Whakairo Top Knitting Pattern
Earlier this year I released the Whakairo cowl, a design I created to honor and celebrate the respected art of Māori wood carving. Whakairo really resonated with me because while it is a work of art, the carvings also tell a story.
Whakairo requires patience and diligence and is a skill that many Māori continue to hone to both honour their heritage and carry the stories and lessons embedded in the carving forward.
Knitting, like whakairo, requires patience and diligence. I use knitting, specifically knitwear design, to honour my heritage and carry the stories, values, and lessons of my people forward. I wanted to create a piece to pay tribute to this art form, which I was able to recreate the feel through the usage of twisted stitches and cables for a fabric rich in texture.