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Book of Haps-along: Nut Hap

I’ve very recently finished up working on Nut Hap, a shawl/wrap/super cosy scarf by Jen Arnall-Cuillford from the Kate Davies’ latest collection, The Book of Haps. This beautiful book (currently available at Ginger Twist Studio) is full of articles on the history of knitting and haps, as well as 13 beautiful patterns. Jen Arnall-Culiford, designer of the Nut Hap,  has created a beautiful accessory that is a relatively soothing knit .

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The body is 1 x 1 rib (major squish!), along with some stocking stitch for the tucked contrast bits, which makes it super suitable as a knit club project. And if you are a fan of using interesting techniques, this project keeps things interesting with a not-s0-typical cast-on, short rows, and a grafted finish. The tubular cast on is a bit daunting, particularly since it is quite a large number of stitches to get going (679 to be exact!). But it provides such a beautiful edge, and was totally worth the extra bit of effort.

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For my Nut Hap I’ve used 3 skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners 100% Bluefaced Leicester in ‘Light Brown’ and 4 contrasting shades of Brigantia Luxury Double Knitting for the tucks (half a skein each in shades 8874, 8738, 8938, and 9796).


Louise of Knit British is currently running a knit-a-long through her Ravelry group if you would like to join in with a  virtual community of hap knitters.

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Now I’m just waiting for it to dry, and this amazing weather is definitely speeding up the process. Finished photos to come soon!