With the holidays fading into a pleasant chocolate-and-piney-candle haze, we long for one thing: a deep, refreshing dive into Kaffe Fassett’s designs for Field Guide No. 13: Master Class.
We got a good start back in November—OK, Ann’s idea of a “good start” was a big ol’ stranded blanket—but those first projects left us longing for MORE.
Ann’s idea of a good start: the Stranded Stripe Throw.
Today, we begin a short, intense, delirious romp through this sublime colorist’s open-ended designs for both solid and stranded stripes. It’s a knitalong that we’re calling the Kaffe-along. Pick a stitch pattern (or 13), pick one of the Field Guide’s simple templates—scarf, cushion, cowl, shawl or throw—grab some jolly colors of Felted Tweed, and off we go!
Crowd pleasers: Stripe Scarves and Cowls.
Since November’s launch of this Field Guide, we’ve been avidly watching the outpouring of knitterly love for Kaffe’s designs. What has struck us more than anything else is the freshness, simplicity, and joy of the designs that Kaffe put into this little book. We can’t help thinking of Matisse with his paper cuts—this is a master at play. Kaffe is applying his unique sensibility, what he’s learned, and how he’s evolved in his brilliant career, in which so much lies ahead.
Just the ticket pile of pillows. Pattern: Striped Cushions.
It’s so fun to knit with Kaffe. Our energy is off the charts. This tingle is what knitting is all about.
The joy of garter stitch, and plenty of it: the Garter Stripe Shawl.
Will you join us? The fun of this knitalong is that there really is a Kaffe for every knitter. Field Guide No. 13 provides templates that range from satisfyingly quick knitting candy—cushions, cowls, and scarves—to full-on love-of-your-life projects that will bring delight in the knitting, and forever after. With so many stitch patterns for stranded and solid-color stripes that can be applied to all of these templates, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure experience. The adventure will be more fun together.
The knitalong will officially end on Friday, January 31, 2020, even though everybody knows that a good knitalong just keeps going and going.
The Instagram hashtag is #KaffealongMDK. Go on ahead and follow it on Instagram. Or if you prefer, post your progress photos in the MDK Lounge. (Yes, we’re keeping the Team Kaffe group going from the 2019 Giftalong—there’s so much inspiration in that topic!) We are keeping our eyes on both places.
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.
Any project from MDK Field Guide No. 13 is eligible. Also eligible are projects using any of the stitch patterns from the Field Guide on a project of your choice. (For example, using Kaffe’s Coins motif for a bag, socks, or mitts. These simple stitch patterns are easily transferred to any cylindrical format.)
As with all MDK knitalongs, all yarns are welcome. You do not have to knit your Kaffealong project in Rowan Felted Tweed, although it’s Kaffe’s favorite, and ours, for its rich, flecked colors and long-wearing, well-behaved ways. If you’ve been wanting to try Felted Tweed, this is the universe inviting you to do it now.
That’s our knitalong policy here at MDK: the more the merrier. The goal is to have a good time together, sharing the joy of knitting designs by one of the all-time great knitwear designers, spurring each other on with inspiration and ideas, and learning a few neat knitting tricks along the way.
We would tell you what the criteria for prizes are, but we don’t know a prize winner until we see it. If you’ve followed our knitalongs in the past, you probably know that we are suckers for a gorgeous photo, a sassy caption, a silly story, or a heartwarming moment. Any one of these, or something else entirely, can capture our imagination and make us say, “This wins a prize!” Always remember Mason-Dixon Knitting Rule No. 1: Knitting Is Supposed to Be Fun.
Need Provisions? 10% Savings on Felted Tweed
With Kaffe’s designs, color is everything, and more colors equals more fun. To help get everyone’s Felted Tweed palette in shape, the MDK Shop is stocked way up on this favorite yarn. We’ve even got a special knitalong deal for you: a 10 percent discount on all orders of Felted Tweed.
Have a ball picking your colors, fill in the coupon code TWEEDFUN at checkout, and away you go.
Now let’s get out there and get this color party started!
Ann and Kay