Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Book - Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques

The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques - $36.95
by Margaret Radcliffe

Wawa-wee-wa! This is a serious technical tome and backs up it's title with quality content. It's almost purely technical, and for the most part isn't about patterns (although there are a few). There something for everyone in the book, even the artsy will be happy with the chapters on playing around with stripes and multi-coloured yarns, which is pretty good for helping you visualize how they might knit up in different ways. The bulk of the book is focused on instructing you how to do the fussier techniques like intarsia, stranded knitting, illusion knitting, twined knitting, double knitting, modular knitting, entrelac, tips & tricks to achieve a beautiful finish, and designing. It also provides a series of pattern stitches that are accompanied by instructions that walk you through their accompanying techniques.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow, as are the pictures. In conclusion, this is an excellent reference book to keep on your shelf - you'll use it over and over for years to come. 

Radcliffe's other book, The Knitting Answer Book, is also an excellent resource, which is available in store ($18.95). 

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