Session of the Muhu fly

A large number of 19th century mittens, gloves, and stoc­kings have been knitted very finely. More pattern repeats could fit on the garment and the items also lasted longer. Muhu island and the Mulgi area stand out in Estonian knit­ting for their extremely fine gauges. Women’s gloves from Muhu are commonly knitted with 112-128 stitches per round (28-32 stitches per needle), while men’s gloves have 160 stitches per round (40 stitches per needle).

Achieving such fine gauge is a true accomplishment for the modern knitter! True masters can change the gauge they produce. And you can do it!

We are going to learn tips and tricks about tense knitting. A tiny Muhu fly will be knitted. 

Anu Pink (b. 1964) is educated as a craft teacher in Tallinn Pedagogical Institute and holds a master degree in Native Crafts from Uni. Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy graduated in 2013).

After being teacher for 25 years she now is working at Saara Publishing House where she is editing craft books and compiling study materials. Her favourite subject at work and in spare time is knitting, especially the technological aspect. She instructs courses in Uni. Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy and Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics, and is a knitting mentor at the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union.

She writes about her inspiration: "My hands start to create stitches in my head when I see beautiful yarn, old knitted pieces, or exiting and mysterious technological tricks. I am able to sit for many hours, even days in the museums and read the stories about the knitting heritage of our ancestors. I really enjoy these moments when I see the special sparkle in my students' eyes – knitting is the most inspiring hobby in the world! I just love old things and new ideas." 


“Töökaartide komplekt. Kudumine” 2001        

Studybook “Kudumine IV-IX kl.” 2002                                                           

“Kirjad kodust”, collections of maps with mitten patterns 2009–2011               

“Meite Muhu mustrid” 2010

”Türi kindad ja sukad” 2011

Master thesis "Silmuskoeliste sukkade ja sokkide kudumise tehnoloogilised võtted, nende muutumine ja paikkondlikud erinevused 19.-20. sajandi Eestis" (Knitting techniques of stockings and socks, their development and local variations in Estonia in 19th and 20th century, supervised by Kristi Jõeste) 2013

“Eesti silmuskudumine 1. Tavad ja tehnikad” 2014

“Estonian Knitting 1. Traditions and Techniques” (with Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste)2015

“Pärnumaa rahvarõivad”, the chapters about knitting 2017

“Eesti silmuskudumine 2. Sukad ja sokid” 2018

Editor of the books on Haapsalu lace knitting 2009–2018 


Anu Pink's blog

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