With all the joy in the world, we proudly announce the arrival of Field Guide No. 17: Lopi.
Get ready for a season of cozy knitting with Mary Jane Mucklestone and her colorful ideas. Field Guide No. 17 is a collection of five designs to knit again and again.
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Mary Jane Mucklestone is one of our great travelers, exploring the world with knitting in hand. And she has taught legions of knitters all about working with color.
We have long dreamed of going on one of her guided trips, so this Field Guide is our chance to set off with Mary Jane to explore Léttlopi, the worsted-weight Icelandic yarn that is so lofty yet warm.
The Launch Party on Monday!
You’re cordially invited to come Zoom with us on Monday, March 8, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Eastern. We’ll be talking with Mary Jane about her designs, her inspiration, the yarns, and who knows what else. The event is free—register right here and you’ll receive an email with the Zoom link on Monday. Bring your knitting!
These are quick, tremendously fun designs. Mary Jane is working with Léttlopi, the worsted weight of the classic Icelandic yarn.
Here’s an overview of the five patterns. (Click on the name to see the Ravelry page with specifications for each pattern.)
Daytripper Cardigan: 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 a great new technique to try.
Destination Pullover: 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.
Destination Scarf: 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.
Trinket Mittens: 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.
Jaunty Beanie: 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.
A Brand-New Lookbook!
We have loved Léttlopi for years and have always wanted to carry it in the MDK Shop. Well, we went big and brought in 38 colors, as well as bundles that give you a quick start with beautiful palettes.
To show you all the possibilities, here’s a brand-new lookbook. Just click on the cover to be transported to a shoppable world of Lopi color.
A Knitalong? Of Course!
We’ll give you a little time to ponder the options here and get your yarn game set. Cast on will be Monday, March 22, to run through the end of April. Watch for details. And yes, there will be prizes.
This Field Guide is such a dream come true. To work with Mary Jane and to see what her colorful imagination has brought us? Such fun. We’re looking forward to knitting with you in the weeks to come!
Ann and Kay