One of our favorite games is Perfect Yarn/Perfect Pattern. Finding the good match is always fun, so we hope you find the following episode of Perfect Yarn/Perfect Pattern to be a) inspiring, b) fascinating and c) distracting. (We are all about distraction these days.)
Today, the perfect yarn is Mohonk, a product of the fertile imagination of Jill Draper, who lives and dyes in the Hudson River Valley. Her philosophy is to work with American fibers, minimally processed, and dye them with great care and abandon. This 100% Cormo sport weight yarn (straight outta New York State) is among our absolute favorites.
We currently carry five shades in the MDK Shop. (We had six more, but knitters have slurped them up like their favorite Icee flavor. More is on the way, but patience is a virtue when waiting for hand-dyed New York State Cormo yarn. Meanwhile, enjoy the following.)
Idea No. 1: Sail-Away Shawl
First up, we’d be nuts not to suggest Julia Farwell-Clay’s Sail-Away Shawl from MDK Field Guide No. 7: Ease. You may notice that Jill’s Mohonk has a bit of what we call “action”—subtle shifts in color. These variations in color really shine when knitted in a graphic pattern like this.
Two skeins of Mohonk in two shades of your choosing will set you up for a rapturous stripetastic summer garterfest.
Idea No. 2: Edradour
Thea Colman taps into the beauty of Mohonk with her easy, elegant shawl, Edradour. What is Edradour? you ask. Why, it’s the smallest distillery in Scotland. (Anybody who’d name her enterprise Baby Cocktails has an encyclopedic knowledge of beverages. And an instant longlist of potential pattern names.)
Two skeins of Mohonk get you to an Edradour, and you’ll need to add one thin stripe of something on hand unless you feel like adopting a third skein of Mohonk (which you should, honestly).
Manzanita with a slice of Bottle would be great. A bottle of Edradour would make it even better.
Idea No. 3: Stac Shoaigh
Ysolda Teague’s hap-inspired shawl Stac Shoaigh has so many moments of fun: a nice, easy garter stitch start from the top, then petals (I’ve never knit a petal!), and a ramble of feather and fan that ends in a picot edge. Right on! Mohonk in Bottle would make this thing a blast of spring even when it’s, like, ridiculous outside.
Idea No. 4: Triad
From Jill Draper herself comes Triad, a pattern stacked up with threes: three colors, three corners, and a three-stitch i-cord edging. Sometimes you just want to wallow in the splendor of a beautiful yarn. Jill has clearly figured this out, and Triad really lets the texture of this Cormo fiber shine.
Idea No. 5: Humulus
The Champion of March Mayhem 2018 is such a Mohonk-friendly pattern. Isabell Kraemer won the hearts of knitters across the globe with this simple pullover, Humulus. I’m making one using Mourning Dove and Bottle (see the combo up top), which is pleasing me mightily. I think this pattern would look fab in Dark Roast/Creeping Myrtle Flowers yoke, Dark Roast/Bering yoke, or Manzanita/Dark Roast yoke. Or these combinations, reversed. Whatever! Make your own fun!
Hope this has been distraction enough for the moment. I personally am now gone for the day, patting skeins of Mohonk and generally not getting much done.