Cause for celebration: the print edition of A Year of Techniques has arrived in the MDK Shop. It’s the battery-free, lovely-to-hold, easy-to-carry edition of the wonderful how-to series that has captivated knitters all over.
Maybe you’ve been watching and waiting to jump in? Maybe today is your day!
In one volume, you’ll have all twelve projects that make up A Year of Techniques. Each pattern introduces a new technique, so by the end of each project, you’ve learned something new and you have a great finished object to love and give. (Or keep.)
We’re happy to send you your print edition, as well as whatever kits you’d like to have. (See below.)
Choose whatever project you like to start. Work them in any order. We promise, from personal experience, that each project can easily be made in 30 days—or much less if you get in The Zone.
Our Fearless Leaders
The words that come to mind about Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford 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.
Jen says: “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.”
- Helical stripes
- Judy’s magic cast on (both for starting closed tubes, and as a provisional cast on)
- Knitting on a border
- Garter stitch grafting
- Pinhole cast on (also known as Emily Ocker’s circular cast on)
- Reading cables from charts
- Short rows
- Afterthought heels and thumbs
- Mastering dominance in Fair Isle knitting
- Turning a heel
The designers are all wicked clever. An illustrious, admirable, smartypants group.
Bristol Ivy, Ella Austin, Ella Gordon, Martina Behm, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Rachel Coopey, Romi Hill, Sarah Hatton, Jen Arnall-Culliford, Jim Arnall-Culliford, Tin Can Knits, and Woolly Wormhead.
What’s nice about this print edition is that it lets you stop and ponder. The step-by-step tutorials are detailed and carefully created. There are five billion photos (that is an exaggeration) in these how-to tutorials, and they make a great hard-copy reference when you’re on a yacht in the Mediterranean (or other locale with spotty wifi, aka the back yard) and you can’t access the Year of Techniques video tutorials here on MDK.
The Yarns and Projects
We have all the yarns you’ll need to make all the projects in A Year of Techniques. So far, we’ve launched kits for the first seven projects, and we’ll continue to introduce a new kit at the beginning of the month, for the next five months. Right now, here’s what’s available now in the Shop:
Hyacinthus Armwarmers kit by Jen Arnall-Culliford, using Zauberballs.
Brambling Shawl kit by Bristol Ivy, using Fyberspates Cumulus.
Alex the Mouse by Ella Austin, using Socks Yeah! Currently restocking kits for this popular mouse.
Talmadge Cloche Hat kit by Romi Hill, using Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply.
Antirrhinum Socks kit by Rachel Coopey, using Socks Yeah!
Little Tern Blanket kit by Tin Can Knits, using Fyberspates Vivacious DK.
Wood Warbler Cowl kit by Martina Behm, using Schoppel Gradient (aka a bigger Zauberball!).
Ruschia Hat kit by Woolly Wormhead, using Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran.
We’re looking forward to learning more with Jen and Jim—now that we have our official print textbook, it feels like we need to go buy pencils and binders. Something about a book makes things feel all official. Hope you’ll come to class with us!