This wool shawl is worked in the style of a traditional Hap (with updated construction techniques), worn by the working women of Shetland. Hap shawls were made as utilitarian garments to help shield from the harsh weather conditions of the Northern Scottish Isles. Shetland knitters used the “Old Shale”lace frame as a wonderful canvas for color experimentation; my colored version contrasts warm and cool browns to create the telltale border gradient. We also made a pure white version – a perfect choice for an heirloom-quality christening shawl, or an elegant accessory for your layered Winter wardrobe. Two sizes are provided: the multi-colored large is dramatic and can be used as a lightweight layer around the house or as a baby blanket, while the smaller (white) version is more suitable for regular wear.
Yardage and Yarn
Large Version (Multi-Color): 5 colors of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
• 1375 yards of MC; 5 skeins of Meteorite
• 200 yards of CC1; 1 skein of Woodsmoke
• 165 yards of CC2; 1 skein of Barn Owl
• 210 yards of CC3; 1 skein of Stormcloud
• 200 yards of CC4; 1 skein of Truffle Hunt
Note: If you wish to work the Large Version in one color only, you will need approximately 2150 yards of yarn (8 skeins of Loft)
Small Version (Single-Color): Approximately 1100 yards of fingering-weight wool yarn; 4 skeins of Loft
Small Sample Shown in Fossil
19 stitches and 19 ridges (38 rows) = 4” in Garter Stitch, relaxed after lace-blocking
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge
Suggested Size: US 5 (3¾ mm)
Small (Large) Version
40” x 40” (50” x 50”) square, relaxed after lace-blocking
3 out of 5
This pattern is now available in Japanese, French, German and English. Click on the pattern download button on the top right of this page and you will have the option of downloading each of the four available languages.
Japanese Translation by Meri Tanaka
German Translation by Martina Hecht
French Translation by Cindy Héteau
Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.