Revealing the secrets to designing with color in unique and unexpected ways, this innovative resource offers 20 original patterns that explore sophisticated ways to play with color and build color confidence for all crocheters. Various projects are featured, from clothing and accessories to home decor, all of which are crafted with fine yarns and big hooks to create a fluid fabric that is never stiff. Ideal for all skill levels, chapters include single- and two-color designs, which teaches a pleated hat and triangular shawl; Stripes, which offers a half-circle bag and an Afghan; Color Blocks, featuring a chain lace shawl and a pillow; Stranded, detailing mittens and a patterned yoke sweater; and Random Color, which highlights a round tea table cover, among many other projects. With various tips and tricks--such as a proportion guide for working with color bands, techniques on stranding and working over yarn tails, and simple ways to finish a project--this definitive handbook will encourage crocheters to experiment with color, design outside their comfort zones, and make unique color combinations work.
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Kathy Merrick is a fiber artist with more than 30 years of experience crocheting and knitting. She lives in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* It is clear that color wizards Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably now have a successor, and a very worthy one at that. Majoring in crochet, designer Merrick has created a book that veterans and novice stitchers will keep at their immediate beck and call, boasting exquisite patterns, subtle colors, precise directions (in symbols and in words), color photographs that encourage trial and experimentation and tips, and techniques that result in professional garments. Most important is her espousal of color, color everywhere; in the first chapter, the author thankfully avoids the timeworn color wheel, instead suggesting selecting then combining different colors of embroidery floss to understand how the hues blend and contrast (an exercise that also saves serious dollars on unwanted yarn). Chapters are organized sequentially, in order of color complexity, starting with one or two shades, progressing to stripes and color blocks, and ending with color adventures. The 17 projects are amazingly seductive; how to choose between a Milanese style pleated hat or a tropical stripe wrap or a Joseph-like coat of color blocks? And after even a preliminary glance, who could argue with Merrick’s autobiographical introduction: “I am a color junkie and a magpie”? --Barbara Jacobs
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