If you're a regular reader you'll know that I like adaptable knitting patterns which can be customised. I also love using 'recipes' that don't need to be followed to the letter, so I can go a bit 'off piste'. As such, it's unusual for me to pick up a book and want to immediately cast on all the things. For this reason I am delighted to be a part of the Knit Play Colour blog tour*, as this is a rare thing indeed - a book I wish I'd written.
|All photos by Jesse Wilde, used with permission|
Knit Play Colour is the first book from Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits and includes a collection of ten patterns to make beautiful accessories. The patterns showcase many stunning yarns from top indie-producers and several projects will have you reaching for those irresistibly bright single skeins you bought at a festival without having the slightest idea what you might do with them!
Of course once you see the pictures, you may want to add to your stash, not choose from it - and who would blame you as there are some stunners!
One lucky reader will win a free download of the ebook, simply by leaving a comment under this post telling me your favourite pattern from this collection (see them all HERE). On Tuesday 20th October 2015 I'll randomly select one of the comments and get in touch with the download code. Be sure to leave your Ravelry name or blog details so I can contact you.
*I'm stop number seven, if you missed the earlier posts, check out A Playful Day, Miss Babs, Knitted Bliss, Countess Ablaze, Fyberspates and Sweet Georgia Yarns. Tomorrow the tour will stop off at Yarn in the City.
It's not all shawls, scarves and cowls - you can make blankets or wraps too. And here's the thing, for each pattern Louise provides a list of alternative ways you can play with the design. For example, Shadowlines (below) is a shawl which can easily be elongated to make a luxurious throw, but that's not all - Louise provides three pages of alternative ways to play with the pattern by changing the yarn, the gauge, the width and the cables. She suggests alternative yarns with different properties too. The book is not only practical, but also educational!
As well as lots of ideas for customisation, you will read about playing with colours and yarn weights, how to explore texture, and more. This is not just a pattern book and I chose to include it in the Festive Gift Guide because, yes, the projects would certainly make beautiful gifts, but more importantly because I think it would be a great resource for any knitter who enjoys experimenting. (Don't worry, Louise has minimised the risk of trying your own variations by including so much additional information.)
If you're now wondering how to get hold of it, you can click on any of the images here to go to the Ravelry listing where you can download the ebook. The physical copy (which includes a code to download the ebook copy too) can be obtained directly from Inspiration Knits online or at many independent yarn retailers in the UK and US.
Update: Congratulations to SharonM4 who won a copy of the ebook!