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with Nancy Bush
Online Class

Estonian Lace Explained

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Take your lace knitting to the next level as you join the world expert on Estonian knitting, Nancy Bush. Nancy will show you how to create all the features that set Estonian lace apart, from the trademark nupps to a tidy edge, guiding you step by step through the skills you need to knit the full-size version of her exclusive Estonian lace scarf design. Start off with a little bit of historical knowledge before you knit a small, sampler version of the scarf, familiarizing yourself with Estonian style and stitches. Then, use what you've learned in class to knit the larger version, applying important techniques to create beautiful borders, a clean finish, smooth seams and more!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h4m

Included in this Class

1. A History of Haapsalu Lace

1. A History of Haapsalu Lace

Meet Estonian lace expert Nancy Bush and learn about the history of lace from Haapsalu, a port city famed for its gorgeous, intricate shawls and scarves in a variety of shapes. In this class you'll make a smaller sampler shawl that will familiarize you with Estonian knitting techniques. The pattern for a full-sized shawl is also included.

2. Casting On & Working the Lace Edge

2. Casting On & Working the Lace Edge

Nancy shows you how to use a knitted cast-on with doubled yarn to create a firm edge for the top of your shawl, then how to follow the chart for the edging's lace stitches. When your top edge is complete, Nancy demonstrates how to transition into the central stitch pattern.

3. Working the Center

3. Working the Center

A tidy edge is key for smooth seaming when you attach the edging later. Nancy shares the technique for a slip-stitch edge and garter border before knitting the lacy center. You'll also learn how to create the star feature of Estonian shawls, the nupp (pronounced "noop").