Wild Geese Hap by Sue Beard

Wild Geese Hap

December 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch/stockinette
US 9 - 5.5 mm
853 - 2515 yards (780 - 2300 m)
Lapghan (1 m square), Hap Blanket (2 m square)
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Did you know that a group of geese on the ground is known as a gaggle, but in the air, flying in V-formation, it is known as a skein? I love that connection between geese and yarn!

The Wild Geese Hap is a square blanket, knit in the round from the centre out. It was inspired by the large numbers of geese that fly high over our house in the Autumn, crossing dry stone walls, fields, and streams, in huge skeins, as they gather to migrate to their winter pasture.

It is a mixture of textured and lace knitting, in natural shades of Aran/worsted yarn, colours chosen to reflect the fawn, black, and white colouring of the iconic Canada Goose. Two sizes are catered for, a lapghan size approximately 1 metre square, and a larger hap/blanket of approximately 2 metres square; either style can be finished with a plain edge or a knitted-on lace edge.

The hap has a central square of textured design depicting the typical triangular flight of geese, edged by 2 borders (1 border for the lapghan) of progressively more lacy motifs on the same theme, divided by narrow ridges depicting dry stone walls. Before the chosen edging (plain cast off or knitted on lace), there is a wide three-colour border of Old Shale depicting the ripples on the surface of the local reservoirs which are home to the geese. The optional lace edge is a long narrow triangle which could be seen as either a variation on the skein in flight or the wings of a goose as it flies.

I have shown the two styles with differing colour schemes, the lapghan warmly brown, the blanket a cool creamy white. The Daughter of a Shepherd yarn is wonderfully ‘sheepy’, and once washed fulls out with a slight halo, making this a very cosy accessory for a winter’s day.

This pattern uses charts with minimal text instructions.