My name is Karen S. Lauger, also known online as Lykkefanten.

I am an Danish economist by day and an avid knitter and knitwear designer by night (or at least in the evenings).

I aim at creating a feeling of simple complexity in my designs, drawing heavily on my love of mathematics and my Nordic heritage. Most of my designs revolve around a single defining idea or inspiration, which I then fold out to something that sometimes resembles complexity, but which is often quite simple to knit.

I have worked with small indie dyers and small and large yarn companies alike. I also publish independent designs through Ravelry and have had a design featured in So far, I have designed more than 60 knitting patterns.


Lykkefanten is my designer alias. The name means “Lucky elephant” shortened to “Luckyphant” or Lykkefanten in Danish. The original Lykkefant is a little, bronze colored, plastic elephant figure, which my sister gave me as a good luck charm, when I went to New Zealand to live and study back in 2006. It has since then taken on another meaning, since I have chosen to use Lykkefanten as my avatar and identity online.

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My blog is not solely focused on my knitting design, as I tend to enjoy a lot of other things as well and can’t help but write about them. Therefore you might find posts about knitting, travelling, embroidery, sewing and much more as you read along.