If you love the look of Scandinavian designs, "150 Scandinavian Motifs" by Mary Jane Mucklestone will educate you on colorwork and incorporating these motifs into your knitting. The book is beautifully laid out. The full page photographs of the knitted motifs will inspire you.
Start with the yarn, whether using original dual coat primitive breeds or modern novelty yarns, you will learn the advantages and effects they will have on a design. Beginners will find all the essential skills and techniques spelled out...how to hold the yarn when using two colors per row, making a steek, using color and a section on using motifs. Experienced knitters will get a better understanding of ways to use motifs creating a variety of effects. You may also want to branch out using more than the traditional two colors per row.
This reference book has the added value of a black and white chart, a color chart and a color option chart. With this information you can start planning your project. There are steps and tips in how to place these motifs in your design work. In this section you will learn to take measurements, adapting existing patterns and even adjusting stitch repeats.
To try your new skills, 4 projects are included. 'Blossom Pincushion' is a quick project of one motif knit two ways, resulting in color opposites. Then there is a pair of 'Traditional Mittens' and a 'Reindeer Hat' to knit. A simple 'Geometric Cowl' using a triangle motif will have you choosing your yarn colors as quickly as you can say, "I want to knit that."
This is a reference book for your bookshelf. No knitting library is complete without a directory of Scandinavian motifs.