It’s a big day.
Today we launch a new little book that is full of meaning for us. It has been a dream come true to work with a designer who has inspired us from very early in our knitting lives, and whose work continues to enrich not only our knitting but our outlook on color, creativity, beauty—and life.
That designer is Kaffe Fassett.
Order your copy right here.
We are thrilled to share designs by this master of color.
If you don’t know Kaffe’s work, this Field Guide will bring a blast of color and a spirit of adventure to your knitting. We believe, based on our own experience, that you are about to fall in love.
For those who already know Kaffe’s work, this Field Guide is an invitation to dive in and experience Kaffe’s motifs in fresh, freeing ways. Bring the joy of color and pattern back into your knitting and your life.
Through these designs, we can not only knit a design by Kaffe, we can knit with Kaffe. We can knit his patterns exactly as they appear in the samples, and we can also knit them exactly as we wish.
This is the most exhilarating knitting we know.
Each of the patterns in MDK Field Guide No. 13: Master Class has the word “stripe” in it. And oh, what stripes! These projects are studies in stripes, in both solid-color and patterned versions. The shapes are simple, and the possibilities are endless: color and pattern are the journey and the destination.
Striped Cushions: Six stripe patterns make for tons of combinations.
Stripe Scarves and Cowls: Three patterns plus 20 charts mean endless options for combining color and motif.
Garter Stripe Shawl: The most delicious cuddler we’ve ever seen.
Stranded Stripe Throw: The Kaffest Kaffe of them all. Knitted in the round, then steeked and edged with a border. If you’ve knitted a colorwork yoke, you can do this. Easier than a sweater: no sleeves!
This is easy: all the designs call for Rowan Felted Tweed, the light and subtle classic beloved by knitters—including Kaffe Fassett, who has been consulting with Rowan since 1980, and has designed scores of patterns in Felted Tweed. (We bet you can guess which colors were Kaffe’s additions to the range.)
Figure out your Felted Tweed gauge on your first project, and you’ll be all set to knit any or all of the designs.
We’ve stocked Rowan Felted Tweed in 30 colors. This beautiful palette is pretty much foolproof—all the colors play well together, which is one of those miracles that Rowan is famous for. See the whole range here.
A Season of Generous Knitting
Maybe you’ve figured this out already, but the patterns in Field Guide No. 13 are the Mystery Team for this year’s MDK Giftalong.
The Special Bonus Prize for Team Kaffe will be a Field Guide No. 13 project knitted and finished by Kay, plus a small sampler of Kaffe Fassett fabrics from her own long-marinated stash. And of course, Team Kaffe members will also be in the running for the amazing prizes Rowan has provided. You have to be in it to win it!
We are big believers in getting a groove on and making a batch of gifts. In this case, our gift-knitting will be enhanced by the sheer fun of playing in the fields of Kaffe Fassett. The more of these you make, the more inventive the color combinations will become.
Our suggested starter gift? The Stripe Cowl.
This manageable small project packs a wallop of color and pattern. You can knit any of the stripe patterns—solid or stranded—or combine them in a project that any of your beloveds will be delighted to wear every day and twice on Sunday.
As always, thank you for supporting all that goes on at MDK with your purchases! We’re so grateful to everyone who makes it possible by shopping with us.