A few of my knitting buddies and I are planning to start an Estonian Lace KAL inspired by the Triinu Shawl that I made my mother. As the basis for the pattern that we plan to knit, we are using The Estonian Lace Scarf by Helene Wallin 2006. It has 21 projects on Ravelry.
The Estonian Lace Scarf contains three different lace patterns and requires grafting (a no-no in my book, at least for now). Therefore, I’ve made some modifications to create a no-grafting needed Estonian Lace Shawl.
Estonian Lace Scarf Inspired Shawl Notes Source: http://entill.typepad.com/estonian_lacescarf.pdf
Two other online sources that might be of use:
Estonian Lace Study Good for visual help
Create Along Good for documenting lace patterns
Disclaimer: I am knitting this shawl for the first time as my friends in yarn and I progress. I am working ahead of them to ensure that any potential glitches will be worked out in advance.
Estonian Lace Scarf Inspired Shawl Modifications by Heidi Cohen
Yarn requirements: (Note: This is a work in progress so that actual results may vary.) Use about 1,000 yards of sock or lace weight yarn. The choice of yarn depends on the type of shawl that you want to create. In addition, you will need scrap yarn for the provisional cast on.
Needle size: Depends on the yarn chosen. To get a lacey effect, use needles that are a few sizes larger than the size recommended on the yarn label. (Note: I am using size 6 circular needles for the Brooklyn Handspun.)
1] Cast on 87 stitches using a provisional cast on. I crochet a chain stitch which is at least 10 stitches longer so that there are several extra stitches on either side of your knitting.
2] Knit 6 rows to make 3 garter ridges. The aim is to have a 3 stitch garter border around the lace. Knit through the back of the last stitch and slip the first stitch of each row.
3] Place markers after the first 3 stitches and every 10 stitches until the last 14 stitches. Place the last marker after 11 stitches. There should be 3 stitches remaining on the needle. These markers help you know when to start a new pattern repeat.
4] On the right side (row 7), knit 3 stitches. Follow the center pattern for the first 10 stitches. Repeat this pattern 6 more times (for a total of 63 stitches). Follow the last 11 stitches of the center pattern. Then knit 3 stitches (remember to knit through the back loop for the last stitch!)
5] On the wrong side, knit the first 3 stitches and purl the interior 81 stitches of lace. Knit the last 3 stitches (remember to knit through the back loop for the last stitch!).
6] Follow knit the first 3 stitches. Follow the center pattern for the first 10 stitches and repeat this pattern 6 more times (for a total of 63 stitches) for each of the odd rows in the pattern (row 3-33). Follow the last 11 stitch pattern. Then knit 3 stitches (remember to knit through the back loop for the last stitch!) Follow step 5 directions for every wrong side. Repeat the lace pattern 12 times or desired length ending on a wrong side.
7] Knit the next 6 rows for 3 garter ridges (to complete the garter border).
8] Follow knit the first 3 stitches. Follow the border pattern for the first 10 stitches and repeat this pattern 6 more times (for a total of 63 stitches). Follow the last 11 stitch of the border pattern. Then knit 3 stitches (remember to knit through the back loop for the last stitch!). On the wrong side follow, step 5. Continue the border pattern through row 33.
9] Knit all 87 stitches on row 34 and 35.
10] Bind off all of the stitches loosely using 2 strands of yarn.
11] Pick up the 87 stitches from the provisional cast on and place markers as outlined in step 3. Then follow steps 8 through 10 again.
12] Sew in all of the ends and block. Pull out the knit stitches between the yarn overs in the border to create points in the finished piece.
Changes to Helen Wallin’s pattern:
Added 11th stitch to the eighth (or last) repeat so that first repeat and last repeat of each row are symmetric.
For the border repeat, I added another two sets of nupp repeats since this is a stitch for which Estonian Lace is known.
I changed use of double decrease to ensure that increases and decreases matched for each 10 stitch repeat.
Lastly, I kept number of stitches across each pattern repeat consistent for the center and border. Both stitch repeats have 10 stitches in the first 7 repeats and have 11 stitches in the last repeat.
Since this is the first time that I have charted and written directions for any knitted piece, please excuse any errors and contact me at knittedyarns (AT) yahoo.com.