Bláfell by Linnea Ornstein


January 2017
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1640 - 2297 yards (1500 - 2100 m)
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Bláfell is a sweater with a patterned yoke that depicts snowflakes over a mountain on the Icelandic countryside. It is knit in the round with stranded knitting in the pattern. The technique of 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 Icelandic sheep have developed through the centuries in isolation and a harsh climate. This has yielded 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.

The sweater is knit bottom up. You start with either the body or the sleeves and then place them ­together on the needles and knit the yoke in one piece from chart. The yoke starts from the left side shoulder. Add some short rows before the chart to raise the back slightly.

S (M) L (XL) XXL
Chest circumference 94 (100) 104 (108) 114 cm
Body length 38 (39) 40 (41) 42 cm
Sleeve length 45 (46) 47 (48) 49 cm

14 sts & 19 rows = 10 x 10 cm in stockinette stitch ­using 5.5 mm needles. Check gauge, adjust needle size if needed.

4.5 & 5.5 mm circular needles 60-80 cm
4.5 & 5.5 mm double pointed needles (dpn)

Plötulopi, unspun Icelandic
100 g plates, held double Colour
Colour A 4 (5) 5 (5/6) 5/6 plates 1051 Faded denim
Colour B 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 1431 Arctic Blue
Colour B 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 0001 White