Well, we’ve made it to June, so you know what that means:
It’s a whole new knitalong.
Socks and Blocks. The knitalong where you can knit up a batch of socks and/or a batch of blanket squares. Choose your pleasure. Choose both.
Yes, this will run concurrently with Refreshalong, the Carol Feller Field Guide No. 14: Refresh knitalong already in full swing. Yes, we think that two knitalongs is a good number of knitalongs at the moment. Knitting is getting us through this crazy year, so we’re going to keep the momentum going.
What Are We Knitting?
Two of the most portable, addicting projects: socks and blanket squares.
There is so much to love about knitting socks. We’ll be working with MDK Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust, our one-stop guide to knitting socks, featuring Wendy Bernard’s two elemental sock patterns along with a baker’s dozen of stitch patterns.
Last summer, new sock knitters as well as seasoned veterans embraced the stitch patterns of this Field Guide. We still have some stitch patterns we haven’t tried yet, so our goal will be to hit all 13 before we stop. (Remember: Gleeful optimism is the name of the game when beginning a knitalong.)
A square here, a square there, and before you know it: you’ve made a blanket.
We’ve zeroed in on a pattern in MDK Field Guide No. 7: Ease that is cool and graphic.
The Picket Fence Afghan, the work of designer Julia Farwell-Clay.
The blanket is made of exactly one block design, repeated 20 times. (Or 16 if you want to finish early.) Two colors of cotton yarn plus accents. Assembled in a way that creates a strong graphic pattern.
Remember, blankets are a form of immortality—this will be a comforting project to make this summer, and a cozy treasure for many years to come.
How to Get in on the Socks and Blocks Knitalong?
We have a brand-new topic set up in the MDK Lounge, “Socks and Blocks Knitalong 2020,” where we can all share and care and generally encourage each other to great heights of sock and block glory. Intrepid knitters are already talking about what they’re up to with their socks and blocks.
And share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #socksnblocksmdk.
As with all our knitalongs, feel free to use your own yarns. Or come poke around the MDK Shop, where we have stockpiled a strategic yarn reserve for you.
We have an unprecedented bounty of sock yarns these days—we have been planning this knitalong for months, knowing that a great sock yarn is a big part of what makes sock knitting so great. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see them all.
Picket Fence Afghan
The original pattern called for Rowan Denim, a yarn no longer available unless you have stashed it as many Denim hounds have done. If so, you’re good to go. If not, then we’re going to be using Rowan Handknit Cotton, which knits to the same gauge as Rowan Denim.
There is no end of color play possible with this design. The trick, we think, is to stick with two colors so that the graphic design pops. But we’re never going to tell you how to imagine your blanket—if you’re feeling multicolor, go for it.
We’ll be Socking and Blocking through Labor Day.