Roosimine is an Estonian inlay technique that creates the appearance of embroidery through intentional floats in contrasting yarn on the right side of your knitting. The name Roosimine translates to “decorating with roses”. It comes from a style of short stitch embroidery done on the Estonian island of Muhu. This technique can be called both Roosimine and Roositud. Roosimine is the verb or action of doing the technique, while Roositud refers to the finished product.
It is a wonderful and easy technique to add to any project. It is also a much simpler method to placing motifs or patterns than intarsia.
Watch the tutorial for a detailed how to guide.
This technique is traditional used on gloves and stockings, however could be used on many other projects knit in the round.
The Elupuu (Estonian: tree of life) hat features a large Roosimine pattern. It’s a great project to try out this technique on an easy and quick beanie/ toque. The pattern is available on Ravelry.
Want to see more traditional gloves and stockings using this technique? Have a look at these books and websites:
Tõstamaa Käsitöökeskus (Tõstamaa Handicraft Centre) This centre has sells many beautiful items created by talented local artisans. They also run exhibitions and workshops showcasing some of their regional unique patterns and techniques. https://www.instagram.com/tostamaafolkartcentre/
Estonian Knitting 1: Traditions and Techniques by Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann, and Kristi Jõeste gives a brief introduction to all Estonian knitting techniques including Roosimine. Published and available from Saara Kirjastus.
Estonian Knitting 2: Socks and Stockings by Anu Pink covers all styles and techniques used on regional socks and stockings including Roosimine. Published and available from Saara Kirjastus.