Some things, while chronologically old, never get old. I am thinking, for example, of soft-serve ice cream cones with a crackly chocolate dip, go-go boots, and overstuffed duvets. See also raindrops, roses, whiskers, kittens.
Finished dimensions: approximately 30″ x 40″ (76.2 cm x 101.6 cm) after felting.
Add to this list: the Kiki Mariko Rug. It’s one of the best things we’ve ever knit. Its construction is a fun little brain teaser: it’s a tube that is knit in the round until it becomes long enough to serve as an agility training tunnel for a capybara.
The Kiki Mariko has a lot going for it. Novelty: it’s simple 2-color stranded knitting that works up fast because you use roving-like bulky yarn instead of thin strands of Shetland wool.
Adventure: in the form of a long steek that, once cut, opens the knitted tube into a flat rug.
But not too much adventure: you felt the whole thing in a washing machine before cutting the steek, so there is no need to secure the steek, and zero danger of unraveling when you cut.
And at the end of all that fun, the finished object is a splendid, cushy rug whose crayon colors have melded by felting into a sophisticated palette.
We loved the Kiki Mariko Rug in 2008, when we first published it in a collection of patterns that is now out of print.
We still love it today.
The crayon-bright shades felt into a lovely, subtle melange.
The pattern has been updated slightly. In recognition of the rise of the front-loading washing machine, the sample was felted in a front-loader—no muss, no fuss—and the instructions cover both front- and top-loading machines. We also made a tweak to the pattern to prevent the short ends from slightly ruffling, as some knitters had experienced with the original Kiki Mariko.
Your Kiki Mariko Options
For the MDK Holiday Shop, we’ve put together a Kiki Mariko Rug Kit that includes 10 colors of the original yarn, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky. The kit includes a digital download of the new-and-improved pattern. It’s perfect fireside knitting for the upcoming holiday season.
And listen, we weren’t born yesterday. We know that some of you out there have a stash of Lamb’s Pride Bulky that you acquired ages ago, maybe even for the original Kiki Mariko. We’ve got you: the Kiki Mariko Rug pattern is available on its own.
Allie Kat the greyhound for scale. She’s a long girl. photo by janet berka.
Our thanks to stalwart sample knitter Francie Owens, who has yet to face a knitting—or knitting, plus felting, plus steeking—deadline she could not beat.
No greyhounds or capybaras were harmed by the Kiki Mariko rug.