Alafoss Lopi Book #18, Sweater 35
InstructionsThere are many pattern books available for all four weights of the Icelandic Lopi yarns, maybe just type "lopi book 18" into a search engine.
Blocking a lopapeysa carefully is crucial to a successful outcome since you can add a lot of shape.
I changed the neck from the pattern because the recipient requested a "roll" collar.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Ethnic, Traditional, Hipster, Outdoorsy, Classic
This sweater is made entirely from Alafoss Lopi, from Iceland. The exact colors are not currently available but there are similar ones.
What was your inspiration?
Since I was in Iceland for a few months earlier this year, I decided to go native. In Iceland the Lopi yarns are very inexpensive. It took me about 10 skeins to make this sweater and cost about $40.
What are you most proud of?
I was very pleased that the sweater fit its wearer so well, and that he was pleased by the colors. I guess what I mean is that I am most proud of its being a successful gift.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Lopis are not really that hard. Raga, who has a class here on Craftsy on knitting a top-down sweater, is a great teacher and is full of helpful hints on things like successfully grafting the underarms, etc.
Once you get over any qualms regarding knitting without seams (a lopapeysa is basically three tubes, attached at the underarm level to one yoke) - you will love not having to make those seams! The color work is fairly easy at this scale and whole thing goes pretty quickly.