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Beautiful Colourwork Knitting Books

Are you eager to master fair isle knitting? Curious about Scandinavian stranded colourwork? Mystified by intarsia? 


This collection of beautiful knitting books, for beginners to advanced knitters, will help start you on your way!

Mastering Color Knitting

In this title Melissa Leapman's unique, helpful approach guides knitters through intarsia, stranded knitting and two-colour double knitting. It includes 12 original projects, 200 stitch patterns and knitting and design tips and tricks. For anyone interested in serious colour knitting and for the tens of thousands of Melissa Leapman fans, "Mastering Color Knitting" will be the book for achieving breathtaking colour-work. The author helps readers tackle one of the thorniest concepts of all: knitting with multiple colours of yarn! With her unique, helpful approach, she guides knitters through intarsia, stranded knitting and two-colour double knitting. This book picks up where her last book ("Color Knitting the Easy Way") left off. She continues to share her extensive colour-work knowledge and provides knitters with excellent value: in addition to the techniques there are also 12 original projects, knitting and design tips and tricks and more than 50 stitch patterns.

The Alchemy of Color Knitting

This is a fundamental book for knitters who are eager to bring richer, more complex colour to their projects. It features vital lessons, exercises and 25 inspiring garments to make that are suitable for all skill levels. Knitters will learn to think creatively in their colour choices and consider each colour's origins, lore and myriad meanings. "The Alchemy of Color Knitting" is the ultimate reference for knitters who are eager to bring richer, more complex colour to their projects. Gina Wilde, creative director of Alchemy Yarns of Transformation, begins with a concise, complete description of the fundamentals of colour theory - outlining the basics of the colour wheel and colour relationships - all explained from a knitter's point of view. With vital lessons, exercises and 25 inspiring garments to make, knitters will learn to think creatively in their colour choices and consider each colour's origins, lore and myriad meanings.

AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary

Break the rules--knit outside the lines! AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary takes an unexpected look at stranded colorwork with 200 new motifs. These non-traditional colorwork charts are perfect for the creative knitter looking to break away from the ordinary. Derived from graphic design elements, these fresh motifs include everything from geometric mountains, waves, and spirals to modern bikes, skulls, and sheep. Dive into stranded colorwork with confidence with a section on reading charts, working floats, and choosing colors. Learn how stranded colorwork can be used in design with five accompanying projects including mitts, cowls, and sweaters. Plus, use your imagination to modify, deconstruct, and combine the unique motifs to create your own designs. Be inspired to break the rules and use charts in creative ways with AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.

Fair Isle Basics & Beyond

In Fair Isle Basics and Beyond, you'll discover 17 projects that incorporate a variation of Fair Isle and contemporary stranded colorwork applications. We've assembled a collection of stylish accessory designs to help you get your bearings. In First Things First, try your hand on some simple two-color approaches using chunky and worsted weight yarns. Then, when you're ready to spread your wings, you can test your skills on the projects in Second Steps, which expands into using some lighter gauge yarns, and incorporating up to five colors with detailed color charts. The variety of projects in Fair Isle Basics and Beyond will continually hone your color working skills, and keep your family and friends toasty warm in the winter months ahead! If special techniques are included in this book, please list in detail: Fair Isle Knitting: Fair Isle knitting is a traditional technique used to create patterns consisting of multiple colors. Traditional Fair Isle patterns use a variety of colors and shades, using only two colors per row, and are generally knitted in the round, without the use of the purl stitch. In traditional Fair Isle knitting there are always two available active colors of yarn at a time; one is used to create the knit stitch, and the other is carried loosely behind the work. Fair Isle patterns can use up to 5 stitches of one color at a time because too many stitches of the same color will leave a very long strand of carried yarn.

Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks

This is a fantastic collection of traditional Scandinavian designs and modern variations for cosy slippers and socks. "Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks" brings together a collection of 12 pairs of cosy, comfortable slippers - many of which also include coordinating sock- patterns - that incorporate both twined and stranded knitting. Also included are clear and easy-to-follow instructions for casting on at the heel and working toward the toe for excellent fit.

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