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Exploring Color Knitting: 7 FREE Patterns

Mar 30, 2012

Color knitting is one of the most exciting and challenging techniques in knitting. Whether it's Fair Isle, intarsia, or simple stripes, knitting with color is so much fun. We've gathered seven of our favorite color knitting patterns in one free eBook for you: Exploring Color Knitting: 7 FREE Patterns Using Intarsia, Stranded Knitting, and Fair Isle Knitting Techniques.

1. Ivy League Vest; 2. Tomato; 3. Frejya Hat and Pullover; 4. Modern Quilt Wrap; 5. Narnia White Witch Mitts;
6. Ebony Jewel-Wing Hat and Purse; 7. Intarsia Box

The Ivy League Vest by Eunny Jang:
Extra-deep armholes and V-neck shaping create a comfortably close fit in this Fair Isle knitting pattern. Four neutrals and two shades of blue look more complex when used with each other in different combinations. Mostly light ribbing at neck, armholes, and hem picks up just a hint of the body colors.

Tomato by Wendy Bernard: Featured in No Sheep for You (Interweave, 2007), this sweater is knitted in a soft cotton worked at a tighter gauge to improve the drape and wearability. It's designed to be close fitting, with waist shaping and a seriously flattering scoop neck. And for a little spice, designer Wendy Bernard has knitted in a simplified herringbone stranded-knitting pattern.

Freyja Hat and Pullover by Courtney Kelley: The painterly knit-and-purl colorwork of the Bohus Stickning Cooperative inspired the Freyja Hat and Pullover. Five colors shift and blend from stitch to stitch in a soft, haloed yarn blended from camel, alpaca, silk, and cashmere. A zigzag pattern builds into shaping in both the crown of the hat and the pullover's circular Fair Isle yoke.

Modern Quilt Wrap by Mags Kandis: Very loosely based on the traditional Log Cabin quilt block, Mags Kandis worked this wrap/oversized scarf square by square and satisfyingly mitered-square method of color knitting. This is as effortless as working in stripes, but the results are far more impressive.

Narnia White Witch Mitts by Laura Rintala: These Fair Isle colorwork mitts were inspired by Laura's third Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe experience. These mittens aren't directly related to the White Witch herself, but instead respond to the need to protect oneself from her icy touch—Laura sees them as a wearable talisman or medicine shield against the coldness of evil.

Ebony Jewel-Wing Hat and Purse by Mary Scott Huff: This colorful Fair Isle knitting pattern is knit in the round with a folded hem. Its versatility is impressive: It can be made into a hat or a little purse, and it's darling either way.

Intarsia Box by Vicki Square: Practice your intarsia skills with this fun little box. You can use it to hold pens and pencils, knitting needles or crochet hooks, or a cheerful bouquet of daisies.

Have a wonderful time filling your knitting with color!


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NinaT wrote
on Mar 30, 2012 8:58 PM

Awesome patterns!