Saturday 04/29/2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Wrapped in Warmth: The Shetland Hap Shawl with Denise Bell
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 Shawl is generally knit with jumper-weight (fingering-weight) yarn in the natural colors of true Shetland-bred sheep.
In this class we're going to add a little twist to the traditional everyday Shetland shawl. Bring 3 to 5 solid-colored fingering-weight non-superwash wool yarns to class. While the traditional choices are natural sheep colors, your swatch need not be so. Scraps of 100-200 yards are perfectly fine for our swatch. (There is a time and place for multicolored superwash sock yarns, but this is neither.)
For this class you'll choose one of your colors as your main color and plan the others to coordinate a pleasing palette. We'll discuss traditional techniques and color placement in class and work on a swatch to learn the basics of modern Hap Shawl construction. Finally, we'll discuss how to block/dress a Hap Shawl.
Note: Should have some chart reading experience.
100-200 yards each of 3-5 solid-colored, #1 (fingering-weight) non-superwash wool yarns; 3.75mm/US5 or 4mm/US6 circular needle(s) in both 24" AND 32" lengths (or interchangeable cords); stitch markers; colored pencils or crayons in shades representing your chosen swatch colors with maybe a few more to play around with.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Using the color chosen as your Main Color (MC) and leaving a 6" tail, knit a triangle shape beginning with one stitch, increasing one stitch EVERY row in the following method (both front and back) until you have 53 stitches, then decreasing 1 stitch EVERY row in the method below until you once again have 1 stitch.
Increasing method: *Yarn over, knit across to the last stitch, knit into the back of the loop of last stitch, turn. Repeat until you have 53 stitches.
Decreasing method: Yarn over, SK2P, knit to the last stitch, knit into the back of the loop, turn. Repeat until 2 stitches remain, then k2tog.
Pick up and knit 26 stitches per side (remaining stitch from k2tog is first stitch on first side)—104 stitches. Do not cut or break working yarn.