LYS Exclusive – Hanasaku Cowl

We love going to LYSes and getting feedback on yarn and designs.  That’s what we were doing when we brought a Bamboo Bloom Handpaints cowl around to local shops to get their take.  Like us, they fell in love with it.

Hanasaku short 1 180dpi

This is the Hanasaku Cowl, designed by Tori Gurbisz.  Hanasaku means “bloom” in Japanese.  With its bursts of color the name seemed apt. We were going to hold off on releasing this until Spring, but we just could’t wait.  Besides, winter is a great time for this burst of color.

Hanasaku short 2 180dpi square

It’s available in both large and small versions – the small version is pictured above.  As pictured, the pattern calls for:

Wisdom Yarns Poems (100% wool; 50g/109 yds)
• 601 Arles (MC) – 1 skein
Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (48% rayon from bamboo, 44% wool, 8% acrylic; 100g/154 yds)
• 313 Kanji (CC) – 1 skein

Needles: US Size 11 (8 mm) 24” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle

Hanasaku short 3 180dpi shoulders


This pattern is only available at your LYS.  The experts there can download it for you and help you put together the perfect color combo.  It’s a simple knit, made in the round.  If you can work a knit stitch and use a circular needle, you can create this cowl.

We’ll feature the longer version in another blog post.

Happy knitting!

6 thoughts on “LYS Exclusive – Hanasaku Cowl”

  1. I bought the Hanasaku Stole kit at stitches West and I’m having difficulty with it. I am not a novice knitter. Is there a correction to the pattern?

    1. Hi Athena,

      There was a small omission in the Pattern Notes, the fourth sentence should read:
      To create the fringe, leave long (approx. 6”) loops of working yarn at the beginning and end of each row, tying loop in a knot close to edge.

  2. There’s a fringe? None of the photos show it?

    I was going to do a crochet cast-on, so that the bind-off and cast-on match. Good idea?

    1. Hi Diane,

      The Hanasaku Stole is worked flat and has fringe, while the Hanasaku Cowl is worked in the round and doesn’t have fringe.

      The crochet cast-on sounds like a great idea! I know a few people, me included, have done a long tail cast-on and a sewn bind-off to keep the edges nice and stretchy.

      Hope that helps!

  3. I’ve made two of the small versions now. Because the pattern asks for an even number of cast-on stitches, I have this weird seam-like effect at the each row end/start. What if instead of an even number of cast-on stitches, you make it an odd number?

    Is there a reason for having an even number?

    1. Not necessarily – I personally have made two of the small version as well with an odd number, and it’s worked out fine, so I think you’re on the right track. Diane, try making one with an odd number and just keeping the chain of knits and slips going all the way to the end. We’d love to see your results!

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