Wrapped in Warmth – Hap Shawl Class


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Shetland Weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas – March 23, 2019.

Only fifteen slots will be available for Saturday’s class Wrapped in Warmth – Shetland Hap Shawls with Denise of Lost City Knits. This purchase is for classes only.

Class will begin Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:00. There will be a lunch break at 12:00, and class will resume at 2:00 and run until 5:00.

This is not a class for absolute beginners. Denise asks that students be able to execute standard increases and decreases, and be able to read charts.

Class Description:

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 (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 three to five 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 multi-color superwash sock yarns, but this is neither.) For this class you’ll choose one of your colors as your main color (which will become the center and outer edging) 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 Half Hap Shawl construction. In class we will additional colors to throw into the mix. 

What supplies will the students need to bring?

Students should bring a size 5US or 6US circular needle(s) in both 24 and 32 inch length (or interchangeable cords), stitch markers and the usual knitting kit. Also bring three to five solid colored fingering-weight non-superwash wool yarns of 100-200 yards each, and colored pencils or crayons in shades representing your chosen swatch colors with maybe a few more to play around with. (Instructor will supply graph paper.)


Using the color chosen as your MC (Main Color) 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. Use the decreasing method below to once again have one stitch on the needle.

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 to the last stitch, knit into the back loop of the last stitch*. turn and repeat until 2 stitches remain. when 2 stitches remain k2tog. One stitch remains on the needle.

Pick up and knit 26 stitches per side (104 stitches total)

Do not cut or break working yarn.

General Information:

Cancellation policy: Lost City Knits will refund half of the cost until one month before the event, which is February 21, 2019. After that, half of the cost can be refunded only if we are able to fill the empty spot.

In addition to the class, you’ll also receive good swag from Jamieson & Smith and Lost City Knits.

Lodging at the Homewood Suites in Little Rock is separate and is the responsibility of the student. Lost City Knits will provide a link to the hotel’s reservation system once the class is purchased. The discounted price is $119 per night at the hotel. We will have a thread on the Lost City Knits Ravelry forum for people seeking roommates called Stranded Roomies. Check there before booking a room. Students are free to make other arrangements, or to stay at home if they are local, but the Homewood Suites is the host hotel. There is food within walking distance.

Our page describing the event more thoroughly is HERE.


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