This is going to be fun.
Kind of disorganized fun.
I know that many of you out there have just bought a pattern or two or twelve from the 64 designers whose patterns landed in the MDK March Mayhem tournament of patterns.
I have scooped up a bunch of patterns myself.
In the interest of sharing and caring and fun and knitting together, Kay and I are opening up a knitalong of a pretty wide scope.
Basically: knit any pattern from the MDK March Mayhem bracket.
Show and tell over in the Lounge, in “MDK March Mayhem Knitalong.” Seek counsel for your questions, help out a fellow knitter who’s stuck. And share your progress on Instagram, with the hashtag #MDKMarchMayhemKAL.
We get it that a knitalong featuring 64 patterns is maybe one of the most wide-open knitalongs ever attempted. But we also realize that there is a lot of interest in all these patterns. And we are curious to see them in progress.
Let’s knit up a storm and see how far we get in eight weeks.
How to Participate
Start date: this minute!
Duration: through the end of May.
Consult the bracket. Buy a pattern. Order up yarn from us if you feel a need for new yarn. (Of course you do! Have a stroll through our juicy offerings.) Cast on that hat or wrap or yoke or sweater.
If you’ve already started a Mayhem project, that’s great—projects in progress are fine. This isn’t a speed contest; it’s a let’s-all-knit-cool-stuff-together thing.
We’ll be watching Instagram and awarding prizes including a) MDK yarn kits and b) sets of MDK Field Guides to knitters. To be eligible, post your project on Instagram with the hashtag #MDKMarchMayhemKAL. Once a week through the end of May, we’ll announce on Instagram the projects that have won a prize.
Our criteria for prizes? Beauty. Ambition. Wonderfulness.
What I Am Making
I’ve been scheming since the day the bracket was set. At the moment I have three under way, and several that are marinating.
This trio follows our crucial MDK Rule No. 483: There is a project for every knitting mood.
Number 1: Dohne Wrap by Gretha Mensen.
I’m using the divine farm-to-skein yarn of Prado de Lana. It is so rare that they can’t even wholesale it to us. It is a measure of my profound devotion to Alberto and Amanda Barcenas that I am telling you about this beautiful yarn, because I am very bitter that we can’t offer you this yarn ourselves. JUST KIDDING! Hurry up and grow your flock, y’all.
This yarn is called Wee Bairns, named for Cormac and Connor, the Romlinc lambs whose fleece makes up this worsted yarn. It has gray and brown and love all built into it. I acquired it in Edinburgh and so it is larded up with tender memories of trying to steal Tom of Holland’s bag full of this stuff. I managed to get my own. But larceny was contemplated.
This yarn is a perfect match for Gretha’s pattern, which is absolutely gorgeous.
Number 2: True Colors by Melanie Berg.
Meanwhile, a color party of total abandon is going on at the same time.
Our Canon Hand Dyes mini skeins have found their destiny! Amy Lee Serradell cooked up two exclusive MDK colorways, seven skeins in each, and I have gazed upon them, waiting for the right project. This is it.
It’s a sort of wacked-out Easter egg palette. 14 shades, some extremely close. I threw in a skein of our MDK Exclusive Backyard Fiberworks Sock to follow the pattern’s yarn specs. I can hardly express how fun this thing is to make.
I suppose one could make this in one color and it would be very subtle and beautiful. But that is not my jam on this thing. Exuberance is one of the most important moods in knitting. When else can you exuberate so wantonly?
Number 3: The Weekender by Andrea Mowry.
Meanwhile, in the cool corner . . .
A sweater in Tahki Donegal Tweed has been on my list for a while, and when I saw the reverse stockinette of The Weekender, my head besploded.
Tweed yarn looks amazing in reverse stockinette.
My only question now is what color to choose. A neutral? Murky, peaty superdark green? Bright and springy grass green?
We carry a dozen shades of this classic, straight-outta-Ireland wool in the MDK Shop. Any of them would make a spectacular Weekender.
Knitters, please weigh in with your MDK March Mayhem Knitalong project. What are you going to make? I can’t wait to see.