Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 9: Revolution.

The ninth installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. Revolution in all its forms was the inspiration behind the four cabled designs in this edition, and the featured designer with revolution in mind is Norah Gaughan.

Known for her intricate cable designs and innovative garment construction, Norah Gaughan is a knitwear designer at the top of her game. Three of the four cable patterns in this collection are interchangeable with one another, so you can yoke of the pullover above for the yoke of the cardigan or capelet, matching your favorite cable with the garment you want to make.

Look for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 9 on our teacart, with the latest books and magazines. We still have some copies of a few of the older MDK Field Guides, too – come by the shop to complete your collection!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making.

The eighth installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. This little book is dedicated to small projects that make great gifts.

As in every Field Guide, Ann and Kaye’s ruminations on the topic at hand are featured, but they’ve also brought designer Thea Colman in for a few patterns and a cocktail recipe.

Look for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 8 on our teacart, with the latest books and magazines. See you at the shop!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 7: Ease.

The seventh installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. The theme here is ease, not only as it relates to the size and fit of knitted garments, but also ease as in easy, relaxing, comforting.

As in every Field Guide, Ann and Kaye’s ruminations on the topic at hand are featured, but they’ve also brought designer Julia Farwell-Clay in for a few patterns.

In this booklet, Farwell-Clay offers patterns for a textured cowl, leafy washcloth, striped shawl, and even a blanket featuring a new intarsia-like method – all with the perfect balance of interesting and easy, or as Ann and Kaye put it, “just clever enough to hold our attention while also giving us the chance to float away a bit.”

Look for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 7 on our teacart, with the latest books and magazines. See you at the shop!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 6: Transparency.

The sixth installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. The theme here is transparency, a quality that admittedly, may not be among the first we think of when we think about knitting.

But transparency plays a role in lace knitting, and also in loose gauges, and on a metaphorical level, in visible mending.

As in every Field Guide, Ann and Kaye’s ruminations on the topic at hand are featured, but they’ve also brought designer Amy Christoffers in for a few patterns. This Anni Albers inspired wrap uses yarn-mixing to suggest transparency, and what better yarn for yarn-mixing than Shibui? Pebble and Reed are shown here in a beachy colorway of grays, beige, and blue.

Look for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 6 on our teacart, with the latest books and magazines. See you at the shop!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5: Sequences.

The fifth installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. The theme here is sequences, drawing on the inspired work of designer Cecelia Campochiaro.

Like the Field Guides before it, this volume is an introduction to the idea of sequence knitting, a few patterns to play with the technique, and some of Ann and Kaye’s trademark wit along the way.

Anne was taken with this Field Guide, and in fact has already whipped up a “Swirl Hat” for her son-in-law using Brooklyn Tweed Arbor – a slightly larger gauge than suggested, to accommodate his slightly larger head.

She was able to hand-deliver this gift on her family trip to New York over Thanksgiving, along with a family’s-worth of other hats that will be shared on a future blog post!

Look for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5 on our teacart, with the latest books and magazines. We still have a couple of copies of No. 4, too, in case you’re tempted to participate in Fringe Association’s log cabin make-along in the new year. See you at the shop!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin.

The fourth installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. The theme here is Log Cabin, a motif you may recognize from quilting. In knitting, it’s a modular technique that builds one square or rectangle at a time from the center out, picking up stitches along one edge of the last piece that was knitted.

Ann and Kay offer what they call “instructions on how to improvise,” a variety of log cabin constructions, along with a few patterns making use of the technique.

Ann Weaver’s “Ninepatch Blanket” is knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca, an old faithful of our worsted weight section here at the shop, though we have many solid blanket-making contenders.

Look for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 4 here at the shop! See you there.

By Hand Lookbook No. 3: Nashville.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a place or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn and fabric companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

No. 3 is all about Nashville, Tennessee, and is filled with profiles of a variety of makers that call this Southern city home: dyers, designers, bloggers, fiber farmers, cowboy boot-makes, bookbinders, and more.

Some of these names are new to us, but many are familiar. Ann Shayne of Mason-Dixon Knitting and Karen Templer of Fringe Association share their thoughts on community-building through knitting, concepts that really resonate with us.

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop, which is lately overflowing with exciting new publications for knitters and other makers. Come by to page through and plan your next project!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns.

The third installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here, and going fast! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. The first two featured musings on stripes and fair-isle knitting, respectively, but this third is all about yarn.

Specifically, Wild Yarns is about those beautiful skeins of hand-dyed yarn that can be unpredictable on the needles. How will those tempting colors play out in the fabric, and how best to make use of these special skeins?

Like the Field Guides before it, this third volume has essays from Ann and Kay and three patterns from knitwear designers they’ve brought on to address the Guide’s theme; this one showcases Kirsten Kapur, Diana Walla, and Sue McCain.

Look for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 3 here at the shop, where you may well find some wild yarns, as well! See you there.

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 2: Fair Isle.

The second installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here, and going fast! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner are the knitters, designers, and writers behind Mason-Dixon Knitting, a long-running blog that has evolved into an online community and growing list of publications. Their latest endeavor is the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides, pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular knitting technique, featuring the approachable patterns and humorous musings these two are known for.

Fair isle knitting is a favorite technique of mine, and Anne’s, too; if you’re intrigued, this little book is a fine and friendly introduction. It features three patterns, one of which is a cozy colorwork pullover in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, pictured above. Below, another of our favorite yarns is put to good work in a colorwork cowl and hat: Swans Island All American Sport.

Come by the shop to pick up the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 2!

Shibui Sample of the Month: Breton Cowl colorways.

Our November Shibui Sample of the Month is on display at the shop til November 30th, and we’re offering the Shibui yarns for this project at 10% off throughout the month!

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This particular “Breton Cowl” is knit with a relatively high-contrast combination of colors, namely Drift in “Graphite” and Silk Cloud in “Suit.” There’s an argument to be made that high-contrast colorways are better suited to this pattern than subtle ones, and here are a few such colorways.

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Above: Drift in “Tar” and Silk Cloud in “Apple.” Below: Drift in “Velvet” and Silk Cloud in “Raspberry.”

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Ginny recently brought her finished “Breton Cowl” in for show-and-tell, and it’s this very combination that she used. I love the bright pop of “Raspberry” against the deeply saturated “Velvet.”

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For those who favor subtlety, here are a couple of low-contrast color combinations that I find just as exciting.

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Above: Drift in “Suit” and Silk Cloud in “Blueprint.” Below: Drift in “Pollen” and Silk Cloud in “Mineral.”

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Come by the shop to create your own “Breton Cowl” color combination, and get the Shibui yarns for this project at 10% off during November!

Just a reminder–all sales are final on discounted items; there can be no exchanges, returns, or special orders. Thanks!