This week we’re looking forward to finally being able to celebrate a collection that we’ve been loving in secret for the last few months: Karida Collins’s simply gorgeous knits for MDK Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings.
These are simple knits: knits you’ll love to knit, and knits you’ll love to wear.
We begin with the Simple Swoncho.
But first: what (the ever-loving heck) is a Swoncho?
Knitters are trailblazers. Knitters are not content with the traditional menu of handknit garments that have existed since the dawn of sticks and string. Knitters want new garments, garments that combine a little of this and a little of that other thing, and come up with a new and exciting delivery system for yarn, stitches, and time.
We love the easy-going flow of a poncho, the way you can pop it over a whole other outfit and be ready to get out there and look fabulous. We love the way you can wear a poncho over a sweater or even a jacket, because there’s plenty of room in there, and no under-arms to get too tight.
But you know what would make a poncho even easier to wear? Sleeves. Not sleeves that go all the way up to your armpits. Little sleeves that allow you reach out of your poncho and hold a bag, or fill your grocery basket.
If you mash up the easy shape of a poncho and the sleeves of a sweater, you get a swoncho. And it’s a good thing. Everybody on Team MDK wants a Simple Swoncho (Ravelry link). We’re swoncho-crazy at the moment.
Sweater + Poncho = Swoncho. As a first sweater or your fiftieth, this modern pullover combines so many things we love: knitting in the round, an inventive silhouette, and decorative stitch moments along the way.
This deep fuchsia shade is called Truxton Circle.
Neutrals anyone? This gray is called Thomas Circle.
See the shaping? That’s what gives this garment its poncho-like ease. But the long ribbed cuffs let you wear it like a sweater, and carry things with ease.
We love the simple, dimensional cable that runs between the raglan increases in this top-down construction. And we’re also having a great time thinking of alternative textures for that slim lane of opportunity. Stay tuned: fun times ahead.
The yarn of choice for the Simple Swoncho is Neighborhood Fiber Company’s new Organic Studio Worsted. Organic Studio Worsted is milled from GOTS-certified organic wool, which is machine washable, but without the chemical superwash process. The 100-percent merino wool is minimally processed and butter soft. The hand-dyed palette (shown in the gallery above) ranges from deep neutrals to zingy brights.
Swoncho weather is the new sweater weather, and we’re going to be ready!
A Knitalong? Heckyeah!
The official needles up start date will be Monday, June 21, and the knitalong will run through the end of August. Watch for details. (Early starting is encouraged—don’t postpone joy!)