As we head into fall, knitters start dreaming about that perfect sweater. One hot trend in knitting looks to the cool climes of Iceland. Craftsy knitters have already discovered how beautiful and expressive these sweaters can be:
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Fancy Tiger Crafts co-owner, Jaime, is always on trend, and her version of the Icelandic sweater is no exception. Jaime took her inspiration from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s style book and designed her own colorwork pattern.
About her Icelandic sweater, knitter Maja says, “This is modeled on the traditional Icelandic sweater, knitted in the round from the bottom up. I tailored the body a little to make it look a bit more up to date. The graphic pattern is taken from old pattern books and this particular pattern was originally one for needlework which I have adapted as a knitting pattern. This historic pattern book belonged to Helga Brynjolfsdottur and she was a pastor’s wife in Hruni, Iceland (1807 1882).”
“I needed a ski sweater. Icelandic wool is a wonderful choice of yarn for such a sweater and the traditional ‘Nordic’ style pattern. This sweater has only two small seams (one under each arm approx. 1″ long). The sweater is knit on circular needles from the neck/yoke down, split onto smaller round needles for each sleeve, and continued on a single circular needle for the bottom of the sweater. I love the pattern.”
Ready to knit your own Icelandic knit sweater? Learn with Ragga Eiriksdottir in The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater. Want more inspiration? Check out the projects from students of the class. You could be in there soon!