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Color Knitting the Easy Way by Melissa Leapman

www.randomhouse.com 1 2 3 4Another day, another book, right? Ok, but don’t expect me to keep up this pace. The work week has once again commenced, and while I am not repairing or reading oximeters, I am a bit too tired at the end of the day for much more than a magazine article. And it better be short!

If you are wary of color knitting, you have to look at this book. The 10 projects in it are all knit with just one color per row, so you aren’t juggling 4,629 yarns at once. I am going to tell you right up front that I probably won’t be knitting any of these patterns. I do love the hoodie, but I am not crazy about the cuff and edging and I don’t have the nerve to try to put a zipper in my knitwear yet. YET. I may very well adapt the pattern to my own preference for ribbing and buttons and make it, however. But that’s not to say I don’t love this book! And let me tell you why.

Number one, the front is an extensive study in color theory. Now, I love colors. I really, really do. And I love multi-colored knits. But I really suck sucked at choosing colors. This book has convinced me that I can do it. She explains in great detail how to use the color wheel to design pleasing color schemes for up to six colors! Six people!

Number two, she offers several different ways to carry your yarn up the side of your work, so you aren’t weaving in a bazillion ends after you’ve finished your knitting. ‘Nuff said on that.

Number three, after the color theory and between the projects, she shows a slew of stitch patterns made with multiple colors. This means you can take the theory and the projects and do what I love to do best…design my own! Personally, I am fascinated by the dip stitch. I’d heard of knitting in the row below, of course, but this stitch comes from several rows below. I’d seen it once before in a wildly colored scrap yarn afghan, but never known what it was or how to do it–or why. It helps tie together the colors, of course!! Provided you aren’t working with scraps, LOL! And I guarantee that after this book, you’ll be so fascinated with color ideas that you will have lots of scraps. But you will also have too many ideas to actually use your scraps, and will spend a lot of time in the yarn store.

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