Meet the Norwegian entrepreneur from Purl Alpaca Design

kari-helene_raneFrom early childhood in Norway, Kari-Helene Rane was surrounded by knitting. Both her grandmothers and her mum knitted and throughout her childhood, she was never without lovely, warm garments. It was however her sister’s 1980s jumper (made out of leftover yarn) that provided early inspiration for possibilities within knitwear design.

Kari-Helene moved to England in 2002, attended Kingston University and in 2005 she graduated with a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Fashion Design. Her final collection primarily consisted of knitted garments and it was awarded runner up in The Knitted Textile Student Award in October 2005. After a few years of freelance work for various designers and publishers such as Daniel Blake, Modernist and MQ Publications, Kari-Helene met Tracy in 2007 and the Purl Alpaca story started.

Alpaca wool is recognized as one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world, known for its warmth, lightweight, durability and softness. Alpaca wool has a unique luxury feel and its all natural.
Purl Alpaca Designs shop offers a full range of knitting kits, patterns and yarn as well as a selection of “Made to order”.
Below is a photo by one happy customer, that have knitted the dress in the softest alpaca wool.
We love the nostalgic and romantic style!


Kari-Helene offers group and one on one knitting tuition in London. See more at

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