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Icelandic Sweater: Sweater-A-Month August 2014

March 3, 2015

I thought it fitting to share this post – especially when I saw that one of my favourite Yarn Stores TOLT in Washington State is having a month of Icelandic Wool!

My beautiful MIL in her Freya

My beautiful MIL in her Freya


My Mother-in-law has Icelandic ancestry – which naturally I thought was a sign that I should marry her son when I found out! Last winter, I promised her I would make her an Icelandic sweater, so we spent hours looking at options on Ravelry, and she choose the beautiful Freya pattern by one of my most favourite designer Ragga! This is what she has to say about the pattern:


“This lovely lopapeysa (Icelandic for the classic woollen yoke sweater/cardigan). It is knitted from the lightweight and versatile unspun Lopi. The pattern is an old eight petal rose taken from the Icelandic “Sjónabók”, a collection of old patterns found in Icelandic art and handcrafts through the ages.  Freyja was the goddess of love, beauty and fertility in old Norse mythology. In modern times Freyja is often used to poetically symbolize Iceland, the nature and the earth. Freyja is also a common Icelandic name.”


My MIL does not wear wool – so I actually knit the sweater out of the only synthetic yarn we carry in the shop – Uptown Worsted (by Universal Yarns). I was very nervous about knitting and steeking a sweater made from synthetic wool – but it turned out lovely, and my MIL was so pleased with it!


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