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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Color Knitting

ISBN: 978-1-118-23634-5
304 pages
April 2012
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The visual way to add color to your knitting

Are you a knitter looking to expand your knowledge and take on new challenges? Color adds vibrant, complex patterns to sweaters, hats, mittens, and more. For the uninitiated, color knitting can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Color Knitting explains, step by step, the various methods and gives you a variety of projects so that you can put your newfound skills to use.

Working with color—whether it's one richly toned variegated handspun yarn or multiple colors worked in an intricate pattern—is a great way to advance from basic projects to more complex and satisfying ones. Photo by photo, you'll learn all the techniques, including stripes, slip-stitch knitting, Fair Isle (stranded knitting), intarsia, and entrelac. Plus, you'll get some lessons on color theory and discover how to put together beautiful color combinations.

  • Features 21 patterns using various colorwork skills
  • Includes a stitch pattern dictionary for each technique
  • Photos and detailed explanations make learning easy

If you're a crafter who learns better by seeing and doing, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Color Knitting will get you confidently knitting colorwork in no time.

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CHAPTER 1 Why Knit in Color? 2

Understand Color Relationships 4

The Language of Color 5

Rainbow Reptiles Project 6

Other Ways to Choose Colors 10

Tips for Successful Color Mixing 11

CHAPTER 2 Color Knitting Yarns 12

Fiber 14

Yarn Structure 16

Weight 22

Hand and Drape 23

Dye Techniques 24

CHAPTER 3 Explore Stripes 26

Knitting of a Different Stripe 28

Join and Carry Alternate Strands 30

Knit Stripes in Ribbing 32

Knit Circular Stripes with Jogless Rounds 33

Hexagon Hat 36

Verticality Vest 40

Stripe Yoke Turtleneck 45

Idea Gallery 52

CHAPTER 4 Discover Slip-Stitch Patterns 58

One Strand at a Time 60

Understand the Slipped Stitch 62

Knit Circular or Flat 64

Flambé Beret and Mitten Set 65

Scarf Noir 70

Baby Bubbles Cardigan 72

Idea Gallery 76

CHAPTER 5 Discover Stranded Colorwork 82

Stranded Colorwork Revealed 84

Stranded Knitting Mechanics 85

Stranding Myths 86

Stranded Colorwork Architecture 87

How to Strand 88

Songbirds Blouse 90

Finniquoy Waistcoat 96

Regnbue Cardigan 102

Idea Gallery 110

CHAPTER 6 Investigate Intarsia 120

Intarsia Characteristics 122

Key Intarsia Points 124

Change Colors 125

Yarn Supply 126

Weave in the Ends 128

Girl's Best Friend Pullover 130

Crabby Sweater 138

Wulong Tea Cozy 146

Idea Gallery 152

CHAPTER 7 Explore Entrelac 162

Think Inside the Blocks 164

Knit Circular Entrelac 166

Shape Entrelac with Decreases 168

Make Top-Row Triangles 169

Knit Flat Entrelac 170

Stained-Glass Stockings 172

Dahlia Tote 177

Kaleidoscope Tam 182

CHAPTER 8 Make Modules 186

Modular Construction 188

Shapes 189

Units 190

Garments 191

Join the Pieces 192

Edge Treatments 193

Kelp Forest Scarf 194

Chevrons Shoulder Bag 199

Spiral Skirt 205

Idea Gallery 209

CHAPTER 9 Embrace Embellishment 220

Embellishment as the Icing on the Cake 222

Embellishment Techniques 224

Rose Garden Cloche 226

Flora Cardigan 232

Hook, Line, and Sinker Handbag 239

Idea Gallery 245

CHAPTER 10 Enhance Your Color Knitting Skills 256

Machine Steeks 258

Crochet Steeks 260

Knitted Hems 262

Knitted Cord 263

Reading Charts 264

Button Loops 265

Dorset Buttons 267

Knitted Cast-On 269

Cable Cast-On 270

Three-Needle Bind-Off 272

Crochet Seams 274

Wet Splicing 275

Blocking 277

Appendix 278

Index 283

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Mary Scott Huff, a nationally recognized knitting designer and teacher, is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she shares a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary. You can follow Mary's adventures playing with string on her blog at www.maryscotthuff.com.

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