Sharon Miller's "Shetland Hap Shawls: Then & Now" is an excellent resource for the history of Haps and their place in Shetland history. The author's purpose for writing the book (first published in 2006) is stated in her intro to the book:
"...Unlike finest Shetland Lace, the Hap shawl has no recorded history as such and so this book is an attempt to give it both a tribute and a first context."
The book provides an historical context for Shetland knitted shawls and examines the original Shetland Hap along with changes of method for knitting a Hap including the "inward" and "outward" methods. Variations on the traditional Hap are included as well as a collection of Hap border colors. Patterns are provided to knit traditional Haps (the traditional way) which is both fascinating and perhaps, challenging?
This book includes photos of the period where we see women's lives as they were on these remote islands 100 years and more ago. It's a fascinating book that's well thought out and informative.
soft back, 62 pages