HANSEL HAP :: The Shetland Trader


This is a pattern for a full sized version of a traditional Shetland Hap shawl, as well as the half sized version of this shawl.

A ‘Hansel’ is a gift to mark a special occasion, such as the birth of a baby.

Approx 54 ¾ inches square (Full Version)

Approx 54 ¾ inches wide and 28 ½ inches in depth (Half Size)

US 8/5mm 24, 32 and 40 inch circular needles

Yarn (Full Size)
Fingering weight yarn in the following amounts:
1100 yards of MC, 164 yards of CC1, 164 yards of CC2, 132 yards of CC3 and 132 yards of CC4

Yarn (Half Size)
Fingering weight yarn in the following amounts:
550 yards of MC, 82 yards of CC1, 82 yards of CC2, 66 yards of CC3 and 66 yards of CC4

Stitch Markers
Row Counter
Tapestry Needle

17 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches in Garter st on US 8/5mm needles.

This shawl is constructed in 3 parts. It begins with the center square diamond worked in garter st. The square is worked from one point of the diamond to the opposite point increasing in the first half of the square and decreasing for the second half. Yarn overs are formed at the beginning of every row during the center diamond section. Stitches are then easily picked up from the very visible yarn over loops along the edges and the border is worked outwards from the center square. The shawl is finished with an edging that is knitted sideways and attached to the live sts of the border as it is being worked.