Bagge by Linnea Ornstein


June 2018
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1640 - 2297 yards (1500 - 2100 m)
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Bagge is a sweater with a patterned yoke depicting sheep and sheep horns typical of Icelandic sheep. The name “Bagge” is the Swedish word for ram, the male sheep. The sweater is knit in the round with ­stranded ­knitting in the yoke. Knitting in the round, and ­decreasing ­symmetrically around the yoke, is typical for ­Icelandic sweaters, lopapeysas. There is no seaming ­needed, ­except for a few stitches where you attach the sleeves to the body with invisible stitches.

The sweater is knit in plötulopi, Icelandic unspun pre-yarn that is held double when knitting. The unspun yarn may seem fragile when knitting it, but thanks to its long fiber, the result is a strong and soft fabric. With use, it will also felt slightly and get even stronger. ­Because of centuries of isolation and the harsh ­climate, the ­Icelandic sheep has developed a wool with ­unusually long outer fibres with tough and water-­resistant ­qualities, combined with fine, soft inner fibers that ­insulate against cold temperatures. ­Added to this, the yarn is produced only with natural energy from geothermal power, which makes a ­sustainable production of a long-lasting and functional material.

Chest circumference S 94 (M 100) L 104 (XL 108) XXL 114 cm
The sweater in the photos is size XL.

Plötulopi, unspun Icelandic
100 g plates, held double Colour
Colour A 4 (5) 5 (5) 5-6 plates 1038 Ivory Beige
Colour B 1 (1) 1 (1) 1-2 plates 0009 Brown heather