'Knit, Play, Colour' is a knitwear collection that encourages knitters to work beyond a pattern, offering tips and ideas for how to truly personalise your knitting projects. As someone who has always been partial to an adventure, I really like the spirit of Louise (of Inspiration Knits) new book.
This is a collection that works well for those wishing to develop their skills beyond the basics with a good mix of techniques such as beading, slipped stitches and cabling. You will find plenty of support for learning each technique as Louise teases them out when she shares how to 'play' with each pattern.
With shawls, cowls, scarves and a blanket, there's a wide range of yardages and skills to make experimenting as big a challenge as you wish. Between that and Louise's fondness for mixing colours, this would be a good excuse to dig through stash. Louise has thoughtfully worked out the yardages you would need to vary the weight used too so there's plenty of options on the materials you could choose from.
Rather predictably, two crescent shape shawls have caught my eye: Trailblazer (below) and Colour Trail (above). I like the texture of both and think they'd work well with special hand dyed skeins lurking in stash waiting for just the right pattern to liberate them. I'm particularly taken with the way Trailblazer works with a more variegated yarn, something I'm not usually comfortable with at all.
Image support and plenty of clarity around which options you could try make this a book a little like sitting with Louise herself. She's chatty but informative as she explains some of the choices she might make. First she introduces you to the basic pattern, sample and schematic and then each is followed up with ways to make your own modifications and plenty of photographs to demonstrate her point.
Louise might almost tempt me away from my neutrals and safer colour options. Almost.
The book is now available via Louise's site or via digital downloads on Ravelry. If you want to find out a little more about Knit Play Colour, you can join us for the rest of the blog tour (you can see all the fab stops here). Next up is Miss Babs, one of the beautiful yarn dyers featured in this collection.
If you would like to win a signed copy of the collection, please leave a comment below telling me which pattern you would choose. I will select a winner at random on Friday 9th October 2015. Good luck!