Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting
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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.
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.
plant-based fibers such as rayon or cotton. When in doubt, test your preferred method for securing a steek on a swatch before doing it on your precious garment! Prior to securing the steeks, it’s a good idea to wet-block the garment. Washing the fabric evens out the stitches a bit, and when using a wool yarn, it is the first step in the felting process that stabilizes the fabric and prevents unraveling. Crocheted Steeks My favorite way to secure a steek before cutting utilizes simple
131) stitches remain for the back. Repeat the Decrease Round every other round 0 (2, 11, 10, 16) times, then every 4 rounds 6 (6, 2, 3, 0) times—38 (40, 40, 43, 44) stitches remain for each front; 87 (89, 91, 99, 99) stitches remain for the back. Work even until the armholes measure 4½ (4¾, 5, 5½, 6)"/[11.5 (12, 12.5, 14, 15)cm], ending 9 (10, 10, 10, 10) stitches before the end of the round marker. ESTABLISH FRONT NECK STEEKS AND SHAPE FRONT NECK Next Round: Break the pattern color;
any chart you might encounter—no memorization required! NOTE: For a complete list of the symbols used in this book, see here. TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CHART READING Following are my suggestions for chart reading that participants in my workshops have found most useful: • Draw little arrows at the beginning of every line of a chart, on the right- or left-hand side, to show in which direction that particular row will be worked. This will help you remember that right-side rows are read from right to
color PLAY Crossing the two yarns after the first knit stitch of the row rather than at the beginning of the row prevents visible twists along the edge of the fabric. Plus, if you’re making a project that will have seams (such as a reversible vest), your selvedge stitches will be less bulky, making seaming easier. GIVING DOUBLE KNITS THE SLIP For knitters with extra time on their hands (or for those who prefer to work with only one yarn at a time), there’s another method of working double
Increasing and Decreasing in Intarsia Kilim Sampler Throw: Combining Colorwork Techniques CHAPTER 4 Reversible Two-Color Double Knitting Casting On for Double Knitting Double-Knitting Techniques Shaping in Double-Knit Fabrics Binding Off Charts for Double Knitting Designer’s Workshop: Designing for Double Knitting Pattern Treasury of Double Knitting Projects Winter Warmer Scarf: Creating an Unlike Reversible Fabric Vegas-Style Coasters: Reading Charts for Flat Double Knitting