Hamingja 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
1750 - 2297 yards (1600 - 2100 m)
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Available in English and Swedish, in sizes S-XXL.

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Hamingja is a traditional Icelandic cardigan, ­lopapeysa, in two different colour versions. One with a white or light base colour and one with a darker base colour.

The sweater is knit in the round with ­stranded ­knitting in the yoke as well as around the wrists and the hip. ­Knitting in the round, and ­decreasing ­symmetrically around the yoke, is typical for ­Icelandic sweaters. There is no seaming ­needed in the sweater itself, ­except for a few stitches where you attach the sleeves to the body with invisible stitches. In this case, the sweater is turned into a cardigan by steeking along the front once the yoke is finished. Then button bands are knitted on to both sides.

Hamingja 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. ­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 cardigan 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. The yoke starts from the steeking stitches at the center front. For instructions on different decreases, short-rows, the bind-off used etc, check http://­instructions­.linneaornstein.se.