Japonisme at Loop

Habu Yarns at Loop

Cherry blossoms are starting to appear in London, giving off a wonderfully calm and beautiful presence – could Spring finally be here?! This feeling puts us in mind of the quietly beautiful Habu yarns and Japanese knitting and crochet books we carry at Loop. Based in New York City, but with a heavy Japanese influence, Habu describe their yarns as ‘slow’ materials that give soul to the fabrics they produce.

Habu Silk Mohair Kusa at Loop (top-bottom: colour 2, colour 7, colour 32)

Habu Silk Mohair Kusa at Loop (top-bottom: colour 2, colour 7, colour 32)

 

Habu yarns open up all kinds of creative possibilities and are perfect for experimentation. They come in little bundles, or on cones, wrapped up in simple brown paper.

 

Habu Wrapped Merino L-R: colour 5, colour 4, colour 6

Habu Wrapped Merino L-R: colour 5, colour 4, colour 6

Clockwise from top left: Habu Bamboo Lace colour 6, Habu Non Twist Cotton Boucle colour 14, Habu Lily Boucle colour 1

Clockwise from top left: Habu Bamboo Lace colour 6, Habu Non Twist Cotton Boucle colour 14, Habu Lily Boucle colour 1

 

We worked up a few swatches of these unique and inspiring yarns to show you some of the possibilities:

 

 

The pink swatch is Habu Non Twist Cotton Boucle and left is Habu Bamboo Lace

The pink swatch is Habu Non Twist Cotton Boucle and left is Habu Bamboo Lace

This one is Habu Wool Pom Pom also worked together with Blue Sky Alpaca Melange

This one is Habu Wool Pom Pom also worked together with Blue Sky Alpaca Melange

Silk Mohair Kusa (colour 22 Gobaishi) knit in a simple lace pattern

Silk Mohair Kusa (colour 22 Gobaishi) knit in a simple lace pattern

 

Habu’s Silk Stainless is one of our most unusual yarns. Its core is stainless steel, which is wrapped with silk to create a luminous and also structured fabric. We’ve known it to be used for jewellery, mixed with a wool yarn for scarves you can ‘shape’ and even as trims on cuffs or the bottoms of sweaters.

Habu Silk Stainless Steel in plain stocking stitch.

Habu Silk Stainless Steel in plain stocking stitch on 4.5-5.5 mm needles.

Habu Silk Stainless

 

Here are some other combinations of Habu yarns we think would look stunning:

Clockwise from left: Habu Linen Steel in colour 41 and Semilla Organic Lace in colour 120; Habu Merino in colour 4 and Quince & Co Tern in Sea Grass; Habu Silk Stainless in colour 7 and Isager Alpaca 1 in colour 59; and Habu Linen Steel in colour 9 and Malabrigo Lace in Sealing Wax.

More inspiration for how to make use of these beautiful yarns can be found in the Setsuko Torii Hand-Knit Works book or the lovely Ori Ami Knits:

Or if you fancy trying out some stitch patterns and applying them yourself, try one of our fabulous Japanese stitch dictionaries:

And for some really very gorgeous Japanese knitting and crochet patterns try one of these (bear in mind that although the writing is in Japanese the patterns use a very clever charted system you can follow with the help of this book):

 

Close up of Irish Crochet Lace - Isn't it beautiful?

Close up of Irish Crochet Lace – Isn’t it beautiful?

We hope you feel as inspired as we do by these lovely bundles of yarn and beautiful patterns. We look forward to seeing where your creativity takes you!

Habu Yarns at Loop

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2 comments on “Japonisme at Loop
  1. Sara says:

    I’m a fan. I own many knitting and crochet Japanese books (I’m from S.E. Asia), and they are always beautiful. My mum also owns Japanese books for cross-stitch, quilting, my aunt, bag and clothes making.

  2. Helene says:

    I am French and if I have many Japanese books for crochet patterns that I found translated in French on the Amazon.fr if you are interested. They are beautiful!

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