This is big. We are chuffed. We are gobsmacked.
We are delighted to announce a new series that has us eager to cast on: A Year of Techniques.
We hope you’ll dive in with us on what promises to be an incredible journey—beginning March 1.
The Game Plan
• Each month, we’re going to learn a new technique. But rather than a bunch of swatches and test pieces, we’ll be making a cool, small project—a handknit we’ll be glad to have, glad to give. This is how to do your holiday gift knitting with no rush!
• Each month, a new pattern arrives, a design by one of the knitting world’s brightest talents.
• Each month, we’ll post a free tutorial video that shows you how to do the technique of the month.
• Each month, you can order up the beautiful yarns for each project from MDK—a palate cleanser amid whatever other knitting you may be up to. A great bit of fun to receive in the mail—a skein of this, a batch of colors.
• Join in as you please, month by month. We hope you’ll see this as a way to sharpen your game, learn from experts and also from fellow knitters. And, as always here at MDK: there’s fun ahead.
Our Fearless Leaders
Jim and Jen Arnall-Culliford have created A Year of Techniques. They are flat-out brilliant. Jen is one of the knitting world’s superb technical editors and teachers, and she’ll be the star of the tutorial videos each month. Jim is the producer (and pattern designer) making it all happen.
The words that come to mind about Jen and Jim are: Cheerful. Cool headed. Supersmart. To take lessons from this pair is something we’d jump to do. Now, we don’t even have to head to England to learn with these very special teachers.
The Designers and Patterns
With this gang of knitting designers, you can be sure that the patterns are going to be very cool. Each month we’ll reveal the new pattern. We’ve had a peek, and we’re going to be making them all.
Bristol Ivy: Known for unusual construction, Bristol’s designs are always heaps of fun to knit.
Ella Austin: Ella has an incredible talent for colorwork, which she often uses in her irresistible knitted toy designs.
Ella Gordon: Shetland Wool Week Patron in 2016, Ella is known both for her wonderful colorwork designs, and for her extensive collection of vintage knitwear.
Martina Behm: Martina’s patterns are the magic combination of moreishly easy to knit and interesting in construction.
Mary Jane Mucklestone: Mary Jane has a deserved reputation as an inventive stranded colorwork specialist, and her Stopover yoked sweater was a runaway hit last February!
Rachel Coopey: Entertaining to knit and amusing to wear, Rachel’s sock and accessory patterns exude joy.
Romi Hill: Stunning the knitting community with the beauty of her lace designs, Romi has an instantly recognizable, gorgeous aesthetic.
Sarah Hatton: Working often with Rowan, Sarah has created many iconic designs, often featuring beautiful cables and texture.
Tin Can Knits: Famous for their baby-to-big sizing, extensive tutorials, and colorful designs, Tin Can Knits is the creative collaboration of Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman.
Woolly Wormhead: Hat architect extraordinaire, Woolly’s never-ending creativity and clever constructions make her patterns hard to put down.
Jen Arnall-Culliford: In demand as a meticulous editor of knitting patterns for others, Jen is sometimes tempted into creating her own designs.
Jim Arnall-Culliford (VeufTricot): Jim is somewhat bemused by the turn life has taken of late—editing and designing knitwear wasn’t where he thought his chemistry degree would lead him!
Jen writes: “Beyond the headline skills below, I hope that each pattern will demonstrate some of the different ways that those skills can be combined, and also the different situations in which each technique can be used.
“We have a selection of nifty cast ons, some colorwork techniques, and many ways to make your knitted fabric three-dimensional. We hope that having worked through A Year of Techniques with us, you’ll be inspired to continue to develop your skills in the areas that most interest you. Indeed, I’m certain that each month in the knitalong threads there will be great suggestions for further reading if you’ve found a new skill that you love and want to widen your knowledge.”
Here are the skills:
- Afterthought heels and thumbs
- Garter stitch grafting
- Helical stripes
- Judy’s magic cast on (both for starting closed tubes, and as a provisional cast on)
- Knitting on a border
- Mastering dominance in Fair Isle knitting
- Pinhole cast on (also known as Emily Ocker’s circular cast on)
- Reading cables from charts
- Short rows
- Turning a heel
How to Join the Fun
Here’s how to be a part of A Year of Techniques:
• Order the book now, either ebook or ebook/print edition from Jim and Jen. Each month from March through August, you’ll receive a new pattern and tutorial as a Ravelry download. The print and ebook edition of the entire Year of Techniques will arrive in September.
• Order yarns. Jim and Jen are offering yarn kits, beginning with a Spring Kit with the yarns for the first three projects. Beginning March 1, we at MDK be offering the yarns as well, here in the US and Canada, month by month. Can’t wait to show them to you.
• Join the knitalong. We’ll have a monthly knitalong going in The Lounge for each project.
• Get ready to have a great time. We have long wanted to feature excellent video tutorials on MDK. With A Year of Techniques, Jen and Jim have created an extraordinary project for us all to enjoy. It all starts March 1: get ready!