Modern Daily Knitting - Field Guide No. 19: Marls

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Field Guide No. 19 is all about the fascinating technique called marling—knitting with more than one strand of yarn at a time.

We hear it a lot: I love this yarn, but what do I make with it? Cecelia Campochiaro has a jillion ideas—her marling designs are perfect for your knitters in search of fun ways to play with yarn.


The beloved author and designer Cecelia Campochiaro has the gift of seeing the knitting at its most elemental, exploring knitted fabrics at stitch level, from the ground up. Cecelia first introduced us to her groundbreaking concept of sequence knitting, and we’ve been knitting sequence projects ever since. Now, she’s showing us another irresistible sort of knitting.


Marling is the effect we get when we combine strands of different fiber, weight, or color.

This Field Guide is a tantalizing tasting menu of different types of marling. The effects are amazing, and amazingly intuitive to create. The fabrics are a sensory joy to knit, and they are beautiful to wear.

These five designs are elegant canvases for your marling explorations.

  • Color Explosion Throw: The chance to see what happens when you work with 11 colors and a graphic knit-purl pattern. This is heirloom knitting at its best.
  • Marlogram Scarf/Cowl: Working marls with slow-shifting gradient yarns makes colors that shift even more. Who knows how they will combine? That’s the fun.
  • Spectra Sweater: An inventive construction leads to a pullover with a lot of style, and marls that behave beautifully together.
  • Swarf: Think of it as a sweater without those pesky sleeves and back part. We’re making it our mission to bring back the dickie, a quick accessory that gives a jacket extra warmth and instant pizzazz.
  • Striped Marl Hat: Two colors give us three possibilities for solid and flecked stripes.