Since a lot of my knitting projects are long term, it’s nice have an instant-gratification project going at the same time to keep the knitting moving along. Bandera, a sweet little kerchief, is one of those projects. It reminds me of the patterns in a gansey (or guernsey) pullover, which is on my knitting to-do list.
My current fascination with haps has a lot to do with how the haps are constructed. Houlland is put together by first knitting the bottom border back and forth to make a long skinny rectangle.
Then the shawl is knit upward from stitches picked up along the top of the border.
The triangular shape is formed by decreases on each end of every right-side row. These decreases have the effect of pulling the long bottom border up to form two sides of the triangle.
The hap stretcher finally got stained and polyurethaned. This is the first time I used an aerosol (spray) finish, and it worked well with good ventilation and lighting. A couple of coats of a stain and poly combo was followed up by a few coats of a quick-drying spray polyurethane to beef up the finish.