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Dear knitter,

Welcome to your Saturday!

It’s here!  MDK Field Guide No. 24: Spark launched yesterday, and we cannot wait to knit these 5 intriguing designs by the amazing Olga Buraya-Kefelian with you. 

We have admired Olga’s work for years. Everything she designs feels fresh and surprising—and so wearable. What we’ve learned from working with Olga on this Field Guide is another delightful surprise: how accessible this way of knitting is. Olga is just as gifted at writing a clear pattern as she is at thinking of new ways to combine knits and purls into something totally new. 

We called this Field Guide Spark because Olga’s inventiveness has kindled a fire of knitting inspiration for us. It’s going to be a fantastic summer of playful knitting—and beautiful pieces to wear and share. 

Order your copy right here, as a print edition with a Ravelry ebook download code in the back; or as an ebook-only download.

Hey, There’s a lookbook!

We’ve created a brand-new lookbook for this Field Guide—it shows all the projects and yarns you’ll need, with shopping cart links for easy shopping. Just click the arrow to view!

We’re particularly proud of the yarns for this Field Guide. Good people making beautiful yarns, our favorite thing!

Click here to see it all—or scroll down to see the designs. 

Meanwhile . . .

We had a big time on MDK this week.

Wow, friends—we’ve been bowled over by the response to MDK Summer Camp 2023. We’re looking forward to a fantastic virtual session with master teacher Lorilee Beltman on July 21. There are still a few spots available—truly just a few—before we have to declare the camp bus officially full. Reserve your seat—and your fun camp kit—here

In his latest letter from Paris, Franklin Habit knits beautiful blocks while jumping over all roadblocks to fluency in French. 

Should a county legislator cast on while casting votes? Adrienne Martini’s piece about knitting while elected generated a chorus of yeas and nays in the comments.  

You’ll have this yummy springtime supper on the table in a matter of minutes, thanks to the latest bit of brilliance from Sarah Ross’s recipe file

Who is Jessie Ware and why is DG Strong obsessed with her? Slide on over to this week’s Knit to This and find out. 

Remember to enter this week’s giveaway by midnight Central time Sunday night. The prize: winner’s choice of two of our little books that explore the big world of knitting—plus our brand-new baby, Field Guide No. 24: Spark, with designs by Olga Buraya-Kefelian!

Thanks for everything you do to support MDK. Every morning, we bring you the best writers, teachers, and designers we know. Beautifully presented and freely shared—and every bit funded by your purchases in the MDK Shop.

If you haven’t shopped with us yet, we urge you to support what you love, and have a great shopping experience while you’re at it. And if you have shopped with us, THANK YOU—you’re the best. No really, you are. 

Questions? Email us anytime at, and you’ll get a prompt personal response from a real live MDK person.

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


Ann and Kay

A Few Spots Left

Our in-person workshop with the amazing Olga Buraya-Kefelian is next weekend. If a big time at beautiful MDK World Headquarters sounds good, come to Nashville and find out how much fun a knitting workshop can be. Registration and details are here.

Field Guide No. 24: Spark

Turnstile Wrap is absolutely amazing: a garment that you can wear all sorts of ways. Pick your Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio DK color here.

When Olga starts fooling around with i-cord, the Tendril Necklace is what happens. So cool! Such a quick bit of work, with a result that is perfect for a summer day. Make it in Creative Linen or Dream State here.

The Paragon Popover: Amazing and a breeze to knit, with a spectacular, dramatic results in Tov DK.

How does a simple set of stitches become so dimensional? That’s the sort of thing Olga likes to explore, all day long. The yarn? We have an MDK-exclusive bundle for this one, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Sock plus a skein of Chromium, with a bit of stainless steel.

Olga’s love of geometric stitch patterns is on full display in the Penrose Tote. The diamonds form a subtly dimensional texture, pleats almost. In two sizes, with two yarn options: Creative Linen and our exclusive Neighborhood Fiber Co Tote and Cuff Bundle. Find it all here.

The Tools We Love

Our scissor game is on point. Sharp-as-heck Gingher Embroidery Scissors are our sentimental favorite, and they’re back in stock in two styles: the classic Stork and the jaunty Epaulette.  

And there’s a new scissors in town, the Rose Gold Scissors from Brooklyn Haberdashery. Made in Italy, these nickel-plated carbon steel beauties are expertly engineered for a lifetime of snappy snipping.

Flower Stitch Markers by Allstitch Studios come in a Sampler Box and in handy envelopes. Add some spring to your tool kit!

Field Guides Subscription 2023

Subscribers take 10% off all full-price MDK Shop items! Every time they shop. Learn more here.

Be sure to lavish Olga’s new designs with love on Ravelry here.


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