Haps & Shawls 

Having been very tentative about trying to knit a shawl, I decided to attend Veera Valimaki’s class on “Shawls and Shapes” at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March.  She was amazing and during her class she broke down different shawl shapes into very simple 4-row patterns!

With newly found confidence, I decided to start a v-shaped shawl using her basic pattern; this shape being perfect to wear with yoked jumpers and cardigans, and as a cycling scarf to keep the back of my neck warm!  I added a mix of stocking stitch and garter stitch blocks to the basic pattern to create a slightly more interesting texture.  I decided to knit the shawl using a skein of 4-ply Titus Goddess in Filey.  The result has been well worn and is much needed with the unpredictable spring weather!  In fact, the result was so well used that I decided to knit a second v-shaped shawl in some leftover Blacker Yarns Gotland DK wool.  Not having enough of one colour for a whole shawl, I added a paler band to the edge.  Again, the shawl has been well worn!

So, now for the big challenge: a Shetland hap.  As I’d loved Veera’s class, I decided to knit her 3/4 Hap for the KnitBritish Hapalong that started on Friday 10th April.  Again, I decided to use 4-ply Titus, in Coal, Crucible and White Rose.  I’m ridiculously pleased with result, and cannot wait for the right occasion to wear it!