YABANE cowl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian


March 2023
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in St st worked on smaller size needle, measured once dry after washing and blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
246 - 328 yards (225 - 300 m)
Small (Large) / 36 (48)" / 91.5 (122) cm in circumference
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矢羽 (from Japanese) ya (arrow) hane->bane (feather) - fletchings, feathers of the arrow

Just like the YABANE scarf design the pleating of this cowl is inspired by the feathers of Hamaya - a “demon-breaking arrow”, a decorative arrow sold at shrines during the New Year’s to ward off misfortune and to attract good luck. The geometric look of the cowl is actually based on V-style pleats that occur in paper folding art of origami. The cowl can transform from a neat compact shape into multidimensional textured accessory.

Watch Yabane Cowl video reel here.

Don’t wear cowls? Find YABANE scarf pattern here instead.


Small (Large)

Circumference (opened) 36 (48)” / 91.5 (122) cm
Circumference (pleated) 24 (32)” / 61 (81) cm
Width (opened) approx. 8” / 20.5 cm
Large size will be able to be twisted twice around the neck

De Rerum Natura “Gilliatt” (100% organic merino wool; 273 yds / 250 m per 3.4 oz / 100g); 1 (2) skeins;
Sample shown in Small size in color “Ciel”.
Every bit of yarn was used to finish this size cowl, be aware to use your swatch or get another ball of yarn.

OR use 283 (378) yds of any other non-superwash worsted weight wool with similar properties
(yardage provided includes 15% padding for swatches)

US 6 (4 mm) circular, 24-36” (61-91) cm
US 7 (4.5 mm) circular, 24-36” (61-91) cm (for CO and BO only)
OR use size to obtain gauge

Crochet hook size G (4 mm)
11 (15) stitch markers + 1 stitch marker in a different color (BOR) + 1 removable marker or pin
Cable needle (CN) (optional)
Tapestry needle

The cowl is worked bottom up in the round.

20 sts and 32 rows/rnds = 4”/10 cm in St st worked on smaller size needle, measured once dry after washing and blocking