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
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!
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.
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.
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 🙂
Click on the picture to see Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweaters from Alafoss
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.
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! MATERIALS