This lovely beret is a quick knit to match Brynja, your favourite lopi sweater and a perfect last minute gift. Knitted tight with the Icelandic lopi, a unique wool that is both light, warm and water-repellent, it will protect you well against the cold, the snow and the rain. The pattern is rhythmic and enjoyable with little details that will keep you busy.
A beret is called alpahfa in Icelandic meaning "Alpine cap": the beret has been indeed part of the costume of the Chasseurs Alpins (literally Alpine Hunters, the elite mountain infantry of the French Army) since 1891. But the beret has its origins in the Middle Age in Bearn, France. It is seen for example sculpted in the church of Bellocq dated from the 13th century. The shepherds knitted it in the round in the natural colours of the sheep and it's the constant exposure to wind and rain that made it felt. It became very popular especially in the Basque country and quickly spread to Spain, then South America, Mexico, Louisiana, California and Canada through emigration.
4"x 4" / 10x10 cm = 20 sts and 28 rows in stocking st
109 yards of Worsted weight
|Women, Girls, Infant/Baby|
Helene Magnusson is an Icelandic knitter with a degree in fashion and design. She is the hands, head and heart behind The Icelandic Knitter (icelandicknitter.com), a company dedicated to the ...
Helene Magnusson is an Icelandic knitter with a degree in fashion and design. She is the hands, head and heart behind The Icelandic Knitter (icelandicknitter.com), a company dedicated to the Icelandic knitting heritage.
Helene began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris and worked for a decade as an Icelandic mountain guide and a hired girl in a sheep farm. Those skills richly informed the knitting treks and tours she leads in Iceland and that are all about sharing the rich Icelandic knitting heritage. She believes that the best way to preserve traditions is to give them new life.
Helene's many books and publications about Icelandic knitting traditions have earned her the respect of textile historians and museum curators throughout Iceland and around the world. "Icelandic Color knitting: using Rose patterns" has become a classic and is published in many languages. "Icelandic handknits: heirloom designs" from the Textile Museum in Blonduos is eagerly anticipated by knitting experts and crafters all over the world, who adore Helene's unique style.
Find out more about her designs, tours, books and her range of Icelandic artisanal Love Story yarns on her website www.icelandicknitter.com