Description. Haapsalu a small town in Estonia, has become widely known all over the world for its hand-knit lacy scarves and shawls. Thanks to the almost two . Nov 24, Haapsalu shawl – over years old Estonian traditional lace shawl. Always knitted with fine wool or merino(cobweb), so you can pull the shawl. What are the characteristics of a true Haapsalu scarf, how did it all start about years ago and what are the modern developments.

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There’s something special about a knitted lace shawl. The ethereal quality is so feminine, and there’s a connection to the past, both in the knitting and the wearing. Designer Nancy Bush is synonymous with knitting lace shawls, especially Estonian shawls. In Interweave KnitsSpringNancy wrote a tutorial about how to design and knit a Haapsalu shawl.

Haapsalu is a town in Estonia with a rich knitting tradition. There is much more to these shawls than meets the eye. It is the small details that make them so interesting and fun to knit. Nancy has so many beautiful patterns in her book Knitted Lace of Estonia. The lace edging will be attached to this frame.

There are some techniques that are helpful to know, as well. Two techniques that Nancy sacrf when knitting her shawls are knitting nupps—the bobble-like bits that add so much texture to Estonian shawl patterns—and a stretchy bind off that’s traditional in Haapsalu shawls.


A nupp “knob” or “button” in Estonian is a bobble-like feature found in many Estonian lace patterns.

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Nupps are made up of 5, 7, or 9 stitches. Typically 7 stitches are used with fine- to medium-weight yarns, 5 stitches for thicker yarns, and 9 stitches for the finest yarns.

There are various ways to make a nupp, but I consistently use the following method. On the next row, purl the cluster of nupp stitches together this is why it’s important to work loosely to return to the original number of stitches Figure 3. An older variation is to make the increases on the wrong side of the work and knit them together through the back loop on the right side.

When working in rounds as in when working a knitted-on edgingwork the nupp increases on one round, then work the decrease on the following round by knitting the 5, 7, or 9 nupp stitches together through their back loops.

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The Estonians use a “k2tog” bind-off for all their lace knitting. The bind-off for the center of a shawl is worked with a single dcarf of yarn, as is the bind-off for the lace edge that will be sewn onto the shawl the cast-on for this edge is worked with the yarn double. The bind-off for a lace edge that was picked up and knitted onto a center is worked with two strands held together. Cut the working yarn and pull up the last loop to secure the end of the bound-off stitches.


These shawls are so lovely, with such historical significance. I love these bits of historical knitting lore, and I find so many of them in the Beyond the Basics feature in Interweave Knits. Get all of the issues from in one collection!

You’ll get over patterns and four Beyond the Basics articles, plus much more. Get your issues on CD or download your haapslau today. Do you love knitting lace shawls? If you have any tips for us, leave a comment and share them! You must be logged in to post a comment. You may use these HTML tags and attributes: Comment You must be logged in to post a comment.

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