Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting

Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting

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by Melissa Leapman
     
 

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One of the reasons knitting and colorwork master Melissa Leapman first learned to knit was her wish to make one special project—a sweater using Fair Isle technique. Now, for the first time, she brings her passion for advanced color knitting to knitters who want to knit with any and every color of yarn they can wrap around their needles.
 
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Overview

One of the reasons knitting and colorwork master Melissa Leapman first learned to knit was her wish to make one special project—a sweater using Fair Isle technique. Now, for the first time, she brings her passion for advanced color knitting to knitters who want to knit with any and every color of yarn they can wrap around their needles.
 
Conquer classic stranded knitting, “draw” images in yarn using intarsia, and make two projects in one with reversible double knitting. Leapman’s clear instruction proves that knitting with multiple colors may appear more complex, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. She includes the quickest, easiest, and most intuitive methods for each technique, using knowledge honed over years of color knitting workshops with knitters from across the country.
 
Once you’ve learned the basics, practice your new skills by creating projects for yourself, your friends, and everyone on your gift list. Each chapter includes a handful of sample projects to get you started, a Designer Workshop that teaches you important concepts in every designer’s toolbox, and a pattern treasury of unique patterns to apply to projects of your own creation—more than 50 patterns and 12 projects in all.
 
Throughout, Leapman’s helpful collection of how-tos, diagrams, tips, and hints (including a refresher course in color theory to help you choose the perfect color combinations) makes Mastering Color Knitting the book you’ll turn to for information and inspiration time and time again.

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Library Journal
Prolific designer and teacher Leapman (Cables Untangled) brings her considerable skill and knowledge to advanced color-work techniques, including stranded (or Fair Isle) knitting, intarsia, and double knitting. As in many color knitting books, Leapman here covers color theory and technique, but where she shines is in the patterns. It's easy for color knitting to look dated or kitschy, but Leapman's designs are contemporary and fashionable. Knitters who like to design their own projects will appreciate the variety of motifs in all three techniques, which can be used to create a one-of-a-kind garment or accessory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307586506
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
195,395
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

MELISSA LEAPMAN is a widely published knitwear designer whose patterns have appeared in every premier needlework publication in the country, including Vogue Knitting, Knitter's, McCall's, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Interweave Knits. She has been a featured guest of HGTV's Sew Much More and is a knitting and crochet host in the DVD series I Can't Believe I'm . . . (Leisure Arts). Leapman is the author of several books including Hot Knits, Cool Crochet, Cables Untangled, Continuous Cables, and Color Knitting the Easy Way. Nationally, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are popular with crafters of all skill levels.

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Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book to get you on your way to knitting with more than 1 color at a time. I liked that it deals with all the different types of color knitting. I've made a christmas coffee sleeve and a georgeous cowl. I thought it was easy to adapt to any of my patterns I already have. I've been knitting for 20 years.
TheKnittingMom More than 1 year ago
Having been a knitter for more than 50 years, I'm always delighted to learn something new. I've had Melissa Leapman as a teacher during a couple of knitting conferences, which I enjoyed. That's one of the reasons I purchased this book, and I wasn't disappointed. I love working with color in my knitting, and I'm looking forward to trying a couple of her ideas that are new to me. I love the illustrations and that they are so plentiful. The charts are colorful, which is a plus for me. I haven't started to work on any of the patterns yet, but there are definitely a few that have caught my eye!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a new knitter, I was able to complete a double knit scarf! I checked this book out three times in a row from the library but finally bought my own copy. It is so well written and photographed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice