MDK March Mayhem 2019: The Champion!
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.
[Cue the trumpets and and noisy joy and angels dangling banners!]
Tabouli is a modern melange of traditional elements, including lace cables that flare at the back and travel across the back neck and shoulders and down the sleeves. These are the sort of techniques that make knitting fun and full of surprise.
As a garment, Tabouli’s trim, jacket-y silhouette makes it a winning component of almost any outfit, whether everyday or weekend, to work or a wedding.
A lot of beautiful yarns will work with this pattern, which is perfection in Carol’s own yarn, Nua. You can see the fun that 229 knitters are having with Tabouli over on Ravelry. We love seeing all the choices, and all the bodies wearing Tabouli with style.
Meet the Designer
Where does the champion of MDK March Mayhem 2019 live?
For the second year in a row, the winner of March Mayhem lives outside the United States, and modeled her own sweater.
If this were the Oscars, the announcer would say, “This is Carol’s second nomination, and first award . . .” as her Abys Cowl, below, was a contender in March Mayhem 2018.
A Visit with Carol
A recent interview on the Shiny Bees podcast lets us hang out with Carol as she talks about her background in both art school and structural engineering and her design process, which she describes as a mix of technical skills and art: “You’re building stuff, it just happens to be with yarn instead of concrete and steel.” It’s an insightful, wide-ranging discussion about the evolution of her design business from the days of dial-up internet to Ravelry, social media, knitalongs, and everything under the sun.
And get into a lot of Carol Feller pattern trouble on Ravelry, where she has 289 patterns—so far.
What Happens Now
In a sad repetition of years past, the editors and staff of MDK generally sucked at prognostication. Our personal brackets cracked in Round 1, which simultaneously pleased and appalled us. Apparently we’re not that good at this! However, we are dazzled and awed by the success of MDK’s ecommerce manager, Liz Olson, whose bracket was considerably less busted than anybody else’s.
While we have an inevitable case of the post-Mayhem blues, we will console ourselves by picking a few favorites from among the 64 designs in the bracket, and casting something on as soon as we can. The 2019 bracket will live on right here, as an easy shopping list for you. (And remember, you can print out the PDF here for a more portable, paper shopping list.)
We’ve got a robust selection of sweater yarns in the MDK Shop, should you feel a similar need of consolation knitting. To keep up with all the fun here at MDK, sign up for Snippets in the box below. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Saturday morning’s PJ knitting and coffee, and Snippets subscribers get special deals and are first to hear of new things and rarities in the Shop.
Finally, thank you to everyone who spent time being a part of MDK Mayhem 2019.
Designers, we salute you!
Knitters, we embrace you!
Carol Feller, we hope you enjoy this moment.
Kay and Ann