Hello knitting fans and friends,
Happy Monday! Today is the day: the official rope drop on several weeks of knitting fun project together, in jolly company. This post will give an overview of what’s ahead, and where to find the fun.
Pick a project: any pattern in MDK Field Guide No. 17: Lopi—big or small—will be your ticket to knitalong fun. The yarn specified for all of these patterns is the versatile worsted-weight Icelandic yarn, Léttlopi, or your yarn of choice.
Let’s review the possibilities.
Quick to make, full of color, this is a lightweight sweater because it’s knitted on US size 10 (6 mm) needles.
It includes a steek for the front opening, which is such a great new technique to try if you haven’t had the chance.
Pockets! A sweet touch on this simple, cozy sweater.
Blocks of color are connected by brief moments of stranded colorwork. Knit on a size US 10 (6 mm) needle, the Léttlopi yarn becomes a fabric that is lofty and light—just the thing for a cool day.
A design that lets colors shift as quietly or dramatically as you like.
Mix your colors and choose among the five stitch motifs to cook up your own unique fluffer.
This is serious multiples territory. A hat that lets you fool around with your color pairings and stranded color pattern? You’ll finish one and already be scheming up the next one.
The pom pom is just the cherry on top and the way to use up all those oddments.
These mittens are a traditional style that Mary Jane discovered years ago during her time in Sweden.
Choose your cuff motif from the five motifs included in the Field Guide
C’mon! It’ll Be Fun!
Will you join us? With such fast, fun projects, and such a variety of color, pattern, we’ll have a lot to talk about, and heaping helpings of instant gratification. One thing’s certain, knitting these projects will be even more fun if we do it together.
The knitalong will officially end on Friday, April 30—although everybody knows that a good knitalong just keeps going and going. There is no time pressure. (Ann will still be knitting Jaunty Beanies, well into May.)
Posting a photo, either on the Instagram hashtag or in the MDK Lounge, will put you in the running for juicy prizes, with winners to be announced shortly after the knitalong officially ends.
You do not have to finish your project to be eligible for prizes. Like we said: no time pressure. It’s about inspiration, learning, and fun, and sharing that with each other. Prizes are awarded for photos that inspire and/or amuse, and we also draw a few winners at random, to mix things up while keeping the pressure low and the mood high.
Any project from MDK Field Guide No. 17 is eligible, and you are welcome to make it your own by using Mary Jane’s marvelous motifs in combination or modify your projects to suit your whim.
As with all MDK knitalongs, all yarns are welcome. You do not have to knit your project in Léttlopi, although it’s been a classic yarn for so long that we suspect there’s fair amount of it marinating in stashes out there.
No lopi in your stash cupboard? We’d be thrilled for this knitalong to be your introduction to this distinctive yarn, with its luminous colors and its astonishing gauge-shifting trick. If you need Léttlopi supplies, the MDK shop has 38 colors, speedy shipping, and excellent customer service. Shopping with us supports all the daily fun on MDK, and we’re very appreciative.
As with all MDK knitalongs, there will be cheerleading and technical support, in equal measure and in a variety of ways.
For starters, we recommend Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video tutorial on the magic loop technique for knitting in the round. That will come in handy for the beanies, scarves, mitts, and sleeves of Field Guide No. 17. And if you’re knitting the Daytripper Cardigan, coloring in Jen Geigley’s handy sketch is super helpful for choosing and placing your yoke colors.
We’ve got more fun and support in the works—we’re just getting started—so be sure to open your Snippets email every Saturday, and keep an eye on the MDK Lounge, where links will be posted for easy reference.
Now let’s get out there and get this lopi party started!
Ann and Kay