Thanks to everybody who’s jumped on the MDK Field Guide No. 6 Love Train! We’re looking forward to a springtime of knitting up all these projects, thinking about transparency, and generally celebrating a new season where the knitting’s lovely and light.
A new Field Guide means new knitting for us—we look forward to the glorious day of publication so that we can cast on with you.
On Thursday, I couldn’t wait—I cast on Amy Christoffers’s Cockleshell Cardigan, using Blue Sky Fibers Hand Dyes, one of the yarns we’re offering to go with this pattern.
You can see all the details over at the Cockleshell Cardigan Ravelry page.
I can’t think of another time when I’ve made a garment this fast.
Granted, it is as tiny a garment as can be, for a 6-to-12-month-old baby, but still: this sweater pretty much made itself.
I had hoped to have a lovely series of step-by-step pix to show you how it comes together. But honestly, this was a two-night gig, so by the time I remembered to take photos, the whole thing boiled down to pretty much one step: knit a while, and before you know it, you’ve got an adorable baby sweater.
I do have a very damp Cockleshell to show you.
It’s such a great bit of origami, this pattern. You make two identical halves, casting on at the cuffs and motoring away toward the center.
The sweater comes together with a three-needle-bindoff that runs up the center back of the sweater. I’m looking forward to the thrilling moment when this comes off the blocking board and I fold it in half to see it become a cute little cardigan.
Two seams to make along the sleeves and sides, and I’ll be done.
Just saying, you could make a week’s worth of these for a deserving newborn in a couple of weeks.
Just saying, when the baby shower that slipped your mind slips back into your mind, this is a can’t-lose last-minute present.
Just saying, it is possible to hear that your friend’s water just broke and have a Cockleshell Cardigan ready to give before the newborn figures out how to latch on.
Come share your own Cockleshells over in The Lounge, at “Cockleshell Cardigan from MDK Field Guide No. 6: Transparency.”
It might be smart to order up a few skeins of Blue Sky Fibers Hand Dyes and Nutmeg Fibers Hearth—this is the sort of project it’s good to keep on hand for emergencies. You know, those “Break Glass in Case of Imminent Baby” emergencies.