Designer Nancy Bush is synonymous with knitting lace shawls, especially Estonian shawls. Haapsalu is a town in Estonia with a rich knitting tradition. There is much more to these shawls than meets the eye. It is the small details that make them so interesting and fun to knit. Nancy has so many beautiful patterns in her book Knitted Lace of Estonia.
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Designer Nancy Bush is synonymous with knitting lace shawls, especially Estonian shawls. Haapsalu is a town in Estonia with a rich knitting tradition. There is much more to these shawls than meets the eye. It is the small details that make them so interesting and fun to knit.
Nancy has so many beautiful patterns in her book Knitted Lace of Estonia. The lace edging will be attached to this frame. As you can see, a lot goes into knitting a Haapsalu shawl! There are some techniques that are helpful to know, as well.
Nupps A nupp "knob" or "button" in Estonian is a bobble-like feature found in many Estonian lace patterns. Nupps are made up of 5, 7, or 9 stitches. Typically 7 stitches are used with fine- to medium-weight yarns, 5 stitches for thicker yarns, and 9 stitches for the finest yarns.
There are various ways to make a nupp, but I consistently use the following method. An older variation is to make the increases on the wrong side of the work and knit them together through the back loop on the right side.
When working in rounds as in when working a knitted-on edging , work the nupp increases on one round, then work the decrease on the following round by knitting the 5, 7, or 9 nupp stitches together through their back loops. K2tog Bind-Off The Estonians use a "k2tog" bind-off for all their lace knitting. The bind-off for the center of a shawl is worked with a single strand of yarn, as is the bind-off for the lace edge that will be sewn onto the shawl the cast-on for this edge is worked with the yarn double.
The bind-off for a lace edge that was picked up and knitted onto a center is worked with two strands held together. Cut the working yarn and pull up the last loop to secure the end of the bound-off stitches. These shawls are so lovely, with such historical significance. I love these bits of historical knitting lore, and I find so many of them in the Beyond the Basics feature in Interweave Knits. Get all of the issues from in one collection!
Get your issues on CD or download your collection today. Cheers, P. Do you love knitting lace shawls? If you have any tips for us, leave a comment and share them!
Collection of Nancy Bush. The exhibition fascinated me: I studied the items displayed and took many notes. Below are some of the characteristics associated with both true Haapsalu shawls or scarves and rebellious ones. Both are important to keeping the year-old heritage of making Haapsalu shawls and scarves alive. True Haapsalu Lace A true Haapsalu shawl or scarf is always made of percent wool. Although other fibers can make a lovely and traditional-looking shawl or scarf, percent wool is firmly part of the tradition. All are two-ply yarns.
Knitting a Haapsalu Shawl
Haapsalu, famous for its beautiful knitted lace shawls, became the center of that industry. Haapsalu began as a small settlement in the 13th century but grew much larger when it became the seat for the ruling Bishops of Western Estonia around About years later, the last bishop sold Estonia to the Danes. The sale to the Danes was the beginning of several centuries of conquering and invasions.
How To Knit a Haapsalu Shawl
For me, those pieces have always been beautiful lace shawls. I got a new book the other day, The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia by Siiri Reimann and Aime Edasi, and the combination of amazing and beautifully presented patterns and directions has finally given me the confidence and inspiration I need to proceed with a shawl. Haapsalu, located on the shore of the Baltic Sea, is a small Estonian town which received town bylaws in Being surrounded by the sea on three sides, this quiet town is known as a health resort with curative mud. It is also famous for its medieval Episcopal Castle, the dwelling place of the most celebrated ghost of Estonia, the White Lady.
“Rebellious” and True Haapsalu Shawls