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Designer Spotlight: Filigree by Karin Bole Tupper

If a hurricane hit a yarn shop, it might look something like Karin Bole Tupper’s workspace mid-design. Her process might not be pretty, but the results are!

Filigree is a textured scarf with feminine details that Karin designed in Berroco Folio. The pattern starts with a provisional cast on and is knit with alternating panels of texture – eyelets separate each filigree section. The ruffled edges are both knit down for symmetry and finished with an Icelandic bind off.

Filigree by Karin Bole Tupper
Filigree by Karin Bole Tupper

How did you come up with this design?

I wanted something feminine but not overly so and a shape that would work with the yarn’s strong points – drape and shine. I had planned a shawl originally, but wanted more immediate gratification.

Is there any story behind the name?

As the stitch developed, it reminded me of ornate gates and fences that I’ve seen, designs that mimic filigree jewellery. It just felt right.

How did you decide on the yarn?

My best friend works at my LYS and had mentioned that she liked this new yarn. As soon as I picked it up, I knew I had to make something. Soft, shiny and alpaca… yummy!

Any disaster stories?

Always! One of the worst was having a cat that wouldn’t stay out of the yarn… ate some and well, we didn’t speak to one another for several days.  

What’s your favorite thing about knitting?

To be able to create something beautiful and functional with sticks and string is a creative high. It fires the imagination, is Zen-like in its calming rhythm and it keeps me out of the bars (kidding)!

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

3 thoughts on “Designer Spotlight: Filigree by Karin Bole Tupper

  1. Thank you Ashley for the opportunity to talk with you about “Filigree” and my design process. It was like the icing on the cake for a project that was fun and a joy to knit. I hope other’s will have fun with it too!
    Best, Karin of KeiB Designs

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