Ready for designs to delight and dazzle (and make your queue longer by 20)? Day four of Pattern Party celebrates socks, slippers, wraps, scarves, and shawls that were nominated by MDK readers.
Remember our Pattern Party purpose: to show love and support to independent designers, who give us knitters so much excitement and joy throughout the year. If you like a pattern, click on the name of the design (a Ravelry link), favorite it, queue it, and consider buying it if you can. The designer’s name links to a website or Instagram account where you can find out more about their work.
Note on links. Links are in red/orange type. The name of the pattern links to Ravelry.com. The name of the designer links to their website or Instagram account.
Simple slip stitches, brilliantly arranged. We love this triangular addition to the LOLO and KOKO family of dimensional-stitch designs by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Go graphic with two highly contrasting shades, or emphasize the sculptural quality of the stitch pattern with two subtly different shades.
It’s Sunday morning and you’re kicking back with coffee and a good read and you spy these over the top of the book. Ahhhh. Stranded Norwegian slippers with the added fun of braided edges. And a cleverly placed motif on the heels (see the gallery up top)!
Yarn Idea from the MDK Shop: Léttlopi
Another modern classic from designer Lisa Hannes. Columns of ribbing are bound by capsules of slanting cables for high drama when wrapped around your shoulders. Or swaddle your neck for cozy chic. A quick knit in worsted and aran weight yarns.
Small shifts to the super simple motif of this design create a panoramic effect across this rectangular wrap: limitless horizon or space odyssey? We’re delighted readers nominated new-to-us designer Rastus Hsu.
Readers highly recommended Destiny Itano’s design for first-time two-color brioche knitters. We agree. Start small at the center, and your confidence grows as the shawl grows!
Another great starter brioche pattern! Columns of brioche mimic the basalt columns of the Aberdeen Plateau in British Columbia. Cozy up with doubled fingering weight socks by the dynamic duo Sasha and Willow of Knox Mountain Knit Co. The pattern includes sizing from baby to adult XL.
Doubled fingering weight socks were a definite trend in 2020 with everyone padding about more at home during the pandemic. Summer Lee combines marling, cabling, and multiple heel treatments in her Thicksgiving Socks pattern set. An explosion of happy-making possibilities here.
Che bellezza! One skein wonderful—lace edges an elongated diamond of classic rib columns in Joji Locatelli’s shawl perfect for cool summer nights.
Innovative construction and dazzling yarn effects caught our eyes here. Designer Ute Nawratil sets up a circle and adds two wings for her rippling shawl that especially celebrates gradient yarns.
Andrea Mowry has a way with Dyed in the Wool. Against a solid background, ridges of garter stitch and syncopated columns of brioche play across the surface of this glorious asymmetric shawl.
Parallelogram joy! We were immediately captivated by Ambah O’Brien’s novel arrangement of gradients in radiating fields from the periphery inward. Readers commented that this wrap was an excellent adventure in the making and delightful to wear.
Yarn Idea from the MDK Shop: Freia Yarn Bombs
There’s a lot going on in this two-color design—with no stranding. Carlie Perrins uses slipped stitches to wrap your toes in zones of ribbing, stripes, and garter stitches in these playfully modern socks.
Ethan Pyle is a newcomer on the sock-designing scene. We love the adventurousness of this debut pairing variegated yarn with slipped stitch slanting lines wrapping all around the foot—even the heel. Bravo!
Another easy yet engaging way into the world of two-color brioche. We love how Birch Creek Shawl (and its sister pattern Birch Creek Bandana) mimics the look of woven fabric.
Rapson by Scott Rohr
Hello! Rapson had us at “Blocks of color against a neutral background.” We love the simple geometry and play of texture across this generously-sized intarsia design.
Slipped stitches create a guitar fretboard motif along the surface of this whimsical design by Jo Shaw. It’s knit on the bias and can be adjusted easily to your preferred depth and length.
Designer Marceline Smith plays with the effects of texture shifts on variegated yarn in these cuff-down socks with a no-fuss, no Kitchener toe. The sample pictured here by Denise DeSantis picks up a color in the variegated yarn for a contrasting cuff.
A 10-color party for her tenth year designing! Combining inspiration from Wes Anderson, Sonia Delaunay, Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Stella, this joyful design is truly a celebration. Congratulations, Lori.
A perfect beginner’s shawl pattern that makes the most of self-striping yarns and uses simple slipped stitches to draw perpendicular lines up the triangle as it grows from tip to opposite edge. Easily adjustable and the best kind of beach, park, anywhere plein air knitting.
Martha Wissing’s design plays with blocks of color and texture using simple, vertical-line intarsia to keep things interesting as you work your way from edge to edge.