A glorious day has finally arrived. MDK Field Guide No. 15: Open is here.
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We crave openness more than ever these days. Fortunately, Jeanette Sloan has created a collection of designs that allow us the opportunity to explore one of knitting’s most spectacular effects: the openwork marvel that is lace.
Jeanette Sloan is one of the knitting world’s most accomplished designers.
With more than 170 designs in her Ravelry portfolio, she has been working at a peak of imagination and skill for a very long time. Along with many contributions to The Knitter and Knitting magazines, she recently co-edited a collection with Kate Davies, Warm Hands.
Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in this Field Guide. (Click on the pattern name to see the Ravelry page with details on each design.)
Here it is, a swingy, shruggy cocoon that can be worn two ways. The Mood Cardigan is one of the most artful constructions we’ve seen. There are clever moments of adding cuffs and edging, but at its core, the Mood Cardigan is two rectangles that meet and hit it off famously. We’re in love with the simple lace pattern. We love it upside down or right side up. We love it, period.
One design, two weights of yarn. When worked in worsted weight yarn, Jeanette’s pared-down lace patterns are bold and gutsy.
Look what happens when you change to a fingering weight yarn: a completely different effect.
Instructions for both weights of yarn are included in Field Guide No. 15.
As if by improvisation, two lace patterns come and go in this delightful design. Jeanette plays not only with lace patterns here but also the yarns and colors—the pattern lays it all out exactly for you. Or you can play with the colors, yarns, and stitch patterns. So much possibility here.
This design is excellent if you’re new to knitting lace patterns, and it’s a great warm-up for working the tumbling blocks section of the Clerestory Shawl.
Once again, we’re fascinated with what Jeanette’s lace patterns do when worked in yarns of differing weights. It’s delicate in fingering weight, and strikingly graphic in worsted weight yarn.
Such a pretty, simple lace pattern—great for your first experiments with yarnovers and decreases. (And this lace pattern is also used in the Clerestory Shawl, so if you feel like you need a little practice to level up your lace skills, this project is for you.) With the pattern written for both fingering and worsted weight yarn, you can explore these differing effects using all sorts of yarns. If you’d like a wider scarf, simply double the number of stitches at cast on and repeat the lace pattern.
It has been a wild ride for us, completing this Field Guide during the pandemic. For one thing, due to Covid-19 production restraints we couldn’t bring in the yarns from La Bien Aimée that we originally chose.
But we are happy to present these superb alternative yarns for Jeanette Sloan’s inventive designs: Lichen and Lace, Fyberspates, and (coming soon) Neighborhood Fiber Co.
These wonderful dyers all went above and beyond to get yarn to us, and we are grateful to them for their amazing efforts. We hope you’ll enjoy the fruits of their labor.
For easy shopping, you’ll find all the yarns in our one-stop shop, right here.
Very soon, we’ll be diving into Jeanette’s designs with a knitalong to run through the fall. And we’ll have an ongoing conversation running in the Lounge, our online forum. It’s going to be a great season for knitting together—we look forward to it more than you know.