I was sent a review copy of a new book by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably: Knitting With the Color Guys: Inspiration, Ideas, and Projects From the Kaffe Fassett Studio.
The book is available now — its publication date is today. And the subtitle pretty much says it all: inspiration, ideas, and projects.
The projects are for the most part throws, scarves, and pillows, along with some legwarmers, fingerless gloves, and a hat. The emphasis here is on color, not on design techniques. The book is divided into four sections organized by color inspiration: soft tones, singing color (vibrant brights), moody hues, and rich shades. Each project is beautifully photographed (of course!) and is accompanied by a detailed explanation of the inspiration for the design and the color palette used. There are lots suggestions and tips for using color to make the designs your own.
A couple of the patterns show up in more than one section of the book.
The Opal Dot Scarf above also makes an appearance as the Dark Dot Scarf:
This is a good illustration of how different color palettes can make strikingly different pieces.
I recognize some of the motifs from Kaffe Fassett designs of the past, like this pineapple:
Shown knitted up as a blanket here, I’m pretty sure this was used in a coat in one of his early books. Glorious Knits, perhaps? The yarn used for this blanket is Rowan Colourscape Chunky, a self-striping yarn designed by Kaffe Fassett himself. Using several different colorways of a yarn that has color shifts within each colorway adds more dimension to the piece. Very cool!
The patterns range from very simple (one or two colors) to complex (many many colors), so there’s a little something for everyone. There’s a section in the back with some basic information on colorwork techniques: both fair isle and intarsia.
All in all, this is a great book, both for someone who wants to follow the patterns exactly as written, and someone who’d like to use the patterns as a jumping-off point to explore color.
Who’d like my review copy?
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“My colorway is perfect.”