The Essential Guide To Colour Knitting Techniques By Margaret Radcliffe
This is a really good informative book, with lovely colour photograghy. For each method there is a large colour photo of the swatch and a paragraph explaining how it’s done and what to look out for, followed by written instruction and chart. There are a couple of patterns to try throughout the book, but it’s much more of a teaching book. Your also given advice and technique’s on “finishing touches”, Intarsia, double knitting and understanding colour.
I find her instruction easy to follow and although this book was originally published in America in the 1980’s, it does not feel dated at all. I didn’t realise this until now, but I actually have quite a few books by Margaret Radcliffe, so I guess I do like her work and they way she teaches.
1000 Artisan Textiles By Sandra Salamony & Gina M Brown
This is such a gorgeous book and I think everyone should own a copy. The standard of quality in this book is very high, it might not all be to my taste, but there is a lot of amazing stuff in here. It’s a great book for inspiration, and to see other artist’s use of colour and textiles. There are different categories like “Fashion Accessories” and “Tapestry & Display Art” or “Art quilts“ to name a few. The items in the photo are from the “Fashion Accessories” chapter.
Circular Knitting Workshop By Margaret Radcliffe
I really enjoyed this book, and it’s one that I go back to. It’s been designed very well. The photos are lovely and the diagrams are easy to understand and I think the layout is terrific. I was already knitting in the round long before this book came out. But she had a few things to teach me or remind me of. I really like how she did miniature versions of the patterns, because it meant you could try out the technique, but don’t have to do a full garment.
Sometimes people are daunted by that. I don’t usually go in for pattern books and rarely knit them, but I like books that can teach me something and most of them will still give you a few patterns to try at the end. I loved Margaret’s half fingered gloves worked from the fingers up, so you can try them on as you go and get the right sized fingers.
The Essentials Edging Collection By Nicky Epstein
This is another really lovely book from Nicky and there are quite a few variations in there I would never of thought of. There’s lots of inspiration here for everyone under different topics like, ruffles, cords, ribs and fringes to name but a few. I would get this book instead of her “Knitted Embellishments”, as the 500 has more in it, and quite a lot of the embellishments are in there anyway.
The only negative thing I have to say is that you could be put off by some of the stitch patterns, because they just look like rows & rows of words. But it’s great for ideas.