Estonian Lace Scarf
Interweave Online Store: SKU: EP1210
Free version: Knitting Daily Article Nov 9, 2008
Pattern Description from Interweave Online Store: “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) 1-oz skeins.
Ed. note: Jamieson and Smith has changed the yardage/weight for this yarn. Make sure to calculate the yardage you need and obtain enough yarn: 504 yards total for this pattern.
Yarn weight: #0 - Lace
Gauge: 33 sts and 16 rows of center patt = 6” (15 cm) wide and 2-3/4” (7 cm) tall, on smaller needles, after blocking; 20 sts and 24 rows = 3” (7.5 cm) in St st on smaller needles.
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.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Fall 2001