Well there’s just one more day of the Crochet for Bears blog tour — tomorrow Donna Druchunas will be talking about the book and the project that she’s working on from it. We have a break today because Vashti and Robyn are both overachievers and did their posts a day early. Vashti wrote a comprehensive review of the book (she writes great reviews, when you’re visiting her blog be sure to check out her series on 70s crochet books). Robyn interviewed me by e-mail and shows a sneak peek of her contribution to the book. She’s also doing a giveaway!

My own stack of books I’ve been sent to review has grown quite high in the past few weeks as this is the time of year for book releases. I don’t necessarily review every book I’m sent but there are a few I’m going to be talking about over the next few weeks that I found particularly fun.

Melissa Leapman is one of the most prolific knit and crochet designers I know. She’s also a great mentor to many in the industry–she’s a generous teacher and loves to share designing advice with newcomers. Her latest book is a bit of a departure from the coffee-table style hardcovers that she has published with Potter Craft over the past two years,  but that doesn’t make it any less useful. Color Knitting the Easy Way: Essential Techniques, Perfect Palettes, and Fresh Designs Using Just One Color at a Time is not a comprehensive guide to color work. It actually only deals with color patterning where you work one color per row — either in stripes or with slipped stitches. But it turns out there’s a lot of variety even with these two techniques, and Color Knitting the Easy Way has three features that makes it a book that will probably become a well-used part of your libary:

  1. A guide–it gives detailed instructions about simple and fancy striping and slip stitch (or mosaic) knitting.
  2. A stitch dictionary–there are over 60 stitch patterns with bright colorful photos AND easy-to-read charts
  3. A pattern book–patterns aren’t the main focus of Color Knitting the Easy Way and that’s ok. But there are 10 simple patterns so you can easily try out what you’re learning.

That would be enough for a good book, wouldn’t it? But Melissa doesn’t stop there–the beginning of the book is a look at color theory from a knitters perspective and shows ways to choose yarn for two, three, four and even five-color projects. Each technique also has a “designers workshop” discussing how to turn the techniques and stitch patterns into your own designs.

CROCHETERS TAKE NOTE: Most of these patterns can be worked as tapestry or jaquard crochet, so don’t dismiss this book just because it has knitting in the title. I often get my crochet color work inspiration from knitted stitch patterns.

So, Potter Craft inadvertently sent me TWO copies of Color Knitting the Easy Way so I’d like to give one to you. Just leave me a comment telling me how you choose your colors when you’re knitting or crocheting with more than one. I’ll pick a winner at random on Thursday of next week.

Book Review & Giveaway: Melissa Leapman’s Color Knitting the Easy Way

21 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Melissa Leapman’s Color Knitting the Easy Way

  • April 23, 2010 at 3:04 am

    What ever jumps out at me LOL

  • April 23, 2010 at 3:04 am

    What ever jumps out at me.LOL

  • April 23, 2010 at 3:03 am

    What ever jumps out at me! lol

  • April 23, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I can't ever decide which colors to choose, so I let my kids pick the combinations. I figure they are going to be the ones wearing the garment…

  • April 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    When I work with more then 1 color I usually see if they look well together and go from there.

  • April 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I am not dismissing the book, I plan to master knitting in May with a friend, so gathering all info I can. I generally chose my colors by either a wheel online, but mostly laying them all out and moving them around and going from there. I go from my heart with everything.

  • April 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I don't have much experience in picking colors. I use close to what was originally used or pick colors I would love to learn more.

  • April 24, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Color ideas come from so many places, like gardens, magazines, websites and window shopping. Oh yeah, there's also my mountainous stash!

  • April 24, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Right now I just picks within the same color family. For the hat and scarf I was knitting I picked a medium purple and lavender. For the crochet hat and scarf I used dark green and light green. I know, I know I need to be more adventurous with color combos.


  • April 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I find one color I like and wander around the yarn store/section with it until I find a combination pleasing to my eyes. 😉

  • April 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    As you know, I often or is it always knit the pattern in the same color as the designer – you ask why??? Often the color they chose is absolutely gorgeous, but more often the reason is because I have the hardest time seeing colors together. I really don't get the “just squent your eyes” thing??? HELP ME to become a cool crocheter!!

  • April 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I like earth tones so I'll choose those hues that work well. I also love mauve and the old fashioned colors so depending on what I'm making I'll look for a color that works well for the pattern.

  • April 24, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    It depends on who it's for. I try to pick colors that they person will like and that will 'go' with the pattern.

  • April 25, 2010 at 5:05 am

    i choose depending on what's in box, what i pull out, what i can find, and what looks good!

  • April 25, 2010 at 5:32 am

    If what I'm making is for me, I usually pick jewel tones like deep purples and greens, reds and blues. If they're for other people, I ask them what their two (or three) favorite colors are and go from there. But sometimes inspiration strikes in the LYS and I walk out with something unexpected.

  • April 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    It always varies, but I seem to usually find myself sticking to more earthy colours. I look for two or more that would naturally flow together, as seen in nature.

  • April 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I generally just put the colors side by side to see if I like them – not really a method!

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    My color pairings are usually pretty spontaneous, and sometimes are inspired by a color combination I spot somewhere, and at other times come about simply by picking up two skeins from my stash that look great together at the moment and getting started on a project!

  • April 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    My color sense is not very good, so I usually ask my daughter who has a good eye for this sort of thing.

  • April 30, 2010 at 8:57 am

    To find compatible colors I am usually inspired by artwork and books on art. Or I use one of the various color wheels online if I already know of a color I know for sure I want to use.

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