Silfri by Linnea Ornstein


February 2015
yarn held together
+ Sport
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
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The Silfri cardigan is a classic Icelandic lopapeysa. It combines a pattern with silver links, with a traditional Nordic seamless construction. Suggested yarn is the Icelandic unspun ­plötulopi yarn.

The original prototype of this pattern is part of a crafts collaboration through the Facebook group Spin Half Get Half Sweden. The wool comes from a sheep owner in the south of ­Sweden who sent it to a spinner in Stockholm who spun it into yarn in a local mini-mill. The yarn was then sent to the designer of this pattern who made the design and then knit the sweater for the sheep owner. The pattern is inspired by the grey lambswool yarn that is in it, which when it arrived looked like a skein of pure silver.

For the pattern, this design is adapted to suit the Icelandic lopi yarn. The Icelandic sheep has developed through centuries of isolation and harsh climate. This has resulted in 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 Icelandic lopi yarn is produced in several different weights, both spun and unspun. This pattern is adapted for plötulopi, an unspun yarn that is held double when knitting, which gives a fluffy, warm and soft garment. For more info, check

The cardigan is knitted seamlessly in the round. Pattern and decreases are worked from chart. The round begins and ends at the back of the left side shoulder. The steek is introduced just before the colour pattern starts. When the yoke is finished, the steek is sewn and cut open and the button bands are then made by picking up stitches along the steek. When one skein ends, do not tie the new skein on – join ends by felting them together. This will give you less ends to weave in, plus a nicer looking garment. For tips on knitting techniques, like the kitchener stitch, check

Size S (M) L (XL) XXL
Chest 91 (97) 102 (108) 114 cm
Sleeve length 42 (43) 44 (45) 46 cm
Body length 49 (50) 51 (52) 53 cm

14 sts = 10 cm in stockinette stitch ­using 5.5 mm needles.

Plötulopi, held double
100 g plates (300 m/328 yds) Color
Colour A 4 (5) 5 (5) 6 skeins 0009 brown heather
Colour B 2 (2) 2 (2) 2 skeins 1033 sauðsvartur
Colour C 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 skein 1027 ash heather

Other yarn suggestion: Ullcentrum 2-ply (double)

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