April 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
Slip stitch pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
573 yards (524 m)
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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”.


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.

Di Gilpin “Lalland DK” (100% Scottish lambswool, 191 yds / 175 m per 50 gr);
Color A - Furze (yellow); 3 skeins
Color B - Silver Birch (light grey); 3 skeins
Color C - Broch (dark grey); 3 skeins
Sample shawl weight is 375g in original yarn.

OR approx. 510 yds / 465m in each of 3 colors in other DK weight yarn.

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)

This shawl is easily adaptable to make it larger or smaller. Please account for extra yardage that might be required.

20 sts and 28 rows = 4” / 10 cm 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)

1 (10-st) rep measures approx 1½” / 4 cm wide worked in pattern A
1 (12-st) rep measures approx 1¾” / 4.5 cm wide worked in pattern B
1 (14-st) rep measures approx 2¼”/ 5.5 cm wide worked in pattern C
1 (16-st) rep measures approx 2¾” / 7 cm wide worked in pattern D
This pattern is part of first installment of seasonal “Adventures in Knitting” kits club with Fibre Space. The pattern went live on April 3 for club participants.

The yarn selected for this project is very special. Di Gilpin is a truly unique yarn company because they not only produce yarn but are “croft to couture”. They employ 90 highly skilled home-knitters based across Scotland. They have a core 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. Some of their big name clients include Nike and Topshop Unique. Now, their gorgeous yarn will be featured in an Olga Buraya-Kefelian design. Olga hand selected the colors below based on what would work beautifully for her design.

From Olga:

I have always been curious about how some yarns are made, and during my many years as a knitter, I have discovered that differently constructed yarns can affect stitch patterns differently. While working with the stitch pattern featured in this design, I wanted the stitches to be sturdy enough to support the 3-dimensional texture but also provide the fabric with the stitch definition that was easy to “read.” I have found that this soft Z-plied yarn made a lot of a difference in the finished fabric (whether it is knit in a tighter or a looser gauge), yet provided the best of both worlds – the bloom of the lambswool yarn and preserving the crisp look of the stitches. With an abundance of colors available within the palette, I was able to create a variety of combinations for every knitter!

This pattern will become available to general public on May 3!