Knitting Foundations

Color Workshop – Week 1 – April 1st


This week in class we reviewed the possible color work techniques that you can use in your knitting: stripes, slip stitches (mosaic knitting), fair isle (two or more color knitting), intarsia, swiss darning (aka duplicate stitch), brioche and entrelac.

While learning how to read a slip stitch chart, you learned how to work with two colors in a slip stitch pattern.

See below for a preview of the techniques we will be covering in our next class –

1) The Jogless Stripe ( and more!) – YouTube – Jogless Stripes in the Round – KDTV 311 with Eunny Jang

2) For two color knitting – Fair Isle in the round part 1 and 2



And for an intriguing discussion – Beth Brown Reinsel blog on Yarn Dominance – Yarn Dominance « Knitting along The Way

For color inspiration look to your natural surroundings – the green in the raspberry leaves just starting to unfold; the variegated yellow-orange hue of the poppies you just “needed” to add to your backyard vegetable boxes; take a trip to the museum – Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave | Legion of Honor with colored pencils and paper in hand to record design inspirations; and of course, in the comfort of your home – visit your favorite painter’s website – The Art of Robert Kabak or simply find your inspiration for color combinations in a magazine.

Resource materials and knitting books I recommend taking a look at –

A link to – Ravelry – a knit and crochet community

Sonoma County Library – Horizon Information Portal

Color Knitting the easy way by Melissa Leapman

Color by Kristin by Kristin Nicolas

The Knitting Experience: Book 3: Color by Sally Melville

Poems of Color, Knitting in the Bohus Tradition by Wendy Keele

Slip Stitch Knitting by Roxana Bartlett

A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker

Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton

Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis

Again, let me know if there are any questions that came up from the first week of class or if there are any other color techniques you’d like to learn but I haven’t mentioned in the curriculum – just email me.

Happy knitting in color, Jessica

P.S. Bring another skein of yarn from your stash – a color that catches your breath, pops a little! And if you so desire, complete your slip stitch practice piece.


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