Sweater dreaming – Lopi edition

Yesterday I received an order of new Lopi colourways, especially in the Alafoss Lopi…

as well as the latest Lopi book, #32…

aaaand it’s been pretty chilly outside these last few days, which is basically the sweater-dreaming version of a perfect storm.

I have never (or shall I say, not yet) knit a lopi sweater, but I think the time has come for that to change.

This is what I want:

– knit up in Alafoss, the chunky-weight lopi yarn

– stranded colourwork yoke in a traditional, not-too-geometric pattern

grellow (big surprise)

– zipper-front!

– side pockets!

– hood!

After scouring my books and the internet, I think this is the closest pattern I’ve found in the right weight:

(“Hela” by Védís Jónsdóttir)

The pattern has instructions for the zipper, is designed for Alafoss, and is easily adapted for grellow-approved colours, so those three features are covered. Pockets shouldn’t be too difficult, and there’s one clever knitter on Ravelry who added a hood, and from her pictures I think I can figure that out.

However, this WILL be my first project with steeks. Steeking, where you cut your knitting on purpose, is how one gets around the whole colourwork-in-the-round-but-I-want-a-cardigan issue: you knit the sweater in the round, and at the end you cut it open, reinforce the edges, pick up a button (or zipper) band, and presto! Cardigan! Zip-up hoodie! No problem… right?

Well, I’ve steeked swatches before when Glenna has taught her steeking class here in the past, and we will be offering her stranded colourwork and steeking classes again in the New Year. So, with that in mind, and with all of you to check up on my progress, I’m going to aim to have the sweater knitting done by the time we do the class again, so, if I need the guidance of an expert (and/or the encouragement of an audience!), I can steek with confidence.

The grellow pocketed zip-up hooded Lopi cardigan of my dreams will be mine!!

And just because it’s a cool October Friday, let’s revisit this little gem of a sweater dream…

(Bon Iver’s “Holocene” from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.)

9 Comments
  • jpm
    Posted at 14:55h, 12 October Reply

    do you carry lett lopi?

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 15:55h, 12 October Reply

      Yes! We carry both the Alafoss and the Lett Lopis… 🙂

  • Catriona Sinclair
    Posted at 17:24h, 12 October Reply

    Do you have Lett-Lopi? I think that means Lopi light… Catriona

    On 10/12/12 3:44 PM, “Needles in the Hay” wrote:

    > needlesinthehay posted: “Yesterday I received an order of new Lopi colourways, > especially in the Alafoss Lopi… as well as the latest Lopi book, #32… > aaaand it’s been pretty chilly outside these last few days, which is basically > the sweater-dreaming version of a ” >

  • Mickey
    Posted at 18:34h, 12 October Reply

    Reading your blog always makes me happy! Love the video and looking forward to seeing you in your new sweater.
    M

  • LoriAngela
    Posted at 15:10h, 13 October Reply

    Right now I can only dream of knitting myself a sweater because I have Christmas knititng. I’d love to do one in charcoal and multi-coloured. I’ve made 4 or 5 for gifts and all are still being worn. They are as perfect for our climate as Cowichan sweaters.

  • Doris
    Posted at 21:29h, 13 October Reply

    I’m so happy to hear that Glenna will be teaching stranded colour-work. That’s next on my list of “knitting things to learn”. I’ll keep my eyes open for your winter knitting class schedule.

    I may have to start working again to support my knitting habit….

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