- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Sixth and Spring Books (3 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193302707X
- ISBN-13: 978-1933027074
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 23.5 x 28.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Knitting Color: Design Inspiration from Around the World Hardcover – 3 May 2007
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On the other hand, many of the women's garments seem unwearable--the jacket shown on the cover has a 72" bust. Two of me could wear it. The xs/sm would weigh over 5 lb. Nearly everything is oversized, or worse. I don't think any thought went into garment design other than getting these great colors and patterns onto a wearable.
Besides sweaters, jackets, and vests, women get a lackluster purse. Sofas get some pillows and a throw. Men get two vests and a basic sweater. Girls get an extremely charming vest. With your leftover yarn you can make a striped throw, but no total yardage or weight is given--just "various 4-ply yarns and colors from Rowan Yarns". The throw in the photo looks as if it is lined and then given a crocheted edging, but the instructions don't say anything about lining it. I can't think of a way to get that edging over a lining without excessive hand sewing. I really like this idea, because I can't wear wool next to my skin. (I wear a lot of turtlenecks in winter.)
Get this book if you love Kaffe Fassett and have a primary interest in color and pattern; don't get it if your interest is in garment design. People like me will check it out from the library or buy a used copy.
Brendon Mably took over running the "Color in Design" workshops and the Kaffe Fassett studio. Most knitters will never be able to attend one of these workshops in person; however Knitting Color: Design inspiration from around the world explains Mably's three-step process, then illustrates it by showing garments alongside the scenery and/or indigenous fabrics which inspired them. Throughout Mably puts into practice his process: 1) look at the color combinations and the proportion of each color in the design; 2) assess the tonal range and 3) put in the subtle transitions from shade to shade to bring the piece to life.
The Kaffe Fassett Studio is known for loose-fitting, over-sized garments and Knitting Color does not break with tradition. Mably's designs are suitable for novice knitters, the challenge comes in managing the multitude of colors. Patterns range from children's vests to pillows to oversized coats.
If your penchant is for minimal ease in your clothing, then this book will function as inspiration in planning a garment better suited to your individual preferences. The colors are worked Fair Isle and intarsia style, although knitters can easily utilize another knitting method and all twenty patterns are designed using Rowan yarns.
Armchair Interviews says: The most compelling component of Knitting Color is Mably's reflections on his travels, the inspiration for each garment and how he sees color in the world around him.
So that's 8 projects. Everything is charted out and lots of schematics too. Also, the color choices are good and photos lovely.
Having once made his Checkers sweater, I was really burned out by that complicated design so the ones I like here are easy to make. The yarns are all Rowan but one can easily substitute other yarns in the same weights.
Feeling adventurous? go for it.
The book contains designs inspired from different countries: Australia, Great Britain, Guatamala, India, Italy, Peru, South Africa, the United States, and Vietnam. It also has small (and I mean very small) sections on color theory and techniques of knitting color.
The patterns are for experienced knitters but the book is for any knitter who wants inspiration, loves color and appreciates beauty.