Philippe Ricart – Icelandic Birds

The beautiful tapestry cushion kits collection below, designed by Philippe Ricart, features the Icelandic Birds and each set includes canvas, icelandic woolen yarn, needle and chart.

There are two sizes: 20 cm x 20 cm   (7.87 x 7.87 inch) and 40 cm x 40 cm   (15.75 x 15.75 inch).

The following Icelandic Birds are featured in this beautiful collection:

Artic Tern – Eider Duck – Golden Plover – Great Northern Diver – Harlequin Duck – Oystercatcher – Ptarmigan and Puffin


Philippe Ricart was born and raised in France but has lived in Iceland for the past 30 years. Since 1997, he has only worked with crafts and art. He has a wide range of production and also likes to try something new. He has worked with a variety of crafts for almost 30 years and it varies a bit what he does each time. This new collection is a cushion/pillow covers with images of Icelandic birds. He uses the 100% Icelandic wool for the embroidery.


Stitchsets with different images from Icelandic nature and Icelandic birds, including canvas, yarn and chart are available in our shops and online at

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Kambgarn is made of Merino Wool. It is perfect for baby clothes and other soft garments.

Shop Kambgarn online here

June 19th – Womens’ Rights Day in Iceland

Today, June 19th, is a special day for Icelandic women.

This year, June 19th marks the 98th anniversary of the day Icelandic women received the right to vote in 1915.


Happy women’s rights day!

Neon Colors in Alafoss Lopi



We are extremely excited that Istex has recently manufactured three brand new colors in Alafoss lopi knitting yarn. These colors are bright and beautiful in hot trendy neon colors:

Neon Yellow, Neon Green and Neon Pink.

Neon Knitting Yarn

Neon Colors in Alafoss Lopi

Icelandic knitters have been waiting for a Icelandic neon knitting yarn for a while, as these colors are very trendy this summer. People have already started knitting beautiful traditional Icelandic sweaters, wool hats, wool gloves, mittens, legwarmers – the possibilities are endless!

Be bright bold and NEON this summer!


Free Knitting Pattern – Icelandic Wool

Two and Three color Icelandic Wool Cardigan with zipper – Álafoss Lopi.

Design: Védís Jónsdóttir for ÍSTEX Ldt.

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Álafoss Lopi – 100 g balls.


Blue cardigan 3-colours
A 9959 indigo blue 4 (4) 5 (5) 6
B 0051 white 1 (1) 2 (2) 2
C 9958 light indigo 1 (1) 1 (1) 1

Grey cardigan 2-colours
A 0054 ash heather 4 (4) 5 (5) 6
B 0005 black heather 1 (1) 2 (2) 2

6 mm (US 10) circular needles 40 and 60-80 cm long
4½ mm (US 7) circular needles 40 cm long
6 mm (US 10) double pointed needles
Zip (open ended) 50-55 cm, measure when cardigan is finished

13 sts and 18 rows = 10 x 10 cm measured over stocking stitch using 6 mm needles. Check your tension and adjust needle size if necessary.

Body and sleeves are worked in the round from lower edge to underarm. Body and sleeves are then joined and yoke is worked in the round over entire
cardigan. Pattern and dec are worked from chart. Round begins and ends with a P st at front of body. The front opening is cut open.

Cast on 109 (115) 121 (127) 133 sts with A using 6 mm circular needle. Work 4 rows moss st (first row: *K1, P1. K1* next row: P1, K1, P1*). Cast on 2 sts which count as first and last st of rnd and join in a circle => 111 (117) 123 (129) 135 sts. Work in St st (P first and last st of rnd) until body measures 30 (31) 33 (35) 36 cm from cast on edge. Set aside and work sleeves. Do not break yarn.

Cast on 28 (28) 28 (30) 30 sts with A using 6 mm double pointed needles. Join in a circle and work moss st 4 rnds. Work St st and inc 1 st at beg and 1 st at end of rnd in every 12th (12th) 11th (11th) 11th rnd up sleeve, 6 (6) 7 (7) 7 times => 40 (40) 42 (44) 44 sts. Cont without further shaping until sleeve measures 45 (47) 49 (51) 53 cm from cast on edge. Slip 8 (8) 9 (10) 10 sts underarm to st holder => 32 (32) 33 (34) 34 sts. Work second sleeve.

Join body and sleeves as follows: With A and 6 mm circular needle, work 24 (25) 26 (27) 29 sts right front (beg with P st). Slip next 8 (8) 9 (10) 10 sts of body to st holder. K 32 (32) 33 (34) 34 sts across first sleeve. K 47 (51) 53 (55) 57 sts across back. Slip next 8 (8) 9 (10) 10 L sts of body to st holder. K 32 (32) 33 (34) 34 sts across second sleeve. Work 24 (25) 26 (27) 29 sts left front (end with P st) => 159 165 (171) 177 (183) sts. Work pattern from chart (different chart for 2 or 3 colours) and dec as shown. Change to shorter needles when rnd gets tighter. When pattern is complete there are => 55 (57) 59 (61) 63 sts left.

Change to 4½ mm needles, with A knit 1 rnd and dec evenly spaced on rnd 0 (2) 2 (4) 4 sts => 55 (55) 57 (57) 59 sts on needle. Cast off first P st, work *K1, P1* rib, cast off last P st. Now work back and forth, 6 cm rib. Cast off.

Graft underarm sts together. Weave in loose ends but pull the ends by the P st chain to RS. Sew across the ends at the same time as you sew by machine with straight, small stitches, twice into each chain of P sts up body front. Rinse carefully by hand in lukewarm water and lay flat to dry. Cut between sewn rows front opening. Sew zipper under front edge twice with thread in matching colour. First from RS where edge is folded, then slip stitch edge of zipper from WS. Fold neckband in half to inside and slip stitch in place, hiding the fabric end of zipper.