Neon Yarn – Alafoss Lopi – Free Pattern

Have you tried the bright neon pink, green and yellow Icelandic Alafoss lopi yarn?
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It is a perfect addition to your upcoming knitting projects, especially if you are knitting something for the summer. We love it and as it was a limited production, we are not sure how long supplies last – so get yours while we still have it in stock 🙂 You can shop the neon yarn here.

We recommend this FREE pattern for a beautiful neon Icelandic wool sweater, designed by Þórunn Vilmarsdóttir for Ístex:

NEW! Free Knitting pattern for a Neon Icelandic Wool Sweater.

You can download the free pattern by clicking on the picture above or use the following link: http://www.alafoss.is/neon-wool-sweater-free-pattern.html. You can of course customize the sweater and pick your own colors as you wish – The pattern calls for 4 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the main color and 3 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the pattern color. To view all colors of the Alafoss lopi: http://www.alafoss.is/knitting-yarn/alafoss-lopi.html

Keep us posted of your upcoming neon knitting projects 🙂

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It’s cold in Iceland today….

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… but it’s always warm in the Alafoss Wool Store. We got you covered on a cold winter day… Traditional Icelandic wool sweaters, the popular Alafoss Wool Blankets, warm and cozy wool socks, scarves, hats, mittens and gloves and everything else you need to survive the winter!

Stay in touch and keep warm!

The Alafoss wool store.

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Icelandic Wool Ponchos

These ponchos are made of 100% pure new Icelandic Quality Wool and feature a traditional Icelandic yoke pattern that is hand-knitted with care in Iceland.

In the production of these VARMA wool ponchos, pride is taken in the individual care and attention at every stage of the production. VARMA wool garments are always produced from high quality raw material.

It’s a must have – easy and confortable to put on and take off – a unique design – perfect for the winter!

Wool Ponchos from Varma

Click on picture to shop Wool Ponchos from Varma

AuntsDesign T-shirts

Aunts Design Iceland is an authentic collection line, where the Icelandic wool sweater pattern is used as a base. Click on picture for more info.

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Icelandic Wool Sweaters still going strong…

Morgunblaðið / Icelandic Newspaper October 17, 2014

Interview in the Icelandic newspaper, Morgunblaðið, with the owners of the Alafoss Wool Store: Guðmundur Arnar Jónsson and Gerða Gunnarsdóttir.

Icelandic wool sweaters (lopapeysa) have become very popular in the recent years. “I think the vast majority of the Icelandic population owns more than one and more than two “lopapeysa” and they are diligent to wear them at all kinds of occations” says Gudmundur Arnar Jonsson, the CEO and owner of the Álafoss Wool store. With him in the picture below is Gerða Gunnarsdóttir, the co-owner of the Álafoss Wool Store. Both tourists and locals buy Icelandic wool products in the store.

The Icelandic Wool Sweater (Lopapeysa) is still going strong…

The Icelandic wool sweater, Lopapeysa, has kept Icelandic people safe and warm throughout the centuries, and no wonder that this ancient garment is still a part of the wardrobe of people in the 21st century. The natural colors of the Icelandic sheep have survived all fashion trends, are classic and warm colors, and the attributes and characteristics of the Icelandic wool are ideal for colder weather climates. Gudmundur Arnar Jónsson is the CEO and owner of the Álafoss Wool store and runs two stores the company operates, one in down town Reykjavík at Laugavegur 8 and the main store in the Álafossvegur in Mosfellsbær. He says Icelandic wool products are by far the most popular products in the store. All the wool sweaters that Álafoss sells, are hand-knitted by local talented knitters from all across the country, with 100% quality Icelandic wool from Ístex.

More than one and more than two…

Around the financial collapse in Iceland, the interest in Icelandic wool clothing grew enormously, but instead of buying sweaters already made, many started knitting their own wool sweaters and we noticed a big difference in our yarn sales. Our hand-knitted sweaters that we have in our store are still very popular, and our customers are impressed by the developments taking place in the design, patterns and colors,” explains Gudmundur. “I think the vast majority of the population has now multiple Icelandic wool sweaters and they are diligent to wear them at all kinds of occations. Grandparents of the country are busy knitting this term and drawers in the childen’s and grandchildren’s wardrobes are being filled with warm sweaters, socks, hats and scarves.”

