Icelandic Lopapeysa Cardigan
With Beth Brown-Reinsel
January 9, 2-4pm CST
January 9, 5-7pm CST
January 10, 2-4pm CST
January 16, 10am-12pm CST
January 17, 10am-12pm CST
Delve into the history and techniques of the beautiful, yoked sweater of Iceland, the Lopapeysa. You have a choice of four different designs for your sample sweater.
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This extended class format allows time to knit between sessions, which is ideal to explore and understand the different approaches more fully. By knitting a small sampler in the round on a circular needle (the sleeves are worked on DPNs), students will learn to work with two or more colors as they create this classic with its front steek and short-row shaped yoke to create a better fit.
There are different motifs to choose from and different strategies for the yoke decreases in the handout, which can be practiced between class sessions.
You can work your sampler cardigan to be finished with either a crocheted steek or a sewn steek (student must have a sewing machine for the latter steek). Those steeks can be encased, or finished with knitted bands, single crochet edges, crochet bands, or I-cord edges.
Skills to be learned in this class include:
* Yarn dominance
* Handling the (optional) traditional plötulopi yarns
* Working with two or more yarns within a round
* Weaving the yarns
* Kitchener stitch
* Working short rows two ways
* The Icelandic Bind-off
* Cutting and finishing the cardigan front steeks
There will also be a short discussion on creating your own lifesize Lopi sweater.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Student must be experienced at reading charts and using double-pointed needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars. Some experience stranding yarns is also helpful.
__Yarn: Choose from one of these 3 three options:
4 colors of plötulopi, about 1⁄2 plate of each color
4 colors of Léttlopi
4 colors worsted weight yarn, about 1/2 skein (2 oz/50 g) of each color
__Needles: 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 mm (US sizes 6, 7, and 8) double-pointed needles, 20 cm (6” to 8″) long (for the sleeves), and 40 cm (16″) circular needles (for the body). Note: You may use two circulars or the Magic Loop if you prefer, just bring the appropriate needles.
__Crochet hook, size B or C (2.5 to 3.0 mm)
__Notions: Stitch holders, highlighter tape or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart.
__Optional: three 1/4 to 3/8” buttons or a small clasp.
__Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator.