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.