Cristina Shiffman does this to us all the time. She takes something we love, flips it and reverses, sprinkles special magic, and makes us love it even more.
A case in point: the Kiki Mariko Rug.
I’ll be so bold as to say that of the hundreds of Kiki Mariko Rugs out there, every single one of them was a good time for the knitter. No exceptions. It’s just a joyride of a knit. Big needles, simple colorwork that knits up quickly into a giant tube.
And then, more fun awaits. You felt the whole thing in the washing machine, cut the steek, and VOILA: instant rug. A dash of modern style to warm up any room in the house.
When Cristina got ahold of the Kiki Mariko Rug, she made it even better. She pared down the number of colors to one golden yellow plus two shades of gray, and this is the amazing result:
Cristina’s grellow version is just the thing to bring sunshine to a cloudy day.
She let us borrow her rug to photograph, and gosh, we hope it gets back to her safely, but what with all the seasonal snafus and delivery delays and whatnot, maybe we should hold onto it in Nashville a little longer?
To make things easy, we’ve updated the Kiki Mariko Rug pattern with a chart for Cristina’s 3-color grellow version. A downloadable PDF of the pattern is included with the yarn kit.
Let’s Get Realistic
You absolutely could make one of these in time to glow up for the December holidays. It’s a romp of a knit. It’s also a great gift for a newer knitter who’s ready to baby-step their way into easy stranded colorwork and the most stress-free steek that has ever been steeked.