Since I targeted this year to work on knitting down my stash I've been keeping my eyes open for good scrappy projects/patterns. I decided that if anyone was going to have some great ideas about mixing up a bunch of different colored yarns, it would be Kaffe Fassett. Sort of the king of color I'd say. And so last week I ordered his book Knitting with The Color Guys: Inspiration, Ideas, and Projects from the Kaffe Fassett Studio which he co-authored with his partner, Brandon Mably.
This book does not disappoint. There are all kinds of patterns for blending colors and although one may be for a pillow or fingerless gloves or a scarf etc. the color charts are written so that you could take them and apply them to just about any knitting project. The book is more about challenging you to experiment with color combinations and gifting you with formulas for combos that work.
I think this will be a solid reference book in my knitting library -- one I turn to from time to time for helping me to think creatively about color. Just the photography alone is enough inspiration to get your yarn out and starting playing with color combos.
I was pleased to see that at least one of the patterns in the book (for fingerless gloves) calls specifically for a wool-free yarn, Rowan Cotton Glace. But even though the majority of yarns used in the samples are wool based, there's no reason you couldn't easily substitute wool-free yarns in their place and he provides a nice chart in the back for a guide in substituting the yarns in the book.
No immediate plans to start another project from the book, but give me a little time to percolate and I'm sure one of these color patterns will turn up somewhere! The zig zag pattern is sort of calling my name.
Have you knit anything from this book?