Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 16: Painterly.

The sixteenth installment of the Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

MDK’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme, knitting technique, or designer. The legendary designer Kaffe Fassett is back for his second Field Guide – let’s take a look inside Painterly.

Painterly is a colorful little book about intarsia, a colorwork technique where a separate length of yarn is used for each area of color. In stranded colorwork, the motifs go all the way around the knitted fabric, but intarsia frees up the colors and motifs for different effects – a rather underrepresented technique, and Fassett is here to demystify it.

Many of us are most familiar with intarsia from “picture” sweaters of the 1970’s and ’80’s, and associate the technique with representational forms – a sailboat, a tree, etc. Kaffe Fassett favors geometric designs, and so this booklet is full of triangles and squares, giving these unique accessories a patchwork appearance.

We also got a few more copies of Fassett’s first MDK Field Guide, Master Class – one or both would make an excellent gift for a colorwork enthusiast!

MDK Field Guides are $14.95 eachorder online for local pickup or shipping, and let us know if we can recommend a yarn for any of these patterns – happy to make suggestions and send photos of what we have available!


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