Thursday 16th June – Estonian gloves workshop.
(Huddersfield branch of the Knitting & Crochet Guild)
I went to Estonian Craft Camp last year and am going again this year in July. The web site is here if you want to find out more:
Other crafts than knitting are also covered and I did nalbinding (pre-knitting constructed textile) and making bone needles last year. I did blog about them in July 2015:
This workshop is just to give a taster of how to go about knitting wristlets, gloves or mittens in the Estonian style. You are going to knit a sample piece to try out three techniques and then from there you will be able to design and knit your own.
These are some resources for finding out more about Estonian knitting:
Estonian Knitting by Nancy Bush
Ornamented journey by Kristi Joeste
YouTube has some useful resources: a book review:
Estonian Knitting 1. Reviewed here by Felicity Ford (Knitsonik)
Estonian Cast on by Nancy Bush
The materials for the Muhu wristlets: note set of 5 1.5 mm double pointed pins and pure wool 3ply
Getting started on 4 pins
A completed wristlet – not mine
Knitting & Crochet Guild
Huddersfield branch, 16th June 2016
A taster of Estonian knitting for the workshop
N.B. Bare bones instructions
Use a set of 4 or 5 needles – and cast on 36 stitches using one of the Estonian methods
(any long tailed cast on will do, or a chain cast on)
Knit one round in purl and one in knit
Purl stitch with braid
Take a short (80cms approx?) length of contrast yarn and knit in with main colour on first stitch. Purl every stitch using the two yarns alternately, wrapping one over the other as you go. A two colour braid will form.
This can be done with one colour, but it’s easier with two to keep track of the yarns. Hot tip: unwind the yarns by letting the knitting spin around, not the yarns.
Knit 2 – 3 rounds main colour.
Two colour border with lace holes
First round: Knit 4 contrast, 2 main all round
Second round: YO K2tog all round
Carry on knitting
This would be a good time to try some small two colour patterns – little squares or just alternate stitches in the contrast colour to get used to knitting with two colours, one in each hand.
Estonian/peasant/after thought thumb:
Knit a few stitches, then knit say, 4 or 6 sts with your contrast yarn, replace these on the left needle, and continue to knit in the main yarn. When you are further up the knitting the contrast sts can be taken out and picked up for a thumb.
Use this as an opportunity to design your own wristlet or mitten – you will need more stitches of course. The amounts of yarn needed are very small.
Top edge of traditional wristlet is finished with a crochet picot edge – suggest this could be used on the cast on also, if this is a little ragged?
Some gloves that were shown in the workshop at Craft Camp, and in other sessions
The above gloves are all typical Muhu island gloves
The white/cream and colours are from another area, Ruhnu
A couple of pairs designed and knitted by Nancy Bush for Estonian friends are shown as part of an online exhibition here: scroll across until they appear), or here they are: