Groundhog Day with Kiki Mariko

By Ann Shayne
February 2, 2021

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  • I was thrilled to join the Zoom call yesterday and see so many people that are working on the Kiki Mariko. I’m still waiting for my yarn to arrive, but I can’t wait to cast on! This is my first colourwork & steek project so I’m excited to learn. Thanks for sharing your many versions of Kiki Mariko, Ann.

    • Oh, good luck, Lisa! It’s going to be fun to see how it goes for you!

  • Maybe this Groundhog Day Kiki Mariko will become the backside of one of your Kaffe Fassett pillows.

    • Oooh, now there’s an idea. I think that could be really something. I wonder if i could superscale it up and work it in intarsia. Thanks!

  • Do you have a pattern for the Kiki Mariko cowl? Or, kit?

    • Yes. A kit with Jill Draper yarns might be interesting.

      • Oh you guys! I don’t have a pattern or kit, but the cowl looks like a cast on of 108ish stitches on a size 3 16″ circ. Use a crochet provisional cast on. Get a bunch of fingering weight wool (a dozen colors in my version). Join to knit in the round. Follow the Kiki Mariko chart and freestyle color combos as you go. Superfun! You could use a sport weight yarn and cast on maybe 60 or 70 stitches. It would be a thick cowl, because you’re knitting in the round and creating a double-thickness stranded knitting tube. Fingering weight gives a less thick result.

  • That sweater! Aaagh so great!
    Love it all.

  • I am waiting for my circular to come in the mail, however I have a boatload of 25 gm balls of Jamison and Smith 2 ply jumper weight..perhaps a cardigan?

    • Cardigan YES! Go for it! Highly recommended!

  • Must. Knit. Kiki. Sweater.

    • Me, too! Ann, you are an Inspiration!

      • Found my copy of Early Era MDK book with the Kiki Mariko pattern on the same shelf as my copy of Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting. I’ve done armhole steeks but the idea of a neck steek is blowing my mind. Alice is a woman of few words, but it appears that there are more detailed discussions of neck steeks online. Let the search for Shetland wool commence in the yarn stash! I think Pandemic Sweater #9 (or is it #10?) is being born…..

        • The neck steek is just so weird–you can’t believe it works, and then it does! The efficiency of knitting stranded in the round with these steeks is just so stinkin’ clever. Hats off to whoever figured that out, back in the day.

          PLEASE do a Pandemic Sweater #9 with this idea. I’d love to see it!

        • Elizabeth Zimmerman shows how to steek a neck: she calls it the Kangaroo pouch neck! It’s in one of her books, knitting around. That makes a square neck,but it seems like you could make it work for a round one. I’m sure I did in the past!

  • Belinda! I used to so enjoy reading what she had to say in the comments section! I am glad that you made that cowl with all of its happy memories.

    • I miss her all the time! She was such a joy–acerbic, no-BS, smart as a whip, knew how to do everything.

    • That sweater is too die for. Will have to research the pattern. MLK creates the most amazing and supportive community. Hazzar to all.

  • The Zoom call was so fun! The conversation and questions made me feel more relaxed about taking on this project. My yarn arrives today and the sense of trepidation is gone – adventure full speed ahead. Also enjoyed reading this letter to hear about the birth and development of Kiki Mariko. :<)

  • What was the best part of the Zoom call yesterday….was it seeing you both in person, or seeing all the other Kiki Mariko aficionados on the screen, or seeing all of the fun we will have, or seeing your wild sweater and hearing all the people who might make Kiki placemats, or knowing I am not alone on the KM journey! Or maybe it was just getting caught up in the fun and realizing I need to cake up that yarn today! I am on it! But really – mostly – I am grateful for the community that MDK fosters and the good vibes it inspires. Thank you!

  • I love the giddy feeling of starting a new project in my favorite colors! It is already so much fun! I have calculated that if I do two color bands per day, I will finish by Feb 28! We’ll see what happens, but it’s good to have a goal.

    Thanks for the Zoom call – great idea! The time flew by!

    • Love this goal setting, Katherine. Knitting shows us so well how a little bit of something adds up like crazy.

  • I started my rug yesterday in the heather colorway and am already hooked. Kitting today since it’s a snow day and watching Groundhogs Day while I knit. AMC is having a Groundhogs Day marathon

  • Could you use fingering weight/sock yarn, I seem to have a lot of that right now. Steeks might be a little more tricky(superwash wool), but all those leftover skeins, and one of a kind skeins might be an alternative. Yes?

  • Ooh, I love the jumper <3

  • Wow! I love it all. Wish I could join in right now.

  • I love the cowl- it’s beautiful!