We begin today with an update on the MDK door sign project.
(Here’s where this cockamamie project began.)
In short: it takes less time than you might think to knit up a sign and duplicate-stitch a logo.
But it’s not that fast, either.
I just finished up the K, and I haven’t blocked this yet. I like the dimensionality of the letters but think it will flatten once I do some stuff to it. Firing up the Rowenta even as I write.
Some of you asked for a tutorial in duplicate stitch. Here’s the most succinct one I could find, thanks to Wikihow.
My favorite instruction in here: “Don’t pull too tightly or you will have a crumple. Don’t leave too loose or your stitches will hang. This will take practice.” Man, if that isn’t advice for living, I just don’t know what is.
Tips for Successful Duplicate Stitch
Think of this as counted cross stitch. Your stockinette background is the grid; your chart is your guide to where you’ll be stitching onto that grid.
Do not rush. This is not needlepoint you crank by the yard. You’re adding a second stitch on top of an already-existing stitch, so there’s a challenge here to make the new stitch cover the old one completely and evenly.
Noodge and afteryank. Because the stitches in this logo are stacked vertically or horizontally, the legs of each duplicate stitch pull one way or the other. There’s a fair amount of noodging and afteryanking. At least, that was my experience.
Trust your chart. Remember that your chart is not an accurate representation of how it will look knitted. Edges will be toothier because each stitch is a V, not a rectangle. Curves look better when knitted than they do on the chart. It’s still pixelated, but you can see what I’m talking about here:
Use Stitch Fiddle. Reminder that Stitch Fiddle is the app that I used to convert the MDK logo into a knitting chart. I can think of all sorts of things I’d like to chart up now. Pretty addicting.
I’m still on the fence about adding a log cabin border. I think it would help make it hang well, and it would add an orange frame that would make this thing show up better on our white door at MDK World Headquarters. What do you think?
Meanwhile . . .
This is the design from MDK Field Guide No. 7 that has been haunting me for months, ever since Julia Farwell-Clay sent us a scribble with arrows and some sort of suggestion that her scribble would end up a shawl.
Having now had the chance to swish the sample around and feel how the yarn behaves, the Sail-Away Shawl is going to be my constant knitting companion for the next little while.
Sincere Sheep Cormo Sport is the yarn here.
We have 11 shades in the MDK Shop, all dyed with plant extracts by Brooke Sinnes. Three of the shades set up a watery groove that I just can’t resist.
These are Hathor’s Gem, Imposter, and Aegean, along with Cumulus to add some contrast. My scheme is pretty loose at the moment in terms of how I’ll use these colors and what size stripes I’ll end up making.
I don’t think there’s a wrong way to go with this shawl. With this yarn, and Julia’s arrows and scribbles now transformed into a truly clever pattern, I’m really excited about this project. There’s a reason shawls are so popular these days: they’re such a great way to experiment, to play, with very few constraints or worries about how it’s going to turn out.
As they used to say on Friday Night Lights, sort of: Great pattern, beautiful yarn, can’t lose.
PS Oh gah, I just watched another Friday Night Lights video. I’ve gotta go watch the whole series again—five seasons with the Dillon Panthers and Coach Taylor? Now that’s a getaway to last all summer.