HAAPSALU SCARF PDF
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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Haapsaluthe home of Haapsalu scarf, is a haapslau town in north-western Estonia that is known for its curative mud and elegant lace scarves and shawls.
The women of Haapsalu knitted square scarves to keep warm in winter. In the 19th century mud bath establishments brought wealthy Russians to this health resort and the women found that they had buyers for their handcraft.
In time scarves evolved from simple patterns and few colours black, natural white, gray to the delicate lacy scarves that many noble ladies desired.
The new railway line brought with itself many new vacationers and the steamers visiting Haapsalu harbour spread the word about the scarves and the scarves themselves to other countries beyond Russia. When Estonia became independent in the number of european vacationers rose and the scarves became known in Scandinavia, continental Europe, England and even in Canada. scwrf
Knitting a Haapsalu Shawl
The Second World War stopped the lace knitting in Haapsalu, the knitting started again in s, but not following the traditions for example center pieces were made on knitting machines. In a group of knitters was employed by the craft cooperative UKU who started to make the scarves in a traditional way. The regaining of independence in brought with itself many changes and UKU was closed.
From there on knitters have designed and sold their own work. A beautiful overview of the Haapsalu Shawl Day is in the tettidesign blog.
The scarf is knitted with short wood needles or circular bamboo needles. To cast on even bigger needles are used. The patterns were originally passed around on long and narrow knitted samples. Patterns with graphed symbols started to be used in s. The patterns use many yarn overs and nupps bobbles. The scarf is a square with the length of approximately haapzalu in. The main part consists of a fine-patterned openwork section surrounded by a narrow band of pattern separating it from a border pattern that is surrounded by a garter-stitch border.
A lace edge is knitted separately and sewn to the main part. Some sources say that triangular scarves were made in Haapsalu in the late 19th century, other sources say that the birth of triangular scarves is in the s. There are three ways a triangular scarf can be knitted.
First, and oldest is to start from the lace edging of the haapsslu edge and decrease on both sides. The second is to start from hhaapsalu point and increase on both sides. These scarves have the lace edging of two edges knitted separately and sewn on afterwards.
Third way and the newest way a triangular scarf can be knitted is to start from the lace edging of two sides and decreasing stitches from both sides and the middle. This is the only kind of Haapsalu scarf that does not have a sewn on edging.
Haapsalu scarf – Artanis Wedding Lace
A triangular Haapsalu Scarf started from the lace edges of two sides. The finished scarves are hand washed with mild soap in warm water. The water is squeezed out gently and the scarf is blocked either on a special blocking frame or with pins so that the scallops become nice and the pattern starts to show its real beauty. There is a good book on Haapsalu shawls also by Siiri Reiman and Aime Edasi called The Haapsalu Shawl This book is a very good introduction to Haapsalu shawls giving their history and clear instructions on how to knit them.
It also contains more than patterns. And if you want more patterns then there are two beautiful books more: She blogs mostly in Estonian but occasionally also in English.
She has knitted a lot of Haapsalu shawls and scarves and several wedding dresses. Also you can order good yarn for lace knitting from her!
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History Haapsaluthe home of Haapsalu scarf, is a small town in north-western Estonia that is known for its curative mud and elegant lace scarves and shawls. Triangular scarves Some sources say that triangular scarves were made in Haapsalu in the late 19th century, other sources say that the birth of triangular scarves is in the s. Care The finished scarves are hand washed with mild soap in warm water. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.