Here’s a fun fact: every issue of Rowan Magazine, from No. 1 through No. 66 (and counting), contains designs by Kaffe Fassett.
Isn’t that incredible? In the literal sense of unbelievable.
Many of these designs are iconic, lifetime-achievement knits. They are head-turners, instantly recognizable. Kaffe’s open-sky attitude sometimes pushes us knitters beyond what we thought possible.
Kaffe’s designs for MDK Field Guide No. 13: Master Class are a little different. They are bursting with color and pattern—unmistakably Kaffe—but there is a spirit of simplicity and play.
This Field Guide is as close as a knitter can get, in book form, to attending one of Kaffe’s renowned workshops, where knitters start with a pile of colors and one of Kaffe’s motifs, and play, incorporating Kaffe’s sensibility into their own.
We want to knit every single thing, all the colors, all the shapes. There is something for everyone here. The knitter controls everything, from the palette to the motifs, and can turn it up (or down) as desired.
As we put the finishing touches on the Field Guide, we had a laboratory. Nell Ziroli had set an intrepid crew of MDK Test Knitters onto these open-ended, plug-and-play patterns. Some of the knitters were using Kaffe’s chosen colors of Felted Tweed, and others had dived into deep stashes of this long-loved yarn. What would happen?
This Is What Happened
In a few short weeks, the pictures started to come in. The knitters were loving knitting these patterns. And we were over the moon looking at their work.
There it was: a Kaffe workshop come to life.
Our thanks to all of Nell’s valiant team of test knitters. Your joy is infectious!
In the MDK Shop
Stripe Cowl in Pinwheel (page 48).
Stripe Scarf in random stripes by benedetta, who is an og rowanette and kaffe knitter, so she can stripe without a recipe.
StripE Cushions in (clockwise from top left) Circus Stripes (page 33), coins (page 41), Caterpillar Stripes (page 32) and pinwheel (page 48).
Pattern: Stripe Cowl in Coins (page 41).
Stripe Cowls in Coins (page 41) and Half Diamonds (page 48).
Striped Cushion in Caterpillar Stripes, page 32.
Stripe Cowl in Coins (page 41).
Stripe Scarf in Graduated Stripes (page 33). Check out her project pages for more scarfy, stripey goodness.