Does it seem like we have a lot of knitalongs around here?
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that it’s more fun to knit something in a gang. Our Shakerag Top Knitalong came about because 1) we’re overexcited about Field Guide No. 6; and 2) we needed a little peer pressure to git ’r’ done on our own Shakerag hopes and dreams in time to wear this perfect summer top, during the actual summer.
And we succeeded! Current Shakerag Top crop (not to be confused with crop top) here at MDK:
Ann: one size M Shakerag Top, marled, in Sylph shades Hush and Loam. (Lawn ornament sold separately.)
Kay: one size XL Shakerag Top, not marled, in Sylph shade Rustle.
Kon Mari fans take note: The Shakerag Top is the most naturally folding, well-behaved garment we have ever seen.
It just wants to fold.
Shakerags in the Wild: Highlights
The biggest fun of a knitalong is the Instagram hashtag. How were knitalongs even fun before Instagram? Somehow, they were; it’s just hard to remember.
Here’s a brief tour of the Instagram hashtag #shakeragtop.
Michele @pdxknitterati was worried (needlessly!) about the fit. Her Shakerag Top is that obscure object of desire: a 100% successful stashbuster, in two of Sincere Sheep’s lovely yarns, Agleam and Shimma.
Nashville’s @hausofyarntn. (This project has extra pull for Tennesseans.)
@kgdew (also Nashville’s own). Like we said, extra pull for Tennesseans. Kelley’s split-hem version is in Anzula Breeze, a silk/linen blend. Check Kelley’s Instagram to see how brilliantly wearable this modification is.
Hurry up, now, Candy @paws4stitches. We expect to see this on you at Shakerag next week. Loving your grellow marl. (Marlow!)
This version by Samantha @sacolley22 made us rush to order more of the Extinction shade of Sylph for the MDK Shop. It’s such a deep, rich blue. (Hold on! Extinction is coming! Interpret that however you like.)
Pennie @pennieb has done her Knitting Getaway homework. She’s all set for Sewanee next week. No idea what the yarn is, but what a fit!
Meanwhile, in sunny California, Liz Kaplan @lkstitches is rocking her off-the-shoulder Shakerag Top in after-dark Shibui Linen.
Like all our knitalongs, this one will have a long tail. The hashtag is there, to be added to whenever you have a Shakerag Top moment to share, and to be admired whenever you feel like looking at some attractive, well put-together knitters wearing warm-weather handknits. (We’ll be checking it often.)
Hey, isn’t it about time for another knitalong?