Vanalinn Gloves by Nancy Bush
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Vanalinn Gloves

November 2000
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch using size 0 (2mm) dpn
US 0 - 2.0 mm
357 yards (326 m)
Woman's medium

Pattern Description from A Gathering of Lace: “Vanalinn mean Old Town in Estonian. it is a part of Tallinn, the capital of the country, which is just as a traveler would imagine towns to be in this northern part of the world. This oldest part of Tallinn, now surrounded by a modern city, began as an Estonian settlement on the hill called Toompea. Danish, German, Swedish, and Russian influences added to the town as it grew down the hillside and spread out toward the sea. Many of the buildings have survived since Hanseatic times, when Tallinn was an important trading community. Today a traveler can walk the cobbled streets and imagine time long past, stop in cafes hundreds of years old and shop for knitting in an outdoor market nestled into the walls of a monastery near one of the old town gates. I named these gloves for Tallinn’s old town because for me it is a place of magic, of such history and beauty. it has a quiet elegance that is always enchanting. I imagine these gloves worn for a special occasion, perhaps to a wintertime concert of for a walk on a frosty afternoon.”

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Measurements: Woman’s medium

Yarn: Schoolhouse Press Satakieli (3½oz/100g; 357yds/325m; wool) 1 skein Natural # 003

Needles: Set of 5 double-pointed needles (dpn) in size 0 (2mm), or size to obtain gauge


  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn

Blocked Gauge: 16 sts and 23 rows to 2”/5cm in St st using size 0 (2mm) dpn


  1. Only odd rnds are shown for Lacy Zig-Zag pat. Knit all even rnds.
  2. Casting on over 2 parallel dpn helps keep the cast-on edge from being too snug.