Plötulopi is the unpsun Icelandic wool itself. It comes into “plates”, hence its name, or “wheels”. Lopi means roving band in Icelandic and the first attempts to knit directly with it without spinning it first were made in the 1920′s. It has now become synonymous with Icelandic yarn. It breaks very easily but is just as easy to put it back together by simply laying the two ends together and rubbing them between your palms with a a bit of mouth water. The garments knitted with Plötulopi are very light and surprisingly strong but they will were out quickly where there is friction. That is why Plötulopi is often used double (équivalent of Léttlopi), triple (équivalent of Álafosslopi*) or with a lace yarn such as Einband.
* Álafosslopi is made of 4 strands of lopi but in practice, it knits at the same gauge with only 3 strands
Plötulopi from Ístex: 100% new wool, unspun, plate 100-110 g = aprrox. 300 m/328 yds
Gauge: 19 sts = 10 cm/ 4″ on needle 4,5 mm/ US7 in stocking stitch
Plötulopi 4,90 € (100-110g plate)
4,90 € (100-110g plate)