Hélène Magnússon

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Pullover
Lopalopi is a different chunky sweater with the shape of an oversized rose with arms, inspired by the motif on a pair of old Icelandic shoe-inserts. Big and cosy but nevertheless light, it will keep you very warm against the elements. I have tried to remain true to the original colour schemes of the inserts from the Textile Museum in Blönduós. ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Frjókorn hat is as light and airy as its matching Frjókorn sweater and a quick knit too. It is made with the same bland of Love Story and unspun plötulopi single with the motif in Léttlopi and I encourage you to use your sweater’s leftovers to make it. An alternative for a thicker hat would be to use a chunky yarn, for example Álafoss lopi.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The pattern is available in 7 languages including Faroese (on icelandicknitter.com)
Knitting: Cardigan, Pullover
Frjókorn sweater is probably the airiest, softest and quickest lopi sweater I have ever made. Knitted on large needles at an unusually loose gauge, it uses only one strand of unspun plötulopi held together with my very fine Icelandic Love Story lace. It gives it strength, making the plötulopi very manageable, and extra softness. It also makes ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A Skakki is a traditional garter stitch Icelandic shawl. It was usually knitted in the natural colors of the sheep and often decorated with a few stripes and/or bands of openwork, gataprjón (hole knitting), at the bottom. My design has a twist to it with the decorative bands of openwork covering the entire wingspan. Each band is different: some...
Knitting: Cardigan, Pullover
When Iceland meets Shetland! Simply by changing the color combination, Hjaltlandspeysa, “a lopi sweater from Shetland”, looks dramatically from Shetland (bue sweaters) or dramatically from Iceland (white & brown sweater). Truth is, it is a blend of both traditions to which I added my own personal flair.
Knitting: Cardigan
Útivist (meaning outdoors in Icelandic; pronounced ootivist) is a highly technical outdoor clothing. Integrated mountain hood for additional weather protection, zipped chest pockets, longer back hem for additional comfort and warmth, 2 ways center front zip, adjustable cuffs and Women’s Active fit with articulated and pre-shaped sleeves.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Birki means Birch in Icelandic and it is a native tree of Iceland. The coastline used to be covered with birch forests but due to different factors, there are today only remnants of those. Maybe this is why it has a special place in Icelandic hearts. Appreciated by Icelandic designers and crafters, it is also used as a spice or for its medicina...
Knitting: Pullover
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4) 5, 6, 7 (see measurements on website)
Knitting: Cowl, Cuffs
Pattern is for a pair of wrist warmers and a cowl (which can double as a headband).
Knitting: Cardigan, Pullover
The Icelandic “lopapeysa” is a fairly recent invention dating back to the 50’s. Traditional lopi sweaters have no front or back and often no shaping. They are worn rather loose with not much fit. I have designed many lopi sweaters for women with a more refined fit but I thought it was time to make one for men as well!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Hapisk
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitted with the Icelandic lambswool yarn Love Story, the Hila shawl is an elegant garter stitch wrap easy enough for a beginner or as a fast knit for a more experienced knitter. It is reminiscent of the old traditional Icelandic long shawls.
Knitting: Cardigan
Gilipeysa is a sweet little yoked sweater for the wee ones. Knitted with the very soft and fine Icelandic lambswool Gilitrutt Tvíband, it has all the elements and qualities of a traditional lopapeysa (warm, light, durable, water-repellant) with the softness!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Knitted with the Icelandic lambswool yarn Gilitrutt Tvíband, the Mosi Hat is softly matching the Mosi mittens from the Grýla Collection. The color combinations, inspired by Icelandic nature, can be infinite.
Knitting: Cowl
More enveloping than a snood, Gára is a snug collar that covers the shoulders and can also be worn as a hood. The easy colorwork is enhanced by the mottled wool Einrúm (lopi + silk), alternating with delicate bands of Stocking stitch with the very fine and soft Icelandic lace Love Story. The use of yarns of completely different weights as well ...
Knitting: Cardigan
Gamaldags, which means Old fashion in Icelandic, is at first glance a very traditional lopi sweater. A closer look however shows a refined fit with a very feminine allure and an unusually scooped neckline. Instructions for the cardigan also include tips to make a sweater as well as a shorter version, and 3 different colorwork combinations.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This lovely lace shawl designed with the colors of spring retains the main characteristics of the traditional Icelandic lace shawls: the very popular spider lace, undulating striped patterns, a lacy edge and a boomerang shape but here very accentuated making the shawl sit beautifully around the shoulders. Knitted from the top down on big needle...
Knitting: Mittens
Pattern available in JAPANESE here.
Knitting: Pullover
The pattern for the sweater only (not the mittens) is now available as a single downloadable pattern, with much more sizes, a more modern fit, an optional waist shaping and a new variation on the yoke design. Instructions are for a sweater or a cardigan with various finishing options.
Knitting: Mittens
The Ravelry pattern includes 3 PDF’s: in English, French and Icelandic
Knitting: Mittens
The Ravelry pattern includes 3 PDF’s: English, Icelandic and French
Knitting: Mittens
The Ravelry pattern includes 3 PDF’s: in English, French and Icelandic
Knitting: Cardigan
Pattern is available in JAPANESE here.
Knitting: Doll
Link to pattern in English
Knitting: Doll Clothes - Other
This pattern is for a set of clothes for Bjarni doll: a striped hooded sweatshirt with a front pocket, a traditional Icelandic yoke sweater (knitted by his grandmother and with a front pocket), a pair of trousers with 4 pockets and a pair of red sneakers. Bjarni loves pockets!
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This is a magic tam that brings sun on your head!
