Designer Spotlight: Kari-Helene Rane

June 16, 2017

Hello!  Today kicks off a new series where I'll highlight some terrific (and perhaps unknown to you) independent freelance knitwear designers.  I came across Kari-Helene by accident, and when I looked through her beautiful design portfolio I was astonished that I hadn't knit any of her designs nor did I really know anything about her.  That had to be remedied as she has so many gorgeous designs that I want to knit--now.  I know you'll agree with me!

Kari-Helene Rane is originally from Norway, now living in Brighton, UK.  She and her sisters learned to knit at their Norwegian mum's and grandmother's knees, who both produced traditional jumpers at a scary speed throughout their childhoods. They were never cold!  Kari-Helene went on to study fashion design at Kingston University where lucky for us, she decided to focus on designing for hand knitters.  Inspiration comes from relaxing with Frank, her Spanish Water Dog, and the creativity of her favorite designers, Dries Van Noten, noting the ethnic influence on his designs, and Sandra Backlund for her 3D knitwear.  

Please enjoy a sampling of a few of my favorite designs below.  Kari-Helene has generously offered to give my readers a 30% discount off her entire portfolio of instant download patterns available through Ravelry using the code: knitionary17. This offer is good for one week and will expire on June 23, 2017.  Look through her entire portfolio of artfully produced designs and stock up!  I did!

I adore the Masika Skirt!

  The Niobe Jumper uses interesting stitches to create texture.

Gorgeous fitted jacket: Isis Tailcoat.

I'm completely mad for this dress and think I must knit it: The Lily Dress.

The Bolly Waistcoat for him and her.

The Honesty Cardigan is a classic garment with a contemporary twist. With a traditional V neck, Honesty gets an instant update by using the wrong sides of the stripes on the main body and the right side on the sleeves. Clever!

Zig-zag details and stockinette and reverse stockinette add beautiful texture to the Lorelle Jumper.

Kari-Helene designs accessories and children's garments too.
Love this little model and her pretty Beauty Cardigan.

You can find Kari-Helen's entire design portfolio here.
Enjoy 30% off her instant download patterns available through Ravelry using the code: knitionary17. This offer is good for one week and will expire on June 23, 2017

What are your favorites?

Leave a comment here.

Follow Kari-Helene Rane on Facebook and Instagram


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  1. I love the Louisianna Jacket and the Muna Jumper because I think they suit my proportions the best. Although they are a little more labor intensive than I am willing to commit to right now. This has been fun! Chloe

  2. I love so many! I do love that knitted skirt. I'm wondering if you know how well they hold up? As far as bagging in the bum area?

    1. You know, I wonder about that too, but I've had so many people tell me that knitted skirts don't bag out like we think they would. I had a machine knit wool skirt and had no problems with it as far as bagging out.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing and doing this. I continue to be inspired by your emails/blog. I am going to knit the SHERRI SHRUG. I love shrugs and shawls. Now the delema is: should I buy the kit from Purl Alpaca Designs? Or buy the pattern and use my stash? Or, buy the kit and make another one from my stash?....Again, thank you kindly.

    1. I know what you mean, but I always try to hit my stash first, but only if it's perfect for the pattern. Good luck with your decision making!

  4. Thank you for introducing us to Kari-Helene. I love her designs! Also, thank you for the coupon code - I just used it! Now, to pick out yarn...

    1. Now that you know her you'll be seeing her name all over. She just designed something for Brooklyn Tweed and has been published in several magazines too.


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