Gaefa by Linnea Ornstein


January 2019
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
219 - 328 yards (200 - 300 m)
S, L
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Available in English and Swedish, sizes S and L.

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Gæfa is a hat with a design and technique typical for Iceland. The name gæfa means good luck or good ­fortune in Icelandic. The ­pattern comes in two ­different ­colour versions, one with a white or light base colour and one with a darker base colour. The hat is knit bottom up in the round with ­stranded ­knitting, with ­decreases worked into the rounds ­symmetrically.

Gæfa is knit in plötulopi, Icelandic unspun pre-yarn held double. The unspun yarn may seem fragile when knitting it, but thanks to the long fiber of the Icelandic sheep, the result is a strong and soft fabric. The ­Icelandic sheep has a wool with ­unusually long outer ­fibres with tough and water-­resistant ­qualities, ­combined with fine, soft inner fibers that ­insulate against cold ­temperatures.