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Bonbori Wrap Kit by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

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  • BONBORI - ぼんぼり (from Japanese) - snow cave shaped lantern

    This trapezoid style wrap is created through a series of slip stitch patterns that slowly grow throughout the fabric. Each repeat is transforming progressively width-wise, beginning with the bubble shape patterning playfully intertwining with the color changes as the look of this 3 dimensional fabric achieves depth. With each new section the bubbles expand, that is when their silhouette begins to remind of the special snow cave lanterns called “Bonbori”.

    Knit with gorgeous Lalland by Di Gilpin: 100% Scottish Lambswool, with its proprietary double twist made by plying 2 x 2 threads separately and then twisting them together to give a crinkle to the wool. This means it knits out really fabulously flat and smooth but when a stitch or cable is introduced it bounces out of the fabric.

    It also gives an old fashioned softness and style which Di was trying to recreate from yarns she had knitted with as a child. Great for this warm, bouncy, soft wrap!

    Your KAL Kit includes:
    Your Yarn - 9 x 50g balls of Lalland for your choice of Kit.
    [Shown in Colour A - Furze (yellow), Colour B - Silver Birch (light grey), Colour C - Broch (dark grey)]
    PDF Pattern (sent by email) via Ravelry (let us know your Ravelry username if you'd like us to add to your Ravelry library)

    You will also need:
    US 6 (4 mm) 32” (80cm) or longer circular needle
    US 5 (3.75 mm) straight or dpn (for working I-cord BO)
    OR use size to obtain gauge
    Crochet hook size G (4 mm)
    A length of smooth waste yarn in similar or thinner weight
    Tapestry needle
    Blocking wires (optional)

    Width at narrow end 17¾” / 45 cm
    Width at wide end 33” / 84 cm
    Length 60” / 152.5 cm
    Measurements were taken once the shawl was dry after washing and blocking.

    Click here for more information on beautiful Lalland - a very special yarn.

  • KIT Original Jasper
    Ruby Meadow-
    A x 2 balls
    Coruisk Crowdie
    Broch Haar Haar
    B x 3 balls Coral Jasper Ruby Beechnut Beechnut
    D x 2 balls Laggan Broch
    Driftwood Driftwood

    To create original and intensely beautiful pieces of hand knit which not only protect us and tell a story, but transport us in the wearing, into a dream time inspired by the ever-changing land and seascapes of Scotland. To have the wearer feel the spirit of the wild free mountains, and islands, wherever they may be.

    My knitwear design studio has its origins in a semi-ruined croft on the Isle of Skye. I had settled there in 1983 with little more than a rucksack containing a tent, wool and knitting needles.

    I have worked with many Yarn companies over the  years and created for Rowan the Rowan Scottish Tweed, which was made at the Harris Tweed mill in Carloway, Isle of Lewis. I wrote a book of designs in this amazing yarn, 'Shorelines" with patterns focused on intarsia, colourwork and gansey knitting.

    From those early beginnings, I have developed an international fashion brand, working with leading designers including Graeme Black, Erdos 1436, Hancock VA, Mark Fast, Topshop Unique, Cabbages & Roses, Sophia Kokosolaki and Nike.  Read more about our Collaborations

    Now based at Comielaw Farm on the Balcaskie Estate we have a beautiful showroom and design studio alongside a work room for classes and a kitchen. 

    We have recruited a great team of skilled home-knitters based across Scotland. There is a core specialist team, who live within a 15-mile radius, to create the one-off pieces and special commissions desired by private clients, fashion designers and the catwalk.

    A single Di Gilpin garment could take us as long as two months to create, hand-knitted in the finest Scottish yarn, inspired by our rich cultural heritage and provenance, making it among the most intricate and show-stopping pieces of couture available anywhere in the world

    For the past few years we have been working in tandem with La Fetiche, a Paris Glasgow Fashion label founded by April Crichton and Orely Forestier.