I explored a new knitting strategy in a previous Postcards at Sea post.  This new practice of multiple (but not too many cast-ons is working well for me. Here is something that is finished!



This is Montbretia, the cover design for Kate Davies recent publication The Book of Haps (2016).  It is designed by Carol Feller. As you can see, it as asymmetrical shape with quite a wide wingspan. It is extraordinarily comfortable, sitting on the shoulders securely as a shawl or wrapped around as a scarf.

Funnily enough, I didn’t buy this book for the shawls, I bought it for the historical essays by Kate Davies. They didn’t disappoint me. I fell in love with some of the shawls afterwards.

img_3503I used stashed yarns for my version. The grey is Australian Merino by Pear Tree Yarns, a 4 ply in soft grey that I picked up as a kilo bulk buy of discontinued yarn at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at least 7 years ago. It is not a particularly well spun yarn, full of slubs and just not really sturdy enough but it was perfect for this project. The ultra marine blue is a discontined colour from Harris Tweed yarns that I got as a souvenir when we were in the UK a while ago. The other colours are all Jamieson and Smith oddments from stash.

My shawl doesn’t look quite the same as Carol Feller’s. There are two rather significant knitting-in-fog moments that shall now remain as an artifact of my long sea journey. The first is the split from the ultramarine blue to another shade dissected by the grey. When I got all my yarn together, I thought the 50 gram ball of Harris Tweed was actually 100 grams and set off confidently, only to run out, realise my error and resolve with another shade. It is a very forgiving design for accidents like this.


The second foggy moment occurs in the pink stripes at the edge. Between the slipped stitches section and the stripes, I put my pink yarn somewhere and couldn’t find it anywhere. I had to substitute with another shade. Several weeks after bind off I found the correct pink yarn in a random bag where it had no business being but I still can’t remember having put it there.

No matter, it is a lovely shawl, almost because of these moments rather than in spite of them!

Ravelry details are here.

13. October 2016 by Rebecca
Categories: knit | Tags: , , , | 21 comments

Comments (21)

  1. I rather prefer your variation to this hap! Thanks for the “back views” – those are very informative. I’ve been spinning and spinning, but it never seems that I spin enough in the same weight for a jumper or cardigan – or for a solid color shawl of any size. What you’ve done has given me some Ideas. Thanks!

    • Thank you Sophy, glad you liked the back view. Apart from the schematic in the book, there were no pics that really showed the shape of the shawl which is very very distinctive. And I do agree, this shawl would lend itself to combining a number of hand spun hanks as gauge is not vital. Cast on with enthusiasm!

  2. Looks lovely!

  3. This is a beaut! All from stash too. I like several shawls in the book and have been slowly spinning some Masham with the Hexa Hap in my mind. I also like Hazel Tindale’s natty little cape but it is probably too advanced for my knitting skills.
    Yes, your shawl is inspiring. Bravo, Rebecca.

    • Dear Diana, Thank you for your words. Hexa Hap is a wonderful candidate for handspun. What a lovely project to be spinning for.

  4. Once again Rebecca, another stunning piece of work. I too prefer your version to the cover hap. Well done and I hope your road to recovery is moving faster for you.

  5. This is so lovely, Rebecaa! So pleased and happy to see you knitting again. And such a stunning shawl! Dammit, you are a wonder (woman).

  6. That is exactly why I buy Kate Davies’ books too. I have some patterns in mind to knit but I haven’t done any of it yet. But I’ve read the essays again and again. The same thing happened when I bought Yokes.

    I am going to spin for Happenstance by Romi Hill first but I haven’t decided on colours yet….

    • Dear Becca, I am thrilled to hear that you are going to spin for Happenstance. I have been daydreaming spinning for that one in naturally coloured alpaca. Will you spindle spin this shawl?

  7. Your shawl is absolutely beautiful! And I am looking forward to the Book of Haps, or course for the patterns, but for the essays as well 😉

  8. This is so beautiful, Dearest Rebecca! The colors are stunning together and I’m sure you’ll get many years of wear from it. Don’t you just love using up stash yarn?

  9. Your shawl is beautiful Rebecca.
    Best wishes for your ongoing recovery.

  10. WOW, Rebecca, your shawl is spectacular in blue and pink. And your modeling and photos against the light coloured brick wall really shows it off. Don’t worry about misplacing things, it happens to the best of us, and the older we get the worse it gets. LOL. I think the good news is, you are aware of it! And being aware is a big step toward healing. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Oh, Rebecca, this is just marvelous… What a gorgeous piece!

  12. AND ‘because of these moments’ you have a spectacular shawl and I DO like the colours and the wingspan. Wonder woman indeed. slow and easy does it……hugs.

  13. Rebecca, this is beautiful. I have a thing against tiny little shawlettes that lay upon the wearer’s shoulders like a basking lizard or something. Yours looks like it would really get some use, and I would love to snuggle into it right now (bad weather headed our way). I love the colors, and am just so impressed you pulled this off while recovering.

  14. What a beautiful shawll, I love the colours, Fantastic. I love Kate Davies essays too, Inalso keep reading them and I haven’t knitted anything yet but I will.
    Keep getting better.

  15. This is like an abstract work of art, not a shawl.
    (but it looks equally lovely wrapped around snuggly style).
    Wishing you more energy every day. x

  16. Love this, Rebecca, especially the colours you’ve used and the clever way you’ve worked with shortages of some scrap yarn. Beautiful.

  17. Just gorgeous and beautifully knitted. I too, suffer from many “foggy” moments and have finally learned not to stress too much about them. Your yarn substitutions are perfect and the end result stunning. So pleased you are recovering well too.

  18. How very beautiful. I love Kate Davies’ writing, but it’s another thing entirely to have managed to knit an entire shawl! It does rather look like wings of the soaring, batlike variety….

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