Estonian 2x2 gathered stitch fascinates me

Quick note on what I have been up to lately. I was playing with Estonian 2x2 gathered stitches:

The stitch I am referring to on this picture is one without yarn overs and creates sort of a "curly" fabric. I was introduced to this rather unusual stitch when I knitted Maikell Shawl from Nancy Bush's "Knitted Lace of Estonia". Absolutely loved the way it looked after the shawls were blocked. It has a 3-D feel to it. Here is a scheme and explanation:

The thinking led to designing, the designing led to writing down a scheme, the scheme  - to needles, and here is a result. A stole! ( I know - big surprise :). Here are  few more pictures of it.

The name for this shawl is still in works. While I was knitting it I was thinking: Dunes of Baltic Sea, but I am not yet sure. Suggestions are welcome!

PS: It is snowing where we are...

Happy Knitting Everyone!


  1. This is most beautiful! I am fond of such stitches, too (like make 2 from 2, 3 from 3 etc).

  2. Absolutely gorgeus!
    I loved to knit Maikell Shawl.

    I' like to knit this stole too, if you share the pattern somewhere.

  3. Thank you for the compliments, Ladies!
    I am in a process of writing the pattern. Hopefully I will release it at the end of the month...

  4. Gorgeous pattern and this makes a shawl look beautiful!