The Colorful World of Koigu

June 04, 2013

If there was one word to describe KPPPM (Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino), it would be “enigmatic.”  Other words would be light, vibrant, sock-weight, but those could just as well describe any other yarn.  No, Koigu is a fascinating yarn that elicits the question, “What is that color and what could I do with it?”  (Short answer: it is every color, and you could do magical things with it.)


The names of KPPPM’s colorways are equally mysterious.  Who can resist a name like P513-383?  Or maybe P624-242?  Although these arbitrary numbers tell you the dye code and the dye lot, even a google search will not tell you what color you are looking at.  And neither would a one word answer: the latter color could be called salmon-pink-with-flecks-of-orange-and-purple, but the former is definitely jewelry-box-in-a-candy-store.  But maybe that’s the point: you can conjure up your own associations with each color.  One yarn might remind you of your favorite aunt’s old sofa, while another makes you think of visiting a farmer’s market in July.


As for what you could make with KPPPM,  the creators of Koigu have written a book, “Knits from a Painter’s Palette,” that uses mitered squares/domino knitting to showcase the yarn’s frequent color changes.  They explain how they come up with their various colorways and which shapes suit each kind of yarn.

However, our standby favorite is the Linen Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Classics.  Simple and elegant, it can take any color combination, however clashing it may be, and turn it into a beautiful garment. 

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