Knitting with Icelandic Wool

Overview

One of the best known types of yarn, Icelandic wool or Lopi is used to make sweaters that have a long-lasting and classic appeal. This 100% pure wool yarn is lighter, warmer, and more water-resistant than yarns from elsewhere, as the long-coated native Icelandic sheep have developed over time to ensure as much protection as possible from the harsh northern climate, giving the wool its special properties.

 

With over sixty-five gorgeous designs, there are...

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Overview

One of the best known types of yarn, Icelandic wool or Lopi is used to make sweaters that have a long-lasting and classic appeal. This 100% pure wool yarn is lighter, warmer, and more water-resistant than yarns from elsewhere, as the long-coated native Icelandic sheep have developed over time to ensure as much protection as possible from the harsh northern climate, giving the wool its special properties.

 

With over sixty-five gorgeous designs, there are patterns for a range of garments for the whole family—from variations on the traditional Icelandic yoked sweaters to smaller projects such as wooly hats, socks, and scarves, to stunning lacy garments and other more contemporary designs—all knit in different weights of Icelandic wool. For all of the patterns complete step-by-step instructions are paired with easy-to-follow lace and color knitting charts, and all the stitches, techniques, and abbreviations you need—including how to work two-color knitting—and more are in the back. Beautifully photographed in Iceland and created in collaboration with Iceland's largest wool manufacturer, Ístex, the book includes a brief history on the emergence of the Icelandic Lopi sweater and the Icelandic wool industry.

Knitting with Icelandic Wool is an exceptional resource for all knitters looking for new designs or traditional styles with a modern twist to make in this uniquely lightweight bulky yarn known as Lopi.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If you're looking to expand your Nordic knitting repertoire, look no further. This comprehensive book looks at a wide array of contemporary Icelandic hand knits. After opening with a brief history of Icelandic knitting, Jónsdóttir, veteran knitwear designer and head designer for Ístex yarn, introduces 65 beautiful new patterns that enhance and extend Iceland's knitting tradition. The traditional patterned-yoke sweater is featured throughout, with beautiful colorwork variations that range from the geometric to the pictorial. One-color, striped, and lace sweaters also make appearances. Projects include "árni," a zip-front men's sweater with a beautiful geometric design, "ása," a fun, heart-patterned, hooded girl's sweater, "faðmur," an elegant lace open-front cardigan, and "ljúfa," a lightweight A-line striped sweater with bell sleeves, among many others. Sweaters make up the majority of patterns, but dresses, hats, socks, vests, mittens, and other items are also detailed here. There's even a darling yoke-patterned dog coat. This book has something for everyone, and a smart index catalogues which patterns are for men, women and children, making it easy to find the project you're looking for. Easy-to-follow instructions, charts for colorwork and lace, and beautiful photographs of the finished item make this book a pleasure to browse. For anyone enticed by a large collection of hand knits, especially those partial to colorwork sweaters, this book makes a cozy companion.
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"The combination of knitting history, attractive patterns, and in-depth information about Icelandic knitting traditions and techniques make this an excellent addition to knitting collections." —Library Journal starred review

 

"Truly an inspiring book.... The sport-to-chunky sweaters all incorporate beautiful colorwork motifs, many easy enough for a beginning two-color knitter. Patterns for the smallest to tallest all look delightful. Vedis Jonsdottir has created a compelling book from every angle. Let's go get some Lopi!" —Knit Circus

 

"In general, the photography is wonderful, the patterns are beautiful, and the instructions are written clearly.  The book is a hardcover, and feels and looks like a classic that you will return to time and again for wardrobe staples.... I recommend this book for knitters who like the classic Icelandic sweater look, who enjoy (or who want to venture into) stranded colorwork, and for those looking for a pattern book that will outlast the latest trends in knitwear." —Underground Crafter blog

Library Journal
Most knitters are familiar with the colorwork traditions of Scandinavia and Scotland. Iceland has similar knitting traditions, developed during or prior to the 17th century, and featuring a combination of yoked sweaters, stranded colorwork, and the use of wool (called lopi) from Icelandic sheep. Jonsdottir, the head designer at Istex, Iceland's premier yarnmaker, designed most of the new patterns in this collection and adapted many of the vintage patterns. Each of the designs is created to highlight the beauty of the lopi. Colorwork sweaters for women, men, and children dominate, but there are also patterns for accessories. VERDICT The combination of knitting history, attractive patterns, and in-depth information about Icelandic knitting traditions and techniques make this an excellent addition to knitting collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250024800
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 593,989
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

VEDIS JONSDOTTIR grew up on a farm on the west coast of Iceland. She has worked as a knitwear designer for many companies in Iceland before she started designing handknits and became head designer at Ístex. She has revitalized Icelandic handknits by introducing new shapes and more intricate color combinations. Védís also chooses the yarn colors for Ístex, seeking inspiration in Icelandic nature, to bring out the best qualities of the wool. She currently lives in Manhattan.

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