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Beginner's Guide to Colorwork Knitting: 16 Projects and Techniques to Learn to Knit with Color

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  38 reviews
If you long to knit stunning fair isle jumpers and brightly colored blankets for your home this is the perfect book. Learn all the techniques for how to start knitting with color and create really desirable projects as you learn. Choose from brightly colored stripy socks and work your way up to a patterned beanie hat and even a stunning sweater with a colorwork yoke. Even ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Sewandso
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Kirsty ❤️
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another beautifully illustrated book full of colour (as it says in the title!) patterns to make.  There's something for everyone in here from socks to shawls and will suit all levels. I haven't done any colour work for a long time so looking forward to trying some of the patterns
Julia
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Beginning knitters often fear colourwork knitting for several reasons. This book provides 16 different projects that introduce different colourwork techniques. From simple stripes, to jogless stripes in socks, to an entrelac shawl.

The colourwork techniques as well as materials used and basic knitting instructions are provided in well-written instructions.

I'd recommend this book for beginner to advanced knitters, since it is ia good resource book to have at hand, if you haven't done any colourw
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Sharon
I’ve always loved to knit or crochet, and whilst I’m pretty good at crocheting, my knitting leaves a lot to be desired. One of the big things I struggle with is adding colour to my knitting, and finally here is a book that gives me step by step instruction on how to add colour to your work.

There are lots of projects to try and all give clear instructions on what to do. It is explains the charts used when following colour work, some look easier than others though! There are tutorials for adding a
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Patty Smith
Many thanks to NetGalley, Ella Austin and Sewandso Publications for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

At first glance there didn’t seem to be too much to this book. I have read quite a few books on colour knitting as of late and most have been disappointing. The patterns in this book were okay, some were things I liked and would want to knit, but there didn’t seem to be enough ones I liked to warrant buying the whol
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Carole
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
Beginner's Guide to Colorwork Knitting by Ella Austin brings together 16 projects and techniques to learn to knit with color. The author designs patterns for magazines and yarn companies from her home in Devon, UK. The book contains knitting patterns for a scarf, blanket, socks, cushion, washcloths, bag, mitts, shawl, hats, mug cozy, tassel bunting, cowl and a wrap. Especially important for a knitter new to colorwork is the choice of colors: by hue, value and saturation. Also important for color ...more
Laura
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting, arts
New and seasoned knitters will enjoy the patterns and techniques in Beginner’s Guide to Colorwork Knitting. Basic patterns are included for items such as a scarf, socks, hat and reversible cowl. The key to this informative book is how to work with color and master new techniques to create beautiful knit items.

My favorite part of this book is the depth in which the author goes to ensure success with colors. If you have ever knitted with two colors that are both beautiful, yet find the finished pr
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Janet
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

If you long to knit stunning fair isle jumpers and brightly coloured blankets for your home this is the perfect book. Learn all the techniques for how to start knitting with colour and create really desirable projects as you learn.

Choose from brightly coloured stripy socks and work your way
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Sarah
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ngarc
Beginner's Guide to Colorwork Knitting is a comprehensive starting point for color knitting techniques: stripes, illusion knitting, slipped stitches, mosaic, stranded colorwork, intarsia, double knitting, modular knitting, and entrelac.

Colorwork starts with an overview of color itself and explanations of terms that are often heard but not as often explained: hue, value, and saturation.

There is the standard section of basic knitting information and tools needed, as well as a primer on reading cha
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Janet
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
An excellent introduction to colour-work knitting. The basics are clearly explained with plenty of photographs and diagrams. Each skill is built upon with a range of interesting patterns that are suitable for beginner knitters but also interesting enough to appeal to the more advanced knitter. I have would definitely recommend this book.
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.
Karen
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book would be great for the knitter wanting to jump into colorwork as well as the more seasoned knitter looking to try something new. Projects begin simply with stripes, only requiring the changing of yarn to create the colorwork. As the reader progresses through the book, the difficulty of the projects increases allowing the knitter to build on their skills. Colorwork directions are written as well as charted. Other knitting skills can be built as well through the projects, such as steekin ...more
Claire
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so helpful, from the first page about colour, to reading charts and the helpful guide on needle sizes which is often confusing depending which pattern you follow US/UK. I loved some of the knits the illusion cushion and log cabin blanket are both gorgeous, the patterns were easy to follow and the colours in the final finished projects are beautiful. It is a great guide for beginners, I also think the most experienced could use the knowledge about the colours and carry out some of th ...more
Katherine
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent resource for those interested in color work knitting! This comprehensive guide covers color theory to start, helping the knitter make eye pleasing color combinations. The instructions and patterns are very well written and the photos are beautiful. The author has a very encouraging way of writing that would put a nervous novice to ease and inspire them to create something beautiful from the book. This book has several offerings in a variety of different ways to add colo ...more
Norah Gibbons
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Beginner’s Guide To Colorwork Knitting by Ella Austin is a collection of 16 projects with a number of tutorials on the techniques used for each project that are easy to follow with beautiful pictures and clear illustrations and charts to guide the beginner in exploring colorwork knitting. Everything is clearly explained from choosing colors to stripes, stranded colour work, doubleknitting, intarsia, modularkn ...more
Runner10
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for all skill levels. There are easy instructions to help with the projects. I loved the pictures which help me visual my finished project. The colors add excitement to endless possibilities.
Lizbeth
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from Netgalley.com and the publisher F+W Media, Sew and So.

