The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques

by Margaret Radcliffe

Hardcover, 2008






Now in paperback! Imagine a softly striped crib blanket knit in the comforting colors of the nursery. Or a sophisticated cashmere wrap featuring rich jewel tones that set off a favorite black dress. Knitting teacher and author Margaret Radcliffe presents a world of color techniques in a single comprehensive reference that you'll consult every time two or more yarn colors are in play. Stitchers of every ability level will love the color-combining methods and professional secrets revealed in The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques. Multicolor knitting techniques are explained with step-by-step illustrations and photographs accompanied by instructive text. Complete chapters on stripes, stitch effects, succeeding with multicolor yarns, stranded knitting, and intarsia cover the theory and how-to behind each method and offer creative solutions for handling tangled yarn, estimating yarn quantities of each color, holding on to all those ends, and employing stunning finishing techniques. A final chapter describes more unusual techniques, such as helix, shadow, mosaic, and modular knitting.  … (more)


Storey Publishing, LLC (2008), 320 pages

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LibraryThing member laurazlsk
There is a lot of good information in this book. Right now as it stands there are areas in less common color knitting techniques I wish had more information such as double knitting but there are other areas that include plenty of techniques I would have never thought of and many other books don't
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cover. It is well written and I think anyone with basic knitting familiarity could benefit from this book.
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LibraryThing member debegar
This book will get your creativity flowing, teach you new techniques or give a new perspective on what you thought you already knew all about. It will get you excited about your knitting.Checked this book out of library and just had to have my own copy. ENJOY.
LibraryThing member Silvernfire
As the title promises, the focus of this book is on knitting techniques and how to best integrate them with color knitting. The author starts with a solid introduction to the basics of color theory, not too complicated, but enough to give the reader a working vocabulary of color terms. From there,
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she moves to the techniques themselves with chapters both on well-known ones like stripes and stranded knitting as well as one on less commonly-used techniques such as helix knitting, double knitting, and mosaic knitting. There are also chapters on using multicolor yarns effectively, finishing, project design, and an appendix on basic knitting techniques .

This is an impressive work. There are good clear color photos on almost every page, as well as several charts, to go with just about everything the author discusses (the book is oversized, which means there is room on each page for pictures large enough to see easily). There are only a few patterns included, great for a book that I want to keep for years as a reference. Radcliffe's writing is interesting enough that I read the book from beginning to end instead of just flipping straight to whatever technique I wanted to learn about. She discusses the well-known techniques thoroughly, and provides a bibliography of more specialized books—useful for the techniques she doesn't discuss as much. This is a great reference on color knitting, and I look forward to putting it to use.
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