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Top-down Icelandic Sweater

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Icelandic sweater with the sheep

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The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater taught by Ragga Eiríksdóttir

Designer Ragga Eiríksdóttir teaches you how to knit a fun, authentic Icelandic sweater from the top down and in the round.

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Category Knitting
Type Clothing
Sizing Unisex
Style Traditional
Halyna Shepko on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Yarn that I sheared and handspun from our Icelandic sheep.

Halyna Shepko on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I am excited that I raise these wonderful animals, have learned how to blade shear them and spin their wool. It's all part of the experience that goes into making this gorgeous sweater!

Halyna Shepko on craftsy.com

I would love to raise my own sheep too. How very exciting. I have a spinning wheel and have spun a little bit, but I really need to practice some more. I love the feeling of un-spun wool and having it run through my fingers. It would be so fun to do a project from sheep to finished sweater like you are. I love the colors of your wool. Your sweater is going to be beautiful.

01/15/2013 Flag

It's been a long journey with some bumps along the way. Raising my children has taken priority. But now they are older and I'm able to get into projects again. I'm so grateful for this course, even though my version will be totally different looking. I live close to New York State Sheep and Wool festival and I give it lots of credit for enabling my addiction. I will be milking one of the ewes in the spring and am looking forward to her milk.

01/15/2013 Flag

It is a long journey, but you have done it so well. I too have made raising my kids my priority, but with the youngest being 17 I find it much easier to have time to knit and go back to school. Your hand-spun yarn is lovely. I hope to get enough practice to be able to make enough of my own yarn to knit up an entire sweater one day. For now I am still buying yarn to knit.

04/10/2013 Flag

How wonderful to have been a part of the whole process, you're very lucky. Can't wait to see the finished sweater!

01/18/2013 Flag

I wish my family would say the same:) They don't like the chores! I can't wait to finish the sweater either. I love the pattern and where it takes my yarn. I feel like I'm going back in time and this is a way of knitting passed down from one generation to another. I also am grateful for all the support and comments!

01/18/2013 Flag

I had to spin more yarn and have only a bit of ram fleece left. I'm on the back part now.

02/01/2013 Flag

Yeah! I can wear my sweater and it keeps me warm in this cold weather!

01/07/2014 Flag

Hi Halyna. I like this photo of you, your beautiful sweater and your sheep! What a lovely thing to have these wonderful creatures to supply your wool!

08/02/2014 Flag