presents

Trusted by needlecrafters for more than thirty years
The Harmony Guides have been redesigned and updated for the
modern knitter. These longstanding references for handcrafters offer
clear, concise instructions for stitches—perfect for the beginning
knitter but an excellent refresher for those skilled in the craft.
Harmony Guides: Colorwork Stitches showcases a jam-packed
collection of 250 classic and contemporary colorwork stitch patterns,
designs, and motifs to keep knitters constantly inspired. From simple
stripes and polkadots to more complicated Fair Isle designs, this
colorful guide features a range of swatches for knitters of every skill
level. Whether designing a man’s scarf in simple slip-stitch tartan or
a baby blanket in a chevron stripe, this volume is designed to
revolutionize the way knitters think of color.
All swatches are worked up in updated yarn, beautifully
photographed, and accompanied by easy-to-understand instructions.
Plus, Colorwork Stitches includes 25 never before seen stitches, new
to the updated Harmony Guides.

Paperback, 8½ x 8½
276 pages
250 photographs
ISBN 978-1-59668-147-7
$22.95
May 2009

colorwork
stitches
250 designs to knit
edited by Sharon Brant

inspiration
Color can be used to engage a viewer, to evoke emotions, and to
communicate meaning. Discover the joy of selecting designs and
palettes and creating a feature in your work that is completely
unique.

6 colorwork stitches

This new collection of stitches from the Harmony Guides

the Baltic States where the craft of stranded knitting was

showcases patterns, designs, and motifs that keep knitters

already more advanced and colour dyes readily available.

constantly inspired. From simple stripes and polkadots to

A colour explosion and rapid development of stranded

more complicated Fair Isle designs, Colorwork Stitches

knitting in the Baltic region around 1800 coincided with an

features a range of swatches for knitters of every skill level.

upsurge in trade between the Baltic countries and the

Whether you want to create a men’s scarf in a slip-stitch

Shetlands. By the 1850s the Shetlanders, with their history

tartan or a baby blanket in a chevron stripe, this volume is

of a hand-knitting industry, had come to dislike repetition.

designed to revolutionize the way you think about the

hey took the oxo, star, tree from Russia, Estonia, and

colorwork in your projects.

Norway. They created lozenge shapes and circular

One of the most instantly recognizable colorwork

patterned yokes but altered them by preserving the

designs is the Fair Isle, or stranded knitting. Much mystery

complexity of design while elaboration the colors in the

surrounds the history of Fair Isle, the distinctive patterns

center. Changing colors within the design became a

that take their name from the tiny island of Fair Isle, the

hallmark of Fair Isle. The 1920s were a period of

southernmost of the Shetland Isles. We know Fair Isle

innovation and development with the Shetland and Fair

knitting existed on the island as early as 1681 from coin

Isle knitters continuing to experiment with patterns and

designs discovered in knitting preserved in a peat bog.

colors. In line with fundamental change in fashion after

What we do not know is exactly where the design

The Great War, in favor of more practical and liberated

originated. Romantic theories suggest a link with Spain,

styles, the most important development was athe arrival of

from the shipwreck of the Spanish Armada in 1588. It is

the fisherman’s jersey or gansey as fashion garment for the

probable that early pieces were brought to the islands from

wealthy and middle classes.

inspiration 5

inspiration
Color can be used to engage a viewer, to evoke emotions, and to
communicate meaning. Discover the joy of selecting designs and
palettes and creating a feature in your work that is completely
unique.

6 colorwork stitches

This new collection of stitches from the Harmony Guides

the Baltic States where the craft of stranded knitting was

showcases patterns, designs, and motifs that keep knitters

already more advanced and colour dyes readily available.

constantly inspired. From simple stripes and polkadots to

A colour explosion and rapid development of stranded

more complicated Fair Isle designs, Colorwork Stitches

knitting in the Baltic region around 1800 coincided with an

features a range of swatches for knitters of every skill level.

upsurge in trade between the Baltic countries and the

Whether you want to create a men’s scarf in a slip-stitch

Shetlands. By the 1850s the Shetlanders, with their history

tartan or a baby blanket in a chevron stripe, this volume is

of a hand-knitting industry, had come to dislike repetition.

designed to revolutionize the way you think about the

hey took the oxo, star, tree from Russia, Estonia, and

colorwork in your projects.

Norway. They created lozenge shapes and circular

One of the most instantly recognizable colorwork

patterned yokes but altered them by preserving the

designs is the Fair Isle, or stranded knitting. Much mystery

complexity of design while elaboration the colors in the

surrounds the history of Fair Isle, the distinctive patterns

center. Changing colors within the design became a

that take their name from the tiny island of Fair Isle, the

hallmark of Fair Isle. The 1920s were a period of

southernmost of the Shetland Isles. We know Fair Isle

innovation and development with the Shetland and Fair

knitting existed on the island as early as 1681 from coin

Isle knitters continuing to experiment with patterns and

designs discovered in knitting preserved in a peat bog.

colors. In line with fundamental change in fashion after

What we do not know is exactly where the design

The Great War, in favor of more practical and liberated

originated. Romantic theories suggest a link with Spain,

styles, the most important development was athe arrival of

from the shipwreck of the Spanish Armada in 1588. It is

the fisherman’s jersey or gansey as fashion garment for the

probable that early pieces were brought to the islands from

wealthy and middle classes.

inspiration 5

North Sea Waves

Fair Isle

Rep 6 sts x 12 rows (3 colors)

Rep 12 sts x 10 rows (3 colors)

21
20
18

26 colorwork stitches

10

10

1

1

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North Sea Waves

Fair Isle

Rep 6 sts x 12 rows (3 colors)

Rep 12 sts x 10 rows (3 colors)

21
20
18

26 colorwork stitches

10

10

1

1

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Knotted Twist

Snowflake

Rep 34 sts x 18 rows (3 colors)

Rep 33 sts x 35 rows (3 colors)

35

30

20
18

28 colorwork stitches

10

10

1

1

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Knotted Twist

Snowflake

Rep 34 sts x 18 rows (3 colors)

Rep 33 sts x 35 rows (3 colors)

35

30

20
18

28 colorwork stitches

10

10

1

1

the harmony guides 29

presents

Trusted by needlecrafters for more than thirty years
The Harmony Guides have been redesigned and updated for the
modern knitter. These longstanding references for handcrafters offer
clear, concise instructions for stitches—perfect for the beginning
knitter but an excellent refresher for those skilled in the craft.
Harmony Guides: Colorwork Stitches showcases a jam-packed
collection of 250 classic and contemporary colorwork stitch patterns,
designs, and motifs to keep knitters constantly inspired. From simple
stripes and polkadots to more complicated Fair Isle designs, this
colorful guide features a range of swatches for knitters of every skill
level. Whether designing a man’s scarf in simple slip-stitch tartan or
a baby blanket in a chevron stripe, this volume is designed to
revolutionize the way knitters think of color.
All swatches are worked up in updated yarn, beautifully
photographed, and accompanied by easy-to-understand instructions.
Plus, Colorwork Stitches includes 25 never before seen stitches, new
to the updated Harmony Guides.

Paperback, 8½ x 8½
276 pages
250 photographs
ISBN 978-1-59668-147-7
$22.95
May 2009

colorwork
stitches
250 designs to knit
edited by Sharon Brant

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