Simple Color Knitting: Book Review

In order to complete this book review, I received a complimentary sample copy from the publisher. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Simple Color Knitting by Erika Knight: Book Review |
Simple Color Knitting © 2015 by Erika Knight Reprinted with permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.


Title: Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Author: Erika Knight
Photography by: Yuki Sugiura
ISBN: 978-1-250-03909-5


Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects by Erika Knight, published by St. Martin’s Griffincontains 20 gorgeous knit projects that are colorful, vibrant, and help you build your color-knitting skills. The author shares her love for color and expertise in composing color palettes to create beautiful projects. 

The book begins with an explanation of color theory and a discussion of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The author also talks about choosing colors for projects using the color wheel and utilizing the different tones of a color. She then goes on to talk about Plying and Phasing techniques to introduce color into your knitting projects. Some other techniques that are mentioned are Stranding, Color Blocking, Embroidering, and Slipping Stitches.

The next section has a gallery of gorgeous and colorful swatches. The swatches all feature the different techniques mentioned above to create gorgeous projects, filled with color.

The third section features the projects, presented in a workshop-based format. The projects are designed to help you work through the different color techniques and build up your skills in color knitting. Here is a list of the projects that are available in this book:

  • Faux Sheepskin Throw, p60
  • Unisex Sweater, p64
  • Phased Throw, p69
  • Primary Striped Throw, p73
  • Stripe and Print Pillow, p77
  • Diagonal Stripe Dishcloths, p80
  • Patterned Pouffe, p85
  • Boot Toppers, p88
  • Tweed Stitch Muffler Scarf, p93
  • Fair Isle Snood, p94
  • Houndstooth Hat, p99
  • Scandi Socks, p103
  • Fanø Mittens, p106
  • Color Wheel Pillow, p112
  • Geometric Patchwork Throw, p117
  • Squares Pillow, p120
  • Spots Pillows, p124
  • Spotty Blanket, p131
  • Coffee Cup Cozy, p134
  • Plaid Rose Pillow, p139

The patterns range from Beginner to Experienced. The skill levels are shown at the beginning of each pattern along with what technique you will be learning, stitches used, a material list, size, gauge, and notes. The patterns are very well written and detailed. Some even include charts and diagrams. The book also contains a list of recommended yarns and knitting abbreviations.

All of the projects in this book are amazing and just absolutely gorgeous! I love each and every project and hope to give them a try soon. If you want to to make some of these projects and learn more about color techniques, then you have to get this book! If you already own it, let me know what you think!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for providing me with a copy of this book for my review! You can see more about Simple Color Knitting from Macmillan Publishers. For more information about St. Martin’s Griffin, visit their Website, Facebook, and Twitter.


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