With our enthusiasm dialed up to 11, we present MDK March Mayhem 2020.
The tournament of patterns.
The world’s only bracket for knitters.
Throughout 2019, we scoured the internet in search of the most amazing patterns we could find. Our task was daunting: we had to choose only 64 from the thousands of patterns published during the past year.
Our hearty congratulations to all the designers whose patterns appear in the MDK March Mayhem bracket. We are slack-jawed in awe at your work, and grateful for all the beauty, challenge, and fun you bring to knitters.
There are four: Sweaters, Neck & Shoulders, Head & Hands, and—for the first time, sock fans—Feet! We heard you, and we’re thrilled to give you a category of your own.
In our upcoming category previews, you’ll see the trends and inventiveness that made these patterns of 2019 stand out.
The voting begins next Friday, March 20.
We are announcing the bracket now—a full week before voting starts—so that you can spend time with these patterns.
We are really proud of this beautiful bracket, designed and lovingly handcrafted by Eric Olson.
Be sure to click on each pattern name, which opens up our thoughts on each pattern, a link to the Ravelry pattern page, and yarn ideas from the MDK Shop. It’s a great chance to think about how these clever designers do what they do. And it may give you some insight into why you like to knit what you knit.
What does it take to land in MDK March Mayhem?
- Published in 2019.
- Available directly from the designer via Ravelry or another website.
- Not free. We’re trying to help designers flourish.
- Aesthetic considerations: Inventive, surprising, elegant, cool.
- Most of all, and it’s the thing that is most difficult to explain: knitability. We asked ourselves, a thousand times, “Do I want to knit that?” For a design to be included, it has to be something we are dying to make. Every one of these 64 patterns meets that standard.
When you look at the list of designers included in this group of 64, you will see familiar names and new ones. Reputation and length of time in the knitting world are not factors for us. It’s all about the pattern, and whether it sparks that Must Knit Now feeling we love so much.
You may see designers in this bracket who are new to you. That’s part of the fun for us—the thrill of discovery. At the same time, it’s delightful to see established designers who keep working at the top of their game. Every designer in the bracket is working hard to make fun for knitters.
A special thank you to all the readers who responded to our call for nominations. You showed us loads of beautiful patterns, some of which we hadn’t yet seen. Your love for your favorite designers is contagious.
As you spend time with these patterns, we encourage you to buy them, favorite them, queue them, and tell your friends and followers about them. We would love nothing more than to have designers discover heaps of new customers in their Ravelry accounts. We would love to see all these designs knitted a million times. This is a celebration, and there’s so much to celebrate.
There will be five rounds of voting, each round taking the top vote-getters to the next round.
Voting begins on Friday, March 20 with Round 1, where you will choose your eight favorite patterns from each of four categories. Subsequent rounds will require voting again, so be sure to keep up with the voting dates for each round.
As in Mayhems past, we’re using Survey Monkey. The Monkey is robust, and has worked well for us.
The last round, the Final Four, will put the four category winners up against each other to determine the Champion of MDK March Mayhem 2020. The champion will be announced on Tuesday, April 7.
Let the browsing begin—and be ready to cast your first votes on Friday, March 20.
A Bracket to Print Out
We have cooked up a PDF of the bracket that you can download and print out.
Print out a bunch for your knitting group. Make your picks and keep track of how they’re doing, just like the sportsball fans do. We do not condone wagering. But we do condone heartfelt opinion!
Congratulations to the designers. Now let’s all dive in and start to make some tough decisions. Be strong—the first round is the hardest!
Welcome, People Who Don’t Knit
With news of the NCAA basketball tournament being cancelled, this may be the last bracket standing.
Basketball fans, pull up a chair. Knitting patterns are just like basketball teams, only snugglier. Jump in! You’re gonna love it!