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Simple Coloring Knitting Book Review | SMP | Erika Knight | at Oombawka Design Crochet
From Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects © 2015 by Erika Knight and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.

Title: Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects
Published By: St. Martin’s Griffin © 2015
ISBN: 978-1-250-03909-5
Author: Erika Knight
Photographer: Yuki Sugiura

Beautifully illustrated and presented on thick quality pages, Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects provides a comprehensive look at how to select perfect color combinations and incorporate them within your knitting projects. Both the front and back flaps can be opened to mark your progress through the book and include a handy ruler illustration.

The Color Theory section is dedicated to choosing your colors and educating you on how to effectively select colors which work well together from the color wheel. You are introduced to the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors; Opposites Attract; Next-to’s; Triangular Color Wheel Relationships and Color Tones.

Different Color Techniques are presented such as Plying and Phasing, Striping, Stranding, Color Blocking, Embroidering and Slipping Stitches. Illustrated explanations for the different Finishing Techniques has also been included.

The next section contains a beautiful Swatch Gallery showing you the different Color Relationships you can create. The swatches have been photographed and show you examples of the color options discussed in the initial Color Theory Section. Each swatch includes knitting instructions and color charts where needed to allow you to duplicate the designs.

The Project Workshops included are:

  • Faux Sheepskin Throw
  • Unisex Sweater (Sizes XS-XXL)
  • Phased Throw
  • Primary Striped Throw
  • Stripe and Print Pillow
  • Diagonal Stripe Dishcloths
  • Patterned Pouffe
  • Boot Toppers
  • Tweed Stitch Muffler Scarf
  • Fair Isle Snood
  • Houndstooth Hat
  • Scandi Socks
  • Fano Mittens
  • Color Wheel Pillow
  • Geometric Patchwork Throw
  • Squares Pillow
  • Spots Pillow
  • Spotty Blanket
  • Coffee Cup Cozy
  • Plaid Rose Pillow

The final sections include recommended yarns and abbreviations.

Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects is filled with beautifully illustrated diagrams, clear and bright photographs and easy to follow written instructions.  There are a wide range of projects to choose from and the skill levels range from beginner to experienced.  Simple Color Knitting is a lovely book from cover to cover.

If you are ready to add this fantastic book to your crochet library you can purchase it from Amazon.

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A special thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for providing me with a review copy of this book!  The cover image of Simple Color Knitting by Erika Knight was reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.

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  1. This book! It makes me want to cuddle up in all the yarn! Look at all the colors!