1/27/12

Estonian Lace on Display in Museum

I can not get enough of knitted lace. The Estonian patterns are my current favorite (well, for last couple years at least...).
Currently, there is an exhibition going on in Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles with a whole exhibit being devoted to Estonian (Haapsalu) shawls. Here is one of the examples on display:


I believe that the shawls came from a private collection of Nancy Bush. She is the one who wrote that great book on Haapsalu shawls: Knitted Lace of Estonia. I think it is her book that really introduced the Anglo-speaking knitters to the delicate beauty of lace from a tiny town on a Baltic sea.


Here is another example from the exhibit:


If you are happened to be in Berkley, California - please go and see this in person. The exhibition is open for another couple weeks.
For those of us who are far-far away from sunny California, the museum has a slide show available
Please take a moment from your busy day to enjoy the intricacy and beauty of these knitted pieces of art.

Happy Knitting Everyone!



1/22/12

New Pattern: Leafy Branches Wrap

It is only a January, but already the winter seems to be very long. And cold.
And... I am thinking of warm, cozy things to knit and wear.
Wrap... how about a wrap? Or a wide scarf? Or a prayer shawl?
Made with a soft acrylic yarn for an additional warmth?
With a nice lacy pattern that reminds me and you of Spring?
Well, here is what came to my mind:

Leafy Branches Wrap

Leafy Branches is a wrap that is knitted for cold winter day when you  need something really warm  and heavy on your shoulders. 
The simple rectangular shape, medium weight acrylic yarn and a 12-row pattern repeat makes this wrap a good first lace project for beginners.
The Leafy Branches is one of the traditional patterns in Estonian lace knitting. 
 
Materials
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft , 2 skeins (6 oz/ 170 g · 315 yds / 288 m) 
Colorway:  Berry Blue 
Tools: Needles, US 8 (5 mm) 
Gauge: 16 st x  18 rows  (4 x 4 inches in Lacy Rib Pattern) 
Finished size: 20 x 62 inches (~50 x  160 cm) 
 
 
I am offering this pattern as an instant PDF download through Raverly for $4.00 (US). 
The pattern is has both CHARTED and WRITTEN instructions.


Thank you for your interest!
Happy Knitting everyone!

1/1/12

Shower stitch

 
One of my presents for this Holiday Season was a full set of Barbara Walker's "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns".
I spent hours flipping through the pages and pages of pictures.
In the first book (the blue one, with a "Frosted Flower" pattern on the cover) I have found an interesting lace stitch that I have not seen anywhere else.

It is on page 236, Barbara called it a "Shower Stitch", and suggested that it has a French origin. I could not resist to use it for one of my shawls right away!

Here how it looks in my interpretation:

It it a true lace: yarn over happen on both sides of the knitted piece. If you want to try it yourself, here is the chart:

Chart: Shower Stitch
 

Here are the written instructions, if you prefer:
Shower Stitch: written instructions


Happy Knitting Everyone!
And Happy New Year!