The Icelandic Lopapeysa Cardigan

Class Description:

This workshop delves into the history and techniques of the beautiful yoked sweater of Iceland, the Lopapeysa.  The main features of this garment are colorwork around the bottom edge, the cuffs, and the yoke area; circular construction, dealing with more than two colors in a round at times and working short rows on the back to make the garment fit better. A small version of this cardigan will be knitted in class.

The sampler garment is created by knitting the body and sleeves in the round from the bottom up, joining the pieces together, and completing the neckband.  Different approaches for cardigan openings will be explored, from the crocheted steek to cutting the sweater without a steek.  Button bands can be knitted or the edges can be finished in a variety of ways with clasp closures.

Yarn dominance, handling the traditional plötulopi (plates of unspun) yarns, working with two or more yarns within a round, weaving the yarns, Kitchener stitch, working short rows two ways, and reading the charts are some of the skills to be learned in this class.  There will also be some discussion about creating your own Lopi sweater, and resources to support designing will be shared.

Length: 12 hours (2 days)

Level: Intermediate-Must be experienced at reading charts and using double-pointed needles (or Magic Loop or two circulars)


Class Supply List:

  • 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: 4.5 mm (US size 7) double-pointed needles, 20 cm (6” to 8″) long (for the sleeves), and 40 cm (16″) circular needle (for the body); a crochet hook, size F or G (3.75 to 4.25mm  You may use two circulars or the Magic Loop if you prefer—bring the appropriate needles.
  • Notions: St markers, st holders, scissors, tapestry needle, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart.
  • Optional: three 1/4 to 3/8” buttons or a small clasp. (A limited number of clasps, used instead of buttons, may be available for purchase.)

Homework: None.

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