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Hey there holiday prep-weary people who possibly are staying up too late just so they can get a few minutes to themselves to knit! It’s time for a pre-holiday check-in on the fabulous Marlalong, a knitalong starring projects from MDK Field Guide No. 19: Marls. As you can see in the gallery above, knitters have been having a ball with Cecelia Campochiaro’s marled designs for this Field Guide. Join us, so you can marl by the fireside during the year-end rest and relaxation times we hope are waiting for you.

Ooh, Prizes!

Our roving eyeballs will be on the lookout for your projects as they appear, so be sure to post pix of your progress either on Instagram with the hashtag #MDKmarlalong or in the MDK Lounge.

Thanks to the generous folks at Knitter’s Pride (go ahead and follow them on Instagram!) we have a spectacular prize to offer—three, in fact! We will be awarding prizes randomly, so don’t feel like this is the Iowa State Fair and you have to be some kind of knitting freak of nature to win a prize.

Each of three winners will receive A Self Love Interchangeable Needles Gift Set by Knitter’s Pride

There’s still a month to go on the Marlalong, but we thought it would be festive to award the first of our Marlalong prizes before the end of 2021.

Our first random-drawing winner is Linda-Cristal, who’s been sporting her Striped Marl hat WIP and FO around town.

How to Join the Marlalong

It’s so easy: simply get yourself a copy of Field Guide No. 19: Marls right here, and pick out a project. You’re welcome to use your own yarns, but we can’t help but point out the juicy delights we have brought into the MDK Shop for you—all are Cecelia Campochiaro’s favorite yarns for marling.

There are five projects to choose from.

Striped Marl Hat. A quick intro to marling. Two colors of yarn here in Woolfolk Tynd, luxurious Ultimate Merino.

Marlogram Scarf/Cowl. Superfun to work two slow gradients in a knit-purl pattern, here in Freia Ombré Merino Lace. Who knows how yours will turn out? The crazier your colors, the more fun, we are discovering.

Swarf. A modern take on the venerable dickie, here in luxurious Woolfolk Tynd which is basically a hug in yarn form.

Spectra Sweater. A cool sideways construction, here in 5 colors of a wool yarn we love, Isager Tvinni.

Color Explosion Throw. The project that has gripped us and won’t let go. That’s our bundle of Rowan Felted Tweed below. (Save 10% off single-ball price with this bundle.) Or pick your own 11 colors right now from our Felted Tweed open stock. (Pick 3 balls of 3 colors, and 2 balls of 8 colors.) (If you’re building our own bundle, here’s a tip: through January 15, 2022, enter the coupon code TEMPERATURE to get 10 percent off Felted Tweed open stock.)


Time’s a-wasting! Start this very minute. WIPs and FOs also welcome. We’re going to keep the Marlalong going through the end of January, because we basically want to make every single project in Field Guide No. 19: Marls and hope you do too.

What project has caught your eye? Let us know!


Ann and Kay

Feast your eyes: Marlalong Gallery pics up top are by Joy, Karen, Stacy, Holly, Lois, Sandra, LongKat, Janie, Jan, Kendal711, Megan, Courtney, Stephanie, Ronnie, Kathy, Kirsten, and Jennifer.


  • I love the Color Explosion Throw, but the project is too ambitious–I knit for 20 adults every Christmas, and they all get the same thing, just in different colors. So I will knit 20 marl-velous strips = 20 scarves. If I start now, I’ll be done by Christmas 2022.

    • I did a strip as a scarf and I love it and it gets a TON of compliments!!!!

  • Ok, after Christmas I will share progress on my throw. I’m onto the third strip already, it’s totally addictive, I’m loving it.

  • Ok, I will share progress on my throw after Christmas. I am on the third strip already, it’s totally addictive and I’m loving it.

  • I’ve never tried marling— then again I’ve not done much in the way of color work either! I knit for a wonderful local nonprofit who donates prayer shawls and lap blankets to Alzheimer’s patients. I think marling might be a good way to add a bit of color without be overwhelming. Thank you for all that you do. Happiest of holidays to you all!

  • Congratulations Cristal! Very nice hat!

  • Just cast on and knit the first row of my Marlogram. I thought the kittens were asleep. They weren’t.

  • Marling is so addictive !

  • Possibly staying up too late indeed! Those slippers for my new daughter-in-law won’t knit themselves 😉

  • The marling scarf is my fav

  • Thank you for this post! I always love seeing what other knitters put together. Amazing, just amazing!! Happy Holidays to all.

  • I’m enjoying knitting the Marlogram scarf, but the Color Explosion Throw was one of my most enjoyable projects ever and I see another in my future after the holidays!

  • Ok, I am going to give in. Seeing how beautiful the sweater is in the photo you featured, on the woman in front of the blue wall, convinces me I NEED to make one, with marl and color running all the way down to ¾ sleeves. I do have a couple of projects to finish by Christmas first, then to join your KAL!Q Its will be my first and I have a lot of catching up to do, but it will be delightful. Thanks!

    • oops, typo on that “KAL” comment. Not meaning to signal anything, just clumsy fingering on the keyboard

  • Ann and Kay, I don’t suppose you every thought a “knitting freak of nature” reads your newsletter. I don’t see myself as such but having won some blue ribbons at the Fair I may adopt it as one of my personae. Or put it on my tombstone.
    Thanks for the giggle.

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