YABANE scarf by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

YABANE scarf

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 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
499 - 593 yards (456 - 542 m)
Short (Long), Length 63 (75)” / 160 (190.5) cm, Width 8” / 20.5 cm
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YABANE scarf

矢羽 (from Japanese) ya (arrow) hane->bane (feather) - fletchings, feathers of the arrow

Shaping of this scarf 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 scarf is actually based on V-style pleats that occur in paper folding art of origami. The scarf can transform from a neat compact shape into multidimensional textured accessory.

Watch Yabane Scarf video reel here!

Originally published in 2012. March 2023 this pattern has been entirely updated to include more efficient techniques as well as the video tutorials were added.

Don’t wear scarves? Find YABANE cowl pattern here.


Short (Long)

Length (open) 63 (75)” / 160 (190.5) cm
Length (pleated) 43½ (54)” / 110.5 (137) cm
Width (opened) approx. 8” / 20.5 cm

De Rerum Natura “Gilliatt” (100% organic merino wool; 273 yds / 250 m per 3.4 oz / 100g); 2 (3) skeins;
Sample shown in size Long in color “Bouleau”.

OR use 499 (593) yds of any other non-superwash worsted weight wool with similar properties
(yardage provided includes 15% padding for swatches)

US 6 (4 mm) circular, 40” (101.5) cm or longer
US 7 (4.5 mm) circular, 40” (101.5) cm or longer (for CO and BO only)

OR use size to obtain gauge

Crochet hook size G (4 mm)
20 (25) stitch markers + 1 removable marker or pin
Cable needle (CN) (optional)
Tapestry needle

The scarf is worked sideways.

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