Hapisk mingles Iceland and Shetland together in its name as well as in its very stitches.
"The equivalents of the Shetland hap in Iceland come in two forms: either a long garter stitch shawl with sequences of busycoloured stripes, or a garter stitch triangular shawl worked top-down, with yarn overs flanking a central stitch, often with stripes or a lace edging, that crosses over the chest to bind at the back. The shell pattern common to the Shetland hap is known in Iceland, but on a stockinette, rather than garter stitch background and can often be seen in long, striped shawls.
One of the characteristics of the Icelandic shawls is colourful borders, with stripes ranging from light to dark in natural shades from plant dyes or the fleece itself.
My design is, at first glance, pretty much like a Shetland hap, with a central garter stitch section and an undulating lace border with a shell motif, but with Icelandic and modern elements. The central square harks back to traditional long shawls with it sequence of stripes and the undulating lace border is finished with a crochet bind-off, typical of Icelandic lace shawls. A central slit gives the shawl a modern, wearable feel, in the manner of a poncho and, if wrapped around one shoulder, echoes the long shawl."
You can read more about Hélène's inspiration on Kate Davies's blog, here
, where they both talk about yarn production, shawls and their regional histories, and compare different aspects of Shetland and Iceland.
You can admire all the beautiful haps from the book created by reknown designers here
The book of haps
Join Kate Davies, Jen Arnall-Culliford, and a host of renowned designers as they introduce you to the wonderful world of haps.
A hap is a Scottish dialect word for a simple shawl or wrap. Haps have a particular association with the Shetland islands where, for more than a century, they were knitted for everyday wear as well as for sale. Combining textile history with contemporary design, this book explores the story of the hap through five beautifully illustrated essays, and thirteen stunning patterns. While the first part of the book looks to the past for inspiration, exploring the many different contexts in which haps were made and worn, the book’s second half acts as a springboard to the future, as designers from around the world present their own interpretations of the hap. From Nevada and Finland to Reykjavik, and Burra Isle, the patterns in these pages are as distinctive and varied as their designers’ locales. Haps may well surprise you: they can be square, triangular, or hexagonal, incorporating lace, cables, or colour. Though haps are, by definition, functional, wearable textiles, you’ll find they can also be elegant and fascinating, graphic and abstract. Whatever your knitterly interests, you’ll find the Book of Haps an endless source of inspiration and a canvas for your creativity
Jen Arnall-Culliford, Martina Behm, Roslyn Chapman, Kate Davies, Carol Feller, Lucy Hague, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Gudrun Johnston, Hélène Magnússon, Donna Smith, Hazel Tindall, Tom van Deijnen, Veera Välimäki.
Photographed by Tom Barr, on location in Shetland and mainland Scotland.