"Nupp?" Or nope?

Hi guys. I've started a new project, the Triangular Summer Shawl from the Knitted Lace of Estonia book by Nancy Bush. I am sailing along smoothly and must say that I love the inclusion of "nupps" in the pattern. You probably are all familiar with what they are, but just in case you aren't, they are small bobble-like features that give the shawl depth and texture. In the case of the shawl I'm making, they are part of the floral lily-of-the-valley pattern.

When I first started the pattern I was a little concerned about making the nupps. I had read on knitting blogs how they were troublesome and nearly impossible to execute. And my first attempts did not go so well. But all that just made me want to figure out how to do them well!

I ended up finding Nancy's demonstration video on Youtube. In it she shows the importance of keeping the loops not only free from tension, but actually pulling them to make them extra loose. This video was the key in helping me to figure out how to easily and enjoyably make a nupp in the traditional way without my hands cramping up and ending up crying in a heap on the floor!

There must be others on here that have had experience with knitting nupps? If so, what has your experience been? Were you successful in making them the traditional way? Did you try an alternate method that worked better for you? Do you love or hate them? Would you run screaming from a pattern that had them in it? Let me know your thoughts!

P.S. For those unfamiliar with what a nupp looks like, I've included a pic of the pattern that I'm working on (this is not my shawl though!).

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Aaronknits's picture

I really do love the effect of the nupp, but I dislike making them. So for that reason I may shy away from patterns that use the technique. Especially when it's a 7 or 9 stitch nupp. I might be able to handle up to 5, but my preference would still be to not do them at all.

Kudos to you and to anyone who does enjoy them and finds them less of a PITA than I do though!

mwkbloom's picture

There is a way to do these with a crochet hook:

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

The lily-of-the-valley pattern is a very beautiful shawl. A friend of mine has knit it several times. That said, I have to admit that a nupp is just another bobble to me and I don't care to do them. With that said, however, I must also admit that I admire people who take the time to use them in a pattern. Nupps, that is. I dislike bobbles in any shape or pattern, avoiding them at all times. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Kerry's picture

I found nupps to be difficult at first but that was because I wasn't leaving them loose enough, once I realised that I didn't have a problem. They are now just another stitch which adds variety to a pattern.

Nancy Bush's video is excellent.