In Gudruns blog!
Taking the Gudrun Johnston Shetland Hap Shawl class. This pattern (and the Half Hansel version) is a part of the course material. A very plesant surprise!
Just found a KAL for this one at The Shetland Trader group.
This is my fourth hap shawl (middle square in garter, picked up lace border and sideways edging BO). The two first in lace weight, one in handspun fingering and now this in a handspun sport weight. I love Gudrun Johston’s designs and hoping to get a lot of new to me information from her class.
I love to knit hap shawls, especially the process and the garter. The whole thing comes together so very nice. This time I used a handspun, it was lovely to knit with but as always it take some mods to fit a specific pattern. Later, when I’m a master spinner I don’t have to do that. For now, I have to do changes according to the feel of the fabric, the yardage and it’s hard to plan everything from the start. I love the lace BO in a hap shawl. I think it’s the thing that brings everything togheter. I have feel of unsatisfaction and that something is missing now with the I-cord BO. But this is only my second big project knitted with my own handspun, it is OK.
Next time I want to knit one with a smaller center diamond, a broader border and a proper lace BO.
The hap shawl / baby blanket is now blocking.
Tryed a lot of last border variations and yarns. Decided to BO with an i-cord BO in a neutral wool yarn. This gives more of a blanket look and not a lacy shawl look to the piece. I think it’s the right thing to do, the handspun yarn is to thick to wear as a shawl anyway. I think I will put this one away for a future special baby.
New colors for striping. A thinner and softer handspun (and mushroom dyed) and Nevada a purple wool/angora (90/10). Yes, I can mix handspun and commercial yarn ;-)
This is much better. Half lace border done.
Ripped my 12 knitted border rows. The handspun I was striping with turned out to thick. Need something lighter.
I really want to use my marled handspun. I have about 200 grams in a sport weight, 763 meters.
Knitting the center part in my marled handspun and thinking of striping it whith natural white and grey for the Feather and fan border.
My center diamond weighs 128 gram, 92 gram left for the border. I have to use another yarn to get the size I want.
I’m going to use a handspun from the same breed as the the natural white in the marled yarn. I also have a mushroom dyed skein spun from the same wool batch. It is a dirty looking brown gray. When you dye you hate them but I really think it works well here.
I´m not sure about the quality of the fabric. Started with 3.5 mm and now testing 4.5 mm. The pattern says 5 mm needles for a fingering yarn and I have a sport weight.
Gauge in pattern:
17 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches in Garter st on US 8/5mm needles. OK, I’m using 5 mm.
the pattern states about 127cmx127cm finished. I will have a larger shawl using sport weight yarn.