Whakahoahoa Shawl by Francoise Danoy

Whakahoahoa Shawl

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April 2019
Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Diamond Motif
US 5 - 3.75 mm
440 - 880 yards (402 - 805 m)
Sample measures 80 in./203 cm by 25 in./63.5 cm
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The Whakahoahoa Shawl is a symbol of friendship. This design was commissioned by Eylul Kilim, a local yarn shop in Osaka that I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to not only form a relationship with, but also a friendship with the owner, Yuri Kojima. In the aftermath of the Great Kumamoto Earthquake of 2016, I vividly recall her reaching out to me on Instagram asking if I was safe and if I needed help. Since moving to Osaka, Yuri has demonstrated the meaning of friendship again and again, welcoming me and my husband into her family, providing assistance, and feeding me cookies and tea whenever I visit her shop. Being able to design a pattern for her shop’s 5th year anniversary is small payment in return. She is definitely knit-worthy.

This shawl is knit side-to-side, from tip to tip, in four main sections: the set-up, the increase, the decrease and then the finishing. The design features a simple diamond motif that is easy to memorize and even easier to knit. You can adjust the size of the shawl for the amount of yarn you have in your stash or to the length you wish (as the increase and decrease sections are just halves of each other). Due to the simplicity of the stitch pattern, you can use that beautiful skein of variegated yarn that’s been hiding in your stash for so long but haven’t had an opportunity to use (until now!).

Knit this shawl for a knit worthy friend that you wish to celebrate, or knit one for yourself (you’re deserving of love and appreciation too!).


  • Sample used 690 yds./640 m (2 skeins), but yardage is easily adjustable for 1 skein.
  • Fingering/4-ply.
  • Chappy Yarn Merino Sock (SW Merino 75%, Nylon 25% ; 100 g ; 460 yds./425 m). 2 skeins in Nouveau 2018 (Lot EE).
  • This is a lovely and springy yarn with a lot of bounce and elasticity.


  • US 5/3.75 mm size or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.


  • 24 sts x 32 rows per 4 in./10 cm in lace stitch pattern with suggested needle size and after blocking.
  • Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.


  • This pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
  • This pattern has been test knit.
  • You can sell FOs made from this design to friends and family, as well as in your online or offline shop.

Note: in the photos I am wearing a kirituhi stencil. Kirituhi was initially developed so that non-Māori could get “Māori-inspired” tattoos. For Māori, they are used for kapa haka performances and for wāhine to feel empowered—I use it as a forward expression of my cultural heritage without violating the specific mana and tikanga of tā moko. The mana of kirituhi is safe to wear as it is purposefully made to be a “generic” design.

Māori — Native people of New Zealand

Kirituhi — A Māori-inspired tattoo or marking

Kapa haka — Dance performance

Wāhine — Woman

Mana — Authority

Tā moko — A traditional permanent marking of the body and face