Using a wonderfully broad definition of 'colour patterns' this book includes classic Fair Isle, argyle and Nordic patterns but Kazekobo's unique colour sensibility is equally evident in the incredibly appealing pages of simple stripe patterns.
277 patterns for checks, Fair Isle, stripes, Nordic and Argyle colourwork using stranded colourwork, intarsia and simple striping techniques. There are also patterns for accessories which on which the colour patterns can be used.
Paperback: 136 pages
All patterns are charted using a standardised library of symbols, many of which will already be familiar to you. Less common symbols are usually explained in the back of the book with clear illustrations of how to work the stitch. You definitely don’t need to be able to read Japanese to use Japanese stitch dictionaries but you may find thisKnitty article about working from Japanese knitting patterns helpful.
You may recognise leading Japanese knitwear designer, Yoko Hatta, who designs under the name Kazekobo, from her work for Brooklyn Tweed or Vogue Knitting. She's also published extensively in Japan, including several books of garment patterns and other stitch dictionaries. Check out Kazekobo's other book of more general favourite patterns.