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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.

Show us what you have been working on by sharing pictures of your knitting projects on Instagram.

Tag them with any of the following so we can find you 🙂

@alafoss #alafoss #alafosslopi #lettlopi #einband #plotulopi #lopi #icelandicwool 

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 🙂

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.

Free Knitting Pattern – Neon Wool Hat

I’m excited to share with you a free knitting pattern of an Icelandic wool hat made with the beautiful Neon colors in Alafoss Lopi. The design is made by Christine Chochoy at TriScote and can be found on the Ístex website. You can also click on the picture below to download the FREE KNITTING PATTERN.

We’ve decided to offer you an Alafoss coupon code made exclusive for the readers of our blog – as a big thank you. To take advantage of this special offer and receive a 15% off your total order, please use the coupon code alafosswoolblog in the associated discount coupon code field before you check out. (use lower case letters)

Feel free to share both the pattern and the coupon code with your friends and on your blogs – coupon code will be valid until end of February 2nd (sunday).

free knitting pattern wool neon hat

HAPPY KNITTING!

Knitting with Icelandic Wool

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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.