by Craig on June 15, 2012

Hakusa is a beautiful scarf designed by Kirsten Johnstone. So light and airy, it’s a wonderful summer project.

Hakusa scarf

I used one strand of Habu Silk Stainless yarn and one strand of Habu Fine Merino yarn. Both are very fine lace weight yarns – probably the thinnest yarns I’ve ever knit with. You knit on size 6 needles, however, so you’re knitting at a DK weight gauge of 5.5 stitches per inch.

If I make another, I’ll cast on with a needle one or two sizes larger. I’m not a tight knitter, but the Silk Stainless Steel has no elasticity, and I cast on a little snugger than I would’ve liked.

Hakusa scarf

The pattern is written for two sizes. I knit the large, which has a final measurement of 40 inches across the bottom and 26 inches from top to bottom. I used 1 cone of Fine Merino and 2 cones of Silk Stainless Steel.

Hakusa scarf

The finished fabric is fascinating. The stainless steel keeps it from laying flat like knitted fabric normally does. The surface has a subtle texture to it, yet it’s soft and drapes beautifully.

If you’ve never knit with Habu yarns before, this would be a fantastic way to try them. The pattern can easily be knit with different weights of yarn too, if you prefer something thicker. I have a skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light that I think would make a beautiful Hakusa.

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