The Lopi Sweater: A Love Affair
I have always loved the Lopi sweater and have been intrigued by Iceland. I am not sure where or how the love affair started but I suspect it was with L.L. Bean. The Icelandic sweaters they had for sale in their catalog while I was growing up always caught my eye. When I was about 19 (the late 1970s) I finally was given and Icelandic sweater from L.L. Bean by my parents. I loved it and I still have that sweater in our storage unit at home. I have thought of cutting it up to make it into a pillow. I also have dreams of wearing it again . . . I am hoping I will fit into again instead!
|Here I am sporting my loved Icelandic sweater from L.L. Bean! I should look at this sweater this summer, chart it out, and knit another one using this pattern!|
I have always wanted to knit sweaters. It took a long time to learn to knit and to put all the pieces together to be the knitter I am today. In my mind, a real knitter knits Iceland or Lopi sweaters, Norwegian ski sweaters or Fair Isle. I love color work and these styles were my goal! If I could knit them I would be a "REAL KNITTER."
Recently, I have fallen down the rabbit hole of the Lopi sweater! I love the patterns! The bold geometric shapes, the creative designs that abound today, the colors are rich and vibrant.
Below is my current project which is a mix of two different yarns. I am on a destashing kick. This destashing trend just happened! I have no complaints as I have yarn that really needs to be knitted up and worn. The gray yarn is actually a Jamieson's Chunky Shetland that was gifted to me from my Aunt. Here this yarn is in the beginning stages of a vest. I recently have decided, I want a break from anything with a button band. The vest was frogged and has now turned into two sleeves. I am pairing this yarn up with Unspun Icelandic Wool or Plötulopi. The sweater will be a pullover and the color work design I will be using is Annika from The Best of Lopi. There will be some slight modifications in my sweater as it will be a closer fitting sweater to wear for skiing when it is minus whatever here on the tundra.
|Sleeve #1 on the needles. US 10 needle 4 sts to an inch with a provisional cast on. At present, I am thinking of an icord trim but may change to a knitted hem.|