Alafoss Lopi Sweaters

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Stay Warm on a Cold Winter’s Day with a traditional Icelandic Sweater knit with Alafoss Lopi Yarn

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Design 19 from Lopi Book 18

About Lopi
Lopi is a single ply,  chunky (bulky in the US) yarn that is both warm and light.  It is spun from an ancient breed of sheep that were brought to Iceland from Norway with the first settlers.  The fibre from these sheep is very hard wearing and durable and makes perfect yarn for outdoor wear.  The yarn is available in both naturals, subtle and bright colour ways.

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Pattern Design in Naturals

Lopi publishes design collections which are very reasonably priced and include many designs.  The designs definitely have a Nordic look.

The samples featured are from Book 18 which contains 41 different designs.
Many of these sweaters are knit in the round with round yokes and are seamless.  What a great way to make a sweater!


We stock many colours of this yarn in the shop.  Choose your own colours to make a one of a kind sweater.

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Design 8 from Lopi Book 18

 You can also make cardigans; we made one in white which would make a great kick around coat/jacket for everyday wear.

Back View

 Odinn-pattern-in-EnglishV02  is a free pattern for a traditional round yoked sweater knit with Alafoss Lopi Yarn in natural colours.  
Lopi sweaters are quick to knit so there is still time before that fat man comes down the chimney.

Happy Knitting…..Sally

Araucania Panguipulli on sale

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It’s sweater time again and I thought I would share my most recently finished garment.

I have always admired the yarns from Araucania.  Hand crafted yarns appeal to me; yarns that aren’t too perfectly spun or dyed in flat colours. Araucania yarns often have the appearance of handspun and they are hand painted in rich shades inspired from nature; I love the texture and the colour play in their yarns. Interesting yarns enables you to knit simple with the yarn doing the heavy lifting.

Panguipulli detail

Panguipulli is lovely soft Merino wool that is plied with two strands; each is dyed differently creating a multicolour yarn that stripes gently.  It creates a very lightweight fabric that is totally comfortable to wear.  It is available in many shades of rich earth tones and is equally suitable for women or men (at least my men!). The yarn pictured below is brighter and has more colour contrast than most of the colourways but it shows the interesting shading.

For a limited time we have Panguipulli on sale for 30% off at $13.30. View our colour selection.

The sweater I chose to make is from Jenny Watson Araucania Book 3. It is a nice simple cardigan that has bracelet length sleeves or in my case, working length sleeves. It is the perfect inside sweater; it is just cozy enough to be comfortable. It is quick to knit and for a medium size you will need 4 skeins. 1 skein of this yarn is plenty for a hat and 2 should make an ample cowl or scarf… lots of time to whip one up for a gift.

Click the image to download this free pattern.