Glory be! It’s time to start knitting wooly things! We’ve had it up to here with heat and humidity. Dig the giant tea ball out of the back of the kitchen drawer: we are mulling cider, people!
Just in time, MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making is here.
For some of us, knitting hats, mitts, and cowls is a leisurely pursuit. We want to give nice gifts, of course, but most of all, we want entertainment.
For others, the annual knitting of perfect small items is undertaken with the utmost seriousness, and perhaps a spreadsheet. We are the ambitious gift knitters.
We designed MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making to amuse both types of knitters. We knew it would take a designer with a special flair for merry making to come up with designs that would be intriguing knits, and also be a blast to knit in stacks.
Knitters count on Thea’s patterns to combine classic, casual style with the knitterly details that make a project fun.
A Peek at the Projects
One of the most skilled merrymakers we know, Thea took to heart the idea of designs that can be made quickly, easily, with enough variation that they never get old, and in lots of sizes.
And to really make this fun, we have brought in four yarns brand new to the MDK Shop, from yarn makers who are really crushing it: Julie Asselin, Neighborhood Fiber Co., Jill Draper, and Shalimar Yarns. The mood is lush. The vibe is delectable. Read on, beloved knitter. So much to tell you!
We hereby anoint you a Johnny Appleseed spreading fingerless mitts throughout the land. In the case of these decorative, becuffed mitts, making them is fun, with an addictive little purl twist stitch.
This is Jill Draper’s Windham, a worsted weight merino, spun in Vermont, hand dyed in the Hudson River Valley, in nine rich colors.
Are mitts a bit more than you have time for? Sometimes we want to knit something small, yet useful and fun. When this mood strikes, swatch up a set of Appleseed Coasters. All the fun of that purl twist stitch, in a tasty little rug to slide under your coffee cup.
This is Jill Draper Windham, made with love and all the care in the world. Your beverages will thank you.
So fast, this hat. It’s partly because of the yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky lives up to its name, and big stitches mean fast knitting. But it’s also a fact that slip-stitch colorwork, in which only one color of yarn is worked at a time, actually speeds up your knitting. (SCIENCE.)
Do human heads even come in six sizes? Well, this cap does. This could be the hat you knit for four generations of the family. Please send us the group picture!
Here, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky makes these hats a blast to knit. The glazed, shifting hand dyes of Karida Collins never fail to dazzle.
Let’s say you want to whip up a quick hat, but you’re fancy, so you want to do a spot of real stranded colorwork. The Stranded Diamonds Hat is the hat for you, with its clean, graphic, and vaguely nordic two-color motif. (And a pom pom. We live in a great age of pom poms.)
This yarn, Shalimar Yarns Enzo Aran, is a revelation to us. So happy to have it in the MDK Shop. Kristi Johnson custom mills all her yarn bases, so this blend of merino with a dash of cashmere and nylon has a unique, lofty feel to it, and a gentle luster that is absolutely gorgeous.
The fun-to-knit chalice-shaped cable is the star here. Its unusual, figurative form is deep and chewy, and stands out against the thick garter-stitch background. It’s reversible, so it looks good no matter how you wear it.
We welcome Julie Asselin to the MDK Shop. This is a brand-new yarn for her, Douillet (French for “cozy”), a lofty single-ply delight of a yarn, made in Quebec.
We appreciate the support of all y’all, our readers and customers, as we follow our knitterly curiosity in many directions through our Field Guide series. We love doing this, and we could not do it without you. These little books mean a lot to us, and we are excited to share Thea’s patterns (and an original cocktail recipe) with you.
Please take a look at MDK Field Guide No. 8, and join us in this endlessly entertaining knitting. There’s fun ahead! Stay tuned for an epic giftalong/knitalong/funalong. And of course we’ll be telling you more about these special yarns and their makers in the days to come. It’s all very . . . merry!
With a new season on the way, we have a feeling that this kind of knitting is just the thing we all need.
Kay and Ann