Posted by: Kate | May 30, 2011

Book Review: The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn

I’ve been pulling knitting books out of the library lately, looking for something new and exciting, something inspiring. I’m always looking to learn something, or try something different. The latest book that I liked enough to consider buying (well, not really, as book buying is definitely not in the budget currently, but I would certainly add it to my book gift list) was “The knitter’s guide to hand-dyed and variegated yarn“, subtitled ‘techniques and projects for hand-painted and multi-coloured yarn’, written by Lorna Miser, the founder of Lorna’s Laces.

Why did I like this book so much? Many reasons. First, the graphic design of the book. A light, open feel to the pages with good photos and nicely laid out text is important to the eye and the brain. It helps me to absorb the information when it is easy to access. Second, the content. This book is set up to explore different stitch styles in these specific types of yarn, and each chapter is a look at what a certain stitch style does to yarn and why it would work. There are samples and discussion of each stitch. At the beginning of the book there is a discussion on the different types of variegated yarns, from striping to random, long stripes and short colour repeats, polka dots and patterns. Third, the patterns. Each chapter concludes with a quick project and a longer project, both using one of the stitches discussed in the chapter. While I wouldn’t make all the projects, seeing a finished item in the stitch helps me understand the idea behind using the stitch in the first place.

For those of you who, like me, love the multi-coloured sock yarns and want to use it in different ways, this book is a fabulous resource. I definitely recommend it.


  1. Ooo, must go to Chapter’s and/or library to look for this book! It sounds fabulous! Great review, Kate.

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