Monday, April 22, 2019

Beginner's Guide to Colorwork Knitting

Beginner's Guide to Colorwork Knitting is a tutorial knitting guide with instructions for 16 projects which integrate color changes in the patterns for different items using different colorwork techniques. Released 19th March 2019 by Sewandso, it's 128 pages and available in ebook and paperback formats.

The book is written in an encouraging and accessible manner. There is a distinct 'you can do it' vibe throughout, which I found charming. The book's introductory chapter (about 20% of the total content), has a surprisingly comprehensive discussion of color theory. The introductory chapter does not include any instruction on how to cast on or knit, that info is provided at the back of the book in the final appendix chapter.

The tutorial project chapters are arranged very roughly in order of ascending difficulty. The first project is a striped rectangular scarf in garter stitch which shouldn't be beyond the capabilities of anyone who has learnt to cast on and knit. This would also make a good stash buster project for those of us with odds and ends of balls of yarn collected over the course of other projects.

The next projects in the section introduce shaping (chevron blanket), colorwork in the round (with a nice trick for getting 'jogless' row shifts), and carrying unused colors up the side of the work.

There are also other projects which have tutorials for slipped stitch colorwork, stranded work, intarsia, double knitting,  modular knitting, and entrelac. The projects themselves are a mixed lot, with some very pretty accessories and soft furnishing included.

The lack of a visual gallery style index detracted a bit in my opinion. There is no main listing (in my eARC) of all the projects together.

Well written, very basic projects, with a good selection of techniques.

Four stars, aimed at beginning knitters or knitters looking to add a few techniques to their repertoire.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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