Estonian Lace Scarf

Designer: Nancy Bush
Published: November 12, 2008
Technique: Knitted Lace
Skill Level: Experienced

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This lacy scarf follows the design of the beautiful Haapsalu ratik or Haapsalu shawls from Estonia. Haapsalu, a resort town on the west coast of Estonia, was a popular vacation spot during the nineteenth century, where tourists could purchase knitted lace shawls from the local women. These wool shawls are still available in Estonia and can be square, rectangular, or triangular. The unique feature of this special type of Estonian lace is the small nupp—a “button” used to decorate openwork or outline special patterns. The body of the scarf shown here is knitted to the desired dimensions, then stitches are picked up from all edges and the decorative edging is worked in the round.

Finished Size: About 10″ (25.5 cm) wide and 46″ (117 cm) long, blocked.

Yarn: Jamieson and Smith Lace Weight (100% wool; 252 yd [230 m]/1 oz): #L1A natural white, 2 skeins.

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm): Straight and 32″ (80-cm) circular (cir). Size 6 (4 mm): One straight for binding off. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); size G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook; several yd sportweight cotton yarn in contrasting color.

Gauge: 33 sts and 16 rows of center patt = 6″ (15 cm) wide and 23⁄4″ (7 cm) tall, on smaller needles, after blocking; 20 sts and 24 rows = 3″ (7.5 cm) in St st on smaller needles.

Skill level: Experienced

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