A hearty hey there to all, and welcome to the May edition of MDK Gems, a monthly feature where we show you MDK designs that have become favorites, and offer you a dazzling little deal.
Today we return to two pillars of our long and happy knitting lives: log cabin knitting, and dishcloths.
The featured pattern for May is cheery, practical, and ridiculously fun for summer knitting: Log Cabin Cloths.
This series of 6 little cloths is the foundation of MDK Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin. The finished squares will be whatever you need them to be: washcloths, dishcloths, or the start of a beautiful blanket. As a bonus, making a set of these lovely little home helpers teaches you all the basic techniques of log cabin knitting.
Log cabin is one of the best kinds of knitting, for all levels of experience. It’s fun and flexible, an easy technique for playing with color and making it up as you go along.
When you want to knit, but don’t know exactly what to knit, cast on a log cabin square, and see where it takes you. It’s going to be someplace very fun.
A Special Offer
Save 10% on open stock skeins of Handknit Cotton, Rowan’s classic, colorful yarn for the ages. No coupon code needed—we’ve discounted the price on the listing, so just pick a few colors that will be the best match (or the best clash!) for your kitchen, bath, or baby, and off you go.
Looking for a pre-picked pack of colors? We’ve got those too, and they’re already discounted 10 percent off the single-skein price. We proudly present our colorways:
But wait there’s more…
We’ll include a free download of the ebook version of Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin with your Handknit Cotton or Log Cabin Cloths kit order. This special offer runs through the end of the day on Monday, May 30. If you’d like the print copy, you’ll find it here.
Get to Know Handknit Cotton
Handknit Cotton is the ultimate cotton yarn: soft and smooth, but durable and pill-free.
Rowan has been making Handknit Cotton for decades, and Ann and I have been knitting it for almost as long. In the early 2000s I must have knit a hundred skeins of the stuff—no exaggeration. In an era when I didn’t knit a lot of wool, Handknit Cotton was my Old Faithful.
Rowan’s legendary palette-pickers keep the color choices ultra fresh, and we carry the full range here. It’s so pretty!
You’ll see hundreds of patterns for Handknit Cotton on Ravelry. There’s no better yarn for the notorious, wildly beloved Ballband Dishcloth, for example, or for a log cabin baby blanket. That pattern is easy: Start with the first of the six Log Cabin Cloths in Field Guide No. 4, and just keep going until it gets to the blanket size you want. All the instructions for joining, edging, and other techniques are in MDK Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin.
Pick a pattern, pick a color (or 28), and set yourself up for perfect warm-weather knitting and wearing.