Theme and Variation

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Today’s hap is designed by talented Veera Välimäki, whose interview you can read over on Jen’s blog today. Veera is one of a very small group of designers whose knitterly aesthetic is, I think, immediately recognisable. I admire her work deeply, perhaps most of all for its elegant simplicity, and the way that she manages to make those qualities appear completely effortless in a finished object.

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Veera’s Theme and Variation hap was inspired by the texture and geometry of the wooden floorboards she saw in a St Petersburg Museum. Combining signature garter stitch stripes with short rows, the pattern is written in three sizes, with the largest being big enough to wrap snugly around the body (in much the same manner as a Shetland hap).

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. . .while the hap’s medium and small sizes might be draped about the neck in a wrap or scarf-like manner.

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The hap uses two different shades of Tosh merino light to great effect, as the subtle tones of the Dust Bowl colourway set off the bright neon speckles of Holi Festival.

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There’s also a ‘surprise’ to be found in the hap’s reversible hem, where a sneaky use of 1×1 rib allows the stripes to work against each other, multi-directionaly

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We shot these photographs with Lauren Anderson out at Reawick. The colours of Veera’s hap looked truly spectacular against a bright blue Shetland sky.

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Thankyou, Veera, for contributing such a thoughtful and beautiful design.

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Jen and I have been working on this project for over a year now, and are enjoying being able to finally share these wonderful haps with you! Each hap really deserves its own mini-launch, and it is lovely for us both to be able to spend a day focusing on the work of each designer. There are seven more hap designs to to be revealed, and you can continue to follow their appearance here as well as on Jen’s blog and Ravelry each day. The book is available to pre-order from my shop, and will ship out from us in early June.