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Freyja Cardigan Using Plotulopi

Freyja Cardigan Using Plotulopi

“A classic Icelandic rose.”

Freyja is a truly lovely example of the lopapeysa—the iconic Icelandic wool sweater. Knit in the round, you start at the bottom and work your way up to the beautiful, stranded colorwork yoke. The eight-petaled rose is a classic design drawn from the Sjónabók, a collection of Icelandic textile patterns found in arts and handcrafts throughout Iceland’s history.

This cardigan is created using a nifty technique called steeking, which allows the knitter to always work in the round. It makes it much easier to do your stranded colorwork! Steeking involves creating a seam on either side of a purl-stitch column and then—be brave—cutting your knitting between the seams. Do not fear! You’ll find more information about steeking in the Knitter’s Notes tab.

Freyja is knit with Plötulopi (pronounced ‘ploe-tu-loh-pi’), the unspun wool that takes full advantage of the dual-coated fleece of Icelandic sheep. It combines both both the short, soft inner coat—or þel (pronounced ‘thel’)—and the long, coarse outer coat—tog—which holds all of the hairs (and thus the strand itself) together. Drawing from the heartiness of Iceland’s native sheep, used to this country’s wild tundra and craggy terrain, it creates warm, rugged garments that are mildly water-resistant!

Choose your colors of Plötulopi below; we'll include the free cardigan pattern when you order from this page. See the Basic Details tab for the number of skeins you'll need for your size.

33 (34, 37, 39, 42, 46, 50, 53, 57, 61)" / 83 (87, 95, 100, 108, 118, 127, 136, 145, 155)cm.

4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) wheels Lopi Plötulopi (328 yds/300m ea) in main color.
1 wheel Lopi Plötulopi (328 yds/300m ea) in trim color.
Shown in Natural Black 05 with White 01 trim.
Optional for crocheting edge: 1 skein Rowan Kidsilk Haze (used along with trim color).

US 7 (4.5mm) 32"/80cm circular needles for body and other format for knitting smaller diameters (double pointed needles or a shorter circular needle or same needle using magic loop), or size to obtain gauge.
4 stitch markers.
4 pieces of scrap yarn.
Button(s) for your cardigan (our sample used five 3/4" buttons)
Darning needle.

19 stitches and 24 rounds = 4"/10cm in pattern.

Laura Mc knit our sample sweater and had these notes to share:

Plötulopi is unspun Icelandic wool and needs a very light hand while working. Practice your splicing technique while doing your swatch!

Read through the designer’s pattern notes at least once before beginning – she offers many insights into working with Lopi and also discusses how to do the short rows and increases and decreases.

I changed the placement of the decreases and increases to be symmetrical at the side markers as follows:

  • Decrease rounds: *knit to 3 stitches before 1st side marker, SSK, K1, slip marker, K1, K2tog* repeat one more time for other side decrease.
  • Increase rounds: *knit to 1 stitch before 1st side marker, M1R, K1, slip marker, K1, M1L* and repeat at other side marker.

When working the yoke I held the contrast color for the pattern in my left hand (color dominance).

I grafted the underarm stitches using Berroco Ultra Alpaca but any other worsted weight yarn should work – the Plötulopi is not suitable for sewing that graft.

Steek: Crocheted my steek using Eunny Jang’s crocheted steek method using a strand of Plötulopi held together with a strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in matching cream and a US E hook. The KSH kept the Lopi from breaking.

After cutting the steek I finished crocheting around the entire sweater using the designer’s recommended rate of pick up.

COLOR: White. Natural cream.

COLOR: Heather Grey. Heathered sweatshirt grey.

COLOR: Charcoal. Sooty charcoal grey.

COLOR: Natural Black. Soft black with an overtone of darkest brown and grey.

COLOR: Forest. Pine green with blue and amber heathering.

COLOR: Garnet. Holiday red.