Estonian Patent Stitch Scarf

So I took this class, on Estonian patent stitches.  It was fantastic, but I wanted the 3 hours to actually be 6 hours so I could learn more!  I needed to cast on something quick in order to keep the stitches fresh in my mind, so I grabbed some of my handspun and some leftover berrocco ultra alpaca, held the alpaca double throughout, and went to town.  This is what I have so far:

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It is completely reversible.  And quite squishy, here is the other side:

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Now I need to go visit the yarn shop, as I am out of ultra alpaca. 😦

4 thoughts on “Estonian Patent Stitch Scarf

  1. This looks a lot like brioche stitch. I just finished a hat in brioche and I love it. I wasn’t aware it was peculiar to Estonian knitting, though. Here is a whole site devoted to Brioche stitch. I did my hat in 2 colors, and the rib looks just like this.http://www.briochestitch.com/home.HTM
    The author has a new book out about it. There are some great hats listed, I did the Windmill one
    http://www.briochestitch.com/p_fbp.HTM in handspun lilac variagated, and white angora.

  2. It does look similar. We were told the differences in class but I cannot remember them off the top of my head. I believe the fabric is thicker and stretchier with a patent stitch and the stitches are manipulated differently. Traditionally, people of Estonia created these patent stitch garments, and then felted them down to create a very thick and windproof garment. Mostly used as outerwear.

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