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A programming note. Snippets is our weekly email newsletter—a digest of the week’s posts on MDK. It’s also where we highlight special offers, sales, events, and Zooms.

For many, many folks, our Snippets email is a favorite Saturday morning ritual.

That will continue—when you sign up for Snippets, you’ll get it in your email box, as ever. (Sign up here!)


We’re running Snippets right here on MDK every Saturday. Knit to This will appear on Sundays, alternating with Atlas Insider.

Please settle in and enjoy.

Dear knitter,

Welcome to your Saturday! 

Last week, a wagon train of happy orange envelopes rumbled out of MDK World Headquarters, bound for the homes of 2023 Field Guide subscribers. Contents: love, Norwegianness, and the print edition of MDK Field Guide No. 23, with featured designers Arne & Carlos.  

If you’re a 2023 Field Guide subscriber, run out to your mailbox to see if your copy has arrived! You’re already the first on your block to see Arne & Carlos’s designs for Field Guide No. 23, since you received an instant download of the ebook edition. We can’t wait to start knitting with you! 

It’s not too late to be an earlybird—subscribe now to the MDK Field Guides for 2023, and we’ll get your copy in the mail, and your ebook download to you instantly. Scroll down to read all the benefits of subscribing, which include a 10 percent discount every time you shop at MDK, and the beautiful feeling of helping us produce top-notch content for knitters, 365 days a year.

Meanwhile . . .

We had a big time on MDK this week. 

On Martin Luther King Day, Ann wrote about revealing the hidden history of Nashville and the nation. Her post shares links to excellent resources we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to recently. 

MDK’s resident yarn whisperer Jillian Moreno explored an unexpected trait of MDK’s own yarn, Atlas—it’s a gauge shifter!

One of Max Daniels’s simple ideas for a fresh start is to choose a word of the year. If you’re looking for inspiration, readers shared some fantastic words for 2023 in the comments. 

Kay grabbed a lifeline out of the January blues. It’s orange, and it’s a hat.

This week’s Atlas Insider has a tendency to go her own way, and it’s always somewhere interesting. If you’d like to join Cristina and whip up a fast Léttlopi sweater in February, she’s got great pattern ideas for you

To get us in shape for Cristina’s February lopi knitalong, Jen Arnall-Culliford brought us a video tutorial about knitting Léttlopi to the loose and lofty gauge that designer Mary Jane Mucklestone deploys so brilliantly in her Daytripper Cardigan and Destination Pullover from MDK Field Guide No. 17: Lopi. 

Remember to enter our giveaway by midnight Central time Sunday night. The prize? Three MDK Field Guides to fill out (or start!) your collection. You choose! See them all here on our Make Your Own Field Guide Bundle page.

At MDK, making knitters happy is our favorite thing. If you have a question, or something is not right, email us at, and you’ll get a prompt personal response from Nathan or Kay.  

Stay healthy, take care of each other, and knit on.


Ann and Kay

We’re Zooming with Arne & Carlos

On January 31, at noon Eastern time, we’ll celebrate the launch of Field Guide No. 23 with a Zoom party with special guests Arne & Carlos. Sign up here.

Get Ready, Big Fun in February!

On February 1, we’ll drop the rope on a worldwide flash knitalong with Arne & Carlos and their legion of fans.

The pattern is a stranded colorwork hat that requires a skein each of these colors of Rowan Norwegian Wool: Ribbon Red, Gold Nugget, Wind Chime, Daphne, and Frost Pink; and 3 mm and 3.5 mm needles for knitting small circumferences in the round by your preferred method. (You can buy exactly those colors in a tidy bundle, right here.)                                                                                                                                           

Subscribe Now

If you love your weekly date with Snippets, and being a part of the daily fun at MDK, we invite you to support us by subscribing to the MDK Field Guides for 2023. This series of gorgeous little knitting books is at the heart of MDK, and we’re excited for the three new Field Guides we will publish in 2023. 

