MDK Field Guide No. 24: Spark

By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne


Olga Buraya-Kefelian is one of the most inventive designers working today. These five brand-new designs take us on a fascinating ride. Simple techniques + Olga’s brilliant mind = handknits that will leave your friends asking, “How in the world did you do that?”

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Olga understands what we knitters love. We want knitting that isn’t too difficult, but has cool surprises along the way. This is the knitting that will take us on a fantastic trip this summer.

Turnstile Wrap. Wear this piece at least five different ways. Already a huge favorite with everybody who’s seen this versatile design. Yarn: 6 skeins of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio DK.


Paragon Popover. We could hardly believe our eyes when Olga showed us this design. It’s nothing but knits, purls, increases, and decreases—yet the effect is graphic, modern, a big wow. The yarn here is Woolfolk Tov DK—7 skeins of your favorite color.


Penrose Tote. Olga’s fascination with graphic stitch patterns is on full display here. It’s designed in two sizes, with a handle that slips through the other to close it. These yarns are Rowan Creative Linen (3 skeins) for the large tote, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Sock and NFC Chroma for the small one.


Fortune Teller Cuff. A fascinating quick trip into Olga’s inventive mind, this little bracelet is almost magic in the way it becomes so dimensional. This is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Sock plus NFC Chroma, a yarn with a bit of stainless steel in it.


Tendril Necklace. How does Olga do it? Such an original construction for this light, summery decoration—so simple and so very cool. In Rowan Creative Linen here.

And here it is in Spincycle Dream State.