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Brynja is a lovely lopapeysa, literally a sweater knitted with lopi, coming to you directly from Iceland! A slightly darted waist and well placed short rows gives it a very feminine and flattering shape. It is not so common for traditional lopi sweaters, that have usually very little shaping. It has exquisite details like picot edging and colored bands inside the lining. The yoke sits higher on the back and shoulders and is decorated with a delicate four petal rose, a common pattern in Iceland that can be found in Icelandic sjonabok - old patterns manuscript. Brynja comes in two versions: a short one and a long one that covers the hips and is more suitable for big sizes. Brynja means means armor, cuirass or corselet. It suits well this fitted lopi sweater. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY The sweater involves knitting in the round, short rows, symetrical increases and decreases, stranded knitting, chart reading, steeking (with a sewing machine), grafting Links to helpful steeking tutorial included in the pattern GAUGE 10 x10 cm / 44" = 16 sts x 21 rows in stocking Stitch on needle 5mm/US 8. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Sizes: XS (S M L )1X 2X 3X Finished bust measurement 83 (87 95 100) 108 118 127 cm / 33 (34 37 39) 42 46 50 Inches Finished waist measurement 54 (62.5 72 79) 87.5 97.5 105 cm / 21 (24.5 28 31) 34.5 38.5 41 Inches Arm length to underarm 43 (44 45 46) 47 48 49 cm / 17 (17.5 18 18) 18.5 19 19 Inches Body length to armhole (short) 37 (38 39 41) 43 45 47 cm / 14.5 (15 15.5 16) 17 18 18.5 Inches Body length to armhole (long) 40 (42 43 46) 49 51 53 cm / 16 (16.5 17 18 )19 20 21 Inches SUGGESTED YARN 109 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Lett-Lopi from Istex COLORWAY 1404 and 1409

Recommended with this pattern

  • Lett-Lopi from Istex, 100% pure Icelandic wool, 50g/skein, 50g = ca.100m/109 yds; 6(7,7,8,8,9,9) skeins in main color (1404) and 1 skein in contrasting color (1409).
  • circular needles 4.5mm/US 7 and 5 mm/US 8, 80cm/32" long, using magic loop for smaller diameters or DPN's in same size
  • stitch markers, darning needle, stitch holders, tape measure, sewing machine, edging band twice the length of the front edge, 7(7,7,7,8,8,8) snap buttons 1,5 cm / 0,4 inch and/or 7(7,7,7,8,8,8) buttons, medium size.

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Icelandic Knitter by Hélène Magnússon
Icelandic Knitter by Hélène Magnússon
Helene Magnusson is an Icelandic knitter with a degree in fashion and design. She is the hands, head and heart behind The Icelandic Knitter (, 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