With all the joy in the world, we present MDK March Mayhem 2018.
The tournament of patterns.
The world’s only bracket for knitters. Which, really, is the only bracket anybody needs, right?
Throughout 2017, we have been scouring the internet in search of the most amazing patterns we could find. It has been a bumper crop, to be sure. But we had to choose only 64 from the thousands of patterns published during the past year.
Our hearty congratulations to all the designers whose patterns appear in the MDK March Mayhem bracket. We are awed, amused, delighted, and amazed at your work.
There are four: Yokes, Neck and Shoulders, Sweaters, and Mini Skeins. This is obviously a random set of categories, but we had to impose order on the tens of thousands of patterns published last year.
The voting begins next Thursday, March 15.
We are announcing the bracket now so that you can really spend time with these patterns.
We are really proud of this superfancy bracket. Be sure to click on each pattern name, which opens up our thoughts on each pattern, a link to the Ravelry pattern page, and yarn ideas. It’s a great chance to think about how these clever designers do what they do. And it may give yourself some insight into why you like to knit what you knit.
What does it take to land in MDK March Mayhem?
- Published in 2017.
- Available directly from the designer via Ravelry or the designer’s website.
- Not free. We’re trying to help designers flourish.
- Aesthetic considerations: Inventive, surprising, elegant, cool.
- Most of all, and it’s the thing that is most difficult to explain: knittability. We asked ourselves, a thousand times, “Do I want to knit that?” For a design to be included, it has to be something we are dying to make.
When you look at the list of designers included in this group of 64, you will see familiar names and new ones. Reputation and length of time in the knitting world were not a factor. It’s all about the pattern.
As you spend time with these patterns, we encourage you to buy them. We would love nothing more than to have designers discover heaps of new customers in their Ravelry accounts. We would love to see all these designs knitted a million times. This is a celebration, and there’s much to celebrate.
There will be five rounds of voting, each round taking the top vote-getters to the next round.
Voting begins on Thursday, March 15 with Round 1, where you will choose your eight favorite patterns from each of four categories. Subsequent rounds will require voting again, so be sure to keep up with the voting dates for each round.
As with last year, we’re using Survey Monkey. He is robust, and he worked well last year.
The last round, the Big Four, will put the four category winners up against each other to determine the Champion of MDK March Mayhem. The champion will be announced on Monday, April 2, 2018.
Let the browsing begin—and be ready to cast your first votes on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
We are dying of curiosity to see which pattern prevails.