Time to pick favorites!

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Mason Dixon Knitting’s annual nod to the NCAA-style basketball tournament is back, and it’s time to cast your votes for the best knitting patterns of 2018!


There are four categories: pullovers, cardigans, neck and shoulders, and head and hands. Beginning March 21st, you get to pick your eight favorites from each category. Round Two will ask you to narrow your choices to your favorite four in each category, and so on, until the Championship Round pits the winners of each category against each other from April 5-7. The bracket, along with Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner's notes on why each pattern was included in the bracket are here, but I like bigger thumbnail images, so I assembled a Ravelry bundle. Of the sixty-four patterns, the “previously seen at Yarn Folk” designs are The Shift and Ephemeris, but so many of these great patterns were already in my favorites before I added them to the March Mayhem 2019 bundle. Still there were lots of new favorites to explore! Pick a fave, and let’s find some yarn to get your needles flying!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Nalya/Planina CAL/KAL [join in any time]

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | materials only

This -along has a crochet and a knit option, and lots of potential design choices! Use two contrasting colors, combine a main color with minis (Knitted Wit Smarties are perfect here!), or combine any of the above with leftovers from your stash! Preview the Nalya Wrap here or Planina here.

Rainbrioche Make-up Class

March 20, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Project Circle

March 29, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Cable Channel Pillow MKAL

April 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:00pm-7:00pm | materials only

Here’s what Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter has to say about her April knitalong:

“Join me this April for Cable Channel, a stylish pillow featuring an original cable pattern. Knit in HiKoo Kenzie, the design creates a rich fabric to add beauty and texture to any decor. Pillows provide the perfect platform to explore new techniques and hone the finishing skills. They also make great gifts!

Cable Channel is knit in one piece with simple seaming and features a button closure to allow for easy washing and assembly. The front and back are knit in different stitch patterns to keep the project interesting and texturally charming. Both written and charted instructions, along with video support, are provided to guarantee success.”

LYS Day 2019

April 27 all day

Join us at Yarn Folk for a day filled with special yarn offerings, new patterns, and more!

Uh-Oh!

May 4, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Have you experienced that moment of dread and disappointment when something goes wrong in your knitting? Do you feel nervous as you knit because you fear making a mistake?

You’ll become a more confident and relaxed knitter if you know how to handle those inevitable mis-knits. In this class, you’ll learn how stitches are formed, how to unknit and unpurl, how to unravel multiple rows and get your work back onto the needles, how to pick up dropped stitches, and much more!

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

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...to anticipate

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Katrinkles makes the most wonderful laser-etched buttons, and more! This week brought an order of buttons, along with fun stitch marker sets. We’ll be adding items going forward, but have started with a collection of buttons, many of which incorporate the stitching-on into the design. Katy had lots of sample items at TNNA, and the buttons are especially charming on kids’ knits. (And the bamboo is machine washable and dryable.)

The most recent of the Mason Dixon Field Guides, No. 10, features Isabell Kraemer, and contains patterns for two sweaters (both fabulous) and textured cowls. (All previous Field Guides are also available here.)

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...to inspire

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Do you use your personalized pattern highlights on Ravelry? You can find them by visiting https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/recommended. At the top of the page, you’ll also see a link to “customize your highlights.” This 2014 post from the Ravelry blog has some excellent ideas for using the customization options to get your best recommendations, although I have to say that even without much maintenance, mine are usually pretty accurate! Have fun!

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...to stitch

 
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Origami

Lone Kjeldsen’s Origami is a sweater design I’ve had my eye on for some time. (It’s on my Make 9 grid for knitting projects.) While I think it could be fantastic in a number of color combos, I did want a monochrome sweater, so I am using Plymouth Galway in white (!), a medium gray, and black. I’m close to the underarm; ready to split for front and back.

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East Fork Pullover

Wide stripes are SO cute on kids, and the East Folk Pullover combines three colors of DK weight yarn with a wide boat neck, and a nice range of sizes (6-12 months up to size 10). I’m using Plymouth Pima Rino, which is a 70% cotton 30% superwash wool blend with a soft hand and easy care recommendations.

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