This beautiful pattern by Ragga Eiríksdóttir was first published by Knitty in the winter issue 2012. Here you can access the free pattern and join the numerous of knitters that have already knit it and uploaded their projects on Ravelry!
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Ragga says: I spend a lot of my time talking about, thinking about, writing about and looking at different types of the iconic Icelandic Lopi sweaters. I travel the world teaching my classes, I wear them almost every day and I’m always thinking of new ways to improve fit and function of this amazingly versatile garment.
In spite of the tradition being fairly recent (with the first ones appearing in the late ’40s of last century) this is the one garment people will associate with Iceland and I can truly say that it plays a great part in my nation’s identity.
I like simple but beautiful yoke designs and in Iðunn, as so often before, I’m drawn to natural colors. I also think the fairly neutral color scheme of Iðunn can serve to inspire knitters to choose different and interesting color combinations. Lopi comes in so many amazingly beautiful heathery colors that remind us of the stark Icelandic landscapes, the oceans, the glaciers and the moss laden lava.
The Iðunn pattern is worked top-down, a method I truly love for sweaters, it is shaped in the back below the stranded pattern with short rows for a more flattering fit, the yoke pattern is quite short (very important for those of us with ample upper frontsides) and as an option it contains short-row elbows. The elbow idea came to me after endless mending of sweater elbows — in fact it’s very logical that the elbows are the weak point of the sweater — arms bend, elbows stick out, fabric stretches — so shaping the elbows with short rows, thus adding an extra bit of fabric just where it’s needed is a good preventive measure. If you are too excited, you can of course skip the elbow shaping and just finish the sleeves without shaping.
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If you really want to dive into Ragga’s top-down Lopi sweaters knitting technique you might also enjoy her class on Craftsy!