Modern Shetland Haps: Construction and Color
A virtual class with Denise Bell
Oct 8, 10:00am-12:00pm; Oct 9, 10:00am-12:00pm; and Oct 16, 10:00am-12:00pm CDT
Focusing on construction options and delightful color play, create a small sample shawl and gain the skills to create a full-sized Hap—the shawl Shetlanders really wear.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.
Not all Shetland shawls are knit from skinny yarn and can pass through a wedding ring. While we love those that do, the traditional Shetland Hap is generally knit with jumper-weight yarn in the natural colors of true Shetland-breed sheep.
The Shetland word Hap, according to John Graham’s Shetland Dictionary, translates as:
• A hand-knit shawl
• To enfold, to cover
So it’s easy to understand the Hap as an everyday shawl, knit to wrap or enfold one in a warm garment. This very useful item is both simple and intriguing, and it can double as a baby blanket or lap warmer!
In our three sessions, we will work on a sample-sized shawl, 25″ square, knit out from the center. There is a bit of pre-class homework—knitting the center garter-stitch diamond—but if you run out of time, you will still do just fine in class.
During the first two sessions we consider construction options and the play of color. Denise, who loves traditional shawls, provides an overview of the traditional Shetland shawl construction as well as the center-out version. Together, we explore choosing and planning color placement for the Old Shell Interior Border.
In the third session, she discusses blocking/dressing hap shawls with and without a traditional hap stretcher/frame. After creating your swatch Hap, you will be ready to go full-size.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Students must be proficient in standard increases and decreases.
A kit is required for this class; the $53 kit fee will be added to your order.
Kit includes: Two 125-yard balls of Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Shetland Jumper-weight yarn; smaller quantities of 8 additional colors. Please refer to the last two images to reference the two colorway choices: Warm or Cool. When your order is complete, you will receive a link to select your color way.
NOTE: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States; however, interested students may contact [email protected] for guidance on the yarn.
• US 6 (4mm) 24″ circular needle
• Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes
Moderate pre-class work required.