koigu news

What is your desert island yarn? If you were marooned somewhere, which yarn would keep you sane and what would you knit?

I would make this:

It’s crochet in which I’m a novice, but with months to await a passing ship, I might as well spend the time on self-improvement.

The Babette blanket, designed by Kathy Merrick, just happens to use my desert island yarn: Koigu KPM. Whenever I’m about to start a new project, I have to steer myself away from my Koigu shelf, just to be fair on other yarns.

Koigu is known most famously for it’s exquisite multi-coloured yarn, KPPPM, but it’s the semi-solid KPM that I love best, for infinite colour possibilties (they go on forever- I will never keep up) and the satisfying springiness of the wool.

So, I’m very excited that I have two designs in the first Koigu magazine, which is coming out this month.

Here they are:

Skipping Stones, a patchwork cardigan that I first made for myself to satisfy a need for a lightweight, structured cardigan that I could wear anywhere.

The second design is “Scholar” which I imagined Julia Flyte wearing with a pleated silk skirt at a Brideshead garden party.

If you love the Babette blanket, Kathy Merrick has a beautiful book, Crochet in Color. It’s full of stylish projects.

Here are my favourites

If you love Koigu too, what is your favourite project?

15 Responses to “koigu news”

  1. Karen Says:

    Hi Mel.
    Love Skipping Stones! Will you be selling it via South Seas Knitting?

  2. Kirsten Says:

    Those cardigans are beautiful Mel!

  3. Jeanie Cochrane Says:

    Hi Mel,

    Absolutely beautiful cardigans. Skipping stones made my heart do a little flip! Will you be stocking the Koigu magazine? Hope so.

    All the best

  4. Nicky Says:

    Love the new designs.

  5. Mel Says:

    Karen & Jeanie,
    I’ve ordered the magazine. It should be here by the end of April. If anyone wants to order a copy, please email me.

  6. lisa miller Says:

    loved those cardigans Mel- never let me down!!!
    gorgeous colours xolisa

  7. Mr. Puffy Says:

    Congratulations on your new designs ~ they are both beautiful!

  8. Marian Says:

    They are beautiful cardigans, Mel. Well done.

  9. Karen Says:

    Oh that is a fantastic cardigan. Please do publish skipping stones, the queue seems to be forming for it.

  10. Anna Vegezzi Says:

    oh I love both cardigans Mel, especially stepping stones for its orignality and exciting detail. Gorgeous! Ax

  11. Marilyn Laktin Says:

    I love Koigu more than ever! I’m still in love with the Babette blanket. One day… The sweaters are beautiful. I must keep an eye out for the magazine!

  12. StellaMM Says:

    Dear Mel
    If you have a copy of the first Koigu magazine with your pattern for the gray cardigan/jacket in it, could you please let me know, with a price. I would be interested in buying it.


  13. mel Says:

    The Koigu Magazine is now available here:

  14. KKPwnall Says:

    love love love the skipping stones! i’ve got my yarn and i’m about to cast on! and this has been the only place online i’ve found pictures to show my far-away-friends what’s going to be on my needles! so glad to find the designer. this cardigan is amazing, and i can’t wait to wear it! the scholar looks great too! i adore koigu! thanks for the new patterns!

  15. Anna Says:

    Hi Mel,

    When I saw some pictures of your lovely Scholar cardigan I had to track down a copy the first issue of Koigu magazine! It was not easy but I finally succeeded 😉 The cardigan looks very pretty in Koigu but I think I am going to make it in pure cashmere instead.

    Like your latest book a lot, so many wearable designs! I plan to knit several of them and the irresistible Dachshund too.

    Best wishes
    Anna in Sweden

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