Welcome to June’s MDK Gem, a monthly feature in which we shine the twinkly high beams on an MDK Field Guide project that has gotten out there in the world, made good, and endeared itself to knitters.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever—and MDK Gems is here to remind us of that truth. We have a ton of fun choosing each month’s gem.
This month’s MDK Gem is what my late, great torts professor Willis L.M. Reese would call a cream puff, a real bearcat. If we dial the slang forward by 60 or 70 years, it’s the absolute bomb.
I’m talking about the mellifluous, the transcendent, the scrumpdillyicious: Garter Stripe Shawl, by Kaffe Fassett.
What the name lacks in poetry, it makes up in accuracy.
It’s garter stitch.
And it’s a shawl—although the generous size puts it well into legal throw territory, which is why it makes such a great template for a temperature blanket.
Ever since this design’s debut, we’ve had to hustle to keep Garter Stripe Shawl Bundles for the original colorway in stock. Ashley had to set an alert so she’d know when it was time to make up more kits. It’s always a great team-bonding exercise to put together 30 balls of luscious Rowan Felted Tweed, in 14 colors. I believe there is now an official chanty for this activity: Soon may the Rowan man come, and bring us Barbara and Celadon!
Did you catch that? I said “original colorway.” You know what that means: as of today, there’s a brand-new colorway.
Gentle knitters, by popular demand, we proudly introduce the Garter Stripe Shawl Bundle, Cool colorway.
Get ready to swath yourself in blues, grays, and pops of spritely brights.
This is half the full length of the finished shawl; we’re still knitting. Stay tuned!
It’s a Deal
The Garter Stripe Shawl Bundle is priced at a savings of 10 percent off the single-ball price of Felted Tweed, one of the greatest yarns of all time.
Plus! Free shipping in the United States.
There’s more! A free download of MDK Field Guide No. 13: Master Class, a jumping-off point to the immersive color playground of Kaffe Fassett. Field Guide No. 13 includes the pattern for the Garter Stripe Shawl, plus a stitch dictionary of Kaffe’s stranded stripe colorwork designs that you can plug into any of the other designs in the book. Your download link will arrive instantly in your order confirmation email, and will be stored in your MDK account for easy access anytime.
Now all you need is a comfy knitting spot and a fair few hours to spend with the most relaxing and colorful project we know.