I just received the book, The Knitter’s Palette: A Workbook of Color and Texture Techniques and Effects by Kate Haxell. It is quite a comprehensive book for its size, covering everything from color theory, to stitch patterns, to special techniques such as slip stitches, beading, cables, and intarsia.
I love knitting reference books. They are my favorite kind of knitting book. Therefore, I have a lot of this type. And I have to say that there’s not a lot new here, at least not for me. A newer knitter with a much smaller library than mine would adore this book, though, so I don’t want to discourage anyone from checking it out. There is a lot to take in on these pages. Just because I’m not overly excited about this book doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be. Perhaps the fact that there are so many types of techniques covered all in one easy-to-manage volume is what makes it special. Yes, I’ve seen a lot of it before, but I would have to pull several books from my shelves to cover all of the topics in this one book.
Also, when new techniques are covered, the author includes little knitting tips, kind of as an aside to the main discussion point. such as what to do if you discover you’ve strung the wrong bead in a sequence on your yarn, and how to fix it. I’ve never done decorative beading in my knitting, and it’s making a mistake like that that has kept me from trying it. So, the tips can be very helpful.
If you have a vast knitting library like I do, you might want to put this book in your hands and look through it before buying. But, if you’re looking for a good, solid reference that is jam-packed with techniques and tips, this could be just the book you’re looking for. It’s definitely worth checking out.