Free Knitting Pattern – Léttlopi Vest

Traditional Icelandic Wool Vest

Designed by Védís Jónsdóttir at Ístex

Chest: 82 (87) 91 (96) cm
Length to underarm: 31 (32) 33 (34) cm

Létt-Lopi – 50 g balls
A 0059 black 4 (4) 5 (5)
B 0054 ash 1 (1) 1 (1)
C 9418 stone blue 1 (1) 1 (1)

4½ mm circular needles 40 and 60-80 cm
3½ mm circular needles 40 and 60-80 cm

18 sts and 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm measured over St st using 4½ mm needles.
Check gauge and adjust needle size if necessary.

Body is worked in the round from lower edge to underarms, then worked back and forth, finally yoke is worked in the round. Pattern and dec are worked from chart. Round begins and ends at left side of body but on yoke round begins and ends on left side of back.

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Free Knitting Pattern – Icelandic Zip Cardigan

Free Pattern - Icelandic Zip Cardigan

We just wanted to share with you another free knitting pattern of a traditional Icelandic wool sweater – a cardigan with zipper. This beautiful sweater is designed by Védís Jónsdóttir for Ístex and you can download the pattern here: Icelandic Zip Cardigan.

We recommend the black cardigan – it is absolutely gorgeous!

Álafoss Lopi – 100 g balls

Black cardigan

A 0005 black heather  5 (5) 6 (6) 6

B 0085 oatmeal heather 1 (1) 1 (1) 1

C 0051 white 1 (1) 1 (1) 1

Ecru cardigan

9972 ecru heather 5 (5) 6 (6) 6

0052 black sheep heather 1 (1) 1 (1) 1

0053 acorn heather 1 (1) 1 (1) 1

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Icelandic Wool Sweater – Now in NEON!

We have been very excited to see what our fellow knitters have been knitting from the brand new neon colors in Alafoss lopi. Our readers have been sending us pictures along with our Facebook friends, who are all very excited about these new colors.

We decided to knit our own traditional Icelandic wool sweater in neon colors – to have on display at our Alafoss store in Mosfellsbaer in Iceland. What do you think??? We love it!   Have you tried knitting from the new neon colors in Alafoss Lopi? If you have, we would love to see pictures 🙂

Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweater in Neon Colors.

Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweater in Neon Colors.

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Neon Knitting Yarn

Neon Colors in Alafoss Lopi

Penguin Children’s Icelandic Wool Sweater


This beautiful Icelandic wool sweater with penguin pattern can be found here on Istex’s website.

Penguin - Icelandic Wool Sweater

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.


Another Free Knitting Pattern

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Icelandic Wool Vest - Spring Morning Vest

Spring Morning Wool Vest

Just wanted to share with you another free knitting pattern from Istex.

It’s a beautiful wool vest knitted from 100% pure Icelandic wool, Léttlopi.

The vest is designed by Védís Jónsdóttir and has been named a Spring Morning Vest.

The pattern can be downloaded here.
For the vest pictured here you need the following yarn:

Enjoy :0)

Free Knitting Pattern

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Istex, the manufacturer of the Icelandic Lopi yarn, they offered this traditional Icelandic sweater pattern, especially created  by knitting designer Védís Jónsdóttir, as a gift to all Lopi knitters. Afmæli means “Anniversary” in Icelandic.

The pattern is in two sizes for children, 8-10 years and 10-12 years and in four Adult sizes and in five different color combinations. Please browse through the different colors of Lettlopi here.

We at Alafoss wanted to share this free knitting pattern with you and we hope you enjoy knitting this beautiful sweater.

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Létt-Lopi – 50 g balls

Brown adult sweater

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