A Race Against Spring

Posted on | April 7, 2013 | 9 Comments

A few weeks ago, I headed up to Knitty City for a book signing with Védís Jónsdóttir, an Icelandic knitwear designer. I’ve been seeing Icelandic type yoked sweaters popping up on a few of the runways lately and I wanted to learn a little more about traditional Lopi sweaters. One thing that surprised me was the yoke patterned sweater isn’t quite as old as I thought it was, it’s only been around since the 1950s or 60s.


I brought along a printed copy of Afmæli, an Icelandic sweater pattern by Védís that I fell in love with and wanted to pick up some yarn for. I hadn’t knit for about a month (so very unlike me!), so to be excited about knitting again was, well, exciting. I left that night with about 1/2 the yarn I needed and had to wait patiently for the rest to be ordered. Part of me almost wished I hadn’t chosen the most colorful version of the pattern.

Once the yarn arrived, I cast-on right away. Then I realized my Lopi nemesis was just around the corner, Spring. I was determined to be able to wear my sweater at least once or twice before the weather turned sunny and warm.


When I decide I’m going to finish something by a certain day, I make it happen! I managed to finish my sweater in 9 days,  just in time for a bit of a cold snap. I was thankful for the warm, insulating sweater as I walked down the windy streets of NYC. I have the feeling it will make frequent appearances next Winter.


According to some knitters, Lopi has a reputation as being a bit scratchy and harsh, but it didn’t really bother me much while knitting or when wearing the sweater. I’ve also found that after washing, it does soften up a bit. I probably won’t be wearing it without a long sleeve under layer, but it’s the sort of sweater that is meant to be layered anyway. I’ve seen other knitters substitute other yarns for the Lopi, but I’m a stickler for tradition. To me, it just isn’t an Icelandic sweater without the Lopi.

I love my sweater so much, that I’m already planning what my next Lopi sweater project will be. It’s so cozy, comfortable, and the fit is fantastic. I’m officially obsessed.




9 Responses to “A Race Against Spring”

  1. Angela
    April 7th, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    So pretty! The colors are gorgeous.

  2. Janet
    April 8th, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Beautiful sweater and the color choice was definitely the right decision.

  3. Tien
    April 8th, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    Beautiful! I love the bright colors of the yoke. I just bought some Lopi to make the top-down Icelandic cardigan pattern by Ragga Eiriksdottir from her Craftsy class.

  4. Bonnie
    April 8th, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    This is gorgeous! I’m so impressed you were able to get such a detailed sweater done in nine days, and it looks lovely on you!

  5. Ashley
    April 8th, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    This came out so well! So glad I got to see it since I missed the meetup last week. I love the rainbow yoke; it’ll definitely help brighten up our dreary NYC winters!

  6. Anita
    April 8th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    Gorgeous and inspiring. You did an incredible job and you look great in it!

  7. Kathleen
    April 8th, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    Lovely! I’m sorry I missed Vedis’s visit. Maybe I’ll get around to a Lopi sweater next winter.

  8. Tanis
    April 10th, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    Gorgeous! That yoke is stunning and I love the colour palette. Perfect sweater.

  9. Asimina
    April 11th, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    I also have this very sweater on my gueue but before that I have plans for Aftur! I will cast it on just in the next few days although here in Greece it’s already far too warm to wear something like that!

    So I feel you :) and I am also a fan of using Lopi yarn for Icelandic designs! :)

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