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Too Ra Loo Ra Hap


“Too Ra Loo Ra Loo RA” is an American-Irish lullaby written in 1913 by James Royce Shannon and popularized by Bing Crosby when he recorded it in 1944. It was my favorite lullaby that my mother sang to both me and my sister as children. We all sing it to little Isla now. Inspired by this beautifully simple melody – the Too Ra Loo Ra hap is a new twist on a traditional Irish garment, the hap. Haps were large, square shawls that could be worn around the shoulders or used as a snuggly blanket for little ones. This hap is written for heavier yarns to give it a more modern look, it also makes it a fast and easy project. The simple and elegant lace body surrounds a squishy garter stitch center, (this means it is worked in the round, but you don’t have to use double pointed needles for the center!) The picot bind-off gives it a delicate touch, but is much faster and easier to work than the knitted on lace edging of the traditional hap. This pattern includes instructions for both a one color version and a two color version, as well as yardage requirements for both DK and aran weights. Its one of my favorite designs to date. I wear mine as a shawl – Isla loves to nap with hers.


Finished Measurements:

40×40” after blocking for both versions – this will require more aggressive blocking in the dk than it does in the aran version


For one color “blanket” version – 1050 yards of aran or worsted weight yarn – sample shown in Studio, Donegal Soft “emerald”colorway

For two color “shawl” version – 400 yards of color A and 600 yards of color B in a DK weight yarn, sample shown in solstice luna merino cashmere dk, “seamist” and “” colorways


US Size 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge


18 sts x 25 rows per 4” in sts or 4.5 sts x 6.25 rows per 1” in sts


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