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with Gudrun Johnston
Online Class

The Shetland Hap Shawl

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Bring a new knitting style into your skill stash with knitwear designer Gudrun Johnston. During class, Gudrun will guide you through the techniques you need to knit a traditional Shetland hap shawl. Learn how to start at one corner of the middle section with a single stitch and increase to create a garter-stitch square center. Gudrun will show you how to apply stunning, striped, feather-and-fan lace edging, and give you blocking tips for a fabulous finish. Plus, choose the project style you want to make! Start with the mini-hap to get acquainted; then, create the full hap or the triangular half-hap.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h44m

Included in this Class

1. Overview & Getting Started

1. Overview & Getting Started

Meet designer Gudrun Johnston, a native of the Shetland Islands, and learn more about the history of Shetland haps, or square shawls. Gudrun discusses needle, yarn and color choices and gets you started with the shawl's two-stitch cast-on and garter-stitch center. Knit along with Gudrun on a mini-hap, cast on for the full hap or try the triangular half-hap.

2. Working the Center

2. Working the Center

Gudrun explains the hap's construction and shows how to make the decreases to turn your triangular center into a square. When you're back to two stitches on your needles, you'll count the yarn overs along your edges to make sure you're all set to knit the lace border.

3. Preparing to Knit the Border

3. Preparing to Knit the Border

With Gudrun's guidance, you'll pick up the yarn overs around the edges of your center on circular needles, then knit setup rounds for the "old shale" lace border, a type of feather-and-fan lace. Gudrun explains how to read the lace chart (written instructions for the lace are included in the pattern, too).

Recommended with this class

  • Fingering-weight yarn
  • Needles: US 8 (5 mm) 24-, 32- and 40-inch circular needles