MDK Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings celebrates the idea of a new start with Karida Collins. The mission? A collection of designs so elemental, so distilled, that every knitter can make them. Whether you’re new to knitting or a seasoned veteran, these six patterns will make you very happy.
Scarf-Cowl Duet - A gorgeous swath of knits and purls. Make it as a scarf or as a cowl if you sew the ends together.
Diagonal Mitts - These Diagonal Mitts begin as simple squares of garter stitch worked on the bias. Make them in a day, give as a gift.
Everyday Cowlette - This project shows you what happens when you change needle sizes, when you go from knitting flat to knitting in the round, and when you work knits and purls in a rib pattern. It results in a cowl that we really love: textured, distinctive, and fast to make.
Simple Swancho - Sweater + Poncho = Swoncho. As a first sweater or your fiftieth, this modern pullover combines so many things we love: knitting in the round, an inventive silhouette, and decorative stitch moments along the way.
Debut Pullover - It’s the sweater you’ll reach for all the time.
Flash Cap - Low-dose colorwork is one of our favorite things. This zigzaggy design comes and goes in a flash, and it allows for no end of color experiments.
These projects require nothing more than knit, purl, decrease, increase, and yarnover. There’s a simple cable in there, too, and that’s as fancy as it gets. But look at what amazing effects can come from these most basic of stitches.