Habu Textiles, created by Takako Ueki, is one of our favorite lines of fibers in our store. I, personally, have made several scarves and garments with Habu, and love them all. They are not only unique, but very wearable items. I always say that the things I have made and seen made from Habu yarn are the things I would buy at a store if I saw them hanging there.
Since this is a Scarfoholic blog, I will speak to the various choices a knitter has to make spectacular scarves out of Habu Textiles. Since we carry just about everything in the Habu yarn line at our store and on our website, we are always thrilled with the limitless possibilities we have to make amazing projects. They are truly works of art, and I am always impressed with what our knitters come up with in terms of color combinations and their own ideas for scarves.
I had to write about one of my favorite scarves, not only in our store, but in the whole knitting community. It is the Habu Kusha Kusha Scarf pattern made with Habu Stainless Steel and Merino. In this blog I will share not only the pattern information with you, but show you several examples of this scarf.
As you can see, this scarf is unusual. I think it looks more like jewelry than a scarf. Whenever I wear it, heads turn. I am frequently asked where I got the scarf, and when I tell someone that I made it, they want to make one for themselves. One of the features of this scarf that cannot be shown in a picture is that it can be manipulated into different shapes because of the Stainless Steel. This is one of the things that makes this scarf so special.
The scarf is typically made with two cones of Habu Stainless Steel, and one cone of Habu Fine Merino. Some knitters have chosen to make the scarf longer and/or wider. The combinations of Stainless Steel colors and Merino colors are endless. The Stainless Steel comes in three different fiber combinations; linen, wool, or silk. We carry all three choices. Stainless Steel is a wonderful fiber to use. The Wool Stainless gives more of a matte finish. The Silk Stainless is the softest. The Linen Stainless is the shiniest. As for the Fine Merino, it is absolutely lovely. I will include in this blog a project that was done using only the Fine Merino, so that you can see what it looks like on its own.
This scarf looks like it is done on small needles, but, surprisingly, the majority of the scarf is done on a size eight needle. The pattern is featured on the Purl Bee website, and is a free pattern provided by Habu. Here is the schematic for the scarf:
As you can see, it is a very basic, easy pattern. The pattern in its entirety can be downloaded from the Purl Bee website.
Knitters have started out trying Habu by making this scarf and have gotten hooked. The project is reasonably priced and is easy. It has become a favorite gift project all year ‘round, and especially at the holidays. Knitters can “knock these out” rather quickly, and they dazzle everyone at gift opening time.
If you have never worked with Habu, I would urge you to try it by making the Kusha Kusha Scarf. It is a different knitting experience working with Habu. Typically, Takako Ueki, the creator of Habu, recommends using Addi Turbos for her patterns. But in this project, since it is done with stainless steel, I recommend a straight needle. I prefer a Lantern Moon Featherlight needle for this project. The circular needle connection makes the stainless steel stop there. I don’t like having to pull it over the connection constantly. I like easy.
There is a scarf pattern that has been designed by Julie Hoover that goes beyond the Kusha Kusha Scarf. The pattern is called Decalage, and when we saw it, we had to carry it in our store. It can also be purchased as a download from Ravelry for the same price. (If you wish a “pretty” hard copy as I do, we will be happy to send you one as it is available on our website and in our store. I like my patterns to look nice in my binder. I guess a little Martha Stewart lives within me) This pattern uses both Stainless Steel and Merino as well. Here are some images of the Decalage Scarf:
The Ostrich Scarf that I featured in my last blog was made with Tsumugi Silk and Stainless Steel run together. I thought it was worth mentioning. Stainless Steel can be run with just about every Habu fiber. It makes the project more flexible and gives it a stretchability. It also adds a hint of color much like running mohair with another fiber does.
Another amazing scarf is one designed by Kirsten Johnstone, called the Kozue Scarf. This scarf is made with only Habu Fine Merino. The pattern is offered on Ravelry, and we offer the hard copy on our website and at our store. I have it “on my queue” to make, especially after seeing it in person at our TNNA Convention. It is absolutely gorgeous. Here are some images of it:
Last, but not least, I wanted to put some images of scarves made with just Stainless Steel. There are no limits to what can be created with this fiber. Below are some stunning examples. I hope you give Habu knitting a try. If you are a Scarfoholic, you have to include this on your knitting queue too.