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The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater

with Ragga Eiríksdóttir
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 1. Introduction

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


Lesson 2. Knitting in Iceland


Lesson 3. Getting Started


Lesson 4. Casting On


Lesson 5. Color Shaping in the Yoke


Lesson 6. Shaping the Back


Lesson 7. Sleeve Set Up


Lesson 8. Ribbing Options


Lesson 9. Casting Off


Lesson 10. Sleeves


Lesson 11. Wash and Care


Lesson 12. Steeking and Button Band

"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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