Colorwork makes me a nervous wreck. I used to avoid it. Now, after reading Ms. Austin's book of techniques and patterns, I have the confidence to knit all the colorwork I want to try. Clear and concise patterns and beautiful photography that feels like you've stepped right into the author's instagram account.

Beginner's Guide to Colorwork Knitting should become a staple of the knitter's ref
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Jenny Houle
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook2019, netgalley
With in-depth instruction and projects for each type of colorwork, this book isn't just for beginners, it's for knitters of all levels. The book contains a section on stripes, slipped stitches, stranded colourwork, intarsia, double knitting, modular and entrelac. It teaches the proper way to read a colorwork chart, how to weave in ends in a way that they are properly hidden. There are even some standard knitting stitches as a refresher, as well as some more advanced techniques unrelated to color ...more
Camille
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A great book for beginners. The projects are varied and attractive, the explanations are clear and well illustrated to allow for good understanding. The tutorials for the various techniques required in the projects are simply explained but complete.
I would definitely recommend this book!

Disclaimer - I received a free digital copy courtesy of F+W Media and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at West Coast Book Reviews.

If you long to knit stunning fair isle jumpers and brightly colored blankets for your home this is the perfect book. Learn all the techniques for how to start knitting with color and create really desirable projects as you learn. Choose from brightly colored stripy socks and work your way up to a patterned beanie hat and even a stunning sweater with a colorwork yoke. Even if you can only knit and purl--with this book you'll be making gorgeous colorw
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Annie
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

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
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Knit.Read.Camp
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beginning knitters
Shelves: knitting
I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book. It has colorwork in the title so I'm thinking Icelandic sweaters and fair-isle vests but the cover and description lead me to think something entirely different. Which it, oh so fabulously, was.

What this book actually is is a step by step beginner-level guide to working with more than one colour in knitting projects. It's amazing how beginner it actually starts. I was sitting at work the other day working on my vertices unite shawl (section A th
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Scilla
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book explains all the techniques of colorwork knitting AND has 16 wonderful patterns. There are very clear directions with lots of diagrams showing the work process. Each of the projects has one or more tutorials on how to do a particular technique needed for the project. Many of the projects are relatively small (washcloths, hats, mug cozy, cowl, mitts) so that you can complete it in a short time while trying out a new technique. There are clear directions for cast on, cast off, Kitchener ...more
Kristine
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Beginner's Guide to Colorwork Knitting by Ella Austin is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early March.

16 projects and 22 tutorials toward honing a specific skill in knitting (corrective shaping, switching colors, knitting styles, weaving loose ends into the body of a garment) and switching between anywhere from two to ten different colors. There's a wide use of charts and abbreviations, but fret not, there are also written instructions. Personally, I adore the look and doability of illusion
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Ann
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book will be a great addition to your craft library. It is beautifully illustrated with simple directions for a wide variety of projects that involve colorwork knitting. There are 16 projects with various skill levels. From socks to hats to sweaters you'll find something that will appeal to you even if you know only basic knitting. It gives very good instructions for chart reading, important for colorwork projects. Ella Austin gives the reader the confidence to start a colorwork project. I ...more
Polly Krize
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Such a well written guide for the beginning color knitter (me)...I especially appreciated the explanations for the striped socks and carrying the colors inside the sock...great photography and some beautiful patterns to learn with. The Brick Stitch washcloths are a joy to knit. I look forward to stitching the Thorn Stitch Shawl, too.
Gwen
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really fun book for both beginning and intermediate knitters. Easy to read and with photos and suggestions for yarn, it's a worthwhile purchase.
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Beginner’s Guide To Colorwork by Ella Austin

Okay, I'll admit it. Even though I've been knitting for over 30 years, I still find colorwork intimidating. Not simple stitches or patterns using stripes or slipped stitches but the more complex types of colorwork. Multiple strand techniques and entrelac are something that I admire, but I've never felt quite comfortable doing. So I couldn't quite resist this book.

The book is structured into 22 tutorials and 16 colorwork projects. As you would imagi
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Leyla Johnson
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a fabulous book, full of colour, knitting techniques and projects. There are 22 projects, starting with very simple and quick colour work knitted items, each highlights techniques and method of knitting to get a professional finish.
Although this is a beginners book, the result achieved are ones that an advanced knitter would be proud of. Well illustrated with good explanation and plenty of photographs and drawings.
Firstly there are the simple items using stripes, then slipped stitch
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Sally Birkitt
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this knitting book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to take their craft further. It has been adapted for both American and UK users. Colourwork for anyone who hasn't done it is quite daunting. The instructions take you through different techniques step by step and each project is achievable. I have been knitting for a lot of years and although some of the techniques were familiar I had never heard of Steeking! Great book with good illustrations and instructions.
Alexis
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The patterns in this book look good, and show exactly how they are made. I have done some colour work in the past, and found myself with a giant headache trying to keep the instructions clear. Some patterns are a bit more difficult, but the instructions given are helpful and informative. Worth a look if you want to get into knitting with colour.
Hells
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt this is the best knitting book I have ever read. This is the book I wish I'd been given along with my first set of needles. I have been knitting many different types of colourwork for years and I still learned so much from this book. It is for beginners in that the techniques are clearly explained and pictured and easy to follow. However it also covers seriously advanced things that have previously sent me running and screaming from a pattern - steeking! The patterns are lovely a ...more
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