From Wikipedia: “Lopapeysa or Icelandic sweater is an Icelandic style of sweater originating around or before the 1950s, at a time when imports had displaced older and more traditional Icelandic clothing and people began to search for new ways to utilize the plentiful native wool.”
Knitting a lopapeysa has always been on my knitting “bucket list.” I think I was drawn to the tradition of lopi sweaters, and the beautiful colorwork at the yoke. Knowing I would also have to do a steek (which I discussed in length here) had a certain appeal.
I picked Iðunn as my first lopapeysa because it seemed simpler and I’ve seen a lot of successful finished versions of this sweater. For me the pattern was okay. I feel like there was a stitch count error on my size. Also I made the size 36″, when probably I should have gone up to the next size, but I was afraid that I would be swimming in a 40″. Apparently I have underestimated the number of cookies I have eaten over the past month… because it’s pretty fitted!!
I did use the lopi wool the pattern calls for – it is warm, crazy lofty, and not super soft. But I always viewed this lopapeysa as more of a jacket than a sweater, and knew I would be layering underneath it.
Things I Love:
+ The colors I chose & colorwork
+ The look of the yarn
+ The completed steek
+ Knitting the entire sweater in the round
+ The pretty ribbing
Things I’m Not So Crazy About:
+ The snug fit
+ The yarn is a bit scratchy
+ The rolled neckline is not my favorite look
+ The buttons are a wee bit small for the buttonhole band
+ The sleeves could use another inch or so
+ The massive amount of finishing. There are 2 hand sewn in grosgrain ribbons in this cardigan down the fronts inside.
At the end of the day, I’m super happy I made this and will wear it proudly when it gets super chilly!