Exploring Color in Knitting: Techniques, Swatches, and Projects to Expand Your Knit Horizons Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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The sections of this book are VERY complete. For instance the section on understanding color contains the following: techniques; colors and values; hue families; warm and cool colors; undertones; brights; pastels; neutrals; tints, tones and shades; rivals: complementary colors; allies: analagous colors. This section also contains several patterns to demonstrate the techniques and information contained in the book.
The patterns are great. I especially like the Tints, Tones and Shades Neck Scarf, The Stitchwork Cushion and the Inspiration Cushion.
The photographs are clear and the colors look true. I have several books on color theory and knitting and am still glad that I purchased this one. It adds to what I have and clarifies some of the questions that still come to mind. I highly recommend this book.
However, the writing in the book is pretty retarded and wordy. While reading, it makes me feel either the authors think I'm stupid or they are used to talking to 5-year-olds. It could have been more concise, elegant, and intellectual.
There are also pieces here and there that I feel are just wrong. For example, a dark background doesn't make bright colors look "darker," they actually make them look brighter. This is basic optical illusion / cognitive perception concept.
That's the reason I would NOT keep this book in my collection.
It has nice sections on Intarsia and Fair Isle. Those are good intros to the techniques, but again, I would rather buy a book all about Fair Isle, instead of keeping this book.