New Pattern: Reykjanesskagi

Earlier this week I got the pattern for the Lopapeysa sweaters published. The booklet comprises of six charts – three for yokes (including decreases) and three for hems.

The charts are derived from Lopapeysa knitted by my Grandmother in the 1970s.

Please note that this pattern contains charts only and not full instructions on knitting a Lopapeysa.

The charts cost £1.50 GBP and can be purchased via Ravelry.

Related Posts

1. Lopapeysa

2. Lopapeysa – Part 2

3. Lopapeysa – Part 3

Lopapeysa – Part 3

Before I washed the Lopapeysa yesterday, I spent a bit of time studying the yokes and hem/cuff motifs. And I think I have indeed suceeded in reverse engineering the patterns (including the decreases). There are three different yoke designs, and three matching hem/cuff charts.

I’ll need to check these over and get proper pictures of the originals, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll release these as charts for purchase via Ravelry.

This means I had to think of a name to list these under on Ravelry. Since they are Icelandic in design, construction and materials, an Icelandic name seemed like the most appropriate option. I love the names of the Icelandic volcanoes but most of the best ones are taken already on Ravelry and since there were three separate versions to include within the charts it seemed more sensible to choose a name which indicated the fact that there is more that one. So Reykjanesskagi it is. The name refers to a south-west penninsula on Iceland, as well as being the name of volcanic system.

The region is also known as Reykjanes, for more information on the area, click here.

Image from here

Lopapeysa – Part 2

After checking for guidance online, I washed the three Lopapeysa. All I can say is that I am glad I did, and secondly, that Soak is a wonderful, wonderful invention.

I ended up filling the bath with tepid water and soak. I left them in for about 30 minutes to start with – once I’d persuaded them that they did not want to float. The water came off brown.* Ew! So fresh water, more Soak and another 20 minutes and the water was thankfully much cleaner looking.

Next problem – how to get the water out. These things get ridiculously heavy when wet and I didn’t want to stretch or felt them. So I ended up squishing most of the water out in the bath. Transferred them to a pile of towels and dragged them across the floor (too heavy to carry plus too many drips) to the kitchen. Put each one in a pillowcase and used the spin option on the Wool cycle to get rid of the rest of the water. That took two goes. But at least they weren’t in danger of causing flooding in my spare room.

A little bit of arrangement around the existing furniture and they are all laid out flat drying. When they get to a safe drying point, I’ll hang them up and let them dry that way so they don’t spend too much time damp.

Fingers crossed they’ll be dry by the weekend and I can wear mine. And most importantly they smell better.

*Actually brown. But then when chatting to Mum we figured that these things are around 35-40 years old. So maybe brown is only to be expected.


Earlier this year, my Mum (with permission of the family) brought the not insignificant remains of my Grandmother’s knitting yarns up to me. Sorting through it all, we were both struck by some bulky, lightly spun singles which my Mum identified as being Icelandic. Further to this identification, it was remembered that my Grandmother had knitted Icelandic-style sweaters for herself, her husband, both daughters and both sons-in-law. Mum remembers her sweater as being in the bluer shades whereas the males in the family got ones in more neutral tones. These predate my existence. I have no memory of them. Nor did we seem to have any pictures.

Until now.

When clearing my Grandfather’s house, we uncovered various bits and pieces that my Grandmother had knitted. A little pale blue hat went home with my Cousin. We also found a number of shawls, all in pristine condition – although the decision was made to donate these to goodwill so that others may find pleasure in them. However, the best came home with me. Not one, but three Icelandic sweaters. All knit in the yarns that we had uncovered in the remains of the stash.

Two appear to have been knitted with women in mind, the third is definitely man-sized.

This the man-sized one, a lovely cream, green and brown number – which happens to fit the boyfriend quite nicely. There is a mark on one sleeve which may need reknitting with replacement yarn (which I have) but I’ll wash it first and see if the mark comes out.

This is the larger of the two female sweaters – and this fits me (in an oversized fashion) – not perhaps the most flattering but it is cosy and it will be worn.

The last is extremely small but I think with a little steeking (and a button band) it will make a nice little fitted open cardigan.

It is lovely to have something that my Grandmother knitted, but even better to have something that she knitted that can be worn, used and loved.