This year’s subscription deal is more deluxe than ever: Field Guide subscribers will save 10% in the MDK Shop. All year long. Every single time you order. 

In the Mellow Midwinter

Destination Pullover is a quick knit in one of our all-time favorite yarns: Léttlopi.

Grace Notes Pullover adds easy elegance to your wardrobe. MDK Atlas in Barn Red, Merlot, Clementine, and Skyline featured here.

The Parallelogram Wrap is a modern classic swath of buttery-soft Freia Yarn Bomb merino goodness.

Always a Sale

Did you know? There are always beautiful bargains on the MDK sale page. You never know when we’re going to add something wonderful—no special occasion is required—so check the sale page often. 

Fill in Your Field Guide Collection—and Save!

Build your collection of MDK Field Guides at a savings of 15%! Choose any three or more Field Guides from the menu here, and you’ll find yourself in a world of beautiful knitting and inspiration.


  • Hi!
    Happy New Year!
    I am a long time subscriber to the Field guides. I’m not an adventurous knitter and while I could learn entrelac & brioche & fair isle, I choose not to. I love the artistic quality of all the patterns, and I respect the skill and knowledge it takes to make these items. But why oh why book after book are all the patterns in all the books so hard and advanced? And if they are simpler they require a massive amount of yarn? I would love to see several of your guides bringing it down with some inventive creations for us who don’t want a difficult pattern. I’m hoping for at least one of your field guides coming up to be geared to us casual knitters who don’t need to do complicated projects but just want simple and/or quicker designs that maybe use one or 2 hanks instead.
    Thank you!

    • Have you looked at Field Guide 4, Log Cabin? Or FG 18, Beginnings? Both have smaller options to delight any knitter. I like trying new techniques on small items.

      • Yes I agree, many of the FG’s have a small, more simple project for just what @Janet asks for. Scarves, in particular are a classic beginner project and there are many beautiful patterns offered. Some have a little extra, like a simple lace or rib that gets you into the next level of knitting.
        Thanks for your fabulous website Kay and Ann, its a joy every morning.

    • Agreed

    • This is something we think about a lot, because we love relaxing knitting so much, and because we also love the variety and creativity of today’s knitwear designers. I think if you are with us daily you will find a neverending stream of fun, small projects. On Thursday we were talking about the Drei hat, I’ve knit a pile of Sophie Scarves. Knitting is all about fun for us. The current Field Guide, No. 22, features designs by Joji Locatelli that are super accessible to the average knitter. We think you’ll find Arne & Carlos’s designs in their Field Guide to be both exciting and within reach. They are known for their color work, and two projects in particular, the Setesdal Hat and the Kos Neckwarmer, are as easy and fun as stranded colorwork can be. Anyway please know that ease and relaxation and fun are always on the menu around here.

    • Great comment

  • I don’t see the point of having Snippets on Saturday and then having it on the main page as well. That’s seems for us to be missing out of one day’s news, so today I got it twice. If someone doesn’t want to subscribe to “Snippets”, then they’re missing out, but if you get all the weekly emails, you’re not really missing out.

  • Sign me up for the 3 Free Field guides. I have up to 16 so I am a little behind.
    Has Kay started a new Temp. blanket thread for 2023?
    Thanks for all your information.

  • I’m entranced by all the patterns. I have a hard time choosing. And then there’s color. Oh my!

  • My yarn for the sweater from Field Guide 23 just arrived, and I am about to start swatching!

    I cannot tell you how excited I am about a unisex pattern with a longer torso. For once, I have no need to do math to adjust a pattern and figure out how much extra yarn I will need 🙂

  • I would like the opportunity to purchase the Field guide with Arne and Carlos designs…I knit to many historical items to keep getting new patterns multiple times per year…but adore Arne and Carlos

  • Thank you Kay for always answering forthrightly. I love the Field Guides but I get knitting project ideas from all kinds of sources. I really appreciate everything MDK does and hopes to do. Keep up the great work!!

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