This idea was one of those “lightbulb” moments and I just ran with it. Ever since getting a gorgeous test skein of Tosh Merino Light in Cloak from Amy (Madelinetosh) at TNNA I have been thinking of what goodness can come out of it.. After some time and contemplation I decided to give this yarn a try and the amazing nature of the stitches formed Hari. This was just what I wanted and hoped for… Hari in translation from Japanese means “needle”, to me it’s a needle, spike, peak… which can be a fanthom once heavily stretched…
Knit simply straight following the continuous repeats, I had the yarn and stitches dance into peaks and valleys with a lovely zigzagged edges… what was most cool is that the make up of this is so easy.. yet I got the intricate landscape growing. Rhythm of lace making, which is not very elaborate, but can be a great training for your short-term memory.
In the end it had to become more than just a scarf.. By using several hook and eye closures this fabric is manipulated, morphed and naturally expanded its wearability.
Long cowl – close the loop
Short cowl – twisted it once and close it in a loop, arrange around your neck
Snood – just close it in a loop by twisting once,arrange around your neck and head
Shrug, Shawl or Stole… as the design comes with 2 length and width variations – the wider one can easily become the later.
Tosh Merino Light – 1 skein for shorter-narrower version, 2 skeins for wider-longer version
Needle: US 5 (3.75 mm)
hook and eye closures
The pattern comes with clear written instructions and a chart as well as some tips. The pattern has been test knit in 2 other weights (dk and worsted).
For what it’s worth and if you are knitting from stash.. this can work great because Hari can be made with Any weight yarn (I’d still suggest to stay within fingering, sport, dk, worsted, maybe chunky range). Just reconsider your yardage calculations if you are substituting it.
pdf knit pattern download