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 last step is a 9-stitch bind off at the top center.
Once the stitches are bound off, they have to be sewn together to make a flat edge at the top of the shawl. The orange curve shows these stitches.
Let’s get a little closer to see the 9 bind-off stitches.
They can be hard to see, so the stitches are outlined in orange below. My tension in the row before the bind off is a little uneven, so the stitches are wonky. I’ll do some tweaking to fix that before sewing these stitches together.
If you look carefully, you can see that the fifth bind-off stitch (highlighted in blue) lines up with the center spine of the shawl (also highlighted in blue).
Now let’s move the sides together to see the V-shape.
The bind-off stitches can be sewn together by matching them up from the top to the bottom of the notch. So there will be four pairs of stitches that match up with one stitch left at the bottom.
After sewing this “seam”, the shawl is ready for washing and blocking. Then the ends can be woven in.
Pattern: Houlland by Donna Smith from The Book of Haps
Yarn: Shetland Supreme 2-Ply Lace Weight in Grey (I used less than 657 yards, yielding a shawl smaller than the pattern specs.)
Needles: US 4
Size: 48 inches wide, 22 inches deep