The popularity of the Icelandic Lopapeysa can be attributed to the changing times but also to a growing interest in the outdoors activities.” With a good raincoat over a wool sweater, you can hardly find a better outdoor clothing than the Icelandic wool sweater. Our rescue team members know this and they rarely are seen without their wool sweaters. If you get too hot for comfort, you just take off the outermost layer and the lopapeysa is warm, lightweight, breathable and water-repellent.”

The traditional patterns are always classic, but Gudmundur says that the knitters are very creative in coming up with new patterns and designs.  “As a result, the Icelandic lopapeysa is becoming more of a fashionable product and offers more options for those who want the sweater in unusual colors and design. The new neon colors that were recently added to the collection are very popular. Ístex has been efficient in introducing new knitting patterns with innovative designs.” The Icelandic wool sweaters either come as a pullover, with zipper, or buttons or even with a hood. “The open wool sweaters (zipper / buttons) are the most popular today, with more ease of use and easier to take on and off.”

Warm and cozy Alafoss Blankets on a cold winter night…

The Alafoss Wool Blankets are also very popular. They are a quality product, Icelandic design and made with 100% Icelandic wool. In our store we offer a great selection of blankets, the classic horse blanket in mix with other more contemporary designs. “One of the newest editions is the Landscape-collection which is a simple design but features a captivating color pattern that is inspired by the beautiful colors that characterize the Icelandic landscape and nature.”

Gudmundur says that the Alafoss Wool blankets can be found in most Icelandic homes as they are essential on a cold winter day. “What’s better than to cuddle up in your couch in front of the TV or with a good book, with a cup of coffee and maybe some Icelandic chocolate, and get warm and cozy with an Alafoss wool blanket?”

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Neon Wool Sweater – Free Knitting Pattern

NEW! Free Knitting pattern for a Neon Icelandic Wool Sweater.

NEW! Ístex has just recently published a brand new knitting pattern for a beautiful Icelandic Wool Sweater – the Neon Wool Sweater. This knitting pattern is designed by Þórunn Vilmarsdóttir for Ístex.

You can download the free pattern by clicking on the picture above or use the following link:
http://www.alafoss.is/neon-wool-sweater-free-pattern.html

You can of course customize the sweater and pick your own colors as you wish – The pattern calls for 4 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the main color and 3 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the pattern color.
View all colors: http://www.alafoss.is/knitting-yarn/alafoss-lopi.html

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-Stay warm this winter with this easy knitting pattern for an Icelandic wool sweater-

Would you use the neon colors? Or would you pick more traditional yarn colors? Feel free to share the pattern with your friends and keep us posted of your knitting progress 🙂

Children’s Wool Sweater – Free Pattern

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

Knitting yarn: Léttlopi – 100% Icelandic wool 

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Free Pattern: Pink Wool Sweater

Are you one of those knitters who is constantly looking for new knitting patterns… and more to it, a completely free knitting patterns? Perhaps you have multiple knitting projects on your needles, but we are sure that everyone agrees that you can always add one more to your list of to-do’s. Right? 🙂

This beautiful pink Icelandic wool sweater is a must try if you have been looking for an easy and free knitting pattern – using Icelandic knitting yarn Álafoss Lopi. As this is an old knitting pattern, the original color is no longer available – but we recommend this color: 0159 Álafoss Lopi.

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 Click here to download and print the free pattern

Enjoy it and we would love to hear back from you if you have already knitted the sweater or when you do – and please feel free to share some pictures with us 🙂

Best regards from Iceland

Alafoss Wool Store

Picking a color for a knitting project?

The Icelandic yoke sweater pattern in the traditional Icelandic wool sweaters is beautiful and timeless and with so many colors of yarn to choose from, the combination could be endless!

Remember how easy it was picking two colors from that Crayon box when you were little? Well, choosing colors for your next knitting project can be as easy, even though at first it might seem like an overwhelming task. How do you make sure that the color combination you choose will be perfect for your next project?

Do you get nervous when picking colors? Do you take a long time to decide? Are you a conservative knitter or do you like to experience with different colors when you start knitting a new knitting project? Is it difficult not having the touch-and-feel feeling when deciding on the color combination?

We got the solution for you!

The wool color sample charts will help you select the color combination for your next knitting project. The most popular one are the Alafoss Lopi Color Sample Card and the Lettlopi Color Sample Card.

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Happy knitting!