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The Shetland Hap Shawl

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Knit an unforgettable Shetland shawl! Create a timeless accessory with the features that set this storied knitting style apart from others.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including patterns for the mini-hap, half-hap and full hap shawls
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Gudrun Johnston
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Preparing to Knit the Border
4. Knitting the Lace Border
5. Working the Applied Edging
6. Finishing & Blocking
7. The Half-Hap Shawl

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

Gudrun Johnston
Gudrun Johnston
Gudrun Johnston was born in Shetland, where her mother ran a successful knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader. Now, she lives in the U.S. and has made a niche for herself in the design industry, using the Internet to interact with an international community of knitters. In addition to being published in several magazines, Gudrun has authored multiple design collections, including The Shetland Trader and Knit With Me: A Mother & Daughter Collection. You can find her designs on Ravelry and her website,

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