It has long been a dream of ours to create a yarn for knitters, by knitters. After a lot of experimenting and thinking and gazing at a giant book of color chips, here it is.
This is Atlas. What is this magical yarn, you ask?
Soft. The fiber here is 100% Rambouillet, a cousin to Merino with a bit more bounce.
Lofty. It’s a light worsted weight, worsted spun, with three plies. This construction knits up as the sort of fabric that we really love.
Colorful. We arrived at a palette of 22 colors. You’ll see brights and quiets, each color the result of a whole lot of thought. This range allows for all sorts of knitting: textures, cables, colorwork.
Click through the gallery up top to see each color in all its glory.
Versatile. Atlas can be knitted at a number of gauges, on needle sizes from US size 6 to 8 (4–6 mm).
Made in the United States. It has been a challenge to produce this yarn during a pandemic, and we appreciate the hard work of the folks who worked to create Atlas—from the family in northern California who raise the Rambouillet sheep, to the spinning mill team in South Carolina and the dyers in North Carolina.
Climate Beneficial Wool. Atlas is made with wool that comes from sheep who are grazing on landscapes where carbon-capturing processes are being enhanced. It is fascinating to learn how this works. Here’s a short video that explains how climate beneficial wool is part of this expanding philosophy of thoughtful farming. The wool of Atlas comes from a ranch that is working to repair the carbon imbalance in our climate.
Most of all, we hope you enjoy knitting with Atlas. This is a yarn you will reach for with confidence, knowing that it will elevate any project you make with it.
Our First Pattern for Atlas
Field Guide No. 20 is shipping soon to subscribers (any minute now, as soon as we get this website thingie over here attached to the other website thingie over yonder), with launch coming on March 4. All the patterns in this new Field Guide, designed by Erika Knight, call for Atlas. We can’t wait for you to see them.
In addition, we felt a strong impulse to celebrate the launch of Atlas with a pattern that uses the entire palette. It’s a crayon box of color, after all!
Please say hello to the Blanket of Joy Kit. It includes all 22 colors of Atlas, the PDF downloadable pattern, and a custom Baggu tote to mark the launch of this special yarn. The price is a savings of $52 off the single-skein price.
We are big believers that there is a knitting project for every mood. We always—always—have a simple project on the needles, for those times when we want to knit without a care.
The Blanket of Joy is exactly that kind of knitting. Kay cooked up the basic recipe for this striped throw at a time when none of the projects on her needles qualified as “Zoom meeting knitting.”
The Blanket of Joy is relaxation knitting at its finest. Panels of stockinette and reverse stockinette switch back and forth in an intuitive, undulating rhythm that soothes the soul.
Easy can also be exciting! Striping your way through all 22 shades of MDK’s very own yarn, Atlas, is an ever-changing delight. You can’t wait to get to the next color. With each stripe, the visual composition changes, and comes into focus.
The Blanket of Joy is a wonderful way to get to know a brand-new yarn that we hope will become a friend for life.
We’re celebrating the arrival of Atlas with a very special giveaway.
Please leave a comment telling us your favorite color of Atlas. (See all the color names here.) We’ll pick a random commenter who will receive their very own Blanket of Joy Kit. Enter through Monday, February 21, 11:59 Central time. Winner will be notified by email.
[Editor’s note: Congratulations Toni M! Your Blanket of Joy Kit will be shipped out soon!]