Sunday, December 14, 2008

Knit Like An Estonian

The Aran vest for Tom can wait; the sock club kit for whoever (I don't wear socks) can wait. This week, I am a Selfish Knitter and this scarf is for me, me, me. It's the Lily of the Valley Scarf from Nancy Bush's perfect new book, Knitted Lace of Estonia. The yarn is White Lies Designs Joy in Shell Pink leftover from Photobucket and Photobucket, both from Joan McGowan Michael's book.

The Lily of the Valley Scarf is a 27-row pattern chock full o' "nupps", those little knit bobbles.
This bobble-like feature is a specialty of Estonian lace knitting and is used to add texture in openwork patterns or to create a figure or image on a stockinette-stitch ground. Shawls were typically sold by weight, and those containing nupps weighed more and could bring a higher price. Nupps were (and still are) proof that a shawl was handknitted, as they cannot be made by machine. - Nancy Bush

As that might suggest, a nupp is a tricky little devil. It's all in using your best lace needles (mine are ebony #3s, a freebie from Herrschner's last year) and in keeping those nupp stitches loosey goosey.

1 comment:

Betty said...

That will be gorgeous! I admire your willingness to tackle the nubbs.