With a song in our hearts (click above to join in!), we welcome MDK Field Guide No. 10: Downtown.
Who’s going to take us on our trip downtown?
Isabell Kraemer, the beloved designer of sweaters and accessories. Knitters recognize her signature style at a glance, whether it’s a pullover, cardigan, or irresistible wrappy thing.
In MDK’s 2018 March Mayhem tournament of patterns, Isabell’s Humulus pullover was the champion. Out of 64 patterns in this crazy competition, each of which was a stone fox of a knitting design, knitters chose Humulus.
To see an Isabell Kraemer pattern is to want it: to knit it, and to wear it. The designs that work so well for Isabell herself somehow work well for a lot of other knitters, too.
Isabell’s cosmopolitan designs are comfortable everywhere, doing everything. They are casual, but considered. They are garments of confidence and ease. In other words: we all need to make one!
Let’s take a peek at the projects in Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 10: Downtown.
A band of geometric color makes this a very modern yoke. Knit from the top down, this sport-weight sweater works with pretty much any combination of two colors you can think up: dark with a light yoke, light with a dark yoke, subtle or wild as you wish. Ann couldn’t help herself: she’s already knit one, and can’t wait to show it off. It’s been killing her not to wear it!
(The yarn: Jill Draper Mohonk.)
So simple, so artful. Isabell has created a sweater in fingering weight wool, with the result being a forever sweater that lets Jill Draper’s Mohonk Light shine in all its tone-shifting glory. The top-down construction means you’ll get to a finished sweater with minimal finishing required.
(The yarn: Jill Draper Mohonk Light.)
Juicy corrugated goodness here, in a dimensional ribbed design. You can nest one inside the other if you’re looking for extra style and coziness.
The drawstring is bonus fun to make (a hand mixer may be involved) and to wear.
(The yarn: Jill Draper Kingston.)
In one of our first conversations with Isabell about this Field Guide, we asked her what yarns would she like to work with. Her response? She had a few skeins of Jill Draper’s Mohonk on her desk and was dying to design with it.
Hey, we said, we love Jill Draper’s yarns! We carry them in the MDK Shop! It felt like it was meant to be, and before long, each of the three projects was made in one of Jill’s distinctive, U.S.-grown yarns. With this Field Guide, our selection of Jill Draper yarns and rich, hand-dyed colors expands to make us a one-stop shop for knitters in search of perfect sweater and accessory yarns.
Jill’s yarns are versatile and knitterly, full of personality. They’re also not that easy to find, outside of fiber festivals or Jill’s own studio, especially not in the range of colors you’ll see in the MDK Shop.
Fun to Come
You may ask: will there be a knitalong?
Our answer: can Petula Clark carry a tune?
Come April, we’ll be organizing ourselves for epic knitalong fun from Field Guide No. 10, with Isabell herself along for the ride.
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More to come! Off we go!