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The Icelandic Knitting Method

Learn about the history of Icelandic knitting (íslenskt prjón). The trends, fashion and cultural importance tied to the differing patterns of the Icelandic sweater (íslensk lopapeysa).

The traditional Icelandic sweater is widely known and has become a part of the Icelandic Heritage despite it is only about sixty years old! Many people consider it to be much older. Clothes and foreign patterns for knitting started to be imported to Iceland early in the 20th century. During the World War II there was no yarn other than the Icelandic wool, lopi. Then the traditional Norwegian patterns for sweaters were adapted for the Icelandic wool. They were most likely based on foreign models, but the lopi was used instead for other yarns.