After spending time with 64 beautiful patterns . . .
After five rounds of voting . . .
After wearing out Ravelry . . .
You, the knitters of the world, have landed upon a champion for MDK March Mayhem.
Humulus by Isabell Kramer.
[Cue the trumpets and and noisy joy and angels dangling banners!]
Humulus falls squarely in the sweet spot of the Isabell Kraemer catalogue of designs.
It’s modern, unfussy, minimalist.
Its easy silhouette makes it a winner for just about every body type.
The yoke is clever—a wink to the hops flowers that Isabell tells us are commonly grown in her part of the world. And which are used in beermaking (if you haven’t been paying attention to the artisanal beer world these days).
The worsted weight yarn means that it’s a quick pullover to make.
It’s a top-down, seamless construction.
And a jillion beautiful yarns will work with this pattern. You can see the fun that knitters are having figuring out their colorways for Humulus over on Ravelry. You can go for subtlety or high contrast. We love that.
Meet the Designer
Where does the champion of MDK March Mayhem live?
You know—north of Ludwigsburg.
“Besigheim is a municipality in the district of Ludwigsburg in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. It is situated 13 km north of Ludwigsburg at the confluence of the Neckar and Enz rivers.” Thanks, Wikipedia!
Straight outta Besigheim . . . north of Stuttgart . . . southern Germany . . . time for a road trip, clearly.
A Visit with Isabell
A recent interview on Fruity Knitting lets us hang out with Isabell as she talks about her design process, how she gets her ideas, and what she’s aiming for in her designs. The interview with host Andrea Doig begins at minute 43:25.
In the interview, Isabell talks about how her years as a test knitter gave her an understanding of technique and pattern writing. A 2012 interview, “Qs for Isabell Kramer, the human sweater-knitting machine,” by the eagle-eyed Karen Templer of Fringe Association, captures Isabell in the midst of her epic test-knitting adventures.
Follow Isabell on Instagram for the never-ending stream of beautiful things she’s designing.
And get into a lot of Isabell Kraemer pattern trouble on Ravelry.
What Happens Now
Thank you to everyone who sent in their bracket predictions—nobody predicted Humulus would be the champion!
And needless to say, the editors of MDK totally sucked at predicting. Our brackets cracked in Round 1, which simultaneously pleased and appalled us. We thought we were so good at this.
Not gonna lie: now that Mayhem has come to its conclusion, we are bereft.
But not that bereft. We have 64 patterns to make. We’re going to be busy.
We are going to have the best kind of post-Mayhem fun. Coming this week: a knitalong for everybody who’s found an MDK March Mayhem pattern to love. With 64 to choose from, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there’s something from the bracket you’ll want to make. The bracket will live on right here, as an easy shopping list for you.
We’ve just launched our new collection of Jill Draper’s Mohonk, in nine shades. It works for Humulus as well for a bunch of other Mayhem patterns—you can see the pattern ideas in the Mohonk product listing.
And we have other special yarns coming in very shortly, so if you’d like first crack at those, be sure to subscribe to Snippets, at the bottom of the page.
Finally, thank you to everyone who spent time being a part of MDK Mayhem.
Designers, we salute you!
Knitters, we embrace you!
Isabell Kraemer, we hope you enjoy this moment.
Kay and Ann