Guess what? It’s September! It’s the time of year when we look for the hint of cooler days to come. It’s Back to School time, even if school this year is the kitchen table. The welling-up of longing for crisp notebooks and pens, a new pack of anklets, and fresh knitting projects can be denied no longer.
It’s the perfect time to cast on a project from MDK Field Guide No. 15: Open. In this tiny tome, Jeanette Sloan gives us modern lace, with clean lines and fresh perspectives on everything from the shape of a cardigan to mixing lace motifs with color changes. Some of us (ahem, me for example) have cast on already, and we’re ready to join hands and have a rollicking good time knitting these designs together, in what we’re calling the MDK Open Knitalong.
Here’s a brief review of the designs to choose from, ranging from simple scarves to get your lace skills going, to magnum opuses (opi?) that you can swan around in all fall, creating a sensation.
Here it is, a brilliant design that allows you to wear this cocoon two ways. The Mood Cardigan is one of the most artful constructions we’ve seen.
This sample was knit in double-stranded Gleem Lace by Fyberspates. (Shade: Pebble Beach.)
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. I got a head start on my version (in Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Rustic Fingering merino wool), and I am glad I’ll be in good company when I join up the pieces and do the finishing of the cuffs and mitered neckline.
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 lace weight yarn: a completely different effect.
Ann got a head start on her version, in single-stranded Gleem Lace. (Shade: Deep Aqua.)
Translucent and swingy.
Instructions for both weights of yarn are included in MDK 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 sample was knit from one of our Aperture Stole kits. (Shade: Water.)
This design is a skill builder for knitting lace patterns. Again, we’re fascinated with what Jeanette’s lace patterns do when worked in yarns of differing weights. It’s delicate in lace weight, and strikingly graphic in worsted weight yarn.
Such a pretty, simple lace pattern—great for your first experiments with yarnovers and decreases. 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.
The official rope drop is two days from now, on Friday, September 11, and we’ll keep knitting together in an official way until Friday, November 6. That’s two full months of fun and virtual togetherness, with some surprises and prizes in store. Unofficially, though? A good knitalong is forever. Take your time, and enjoy the ride.
Where to Share
If you’re on Instagram, our hashtag will be #MDKOpenKAL. Tag your photos with the hashtag and we’ll share them in our posts and stories. (And don’t forget to share any MDK project with the hashtag #mymdk, so we can freshen up the gallery of FOs on our homepage.)
And of course, we’ll be knitting and carrying on together in the MDK Lounge. Be open with us: Ask your questions, and share your trials, tribulations, and triumphs in the MDK Open KAL topic. Thanks to our early birds, there’s also a dedicated topic for the Mood Cardigan, where we’ve already collected loads of tips, tricks, and photos from fans of this versatile, quick, cardigan.
As with all MDK knitalongs, all knitters and all yarns are welcome, so don’t hesitate to dive into your stash. If you need supplies, we’ve got exquisite yarns and handy tools in the MDK Field Guide No. 15: Open One-Stop Shop.
For easy matching of our yarns with the projects, flip through our look book. Your purchases fund all the daily fun here on MDK, and we’re so grateful for your support.
See you Friday for needles up!