Prairie Shawl

My Cotton & Cloud Fresh Inspirational Knits Vol.1 Spring/Summer 2013 collection is now available! It’s been thrilling and humbling at the same time to see four of my designs being within top 10 of the popular patterns when the collection was released. Thank you so much for your kind support!

One of my favourite designs from the collection is the Prairie Shawl made from just one skein of The Buffalo Wool Co. yarn called ‘Sexy’.

Prairie Shawl

I first encountered bison yarn at the Knitting & Stitching Show here in London in 2009, at the busy Buffalo Wool Co.’s booth. I was amazed to discover how warm, yet wonderfully light, this unusual yarn is.


Buffalo Wool Co. in Sexy:
Lace weight: 50% bison-down, 50% bombyx silk
400+ yards/2 oz. skein


I wasn’t the only knitter who was intrigued by this latest addition to their amazing selection of yarns. It has a beautiful shimmer and is a real pleasure to knit! At the time, I was obsessed with designing half circular shawls and this new feather-light yarn inspired me to design the Prairie Shawl, based on the vast landscape where herds of bison still live.

As a huge fan of David Attenborough, I had seen the American bison in one of his series. I was delighted by the magnificent animals and the beauty of the prairie landscape with its distant mountains!

Since the yarn is an exotic, luxury material in Britain, I wanted the design to have a special story behind it. So not only is it enjoyable to knit, the finished shawl also forms a subtle, picture-pattern telling the timeless story of the prairie landscape.

Prairie Shawl

Worked from the centre outwards, the first wave of pattern depicts the sky and clouds, followed by the zigzag section representing the impressive mountain ranges. Then there are columns of leaves symbolising the lush prairie grasslands that provide sustenance for these wonderful creatures!

I do hope you’ll like the Prairie Shawl and enjoy creating something a little ‘out of the ordinary’ from this amazingly soft and warm American buffalo yarn!

(Here’s a link to a similar BBC programme about U.S. bison).

Responses to “Prairie Shawl”

  1. Serena

    It is beautiful! The design is perfect, and looks just like a Prairie shawl should.

    • Kyoko

      Hi Serena,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  2. Pili

    Oh Kyoko, that is stunning!

    What a gorgeous pattern, and even though I’m not a lover of brown shades, that looks lovely!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Pili!
      I know what you mean about brown. I am the same (especially dark brown)! But after knitting this wonderful natural brown shade I fell in love with light brown 🙂

  3. What a beautiful shawl. Loved reading the story behind its design. I’ve never come across bison yarn before. It looks wonderfully fine and ethereal in the finished shawl.

    • Kyoko

      Hi Nicolette,
      Thank you for your lovely comment! I fell in love with bison yarn. I love the animal but despite of how big and heavy the bisons are, the yarn is light like feather and so soft. Highly recommended 🙂

  4. What a stunning shawl! I love the pattern, very cool.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Kyoko

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

  5. Ann Schrader

    Prairie Shawl:

    Am finally at row 128 and hope there are two knit stitches at the end after the additional purl stitch. I do not want to rip it out and re- knit it “again”.

    Please let me know ASAP.



    • Kyoko

      Hi Ann,

      Row 128 (WS) should be as follows:
      Row 128: K2, *P4, K1, P2, K1, P7; rep from * 15 times more, P1, K2.
      So yes, there is two knit stitches after the one purl.
      I am really sorry that you had to re-knit it. I totally understand it is very annoying. If this doesn’t solve the problem, please e-mail me (info”at” and I will do my best to help.


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