Knitting Lab 2014

Here’s frequent PieceWork contributor Nancy Bush to tell you about her amazing classes at this upcoming event.

Interweave Knitting Lab in Manchester, New Hampshire, (May 13-18, 2014) is just a few weeks away! I’m looking forward to teaching there again this year. I enjoy Knitting Lab because it is an intimate knitting event, which allows me to get to know my students and to focus on our craft without a lot of distractions.

Nancy Bush's Summer Shawl, from her book Knitted Lace of Estonia.


This year I am teaching five different classes, with a focus on my favorite subject, Estonian knitting, with a side-trip to Sweden. I have the good fortune to be teaching a two-day intensive class titled Two Triangular Scarves from Estonia. This class will compare and contrast two very different ways to make a triangular scarf. One is an older style, developed in the 1930s in Haapsalu, Estonia. The other is a newer style, one that has been very popular in Haapsalu for the last 20 years.

Beyond learning how to construct these two different scarves, we will also study some of the history and tradition behind these lovely, lacy, knitted items. By having two full days to focus on one tradition, students will come away with a good background in Estonian lace.

Nancy adapted this lace sampler from the "Haapsalu Scarf Writing Strip with 10 Patterns," a design by Helve Poska published in Triinu magazine #111, Winter 1980. The sampler incorporates ten different patterns used in the lace knitting from Haapsalu, Estonia.

My one-day classes are Making an Estonian Lace Sampler and Tvåändsstickning: The Art of Two-End or Twined Knitting. In the Sampler class, we will learn about the patterns that are found in Estonian lace and some details about how they make their shawls and scarves. One important part of this class is perfecting the unique textured addition to Estonian lace, a nupp (knob or button in Estonian).

Nancy Bush's Tinder Pouch from the September/October 2013 issue of PieceWork is inspired by traditional Swedish pouches used to carry items for building fires while traveling. The pouch uses the two-end knitting technique.

The Two-End Knitting class will take us on a detour to Sweden, where we will learn the interesting technique of knitting with two ends from one ball of yarn and in the process begin a pair of lovely mittens. The yarn for this class is imported from Sweden, so students will have a chance to use the traditional materials for the technique.

My last two offerings are half-day classes; Nordic Color: Roositud Technique from Estonia and Estonian Cast Ons. Both of these classes focus on some interesting and unique Estonian knitting techniques. Roositud (rose patterning) is an inlay technique that is worked right into the knitting. It was used historically for embellishing gloves and stockings; there are many ways to incorporate this technique into modern knitting.

Estonian Cast Ons will cover several cast-ons found in Estonian knitting traditions, to make a strong edge or to decorate an edge. Students will leave this class with new choices for their cast on edges.

There are still spots open in most of my classes. To register, visit

I hope to see you in Manchester!