A Hap for Harriet by Kate Davies Designs

A Hap for Harriet

August 2021
Lace ?
22 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch - washed and blocked (vigorously)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
800 yards (732 m)
Sizing is flexible: to fit your preferences and your available yarn
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Re-issued in 2021 as part of our Bluestocking project, with new kits available in a beautiful John Arbon yarn.

This sideways-knit, garter stitch hap with its sweeping openwork points was designed as a retirement gift for my good friend, colleague, and doctoral supervisor, Professor Harriet Guest. Harriet is the author of several wonderful books about eighteenth-century literature and culture. She is also a knitter.

The pattern includes two full sets of instructions: the first for knitters who prefer working from a chart and the second for those who prefer written instructions.

This hap is knit sideways, from end to end. The edging is worked together with the garter stitch body, and a long, shallow shape is achieved by working increases (or decreases) prior to the edging. The dimensions of this hap are flexible, and the pattern is perfect for making the most of a special skein of yarn: simply weigh your skein carefully before knitting, and follow the percentage instructions in the pattern.


John Arbon Alpaca Supreme Heavy Lace in shade ‘Mr Smoke’. 2 x 50g skeins.

Needles and notions
3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) circular needles 60cm/24in or 80cm/32in long, or long straight knitting needles (use lace points if preferred). Stitch marker.Blocking wires and pins (optional)

Finished Dimensions
The sample pictured is 48cm/19in wide x 208cm/82in long (measured at widest and longest points)