Thursday, March 3, 2011

Classic design. Beautiful construction. Like Birgitte in Copenhagen, you'll want to knit a Karabella original.

Some designers create good quality garments. Others develop masterpieces. Berta Karapetyan of Karabella is the latter. Her patterns are works of art...and mathematical precision.

A knitter who proved her skill by working with some of the top fashion houses in New York -- like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein -- Berta created her own pattern company and then expanded into yarns that she insisted be of the highest quality for her creations. If you want to learn more about her, be sure to read our new Spotlight on Karabella. She has an interesting story you'll enjoy.

If you've never made a Karabella pattern, you'll be interested to see that what you knit up is as gorgeous as the magazine shot. Just take a look at what this Danish knitter created with Berta's pattern from her popular book, Runway Knits.

Birgitte Zeuner is a Master of Science and Engineering in Biotechnology and now PhD student at the Technical University of Denmark. It's little wonder that this knitter would be attracted to styles by Berta: both have a mathematics background and an appreciation for patterns and form.

Birgitte says that when she looked through the Runway Knits book, the Roman Candle sweater became her instant favorite; she adored the intricate stitch pattern that covered the entire body of the garment. It's not a feature that's often found in patterns.

While she expected the project to be time-consuming because of all the cables, she said it went very quickly. She was pleased that the fit of the set-in sleeves around the shoulders was very good and nicely incorporated into the complex basket weave pattern which she didn't find very difficult.

Although she knit it a couple of years ago, Birgitte says that the sweater still looks terrific, and she gets a lot of compliments each time she wears it. If you'd like to know more about Birgitte, an engineer who is also a pattern designer, visit her blog. I always find it fascinating to learn about knitters throughout the world and to see what projects they're working on.

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