Hap Cardigan

It was a long time ago that I first published my Hap Cardigan pattern in Knit Now magazine, and now that I have finally got myself organised it has been re-edited, re-knit (in my size and in colours that I would actually wear), photographed and no re-published as a download from Ravelry.

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Hap Cardigan – £4.50

This pretty lacy cardigan was inspired by the traditional Shetland Hap Shawls, with their plain garter centres and brightly coloured feather and fan edging. While shawls are lovely, I don’t wear them nearly as often as I should, so I created a cardigan version. It is a versatile garment, perfect for fighting that winter office chill or thrown on over a t-shirt on a beach in the summer or anything in between.

The Hap Cardigan is designed to drape loosely at the front. As the cardigan does not fasten at the front, it is recommended that you choose a size according to your high bust (round torso at your armpits) rather than your full bust measurement.

To fit size 80 (90, 104, 116, 130, 142) cm / 31.5 (35.5, 41, 45.5, 51, 56) in upper bust, designed to fit with 0-5cm / 0-2in negative ease. Finished garment dimensions are indicated on the pattern schematic.

Modelled in size L with 1” of negative ease at the upper bust.

Techniques:
Simple lace, reading charts, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, provisional cast on, backwards loop cast on.

Yarn:

Two colour version:
Jamieson and Smith 2-ply Lace weight 25g = 169m / 185yds
3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6) balls in L40 (MC)
2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls in L63 (CC)

Or substitute with 420 (480, 580, 660, 780, 870) m / 460 (530, 630, 720, 850, 950) yds MC and 240 (270, 310, 340, 380, 410) m / 270 (290, 340, 370, 420, 450) yds CC

Three colour version:
Istex Loðband Einband 50g = 225m / 246yds

2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) balls in 0018 Navy (MC),
1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) balls in 1761 Teal (CC1),
1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) balls in 1762 Turquoise (CC2)

Or substitute with 340 (400, 480, 550, 650, 730) m / 370 (430, 520, 600, 710, 800) yds of MC
160 (180, 210, 230, 260, 280) m / 180 (200, 230, 250, 280, 300) yds each of CC1 and CC2

When choosing a yarn to substitute, select a heavy lace weight yarn that will retain its shape well after blocking. I would recommend a high wool content.