Alafoss Wool Blankets

The Alafoss Wool blankets are cozy, warm and a very popular gift item. Below you can see all the various different styles and colors with traditional Icelandic wool patterns. All of the blankets are warm, soft and breathable and are made of 100% pure Icelandic Wool. Due to the fine quality of the wool, the throws are very long-lasting but soft at the same time.

We may be biased, but we feel like the Icelandic wool blankets are a must for every home 🙂

You can click on the caption of each picture of the blankets below to learn more about styles, sizes and prices.

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Have you tried knitting with Icelandic wool? It’s unique and different and a must try if you have never knitted with Icelandic lopi yarn before.

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Álafoss Lopi

Bulky yarn: 100% new wool. 100 g (3.5 oz.) approx. 100 m. (109 yd.). 

Gauge: 13 sts to 10 cm(4″) over St st using size 6-6½ mm (Old UK 4-3) (US 10-10).

Léttlopi

Worsted weight yarn: 100% new wool. 50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 100 m  (109 yd).

Gauge: 18 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 4½ – 5  mm (Old UK 7-6) (US 7-8).

Plötulopi

Unspun yarn: 100% new wool. 

Gauge-1 ply: 19 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 4½  mm (Old UK 7) (US 7).

Gauge-2 ply: 14 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 5½  mm (Old UK 5) (US 9).

Since Plötulopi is an unspun yarn, it is fragile to knit; however, due to the length of its fibres, it knits into a sweater that is both sturdy and soft. Sold by weight as a one-ply, flat roll, called a “plate”. Plate approx. 110 g (3.85 oz).  approx. 300 m (328 yd). 

Einband

Lace Weight Yarn: 100% wool, 50 gr (1.7 oz) approx. 250 m (273yd).

Gauge: 30 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 2½  mm (Old UK 13) (US 1).

Gauge: 17 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 4  mm (Old UK 8) (US 6).
Gauge: 15 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 6  mm (Old UK 4) (US 10).

Garments made from Einband stretch and are therefore difficult to measure until they have been washed. It is recommended that you make a swatch, rinse and block it and then measure it when dry to find the exact gauge and needle size to achieve accurate measurements in the finished piece. After washing, the wool becomes soft and manageable.

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

Neon Yarn for the Summer

We simply love knitting – especially knitting with colorful yarn!

The Neon Alafoss Yarn is simply amazing and perfect for your summer knitting projects. The possibilities are endless as you can use it for wool sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves or whatever you can think of.

neon-bannerClick on the picture below for a free knitting pattern for a Icelandic wool hat:

Neon Yarn Wool Hat Free pattern

What do you think, are you ready to add some bright and colorful neon yarn to your next knitting project?

Three Cornered and Long Shawls

The beautiful pattern book Þríhyrnur og langsjöl (“Three cornered and long shawls”) by Sigríður Halldórsdóttir is back and now including an English translation leaflet.

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Three Cornered and Long Shawls

Three Cornered Lace Shawl  Pattern Book - Back Side

Three Cornered and Long Shawls Pattern Book – Back Side

The pattern book is a compilation of 27 beautiful triangular and long lace shawls patterns with detailed explanations and techniques as well as a little history of Icelandic lace shawls.

Einband (100% pure Icelandic lace weight yarn) is used in most of the patterns in this book, and is perfect for creating delicate items such as these shawls and other light garments.

 

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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!

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:

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Traditional Icelandic wool sweater with Reindeer pattern

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Knitting Kit: Vetur – Traditional Unisex Icelandic Wool Sweater

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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 🙂

Unravel .. A Festival of Knitting 2014

unravel2014 UNRAVEL KNITTING FESTIVAL 2014

We are very excited to share with you that we will be participating as exhibitors at the Unravel Knitting festival in Farnham, UK.

The festival will take place Feb. 21 – Feb. 23 and has fast become one of the leading independent events for knitting and crochet enthusiasts both nationally and internationally.

The Unravel Knitting Festival will include a marketplace with products from over 80 leading companies, expert talks, installations and workshops and we are excited to be one of the few, if not the only, international guests at the show.

We are bringing a great selection of Icelandic yarn, Alafoss lopi, Léttlopi (lopi lite), samples of Plötulopi (the unspun yarn) and other wool yarn – knitting patterns and pattern books, traditional Icelandic wool sweaters and Alafoss wool blankets and samples of other wool items along with color sample cards of the Icelandic yarn.

If you are located in UK and close to the Farnham area, we would love to see you there! Visit the event website here and purchase tickets to this exciting knitting festival.

If you can’t make it this year – make sure you follow us on Instagram where you can view pictures from the Festival. Follow us at @alafoss on both Twitter and Instagram 🙂

Do you know anyone that is coming to the Unravel Knitting Festival this year?

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.

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

Reminder: 15% off your entire order

Just a quick reminder of our post from yesterday 🙂

As a special – thank you gift – to our blog readers, we wanted to share with you a special coupon code for Alafoss that gives you 15% off your entire order. See instructions below how to apply the coupon.

You can browse through a great selection of Icelandic Wool Yarn and Traditional Wool sweaters and other wool accessories:

SHOP ALAFOSS LOPI HERE

SHOP LETTLOPI HERE

SHOP PLOTULOPI HERE

SHOP NEON YARN HERE

SHOP ALAFOSS WOOL BLANKET HERE

Remember: Take advantage of this special offer and receive a 15% off your total order, please use the Alafoss coupon code alafosswoolblog in the associated discount coupon code field before you check out. (use lower case letters). Valid until end of Feb. 2nd.