The Icelandic Lopapeysa Pullover

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 yoke area, above the bottom edge, and above the cuffs; circular construction; dealing with more than two colors in a round at times, and working German short rows across the back to make the garment fit better.

A small version of this pullover will be knitted in class, working the body and sleeves in the round from the top down.  Yarn dominance, working with two or more yarns within a round, weaving the yarns, 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 Kitchener stitch, handling the traditional plötulopi (plates of unspun) yarns, and planning your own Lopi sweater.

Length: 6 hours

Level:  Intermediate- must have experience knitting a sweater and using double-pointed needles.

Supplies List:

  • Yarn: 3 colors of Léttlopi, plötulopi, 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. You may use two circulars or the Magic Loop if you prefer—bring the appropriate needles.
  • Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, scissors, tapestry needle, highlighter tape or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart.

Homework: None

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