Before my wedding, I had planned to make the Lily of the Valley Shawl in wedding white from Interweave’s Lace Style book. It’s based on a popular Estonian Lace pattern lily of the valley. The stitch requires nupps which are an Estonian version of bobbles. In the lily of the valley pattern, they look a lot like the stalks of white bell shaped flowers that I remember dotting a patch of my parents’ house. Since I wound up with a champagne colored dress with grey beading, I abandoned this shawl which looked funny next to the dress in favor of a less design intense pattern in charcoal grey. (Unfortunately, as a result, the shawl still lingers in my UFO pile in hopes that I will eventually finish it.)
Thanks to Kathy at Grumperina, I discovered Lace Knitting of Estonia by Nancy Bush. The book explains that nupps were used to show that the piece was handmade and to add weight since the lace was sold by weight. Since getting this book, I have renewed zeal for nupps. I have started three other lace projects, of which one is finished.
Triinu Shawl With Estonian Nupps
Estonian Lace Shawl on the Needles - Brooklyn Handspun Yarn
Lace Scarf in Blue Alpaca Fingering Weight
(Note: While Evelyn Clark’s Swallowtail Shawl requires nupps as part of the lily of the valley border, I didn’t have enough yarn to make them. As a result, this shawl isn’t included in this list.)
Have you tried Estonian Lace yet? Please let me know. I strongly recommend the book!
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Posted in Estonian Lace Inspired Shawl, Lilies of the Valley Shawl, Raha Scarf, Triinu Scarf
Tagged ABC Along, Estonian, Evelyn Clark, Grumperina, Interweave, Knitted Lace of Estonia, Lace, Lace Style, Lily of the Valley, Nancy Bush, Nupp, Raha Scarf, Swallowtail Shawl, UFO
Lace Detail-Ella Rae Lace Merino
The Swallowtail Shawl in Teal is finished. I loved the Ella Rae Lace Merino. It was a very springy yarn which coordinated well with the time of year.
After finishing 6 sets of repeats for the main part of the shawl, I decided that the 1 skein that I had wasn’t going to make as big a shawl as I had anticipated so I frogged it.
In addition, I didn’t realized that the Ella Rae Lace Merino was really a fingering weight not a lace weight as a result, I had a few stressful periods near the end where I resorted to weighing my ball of unknit yarn to determine how to finished the shawl.
Due to a limited amount of merino, I decided with the help of the team at The Point and fellow knitters not to make the nupps for the Lily of the Valley pattern and had to eliminate rows 13-22 of the pattern as well. That said, the shawl measured 30 inches by 60 inches and looks wonderful!
Swallowtail Shawl in Teal Ella Rae Lace Merino Blocked
Swallowtail Shawl in Ella Rae Lace Merino Border
Swallowtail Shawl in Teal Ella Rae at The Point