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Design Collaboration - Buffalo Rose Tee

Written by Larissa Gregorin


Posted on September 21 2022

I'm here highlighting another knitting pattern I collaborated on with the designer! This pattern was released in April 2022.

This is the Buffalo Rose Tee by Karel Chan aka KC Knitting Co.

​​A gem of hardy, yet delicate beauty amidst a vast rugged landscape, the city of Portland, Oregon embodies paradox, the interplay between old and new, and the humanness that exists between contrasts. Known as the City of Roses because of how beautifully the non-native rosebush first bloomed in the Willamette Valley in the 19th century, Portland also holds strongly to its forestry and pioneer roots. The iconic Paul Bunyan in his buffalo plaid often appears in local imagery, including a regal, 31-foot statue at the helm of the historic Kenton neighborhood.

The Buffalo Rose colorwork motif features classic buffalo plaid with an overlay of roses in full bloom, a dance between hard and soft lines, structure and flow. Buffalo Rose Tee is the first in a series featuring this striking motif; the simple, relaxed raglan fit is a casual welcoming of spring… just in time to watch the roses bloom.

Construction notes:

  • Bottom up in the round
  • Stranded colorwork in 2 and 3 colors at a time
  • Seamless raglan shaping from bust to neckline
  • Cap sleeve or short sleeve options

Karel knit her Buffalo Rose Tee in Forest Lane Fiber Co's Rambouillet Sport. This yarn is light and airy and lends itself to a lightweight tee. It's also incredible for colorwork, as you can see!

Part of our collaboration was getting to come up with fun color combinations for the Buffalo Rose Tee. There are a ton of different moods your plaid and rose color can take you to, and I came up with eight suggestions, including Karel's original palette, to find your personal mood!

Combo 1: The Original - Pewter, Driftwood & Briar Rose⁠
Combo 2: Buffalo Plaid - Pitch, Red Brick Road & Ghost⁠
Combo 3: Cape Cod - Tempest, Sand & Terracotta⁠
Combo 4: Spring Mood - Labradorite, Dandelion Jelly & Peach⁠
Combo 5: Rich & Royal - Urbane Bronze, Honey & Plum Brandy⁠
Combo 6: First Flowers - Schwarzwald, Lamb's Ear & Dried Bouquet⁠
Combo 7: Cabana Sunset - October, Blush & Berry⁠
Combo 8: Film Noir - Pitch, Pewter & Red Brick Road

Buffalo Rose Tee on KC Knitting Co website

Buffalo Rose Tee on Ravelry

KC Knitting Co on Instagram

Forest Lane Fiber Co Rambouillet Sport

Go check out everything that Karel has designed on her website or Ravelry. Her designs are so elegant and really transport you to their inception. Follow Karel to see further patterns with the Rose motif coming up!

Check out the brand new Buffalo Rose Pullover & Baby Buffalo Rose!!



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