Subtlety by Linnea Ornstein


June 2018
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1640 - 2297 yards (1500 - 2100 m)
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A slow transition from dark to light, playing with gradients and patterns. Subtlety is what it says - a ­quiet and discreet play with nuances and contrasts.

The sweater is knit in the round with ­stranded ­knitting in the yoke. 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.

Subtlety is knit in plötulopi, Icelandic unspun pre-yarn. The unspun yarn may seem fragile when knitting it, but thanks to its long fiber, 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.

Plötulopi is knit held double. The gradient is achieved by changing one of the threads at a time. The colour names in the instructions (AA, AB, etc) indicate each thread. AB = one thread of A and one thread of B, etc. To minimize the number of threads to fasten, you can felt the new thread to the previous one. 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 back of the left side shoulder.

SIZE (Sweater measurements)
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

Plötulopi, unspun Icelandic
100 g plates, held double Colour
Colour A 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 0001 White
Colour B 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 1038 Ivory beige
Colour C 4 (5) 5 (5) 5 plates 0003 Light beige
Colour D 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 1030 Oatmeal
Colour E 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 0009 Brown
Colour F 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 1032 Chocolate
Colour G 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 plate 1033 Black sheep