Trend Alert! Icelandic Knitting

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Knitting | Comments


As we head into fall, knitters start dreaming about that perfect sweater.  One hot trend in knitting looks to the cool climes of Iceland.  Craftsy knitters have already discovered how beautiful and expressive these sweaters can be:

 

Check out these amazing knitting projects from the Craftsy community (be sure to [heart] and leave a comment for the projects you really love. It’s good karma!):

Icelandic Knitting

Jaime’s Icelandic Lopi Sweater

Fancy Tiger Crafts co-owner, Jaime, is always on trend, and her version of the Icelandic sweater is no exception.  Jaime took her inspiration from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s style book and designed her own colorwork pattern.

Black and White Icelandic Sweater

About her Icelandic sweater, knitter Maja  says, “This is modeled on the traditional icelandic sweater, knitted in the round from the bottom up. I tailored the body a little to make it look a bit more up to date. The graphic pattern is taken from old pattern books and this particular pattern was originally one for needlework which I have adapted as a knitting pattern. This historic pattern book belonged to Helga Brynjolfsdottur and she was a pastor’s wife in Hruni, Iceland (1807 1882).”

Round Neck Wool Pullover

“I needed a ski sweater. Icelandic wool is a wonderful choice of yarn for such a sweater,and the traditional ‘Nordic’ style pattern.  This sweater has only two small seams (one under each arm approx. 1″ long). The sweater is knit on circular needles from the neck/yoke down, split on to smaller round needles for each sleeve, and continued on a single circular needle for the bottom of the sweater. I love the pattern.”

Ready to knit our own Icelandic knit sweater? Stay tuned for Craftsy’s Icelandic Knitting class launching in October!

 
 

Comments

  1. jo says:

    is there a cardi with the icelandic design i dont wear jumper or sweater

  2. AEM says:

    Wow! Those sweaters were beautiful! I’m sure it will be a great class, and I sure hope that Jo’s suggestion/hope for an Icelandic Cardi is part of the course.

  3. Turner says:

    Ooh! I agree that an Icelandic cardigan would be especially great!! Can’t wait to sign up for the class!!!

  4. Anne Marks says:

    These sweaters are fun to knit. In the late 80′s in Scotland I knitted two of them.

  5. Kelly says:

    A class sounds great! I just hope the sweater pattern used is sized up to at least a bust of 50″.
    I’ve bought classes to learn a technique but its disappointing to know that it won’t fit you.

    1. Karen says:

      I agree, I want a class but would love patterns that I don’t have to rework up to a 53″ bust.

  6. Grammyknits says:

    I did Icelandic knitting decades ago! The black and white design is stunning, very current. I’d love to find the pattern.

  7. MJ says:

    Kelly, have heart. There is help online to change the gauge and/or size of patterns. Go look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzUWVSnJ_tA&feature=related to learn how to calculate those changes. If you want more information, write to me at Ducky_711 at yahoo dot com. I have an Excel file with lots of information to help you.
    HAPPY KNITTING!
    MJ

  8. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful sweaters. I also agree, a cardi pattern is a must! Looking forward to this class.

    1. Tammie Nava says:

      How can I get the book or pattern? I live in Georgetown, Kentucky

  9. Jeannine says:

    These are absolutely beuatiful! I’d love to make the black and white one. Any chance of getting the pattern?

  10. Nicole says:

    I love this pattern my mother knit so many Can’t wait to see a class on this

  11. Fátima says:

    Como faço para adquirir este padrão?

    Grata

  12. Donna says:

    Good to know that these beautiful sweaters are coming back. I loved knitting them in the 80s–and have my dad’s sweater. I didn’t want to give it away during the years that people weren’t really wearing them, but know that they are classic and would eventually come back in style. With such wonderful choices in yarn these days, it will be a renewed pleasure to knit these patterns.

  13. Sue says:

    Can’t wait to see the class!! When will it be available?? I saw a preview of it at Stitches East this year!

  14. Anne says:

    I knitted loads of these in the 80s – I remember knitting six for Christmas one year when I lived in Inverness. Would love to find out how to get the wool and up to date patterns to have a go again!