Welcome to our world

So who are we? Olga and Vanessa come from different continents but currently reside in USA and are constantly drawn to crafting outlets. The two became fast friends instantly. They bonded over their shared love for knitting and as they found out with years not just an ordinary conventional kind. They started exchanging emails, then gradually moved on to chatting almost daily about everything related to knitting [of course] and other things in our lives.

Sometime in 2006 both of them purchased their first skeins and cones of Habu Textiles yarn which looked very unusual in their presented state.  They heard many fellow knitters say, “I’ve purchase some Habu to try but have no idea what to make with it”. They got their initial inspirations thanks to Setsuko Torii Hand-Knit Works Book. Where each of them had made at least 2 garments and experimented with many more. By trying and swatching tiny little threads into malleable and sometimes rigid yet soft fabrics made them fall in love. Rustling noise of linen paper turned quiet knitting time into ambient background sound. Process and effect becomes quite addictive and what more can one want making becomes  favorite garments to wear?!

Beginning of 2010 is when they really started putting down rough sketches and ideas for the book. Having been published couple times before Olga has known only several of the challenges publishing a book can create. They both think that it’s crucial for them to dedicate time for each detail without rushing into random ideas. Desire to control every single step of making may be ambitious, but they wanted to insure that people would enjoy the book from cover to cover. With that said, Olga was the driving force behind the designs in this book. Ability to explore and reveal amazing texture every time she combines fibers together from Habu kept inspiration flow limitless. They keep admiring organic simplicity and surprising details of multiple styling without looking awkward. What you would be reading here, hopefully you can find useful and inspirational as it is for them! Thank you for your support and interest!

Habu A-148 1/17.6 Wool Stainless Steel

A-148 1/17.6 Wool Stainless Steel
75% wool, 25% stainless steel
547  yds [492 mts]/oz [28 gm]

Available in eggplant, dark green, dark brown, mocha, terracotta and grass green.

It’s nearly the same as the silk stainless steel yarn. It has a core of stainless steel and wool wrapped around the core. This fine lace weight yarn produced astonishing malleable quality with the presence of steel. As many said, there’s almost a memory in the yarn. You can twist around or gently pull it to create any shapes you like. The magic of this yarn is it’s flexibility. It’s not stiff nor scratchy.

Wool stainless steel is perhaps best suited if you knit it in two strands or pairing it up together with another thin yarn. You would create a thicker and studier fabric without losing its delicate eathereal quality. The above swatch is knitted with two strands of wool stainless steel in terra cotta.

Ramie

Ramie/ramie blend yarn carried by Habu Textiles

A-166 2/30 Ramie (thinner)
A-166C 2/18 Ramie (thicker)
A-13 402 Kakishibu Ramie

NS-6 Pineapple Ramie
AOS-Hand Tied Twisted Ramie

More reading resources

Linda at Stone Leaf Moon wrote a post about how to prepare hand tied ramie for weaving demonstrated by Takako Ueki owner of Habu Textiles.

A step by step process of turning ramie plant into fibre for weaving.

Habu A-1 2/17 Tsumugi Silk

Above swatch knit with 4 strands of tsumugi silk, 2 of each colors 47 and 50 knit on 5.5 mm needle.

A-1 2/17 Tsumugi Silk 
100% silk
approx. 265 yds [239 mts]/oz. [28 gm]
Available in over 40 colors.

In Japanese, Tsumugi, refers to silk techniques woven from threads that come from broken or imperfect silkworm cocoons. Tsumugi has a nubby texture and slight stiffness with a beautiful, mysterious sheen. Even though it appears slubby, but once you begin working, you’ll see that the yarn is evenly spun and consistent. Its somewhat finer gauge requires a bit of patience than your usual instant-gratification yarn. However, tsumugi silk can be knitted up at several different gauges, depending on the overall desired effect you want to achieve. With single strand to create beautiful looking lace shawl, or combined strands to create a more sturdy fabric for pullovers, jackets or bags. The drape of tsumugi silk is flattering to any body shapes. It creates truly soft and flowing fabric that is ideal for next-to-skin wear and perfect for in between season. Currently, tsumugi silk is available in over 40 colors, from blood orange to fuchsia and your basic earth tones.

The above swatch is knitted with two strands of tsumugi silk in color 54 with 4mm needle.

Habu A-32 Silk Mohair

Above swatches made on 3.75mm (light green) and 3.25mm (apricot) needles.

A-32 1/12 silk mohair: comes in 4 colors.
A-32B 1/12 silk mohair : dyed with natural ingredients. Comes in 10 colors.
A-32D 1/12 silk mohair : variegated. Comes in 8 colors.
A-73 1/12 silk mohair (natural white color)
60% silk, 40% mohair
approx. 373 yds [335m]/oz [28gr]
laceweight

The above swatch is knitted with two strands of silk mohair on 3.5mm needle.

This  particular silk mohair yarn is a luxury! It has more silk content than the ones available in the market. Luscious and soft to touch and very pleasant and warm to wear. Depending on the overall desired effect you want to achieve, silk mohair is designed to be knit up at several different gauges. On smaller needles like 3.25mm needle it creates a quite filmy and see-through fabric, however, you can double it for more substantial fabric. Silk mohair is completely non-itchy, entirely appropriate for any next-to-the-skin wear and doesn’t shed like any other kid mohair and silk blend yarn. It’s perfect for dressy scarves, shawls and garments.