Knitting: Ornamental Flower
The Elves’ Lights illuminate the dark Icelandic winter and are very decorative during the long summer days. They are knitted with Icelandic unspun lopi then fulled: lopi felts beautifully, shines, gives a warm light and is not flammable.
Knitting: Pullover
Knitted from the bottom up, this sweet little sweater with three quarters sleeves was a first research to use the short rows that create the neckline of a yoke sweater as a decorative element. The stripes help to visualize how the short rows interact with each other. My Lopi Affection sweater is of the same facture.
Knitting: Cardigan
Link to pattern in ENGLISH
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Dieses schöne Barett ist schnell zu stricken und passt wunderbar zu Brynja, unserer Lieblingsstrickjacke aus Lopi. Zudem ist es ein perfektes Last-minute-Geschenk.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
True lace st pattern (on each row).
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Triangle at widest: 67”/170 cm
Knitting: Doll Clothes - Other
Learn the crochet steel with Theodóra and her best friend Brynja! The instructions will guide you through a step by step tutorial to knit this adorable hoody sweater inspired by the popular Brynja and its child version, Brynja Litla. The doll set also includes comfy trousers, a tee-shirt, a pair of shoes, and two cute little dolls with a hood m...
Knitting: Cardigan
If you liked the Brynja lopi sweater, you will probably adore its child version. Sized from 3 months old to 12 years old with a hood and a zipper, Brynja Litla, literally Little Brynja, is knitted slightly tighter than its “mum” but with all the charming details: the picot edges in contrasting colors, the ribbon inside. Many different yarns can...
Knitting: Brooch
Pattern in English, Icelandic and French.
Knitting: Pullover
The sweater, with the colors of ashes, is named after Fimmvörðuháls, a mountain pass in Iceland at the site of the now-famous eruption of glacier Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. I knitted the sweater while walking this pass, in my Hiking and knitting tour between Fire and Ice in the summer of 2011. It is typical of an Icelandic lopi yoke sweater, but...
Knitting: Mittens, Beret, Tam
Pattern available in JAPANESE here.
Knitting: Mittens
KIT available on the website: contains 2 skeins for the knitting and about 20 colors to chose from for the embroidery
Knitting: Animal Toy
Pattern available in JAPANESE here.
Knitting: Scarf
This tiny little scarf is inspired by the Icelandic long shawls is perfect to keep your stylish but warm. It valorizes the Icelandic artisanal yarn Love Story in pure Icelandic wool and in natural sheep color (not bleached or dyed).
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
This wonderful coat is inspired by a motif of flowerpot on a pair of shoe-inserts in the Museum Skógar. Hélène Magnússon is working with her favorite knitting technique, the Icelandic intarsia, and takes advantage of the special qualities of the Icelandic lopi: isn’t it truly amazing how light such a big coat in garter stitch is ? It fits many ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
What happens when the Cathare Shepherds (Bergers cathares) meet an Icelandic knitter? A beautiful Icelandic shawl is born, knitted with the natural wool from the Pyrénées’ sheep. Knitted with this rustic wool in natural colors, this lacy shawl will suit both men and women.
Knitting: Cowl
This clever but very easy pattern is a good 101 project for Icelandic lace. It is knitted in the round. The instructions are both written and charted which will help knitters not used to charts to learn how to read them and be able to knit more complicated Icelandic shawls.
Knitting: Animal Toy, Doll Clothes - Other
Pattern available in JAPANESE here.
Knitting: Knee-highs
Icelandic inspired socks: like the Old ones, the socks are very plain, knitted top down with a rib cuff, a heel flap, a gusset and a star toe. A few short rows are added at the instep to make them more comfortable. The calf was shaped along a line of purl sts, interpreted here with an eyelet pattern. All the embellishments it seems was going in...
Knitting: Doll Clothes - Other
Doll not included: find the doll pattern here
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Knitting: Doll Clothes - Other
Will the nasty Icelandic Christmas cat eat Theodora? Was she lazy to knit? Will she get a new garter stitch shawl for Christmas, a warm and colourful rose-patterned blanket or a beautiful lace shawl from her aunt Bertha ? How has your Theodora been behaving?
Knitting: Doll Clothes - Other
Will the nasty Icelandic Christmas cat eat Theodora? Was she lazy to knit? Will she get a new garter stitch shawl for Christmas, a warm and colourful rose-patterned blanket or a beautiful lace shawl from her aunt Bertha ? How has your Theodora been behaving?
Knitting: Doll Clothes - Other
Pattern in English, French and Icelandic
Knitting: Doll Clothes - Other
Pattern in English, French and Icelandic
Knitting: Cardigan
Pattern in English, French and Icelandic.
Knitting: Doll, Doll Clothes - Other
Doll is about 35 cm/ 14,5 “ tall.
Knitting: Doll, Doll Clothes - Other
Doll is about 35 cm/ 14,5 “ tall.
Knitting: Cardigan
Pattern available in English and French.
Knitting: Coffee / Tea Pot
What is more British than a teacozy, to keep the tea hot but also… icy cold during the summer! Wool does insulate both ways. The cozy is not knitted with Icelandic wool for a change, but with British wool to stay in the spirit. The recipe of the “lummur” – delicious Icelandic pancakes – is however completely Icelandic but main ingredient is … p...
Knitting: Cardigan
Finished Measurements: 83 (87, 95, 100, 108, 118, 127) cm / 33 (34, 37, 39, 42, 46, 50)” chest
Knitting: Scarf
Life in Iceland was not easy in the days when knitted inserts in soft shoes were in common use. No colored yarn could be wasted and leftovers were highly suitable for knitting decorative inserts. Everyone liked to own something beautiful like a pair of inserts with roses.
Knitting: Pullover
Errata for the book only.