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The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater

with Ragga Eiríksdóttir
The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater
Designer Ragga Eiríksdóttir teaches you how to knit a fun, authentic Icelandic sweater from the top down and in the round.

Learn from Icelandic designer Ragga Eiríksdóttir how to knit a traditional yoke sweater from the top down. She teaches you about Iceland's rich knitting history as you work authentic lopi yarn almost entirely in the round. Steek Ragga's Maren pattern into a fun cardigan and stylize it using decorative ribbing and buttons.

*NOTE: This course now features student-led (rather than instructor-led) discussion only. If you have questions, at least one of the many experienced knitters in The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater will surely have the answer!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Ragga and get a sneak peak of what you'll learn about the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Knitting in Iceland

  • Learn about the materials, history and traditions of Icelandic knitting.


Lesson 3. Getting Started

  • Lay the foundations for a successful sweater project by choosing a size and yarn before finding your gauge.


Lesson 4. Casting On

  • Learn different cast-on techniques.


Lesson 5. Color Shaping in the Yoke

  • Learn how to knit with three colors as you construct the sweater's yoke.


Lesson 6. Shaping the Back

  • Ragga teaches you how to shape the sweater's back with tips on knitting short rows and hiding yarn-overs.


Lesson 7. Sleeve Set Up

  • Cast on for the underarms and set up the sweater's sleeves with Ragga's detailed instruction.


Lesson 8. Ribbing Options

  • Explore your ribbing options and learn how to easily correct a mistake.


Lesson 9. Casting Off

  • Learn two methods for casting off and Ragga's approach to weaving in the ends.


Lesson 10. Sleeves

  • Knit the sweater sleeves in the round while working the decreases.


Lesson 11. Wash and Care

  • Learn how to wash, condition and dry your beautiful creation so you can wear it for years.


Lesson 12. Steeking and Button Band

  • Get step-by-step instructions on how to steek your sweater and add a button band if you so desire.

"I really enjoyed the Top-Down Icelandic Sweater. Ragga is an excellent instructor and I loved hearing about Iceland, its language, its people, and its knitting tradition. I found the section on shaping most helpful, and I'm delighted to have a simple way to improve the fit of these wonderful sweaters. I'm off to shop for wool."
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