Eight-Petal Rose Sweater by Hélène Magnússon

Eight-Petal Rose Sweater

by Hélène Magnússon
August 2008
Lace ?
17 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter st w/ larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
3000 yards (2743 m)
S (M) L
Flag of English English French Icelandic

Pattern is from the book Icelandic knitting using rose-pattern. The book preserves old Icelandic knitting tradition that had almost been lost. First half is a study of traditionnal rose-pattern insert knitting in Iceland. Inserts or rose-pattern inserts are knitted insoles that were worn in soft shoes made of fishskin or sheepskin. Second half are contemporary designs all based of old shoe-inserts. The author has tried to remain true to the original color schemes of the inserts she chose, and the traditionnal methods used in making them (Icelandic intarsia, i.e. intarsia knitting with garter stitch).

Pattern is in Icelandic, English, Russian (soon) and French.

The sweater is inspired by old Icelandic shoe-inserts decorated with an Eight-petal rose. It has the shape of an oversized rose with arms and can be worn as a tunic or a pullover.

NB : Pattern is very easy to adapt to very big sizes. Do not hesitate to contact me if that is the case.

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Oversized pullover/tunic with large Icelandic rose motif. Pictured on page 61.

Finished Measurements (approx)
width at hip: 32.25 (38.5, 45.25)“ / () cm


  • 3 balls of white
  • 2 balls each of black and orange
  • 1 ball each of dark blue, light blue, pink, light green, and green

Chart included for rose motif