Traditional Icelandic Lopepaysa Sweater with Beth Brown-Reinsel* -  ()

Traditional Icelandic Lopepaysa Sweater with Beth Brown-Reinsel*


*This class fulfills the Traditional Folk Knitting Requirement for WEKP.

This workshop delves into the history and techniques of the beautiful yoked sweater of Iceland, the Lopapeysa.  The main features of this garment are colorwork around the bottom edge, the cuffs, and the yoke area; circular construction, dealing with more than two colors in a round at times, and working short rows on the back to make the garment fit better.  A small version of this sweater will be knitted in class, with a choice of making a pullover or a cardigan. The cardigan is created by knitting the body and sleeves in the round from the bottom up, deciding where to place the armholes based on your body type, joining the pieces together, and completing the neckband.

Different approaches for cardigan openings will be explored, from the crocheted steek, to cutting the sweater without a steek.  Button bands can be knitted or the edges can be finished a variety of ways with clasp closures.

Yarn dominance, handling the traditional Plötulopi (plates of unspun) yarns, working with two or more yarns within a round, weaving the yarns, Kitchener stitch, working short rows two ways, and reading the charts are some of the skills to be learned in this class.  There will also be some discussion about creating your own Lopi sweater, and resources to support designing will be shared. Please note: There is a $3 materials fee, payable to the instructor.

Prerequisite: Must be experienced at reading charts and comfortable using double pointed needles
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Beth Brown-Reinsel
Date: Saturday and Sunday, 3/2, 3/3
Time: 10:00am–5:00pm
Materials Required:

  • Lopi Plötulopi: 1 roll of each color in your choice of two colorways: White, Light Grey Heather, Grey Heather, Dark Grey Heather OR White, Faded Denim Heather, Denim Heather, Winter Blue Heather
  • Needles: 4.5 mm (US size 7) double pointed needles, 7" long (for the sleeves), and 16" circular needle (for the body)
  • You may use two circulars or the Magic Loop if you prefer—bring the appropriate needles.
  • Knit and Crochet Tool Kit
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sticky notes, highlighter tape or magnetic pattern holder to keep your place on the chart.
  • Optional: three 1/4 to 3/8” buttons or a small clasp.
  • A limited number of clasps (used instead of buttons) may be available for purchase.
  • Please note: There is a $3 materials fee, payable to the instructor.

When possible, please buy your materials from WEBS.

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