Nancy Bush


“Rebellious” and True Haapsalu Shawls

Deciphering the language of Estonian-lace knitting, Nancy Bush explains the subtle, and not so subtle, differences between "rebellious" and true Haapsalu shawls.

Norwegian Fingerless Gloves: A Pair of Offering Mitts to Knit

These offering mitts, also known as “mitts with tongues,” “church mitts,” or “stubby mitts,” were a traditional hand covering in rural Norway. They are a variation of the fingerless gloves or mitts that are popular today.

A Pair of Party Socks Inspired by Victorian Sock Patterns

These party socks were inspired by a number of historic socks Nancy Bush has been fortunate to see in various museums over the last ten years.

Special Knits for Special Occasions

Nancy Bush designed a special knit for a very special occasion—wedding gloves.

A Pair of Men’s Merino Socks from Weldon’s

This pattern for spiral-ribbed socks, from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 30, dates from 1914.

Nancy’s Knitted Stockings for a Young Lady

The knitted stockings shown below were featured in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 15, published in London in 1900. They were designed to come above the knee, but I have reworked it as a long sock, 12 inches (30.5 cm) above the heel flap.

Egyptian Socks to Knit

This project was adapted from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear. In addition to the Egyptian Socks, there were patterns for seventeen other designs, all inspired by traditional, historic references.

Knitted Socks with Fancy Cuffs

Knitted socks make the perfect little project for learning a new-to-you knitting technique! Have you tried knitting Estonian nupps?

Linda’s September 1981 Haapsalu Scarf

The pattern for this square scarf comes from Linda Elgas’s book Haapsalu rätikud [Haapsalu Scarves] published in 2001 with support from the Haapsalu Handicraft Society in Haapsalu, Estonia.

Weldon’s Ladies Useful Stockings to Knit

Enjoy this excerpt from “Ladies Useful Stockings to Knit,” an adaptation from Weldon’s Practical Needlework featured in PieceWork March/April 2010.