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Estonian Lace Scarf

Feminine but not fussy - a scarf to wear around your neck or your hips.

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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 skeins.
Yarn weight: #0 - Lace
Gauge: 33 sts and 16 rows of center patt = 6" (15 cm) wide and 2 1/2" (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

SKU: EP1210

Author/Speaker/Editor: Nancy Bush

Format: eProject

Customer Reviews

OUTSTANDING!! Review by Patti

This scarf is sure to WOW all who see it. I extended the length to 60" and almost doubled the width to make a wedding shawl. Most who see it are at first almost speechless at it's beauty. The compliments are still coming.

(Posted on 1/22/14)