Frjókorn by Hélène Magnússon


October 2018
yarn held together
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
7.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
5.0 mm (H)
525 - 897 yards (480 - 820 m)
10 sizes Bust: 31.75(34,36,38)40,44.5,46.5 (48.5,50.5,55)”
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Frjokorn 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 for the delicate light marled grey colour. The contrasting motif uses Lettlopi.

It is also my first lopapeysa knitted from the top down, not a traditional method for a lopi sweater. The yoke grows with different types of carefully placed increases that are an integral part of the leaf motif and thus completely invisible. The sweater has an almost imperceptible shaping and the back is raised higher to create a neckline at the front. No short rows involved: I used a method inspired by Icelandic male costumes from the 18th century. Frjokorn means pollen in Icelandic.

Instructions are for a cardigan with tips for how to make a sweater.

A KIT in the colors shown or the colors of your choice is available on
Note that the white plötulopi is significantly softer than the other plötulopi colors available.

Sizes: 1(2,3,4)5,6,7(8,9,10)
Cardigan (steeked) or sweater with a slight A-line shape. Loose fit: 10 cm / 4” ease at bust. Sample shown is a size 3.

Finished measurements
Bust: 80.5(86,91.5,96.5)102,112.5,118(123.5,128.5,139.5) cm / 313?4(34,36,38)40,441?2,461?2 (481?2,501?2,55)”
Hips: 86(91.5,96.5,102)107.5,118,123.5(128.5,134,144.5) cm / 34(36,38,40)421?4,461?2,481?2(501?2,523?4,57)” Neckline: 40.5(40.5,40.5,42)42,42,43.5(43.5,43.5,44.5) cm/ 16(16,16,161?2)161?2,161?2,17(17,17,171?2)”
Body length to underarm: 34(35,35,36)36,37,37(38,38,39) cm / 131?2(133?4,133?4,141?4)141?4,141?2,141?2(15,15,151?4)
Yoke depth at back: 22.5(22.5,22.5,22.5)22.5, 25.5, 25.5 (25.5,25.5,25.5) cm / 83?4(83?4,83?4,83?4)83?4,10,10(10,10,10)” Sleeve length to underarm: 38(39,40,40)41,41,42(42,43,43) cm / 15(151?4,153?4,153?4)161?4,161?4,161?2(161?2,17,17)”
Upper arm: 33.5(36,38.5,41.5)41.5,44,44(44,46.5,46.5) cm/ 13(14,151?4,161?4)161?4,171?2,171?2(171?2,181?2,181?2) Wrist: 18.5(18.5,21.5,21.5)21.5,21.5,24(24,24,24) cm / 71?4(71?4,81?2,81?2)81?2,81?2,91?2(91?2,91?2,91?2)”

Gauge:10 cm / 4”=15 sts and 20 rows in St st on 7mm/ US 10 3?4 needle with Plo?tulopi and Love Story held together.