As for knitting with it, there’s hardly any pilling, tangles or knots that often go along with such fine fibres. A sharp pointy needle is highly recommended when knitting with this yarn. Needles made out of metal and birch are great for a little extra control. Silk mohair comes in different colors. Some in solids, variegated and also natural dyed in astonishing subtle beautiful soft tones. Don’t be fooled by its tiny little skein, silk mohair has a generous 373yds per skein. Two skeins will yield a beautiful lace scarf.

Habu A-134 Aresco Cotton

Above swatches made on 4.5 mm needles (2 strands)

A-134 Aresco Cotton
100% cotton
approx. 158 yds [142m]/oz [28gr]

Aresco is like a sister to Habu Cotton Gima. This multi-stranded cotton yarn pressed into tape that is slightly wider compared to Gima, but it gives you surprising visual effect when knitted up. It’s slightly stiff when you first use it, but once blocked and washed it displays a soft fabric that has amazing texture. The sprinkled dye also enhances and gives it an unusual depth and balance unlike any coarse cotton yarn. Aresco comes in four different subtle shades – black, yellow/black, turquoise/purple and pink/magenta. All of which convey that same blotchy specks that are sparse but do not lack in appeal.

Aresco responds amazingly well to the stress tests. The above swatch didn’t appear to have any sign of pilling after a great amount of friction. It produces a pleasant yet durable fabric with great weight for drape and also gives you an exquisite stitch definition. It would be excellent for summer sweaters as well as for Spring and Fall as a layering piece.

 

Habu A-174 Cotton Gima

Above swatches made on 3.25 mm needles

A 174 - Cotton Gima
100% cotton
Approx. 265 yds [238m]/oz [28gr]
Available in over 24 colors.

A fine cotton ribbon has a papery texture. The yarn is pressed into a tape then “glued” with viscose sizing (starch). “Gima” literally means “fake linen” in Japanese. The yarn has a general cool, crisp, “cottony” feel while also offers a subtle amount of fullness and body, especially when knitted using double strands. It behaves great on the needles.

Swatch made with Gima washed and blocked beautifully, stitches relaxed and flattened into a smooth and cohesive piece of fabric. It has great dimensional quality, the flatness of the yarn gives it excellent stitch definition in simple stockinette. It would create a beautiful airy summer tank top, cardigan set or small accessories like scarf and necklace. Garments made with Gima are better hand washed by soaking in cold or lukewarm water with a little bit of wool wash and air dry. Gima is currently available in 24 colors ranging from lovely pastels and earth tones to bright summery hues.

Habu Bamboo

Above swatches made on  2.75 mm needles

100% bamboo
XS-24 20/12 bamboo – approx. 80 yds [72 m]/oz [28 g]
XS-32 2/18 bamboo – approx. 50 yds [45 m]/oz [28 g]
XS-31 20/18 bamboo – approx. 80 yds [72 m]/oz [28 g]
XS-45 20/3 bamboo – approx. 338 yds [305 m]/oz [28 g]

Bamboo is a relative newcomer to the textile world. The yarns make silky-soft and lustrous fabrics that is strong and long-wearing. What’s best, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing and most sustainable plants in the world. Made up of multiple filaments twisted together, Habu Bamboo is amazingly smooth to knit. It can easily be worked with smaller to larger gauge, depending on user preference and type of project. The only downside is it’s splittyness, which is best resolved when used on bamboo needles.

Garments created with bamboo yarn please with amazing water-like fluidity cascading around your body when worn directly against your skin. In textile form,bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate

Bamboo has amazing soft drape which is perfect for creating elegant wraps, delicate sweaters and scarves. Its lustrous sheen and comforting texture, whether straight stitched or used in finely detailed patterns, will be treasured by anyone who comes in contact with it.

Habu N-6B Konnyaku

N-6B Konnyaku (Vegetable Root) Sizing Silk
100% silk; 177 yds [159m] /1 oz[28gr]
Available in 4 colors as well as N6 is a natural color.

Swatch above was knit with yarn held double on 3.25mm needle and got following gauge 26 sts and 32 rows over Stockinette Stitch knit flat.  Working with this yarn felt like working with tape yarn, crisp and smooth texture.

Sizing is a kind of a glue (most of the time starch based) that holds these tiny strands of silk together into a flat, straw looking yarn. After multiple washes sizing washes out and breaks down, that makes “straw” effect go away. Best way to preserve this look of the yarn is to either soak to wash or dry clean it.

Single strand creates a transparent and drapey garment on 2.75-3.25mm needle.

Held double works great with textured stitch patterns on 3.25-3.75mm needle.

Geometric Coasters Pattern

Dress up any coffee or dinner table with these minimalistic textured coasters. Play with a new cast on technique and have a quick gift ready in no time.

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We have provided a simple, easy to follow instructions with a video showing how to work on the new cast on method for this project. Feel free to leave us any comments if you have any question regarding the pattern. We would be happy to assist you.

FQ-1 “Fique”
family of pineapple plants
approx. 170 yds [150 mts]/oz [28 gm]

Fique is a type of fiber taken from leaf veins of the pineapple plant. It is described as being durable and holds its shape well. Which is perfect for this project. We hope you’ll enjoy this pattern.

CLICK HERE to download pattern