It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The MDK staff holiday party was mere weeks away and I found myself, through no fault of my own, knitting not just one but two custom dickies.
Let’s rewind a bit. You see, Atlas yarn had been in the works for nearly a year already, and we finally received a large enough shipment to disperse amongst the team for the final round of sampling before launch.
Which yarn is that you ask? Tynd held double. Shade 25.
One day I walked into work wearing a freshly blocked dickie, and Ashley and Hannah (my desk Clump Crew™) decided they needed dickies too. But they couldn’t just be any old dickies, that would have been too easy. Hannah requested a lilac (Whisper) one with her illustrated turkey leg on the front sans turtleneck, and Ashley—professing her undying love for lobsters—wanted a red lobster (Barn Red) on a green (Wintergreen) dickie with a turtleneck.
I told them, “ABSOLUTELY not.”
Reader, I didn’t mean it.
So there I was, two weeks before the party and I not only had to knit, I also had to create intarsia designs for two dickies.
Easy! I started with Terrazzo from PetiteKnit—the design I was wearing on that fateful day.
I did some math to figure out, with decreases, how many stitches I had to work with on the front panel and then got to mapping out the color work. I had Hannah’s illustration to work with but I had to simplify it quite a bit and adjust the shape in order to translate to knitting. For Ashley’s lobster, I had already knit a lobster vest for my husband from More Maine Sweaters by Helene Rush so I started there.
not a lobster bib, a lobster dickie
I love a challenge when it comes to knitting, so the hardest part for me was not the intarsia, but actually being unable to knit these on my lunch breaks, lest my Clump Crew™ notice.
The night before our big Holiday party (Day of the Dickie), the second one was finally off the needles and laid out in front of a fan to dry. The next morning I checked the “It’s Kind of Damp, Is That a Problem?” box on my MDK Last Minute Holiday Knitting Bingo card, the final one to complete a diagonal row (BINGO!!) and sent the dickies off on their way.
Next up in my knitting queue is my own color-worked dickie—after the two sweaters, scarf, and bag due next week, of course.
The prize? Six skeins of Atlas in six shades selected by Allison, plus a copy of Field Guide No. 20: Atlas for a Scrap Tote (or make it the starting palette for your own intarsia dickie)!
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: A slice of pizza? A halibut? Allison wants to know what you would knit on your motif dickie. Let her know in the comments.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, March 13, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.