Modern Shetland Haps – Construction and Color

Denise Bell

Thursday All Day & Friday AM

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 (a Shetland dialect word for shawl) is generally knit with jumper (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.

We'll discuss traditional techniques and color placement in class and work on a small sample hap to learn the basics of modern hap construction. A kit using Jamieson & Smith yarn is available for $50 to be purchased from Lost City Knits in advance. Students should purchase the kit no later than two weeks prior to the event to allow time for shipping and homework to be completed.

Skill level:

Students should have ability to execute standard increases and decreases, and basic chart reading.

Material Fee:
$50 – Shetland Hap Class Kit (to be purchased in advance from Lost City Knits – so homework can be completed before arriving.) Contains Jamieson & Smith yarn – warm or cool palette

Modern ShetlandClass photo

Student Supplies:
Needle: 6US / 4 mm both circular and double point, needles with sharp tips are essential when working lace. Notions: Stitch markers, waste yarn, crochet hook, darning needle and your usual knitting kit


Using size 5US needle and MC (Main Color) of yarn knit a diamond shape beginning with one stitch, leaving a 6” tail, increasing one stitch EVERY row in the following method (both front and back) until you have 53 stitches. Then decrease one stitch EVERY row in the following method until you once again have one stitch.
• Increasing method: *Yarn over, knit across to the last stitch, knit into the back of the loop of last stitch*. Turn and repeat until you have 53 stitches.
• Decreasing method: *Yarn over, sk2togpsso, knit across all stitches.* Turn and repeat until 2 stitches remain. When 2 stitches remain k2tog. One stitch remains on the needle. Do not cut or break yarn.