Knitting Kits – Icelandic Wool Sweaters

We have been quiet! We know… but we have been focusing on knitting some beautiful sweaters for the summer season here in Iceland! We are back…so we hope you accept our apologies 🙂

We are excited to share with you that we have added some knitting kits to our website. In each knitting kit, we have included one of the Lopi pattern books and the yarn needed for one particular pattern. The yarn included in the kit is sufficient to make the largest size in the pattern.. so if you want to knit a smaller size – YAY you got some extra yarn!

Click on each of the picture below to see what is included in the knitting kits:


Traditional Icelandic wool sweater with Reindeer pattern


Knitting Kit: Vetur – Traditional Unisex Icelandic Wool Sweater


Rætur – Female Wool Cardigan – Knitting Kit

Anniversary Sweater - Colorful Icelandic Wool Swaeter

Anniversary Sweater – Colorful Icelandic Wool Swaeter

Knitting Kit: Children's Wool Sweater

Knitting Kit: Children’s Wool Sweater

If you can’t find the sweater pattern that you are looking for in one of our kits, please feel free to browse through the pictures from each of the Lopi pattern books and we will create a kit, especially for you including the sweater you want!

Click on each of the pattern books to view pictures of patterns: Lopi Pattern Books.

You can contact us with any questions you have by filling out the form here: CONTACT US

Happy shopping 🙂

Free Knitting Pattern – Aftur

Ever dreamt of knitting your own traditional Icelandic wool sweater – your own Icelandic lopapeysa?

Now you can get a free pattern of a basic Icelandic wool sweater with a beautiful pattern, the same as Actress Scarlett Johansson is wearing in the movie “We bought a Zoo” from 2011.  Instructions available in English, Finnish, and Icelandic.


Download this free pattern of the beautiful sweater Aftur, designed by Védís Jónsdóttir by clicking here.

Napkins with Wool Pattern

What a great idea for your next knitting club?

Now you can have napkins with the traditional Icelandic wool sweater pattern along with matching candles with the same wool pattern design. Click on the picture below for more information.

Order today for yourself or as a gift for your “knitterholic” friends 🙂


Knitting with Icelandic Wool


Knitting with Icelandic Wool contains everything you need to know about Icelandic wool and knitting in Iceland. The book comprises 65 patterns for women, men and children chosen in collaboration with Iceland’s largest wool manufacturer, Ístex.

The book mainly features the classic Icelandic lopi sweater and other popular garments, but there are also patterns for smaller projects such as woolly hats, socks, mittens and scarves. The history of knitting in Iceland, from its origins to the present day, is told with an emphasis on the emergence of the Icelandic lopi sweater, as well as the growth of the Icelandic wool industry.

Knitting with Icelandic Wool is a great book for knitters looking for exciting patterns knitted in Icelandic wool, and an informative and entertaining resource for all who have an interest in the history of handicrafts.

Order your copy today – worldwide shipping. Click here to view pattern book.

New Years Resolution – KNIT MORE!

We hope you and your family had a wonderful time during the holidays.

Now as the end of 2013 is approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your New Years Resolutions for 2014!

We sure hope that *KNIT MORE* will make it to your top 10 list of New Years Resolutions. We have added some links to free knitting patterns that will make life easier for you 🙂

Neon Alafoss lopi

New Years Resolution ideas for Knitters / Make time for knitting in 2014:

(Knit something for yourself or for the ones you love)

Click on the links to download the free patterns and make sure you check out the beautiful colors of Léttlopi and Álafoss Lopi while you are at our site.

Let’s Knit review: Álafoss

Let’s Knit is UK’s bestselling knitting magazine and specializes in knitting patterns, crochet, yarn and much more! We are honored to share with you their blog and their recent review about Álafoss.

Take a look at their blog and the review about Álafoss by clicking the link below:


Lopapeysa – the Icelandic Wool Sweater

Plan Iceland – an all in one travel guide for travelers visiting Iceland

Icelandic Wool Sweater

We came across this article about the traditional Icelandic wool sweater that we call “Lopapeysa”.

They are spot on that we truly love our wool sweaters and it’s both a fashionable clothing and a very practical one at the same time. Many have multiple sweaters in different colors and patterns. I have at least four “lopapeysa” –  a pullover, a wool sweater with buttons, a wool sweater with a zipper and a wool vest that is perfect for hiking.

We wanted to share this article with you – you may want to read a little bit more about the traditional Icelandic wool sweater.

All of the traditional Icelandic wool sweaters from Alafoss are of course hand knitted in Iceland with 100% Icelandic wool 🙂

Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweaters from Alafoss

Click on the picture to see Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweaters from Alafoss

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We are now also on Pinterest – where you can see more knitting yarn, traditional Icelandic wool sweaters, gift ideas and even some more knitting jokes we have found from other pinners.

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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

Click here to purchase Álafoss-lopi.

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