The Icelandic Lopapeysa Cardigan

Beth Brown-Reinsel

Saturday & Sunday All Day

This workshop delves into the history and techniques of the beautiful yoked sweater of Iceland, the Lopapeysa. By knitting a small sampler in the round, students will learn the classic construction, working with two or more colors while creating a front steek and shaping the yoke with short rows for a better fit.
Different approaches for cardigan openings will be explored, while the sampler will be worked with a crocheted steek. (If sewing machines are available, students can sew and cut the steek.) Buttonbands can be knitted or the edges can be finished in a variety of ways: encased edges, single crochet edges or bands, or I-cord edges.
Some of the skills to be learned in this class include yarn dominance, handling the (optional) traditional plötulopi yarns, working with two or more yarns within a round, weaving the yarns, Kitchener stitch, working short rows two ways, the Icelandic Bind-off, and cutting and finishing the cardigan fronts. There will also be a short discussion on creating your own Lopi sweater.

Skill level: Intermediate- must be experienced at reading charts, and using double pointed needles.

Material Fee: $6.00, 40 page color handout that includes charts


Student Supplies:
Yarn: Choose from these three options:
Yarn: 4 colors of plötulopi, about ½ plate of each color; OR 4 colors of Léttlopi OR worsted weight yarn, about 1/2 skein (2 oz/ 50 g) of each color

• Needles: 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 mm (US sizes 6, 7, and 8) double pointed needles, 20 cm (6” to 8") long (for the sleeves), and 40 cm (16") circular needles (for the body); a crochet hook, size B or C (2.5 to 3.0 mm)
You may use two circulars or the Magic Loop if you prefer—bring the appropriate needles.
• Notions: St markers, st holders, scissors, tapestry needle, highlighter tape or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart. (Optional: three 1/4 to 3/8” buttons or a small clasp.

Homework: None