Karelia by Midori Yarn Kit


       You too can knit your very own Kariela. You can choose the same colours as Midori's version, choose from one of the eight sample colours pictured above or choose your own colours.

The Karelia pattern is Midori's second collaboration with Kokon Yarn. The flower motif is worked as a weaving between the stitches while knitting and is a traditional Estonian technique called “Roosimine”, which means Rose in Estonian language. The pattern made with this technique is called “Roositud”. The traditional Estonian Roositud patterns have quite geometrical form and are worked in a set of bright primary colours.

Midori has designed her own flower Roositud. Traditionally it’s used with very tight gauge knitting such as mittens, gloves or socks. Intentionally Midori has worked it in a very loose tension with chunky mohair. It gives the motif a 3-dimensional look.

The pattern is worked seamlessly from the top down. 

Please click the link below to take you directly to Midori's Karelia on Ravelry where you can purchase the pattern. (If you do not have Ravelry please let me know as my store has in store sales on Ravelry and I can organise to purchase this pattern on your behalf).


Sizes: 2XS (XS, S, M1) (M2, L, XL, 2XL) (3XL, 4LX, 5XL, 6XL).

Finished chest circumference: 86 (92, 98, 104) (110, 116, 124, 132) (140, 148, 156, 164) cm / 33.75(36.25, 38.5, 41)(43.25, 45.75, 48.75, 52)(55, 58.25, 61.5, 64.5) inches

Designed to fit with 10–15cm / 4–6“ of positive ease. Sample is size S worn with 11 cm / 4.75 inches positive ease at bust.

Yarn Required :

MC: 3 (3, 3, 4) (4, 4, 5, 5) (5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of Kokon Yarn Fingering Weight Merino (100% merino wool; 320 meters/100g), shown in colour Madder.

CC1 (Leaf):  2 mini skeins of Kokon Yarn Chunky Mohair, shown in colour Cork.

CC2 (Flower): 1 mini skeins of Kokon Yarn DK Weight Merino, shown in colour Gold. 

Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7 needle as main needle, 3.5 mm / US 4 for neck, hem and cuff. Adjust needle size if necessary to get gauge.

Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows = 10 cm /4“, with main needle in stockinette stitch after wet blocking.

(All images above are courtesy of Midori)

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