Icelandic Knitting

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I went on a bit of an Icelandic colorwork knitting kick last year. I am now a huge fan of fair isle colorwork because it combines the ease of the knit stitch with the excitement of watching a pattern emerge every row.

I made these two cardigans before we left for Iceland so that we would have them along for photo ops, of course!
Jon's sweater in progress
(ah, the joy of steeking!)

Sólheimajökull Glacier
Jon's cardigan is pretty much my most favorite knit project ever. He picked out the yarn and pattern when we were in Toronto last spring for our anniversary. I love the chunky yoke pattern and the extra detail of the cables on the arms and body. Jon wears this cardigan all the time, so it warms my heart to see my knitting project getting lots of use. It has also insured that I will make him lots more knit sweaters because he is so appreciative! (ravelry link: craftr's Stapi)


Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
I really like the yarn and pattern I chose for my cardigan...but I am so mad at myself for putting a white zipper in instead of a black zipper. Hopefully, one day, I will get up the nerve to rip out the white zipper and sew in a black one. (ravelry link: craftr's Hela cardigan)

I made these two sweaters with the yarn that I bought while we were in Iceland.
Hela Cardigan
This vest more than makes up with my disappointment with the Hela cardigan. I wear this all the time now. Because it is short-sleeved, I never overheat while wearing it. And, I bought a brown turtleneck to wear with it to reduce the neck itchiness (Lopi is so itchy for wool to skin contact). (ravelry link: craftr's Vormorgun Vest)

Jon picked out the yarn for this pullover and it's another sweater that he wears frequently. (I guess wool really helps now that we've been turning down the heat this winter to save money). I'm so glad that Jon likes wearing sweaters that are interesting to knit and is somewhat brave with his color choices and patterns, too. Lopi patterns are so easy and enjoyable to knit! (ravelry link: craftr's Riddari)


  1. You are amazing! The sweaters are so great with their traditional wool in awesome colors. Go you!

  2. Ooh, I love all of these! Is Jon sportin' a winter beard? Steve did grew out the face fur when we were in Nebraska over the holidays, and finally just shaved it last weekend.

  3. Those sweaters are awesome!!!!!!!!!! I can't say it enough :)

  4. ok, you are a knitting rockstar. you know that right? i love the short sleeve sweater - i may have to give one of those a try myself. thanks for all the great pics and the rav links too.

  5. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.
    you *are* a knitting rockstar. all of these are just so fantastic it's impossible to pick a favorite.

  6. Nice! Where do you snag the patterns from?

  7. These sweaters are AMAZING! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. you are seriously my colorwork IDOL! you always pick the most scrumptious colors and your work is just phenomenal. what a talent!

  9. As always, I am just SO IMPRESSED with your knitting skills. Just in awe of you. You are amazing, Rebekah.


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