MDK March Mayhem

Greetings, Friends!

How are you doing? This global pandemic is a scary time and I thought that while so many of us are at home – and perhaps unused to being at home – it might be a good thing to dust off the KNITSONIK blog and share news here a bit more regularly.

Today I want to tell you about something my friends at Mason Dixon Knitting have put together – MDK March Mayhem – which uplifts and celebrates knitwear designs and designers through a series of voting events, the first of which starts TODAY! I am thrilled that my Skystone Hat design has been placed in the Head & Hands bracket.

A montage of knitwear design images taken from the MDK website

From Kay and Ann: –

MDK March Mayhem is a light-hearted championship of knitting patterns published in 2019. It’s our way of shining light on great independent design.

Ann and I selected 16 patterns in each of 4 categories. All the patterns have two things in common: Ann and I think they’re beautiful, and we want to knit them!

Over several weeks in March and April, MDK readers will vote for their favorite patterns in 4 categories.

The bracket of 64 designs will be revealed on Friday, March 13 (tomorrow) on The bracket is fun and interactive, with a photo and notes on each design, plus a direct link to the design’s pattern page on Ravelry.

After a week of category previews on Mason-Dixon Knitting, Round 1 voting will open on Friday, March 20. Voters will vote for 8 patterns in each of 4 categories, and the winners will be announced and advance to Round 2 on Tuesday, March 24.

I was thrilled last week to learn that my design has been picked as part of this joy and today, as the voting opens, I’m really enjoying looking through the other designs Kay and Ann have selected and appreciating this boost to independent knitwear design. Thank you, Mason Dixon Knitting!

If you are looking for a welcome distraction from everything going on in the world today, want to spend some time appreciating and admiring independent knitwear design, and wish to support creativity through voting, your input will be uplift everyone involved.

There’s a downloadable printable, for keeping track of whom you voted for; a wondrous page where you can see and read about all the designs selected; and clear instructions here.

As suggested on the website, I’m going to sit down now with a mug of coffee and my print outs, and enjoy looking through all the categories and voting for my favourites.

Join me?

2 thoughts on “MDK March Mayhem

  1. Hi Felix, I voted for Skystone this morning. I’d recommend anyone to have a look at the selection of patterns, there’s so much creativity and inspiration there. You’re sure to find something you’d love to knit.

    1. Aw, thanks so much for voting for my pattern! I completely agree with you – I’ve just spent a happy couple of hours going through all the carefully chosen patterns, and it’s filled my heart with appreciation for the talent and creativity in our community. Like you say, you’re sure to find something there that you would love to knit!

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