Whakairo Cowl

Aroha Knits

Log in for pricing

Write a Review
Minimum Purchase:
3 units
Calculated at Checkout

Whakairo Cowl by Aroha Knits | Whakairo is the art of wood carving in Maori culture, a prominent and respected role. Many traditional structures, such as the posts of wharenui (meeting houses) or the prow of a waka (canoe), and objects like the taiaha (weapons) are covered in this elaborate carved decoration. While it is a work of art, the carvings also tell a story. Whakairo requires patience and diligence and is a skill that many Maori continue to hone to both honour their heritage and carry the stories and lessons embedded in the carving forward.


  • 24 sts x 40 rows per 4 in/10 cm in main stitch patterns with suggested needle size and after blocking
  • One repeat of the center lace pattern (23 sts and 12 rows) equals 3.5 in/9 cm by 1.5 in/4 cm

Finished Measurements: Width: 23 in/58.5 cm; Length: 22 in/56 cm

Materials Used: 

  • 382 - 440 yd./360 - 400 m
  • Fingering/4-ply Dubai Knits Yara (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 440 yd./400 m; 100 g)
  • 1 skein in Damask

Needle Size: US 5/3.75 mm size or size needed to obtain gauge

Pattern Includes: Written Instructions

Skill Level: Intermediate