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 

Penguin - Icelandic Wool Sweater

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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“Dear Non-Knitter…”

Does anyone relate to this problem?  Share with us your story 🙂

“Dear non-knitter,

Here are few things that are intended to help you understand us knitters better.

I can knit, talk and listen. The fact that I look you straight in the eyes while I’m knitting, should be an indication that you have all my attention (except while I’m counting). This is called multi-tasking.

Do not change the TV channel if I’m sitting in front of the TV with my knitting needles. I know perfectly what’s going on in the episode though I’m not looking at the TV and know very well who killed whom for that matter. The only time I do not want to talk to you is when you hear; “23, 24, 25, 26 ….” If you can hear me saying some some numbers out loud, it is a clear signal that I’m counting.

If you disturb me in these circumstances, I refuse to take responsibility for my own actions, if you are the cause that I have to recount these 376 stitches. Believe me, it will not be pretty.

Although I curse like a sailor, throw my knitting projects up against the wall, and at times may threaten every one around me, I really enjoy knitting. You can count on it that I sure do love it. I find it fun and incredibly relaxing.

Since we are already on that subject… YES, you can give me more yarn. Don’t assume that even though I have plenty of yarn, that I don’t want more. I have a lot because I love yarn. If you hear me talk about that I have too much yarn, then I’m lying. More yarn is ALWAYS a good gift. If my yarn stash is larger than in the yarn shop, then maybe I will think about it.

Thank you for taking this into consideration. I will probably send you more useful advice later such as “How housekeeping makes you incredibly sexy”.

Ps. You never know, maybe I will have you in mind when choosing my next knitting project. So be nice! 🙂 ”

(Borrowed from a Facebook Knitting Group in Iceland)

Does anyone relate to this problem?  Share with us your story 🙂

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.

 

See more colors on Alafoss.is

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 🙂

Ravelry: 4 million members…

… and Iceland is number 1 on the list .. per capita 🙂

We want to send our congratulations over to Ravelry – who today announced they had reached the 4 million members milestone! Wow – are you a part of the knitting community at Raverly yet?

It is often said that Iceland is the Home of the Per Capita Record and when it comes to knitting, we sure want to be on top as well 🙂

Based on this report by Ravelry, Iceland is leading the way with an estimated 346 Ravelers per 10,000 Icelanders.  See the statistics report here.

Ravelry 4 million members - Iceland number 1

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.