Washi, the Spanish yarn with a Japanese name. While the name initially conjures up the thought of scrubbies, that is not what this yarn is about.
This bulky fabric tape is named after a traditional method of Japanese paper making. Handmade with the fibers from Japanese trees, bamboo, hemp, etc., washi is stronger than regular paper and has a broad range of utilization including clothing.
The DIYers out there are probably familiar with washi tape, used for scrapbooking and many other crafts. You’ll find it splattered all over Pinterest and Etsy.
Washi (the yarn) is constructed much like its paper counterpart except in colorful wide strips for knitting and crochet. It is strong, yet feather light. Perfect for chunky warm weather knits, and the tie-dye colors are out of this world!
There are numerous free patterns to knit and crochet featuring Washi. Simply click on the photos below to download the pattern.
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This crochet mandala rug from Spanish artist Susimiu is absolutely gorgeous (and yes, it’s a free pattern too!)
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And they even use Washi for amigurumi, with free patterns to crochet a cute chick and bunny.
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We are awaiting the arrival of Katia’s spring pattern collection, that will feature even more garments and accessories to make with Washi. Packed with 65 patterns to knit and crochet in a wide range of spring yarns, for only $15.95! Pre-order your copy today.
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Join us for a class on Saturday, March 18 and make this Quick Knit Top. This simple summer top works up in a flash and is a perfect first sweater.
Although the pattern is written in one size, it is a snap to adjust. We’ll be happy to assist! Class is from 10-3, come & go.


  • Brandie Ferguson

    22.02.2017 at 12:10 Reply

    Thank you for all the free patterns 🙂

  • Linda W.

    22.02.2017 at 22:31 Reply

    I didn’t know washi had to do with a paper-making process! You always find such interesting facts to share with us. 🙂

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