WIP – Hansel Half Hap

I’ve always admired knitting bloggers for the sheer speed at which they must knit to maintain a regular posting schedule. I am not that quick a knitter, so today I’m sharing a WIP (work in progress) with you.

A woman stands in the countryside, wearing a handknit triangular shawl with coloured wave pattern on oatmeal background.
Hansel by Gudrun Johnston

The pattern is the Hansel Half Hap by Gudrun Johnstone, as mentioned in my winter knitting plans post.* A hap, as I’ve learned, is a shawl knit in a construction particular to the Shetland Isles – a garter square edged with a picked-up lace border, forming a rectangle which is folded in half to be worn. This particular variation can be knit in a full blanket or half shawl variation. I briefly dallied with the idea of knitting a massive blanket in which to ensconce myself in winter, but came to my senses with the realisation that I would never finish a project that size in 4ply yarn!

So, the half hap it was, in a kit from Ysolda’s shop. I must say, I’m disproportionately attracted to knitting patterns by the colours used in the sample. And when they’re conveniently available in a kit, with all the hard work of colour-choosing done for me, I can’t resist.

A woman stands in the countryside, wearing a handknit triangular shawl with coloured wave pattern on oatmeal background. Her back is to the camera, showcasing the triangular point of the shawl.
Hansel by Gudrun Johnston


The hap is knit in three sections: centre triangle, lace border and edging. It started well enough, but for one reason or another I found myself stuck in the lace section, despite having knit feather-and-fan on many previous occasions. Perhaps it was the way the pattern was written/charted, brain fog or a combination of both, but I kept getting the pattern out of alignment and my markers out of whack.

Garter stitch knitting in oatmeal, corals and mustard, still on needles with stitch markers, close up.

I’ve finally gotten into the rhythm of the pattern** but have had to put the project aside due to a wrist injury. I’d love to dive back into it, but each time I try I injure myself further (damned repetitive motion). So this is sitting patiently in my knitting basket, waiting for me to return to those soothing, rhythmic, repetitive waves.



*Which obviously did not go to plan, given it’s basically summer.

**Don’t you think knitting is a lot like music?

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic disability advocate.

4 thoughts on “WIP – Hansel Half Hap”

  1. This has educated me as I had no idea what a ‘half hap’ was. I’m sorry it causes such issues with the hands/wrists but I do hope you continue to enjoy the WIP, looking forward to seeing the finished gem! I also hope you eventually do a gigantic (I mean gigantic, I want a huge one) blanket to ensconce yourself in, that would be awesome! 🙂
    Caz xx

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    1. The knitting isn’t the cause – I injured my wrist performing another activity but it’s prevented me from doing much with it. Hopefully when it heals knitting won’t be a problem again. A massive blanket would be cool!

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