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The colors. I'm dying.

Lara's Library (Sort Of): Alice Starmore's Charts for Color Knitting

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Many of the charts are arranged in sections by point of origin or inspiration, and increase in repeat size as you work down the page.
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I love the cute little drawings, showing motif placement options.
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So pretty!
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Pattern arrangement and planning a sleeve.
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"The two swatches shown above are examples of how you can take a little step along from working with just two colors of yarn throughout," Starmore writes on page 140.

I always felt that I had somehow missed the boat on Alice Starmore's work. I feel that Alice Starmore's Charts for Color Knitting is giving me a little bit of a second chance to snap up her work.

After all, the 1992 version of this work (which has been expanded here) is not only severely out of print, it is extremely out of my price range.

For $19.95, I wasn't expecting a lot more than just a collection of charts. But, this book is a lot more than that, even though it has over 100 pages of charts.

Right after the introduction, Starmore has a section about Designing Patterned Sweaters. And, let me tell you, she is not fooling around.

" aim is to provide you with a clear guide to the process involved. I find it best to explain by example, and so I invite you to 'look over my shoulder' as I design a small collection of sweaters which will serve as a guide for applying patterns to your own designs," Starmore writes.

As a self-described Color Coward, I can only gape at what Starmore does with her knitting (and her yarns), but this book does give me a primer should I ever want to ramble in her gorgeous footsteps.

She outlines general steps for patterned knitting design, many of which would work well for any kind of design.

1) Decide on a theme for the work.

2) Sketch.

3) Choose yarns.

4) Swatch.

5) Draw a measurement plan and calculate the knitting instructions.

6) Fit your stitch patterns around the body, to the length of the body, around the sleeve and to the length of the sleeve.

7) Find pattern repeats and chart the pattern.

8) Knit.

Great advice for anyone, really. A section in the back of the book is called "A Word on Colour," and could really be aimed at people like me. She writes, "...surround yourself with beautiful yarns and colours and just plunge in."

Well put.