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Dainas are Latvian folksongs, many of them created well over a thousand years ago. There are over 1.2 million of them and they have been inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Program. Part of the Latvian oral tradition, they contain much that constitutes Latvian culture, reflecting daily existence as well as celebrations and life’s passages.

Many of the dainas are about life on the land. The Daina vest celebrates the beauty and richness of the Latvian countryside. Worked in the colours of nature, it incorporates in lace stitches some of the country’s most ancient motifs. 

Choose your own combination of three colourways to create your own folk song.

The sample pictured is size Medium and is knit with Hand Maiden Fine Yarn Casbah, 80% merino, 10% nylon, 10% cashmere, (325 m./355 yds. per 115 g. skein), colours “Walnut”, “Moss”, and “Amber”.


Sizes: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X
Bust circumference: 80 cm./32 in. (89 cm./35.6 in.; 98 cm./39.1 in.; 107 cm./42.7 in.; 124 cm./49.8 in.; 133 cm./53.3 in.; 151 cm./60.4 in.; 160 cm./64 in.)

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Suggested Yarn: Fingering or sport weight yarn in the following amounts:
Colour A (Walnut): 225 m./245 yds. (270 m./295 yds.; 325 m./355 yds.; 360 m./395 yds.; 440 m./482 yds.; 485 m./530 yds.; 625 m./684 yds.; 645 m./704 yds.)
Colour B (Moss): 138 m./151 yds. (166 m./182 yds.; 200 m./220 yds.; 222 m./243 yds.; 272 m./298 yds.; 300 m./328 yds.; 355 m./388 yds.; 396 m./433 yds.)
Colour C (Amber): 55 m./60 yds. (60 m./66 yds., 70 m./77 yds., 90 m./98 yds., 120 m./131 yds., 135 m./148 yds., 165 m./180 yds., 180 m./197 yds.)

Needles: 4.0 mm. (US 6)

Gauge: 18 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm. 4 in square in Pattern Stitch

View details in the Latvia 100 Collection.

Purchase Collection: $21.95 CAD

Purchase Pattern: $10.00 CAD

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