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Estonian heirloom (sampler scarf)

Knitting
January 2012
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
275 - 425 yards (251 - 389 m)
one size fits all
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Immerse yourself in history and explore the ancient art of knitting a sampler. Estonian ladies did not write or chart their patterns for over 200 years. They simply made samplers, which they shared with each other. When one lady-knitter would borrow a sampler from a neighbor, because she liked one of her patterns, she had to knit on one of her patterns onto the neighbor’s and only then she could return the sampler. The samplers grew as the beautiful tradition had flourished.

You may find more interesting information on Estonian lace knitting here, and more particulars on what inspired me to choose each of the design elements for this sampler here on my blog.

MATERIALS
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Wool; 275 yards/50g)
Approx. 275 yrds (1 skein) for a scarf without the border.
Approx 400 yrds (1.5) for a scarf with the border.

GAUGE 14 sts X 21 sts = 4 inch square in blocked Stockinette Stitch.
Note: gauge is not very important for this pattern, however it will affect the final size of the piece.

NEEDLES
US #6 (4.00 mm) One pair of straight needles and one 36” or longer circular needle. You may substitute the size in order to obtain gauge

FINISHED SIZE
Width approx. 12.5 inches
Length approx. 75 inches
Measurement taken after blocking.

CONSTRUCTION NOTES
Main piece worked flat.
Border picked up and worked in the round.
Pattern contains 9 charts for lace motifs and one chart for a border.

This pattern has been tested. If you’ll encounter any errors or have a question, please feel free to drop me a note.