create designs that will make knitters everywhere want to pick up their needles.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By An ordinary mum on 26 Oct 2011
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Experienced and competent knitters are in for a treat with this book! It's a primer rather than an instruction manual, with lots of information on, well, colour. The book explores how colours work together, how cool and warm colours and undertones can combine or clash (who knew that warm colours stand out more than cool ones? not me!), effective use of neutrals and how a colour's value can be more important than whether it's green or blue.

Lots of full-colour photographs throughout bring the theory to life - so you can really see how a green bead looks against lots of different swatches, or how changing the proportion of different colour values changes a stripe pattern. There are a few projects in the book too - a bag, cushion, fair isle mitts, a throw - but it's really not that kind of "knit this" book. If, however, you're interested in designing your own patterns, reworking a fair isle motif to your own spec or happy to knit lots of swatches to create a colour library, you will LOVE this.

I had hoped to be able to learn how to knit intarsia from the book, but the instructions were a little more sparse than I'd really need. That said, there was plenty of really interesting and useful information in here about how colour combining works and how to maximise its impact. It's an easy read and opens your eyes to colour in a whole new way. Most recommended for the hardcore knitter but also as a good library and reference book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nightowl on 26 Dec 2011
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Like a previous reviewer I too wanted good instructions on intasia (are we knitting the same Kaffe Fassett?) and this book has the best that I could find - although U tube has a good section ...... Accomplished and inexperienced knitters will find this book easy to use with lots of adaptable patterns - a good investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By janann on 27 Sep 2011
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inspiring!Very readable in an informative,clear,format with lovely projects for each chapter. clearly illustrated and beautifully photograhed. a pleasure to pick up and read a pleasure to work from.
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By P Smith on 17 Feb 2014
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It's very odd that a book about the use of colour should contain so much material that is physically difficult to read because of the use of colour. The main text is in a spidery greyish type with a smaller-than-average font size, while many of the patterns are printed in the same typeface on darkish purple or blue backgrounds - not at all reader-friendly. Unless you have very good eyesight, you may find it a strain as I did. The actual content is well-presented though not really new - we have all the basic colour theory, but like others writing about this topic, the authors find it difficult to square the circle between scientific fact and aesthetic judgement.
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We have supplied several copies of this book to MIJU Wools in Gloucester. The knitters there love it! The projects mean that knitters of all standards can enjoy their favourite hobby.
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