We are so excited about the newest design from local designer Olga Buraya-Kefelian! We have put together some beautiful kits in three different yarns for you. Each color pairing was hand selected by Olga herself.
When we canceled our late March classes, we also canceled an entire spring and summer of workshops with incredible designers. One of them was an amazing themed weekend retreat with Olga. Since then, I have been looking for a way to support her, as designers and teachers have also been hugely impacted by the pandemic, having had teaching gigs, festivals and retreats canceled through the end of this year. For this reason, we are asking that you purchase Olga’s pattern directly from her. It is not included in our kits below. You can have the most impact on her income by buying it through her Ravelry page, rather than through our shop.
KORO KORO is a DK weight triangular shawl with a gorgeous squishy 3D texture. The name is Japanese for rolling, welting. Our very own Beth is a test knitter for it and is using Di Gilpin Lalland. Here’s what she had to say about the project:
When I saw Olga’s preview pictures of her newest design, the Koro Koro shawl, I knew that it would be my next project. I had just finished knitting her Lolo Cowl, and loved the 3D texture and the fact that it was deceptively easy to knit. The Koro Koro shawl uses a similar stitch pattern. Its stunning geometric effects are created using a simple combination of slipped stitches. Once you get into the stitching, it’s intuitive and so satisfying to watch the texture develop.This shawl is a great pattern for an intermediate knitter, or a beginning knitter who is keen to learn new techniques. The majority of the pattern is created with simple knit, purl, and slipped stitches, and you are only working with one color at a time. New techniques include a unique way of creating an invisible increase, and a provisional cast on.The are so many color possibilities for this – two colors with high contrast will work best! You can choose a light and dark of the same color, like my shawl knit in Di Gilpin Laggan and Haar, or you can choose a bright pop of color against a neutral background.
Wingspan approx. 77″ / 195 cm
Depth approx. 27″ / 68.5 cm
Both measurements were taken once the shawl was dry after washing and blocking.
Approx. 575 yds/526 m color A and 575 yds/526 m color B in any other DK weight yarn.
This shawl is easily adaptable to make it larger or smaller. Please account for extra yardage that might be required.
US 7 (4.5 mm) 24”/60 cm circular
OR use size to obtain gauge
Crochet hook size G (4 mm)
Small length of smooth waste yarn in similar weight
18-18.5 sts and 28-30 rows=4” / 10cm in St st worked flat, measured once dry after washing and blocking.
(This gauge is provided to get the correct yarn weight to create the right fabric for this stitch pattern)
12 sts and 24 rows of main pattern = 2¼” / 6 cm wide and 2½” / 6.5 cm long, measured once dry after washing and blocking
Our custom kits:
We’ve selected three yarns to create our custom kits, each with the properties Olga intended be used on this pattern. We then worked with her to create the best color pairings. Here they are!
BC Garn Semilla Melange – $62
Semilla Melange is a woolen-spun yarn, and the first BC Garn yarn to be GOTS certified. Light and airy, soft and lofty, Semilla Melange is a beautiful heather yarn perfect for shawls. This yarn will be available for pick up or to ship on Thursday, May 28.
Di Gilpin Lalland – $80
Lalland is an amazingly soft Scottish wool made from lambswool and imported directly by fibre space.
Tibetan Cloud is spun from 100% Tibetan sheep wool, ethically sourced and traceable back to the flock. It comes exclusively from an ancient breed of Tibetan sheep that roam freely on the grassland of the Tibetan Plateau at an altitude of over 13,000 feet.