Knit an Estonian Stork's Nest

Detail of Nancy Bush's scarf, showing the traditional Estonian Stork's Nest pattern. Photo by Joe Coca.

One of the projects in PieceWork’s 2nd annual Historical Knitting issue (January/February 2008) really resonated with readers—the Stork’s Nest Scarf. Designer Nancy Bush, longtime contributor and member of the magazine’s editorial advisory panel, explained the inspiration for this stunning project in her introduction: “In Estonia, storks and their huge nests (kurepesa) are a part of the springtime landscape. One often sees nests built on chimneys of farm buildings or on platforms constructed especially for these stately birds. I worked this lace scarf in the traditional Estonian Stork’s Nest pattern.”

Nancy Bush's lovely and luxurious Stork's Nest scarf. Photo by Joe Coca. 

Over the years, we’ve used the project photo of the scarf in various PieceWork promotions. Regardless of where the image has appeared, the response is universal—“I want to make that! Where can I find the pattern?”

We are really pleased to announce that the Stork’s Nest Scarf is featured in our latest Needlework Traditions kit. Now, you’ll have the pattern and all of the luxurious cashmere yarn needed to make this noteworthy scarf in a handy kit, available in Sage or Gray.

Storks have long been one of my favorite birds. I grew up in the southeast and was lucky enough to see a wood stork on several occasions. (If you are in the southeast, one fortunately can still catch a glimpse of them, although much of their habitat has been destroyed.) These large birds—some reach 4 feet (1.2 m) in height—look ungainly when not in flight. But when they soar into the sky, they are spectacular. I've never had the chance to see one of their nests, but I know they are intricate and amazing structures; many storks return to the same nest year after year.

Discover your own Stork’s Nest!  Order your Stork’s Nest Scarf kit today!