Brynja is a lovely lopi sweater by Hélène Magnússon with a very feminine and flattering shape, not so common in traditional lopi sweaters. Clever short rows lift the back and shoulders up, creating a natural neckline. The yoke is decorated with an unusual motif for lopi sweater. The sweater is knit entirely in the round using Léttlopi, unspun Icelandic wool but slightly twisted, that doesn’t break so easily. The pattern gives instructions for two lengths. You will also love Brynja matching beret and Brynja Litla for children.

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Brynja Pattern (in English)

6 €


Brynja Kit (wool, pattern not included)

from 17.50 € (plus shipping cost)



The pattern story

Hélène Magnússon tells us more about her design


Brynja lopi sweater has a slightly darted waist and bust darts that give it a very feminine and flattering shape. It is not so common for traditional lopi sweaters, that are usually not that much shaped. It has exquisite details like picot edging and colored bands inside the lining. The yoke sits higher on the back and shoulders thanks to clever short rows and is decorated with a delicate four petal rose, a common pattern in Iceland that can be found in an old Icelandic sjónabók. It is knit entirely in the round using Létt-lopi, unspun Icelandic wool but slightly twisted, that doesn't break so easily. Brynja comes in two versions: a short one and a long one that covers the hips

The four petal rose that decorates the yoke is a common pattern in Iceland that can be found in an Icelandic sjónabók. A "sjónabók" is a collection of charted patterns found in Icelandic art and handcrafts. Patterns from several such manuscrifts from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries have been gathered in a recent book* for designers to use. It is a rather large motif for a lopi sweater, which made it challenging to put the sweater into sizes. Usually lopi sweaters have only a 6 to 8 stitches repeat.

In Icelandic, Brynja means armor, cuirass or corselet. It suits well this fitted lopi sweater."

*Ornaments and Patterns found in Iceland, The Icelandic Handcraft Association, National Museum of Iceland, The Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík 2009


The designer

Hélène Magnússon likes to put a new spin on old Icelandic knitting traditions. She enjoys designs with strong ties to Iceland and that tell a story. She is best known for her research into the traditional Icelandic intarsia that was mostly seen in knitted insoles in the past centuries. Her book, Icelandic knitting: using Rose Patterns is available in three languages. She is a French native but a true Icelandic knitter and has an Icelandic family. Hélène abandoned a law career in Paris for the love of Icelandic nature. She worked as a mountain guide for many years in Iceland and studied textile and fashion design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She is the head and designer behind The Icelandic Knitter.



Wool, sizes & info

The pattern
The kit


Sizes: XS(S,M,L,XL,2X,3X) to fit bust: 83(87,95,100,108,118,127)cm / 33(34,37,39,42,46,50)” (finished measurements).
Blue model shown in size M, short version.

Yarn: Létt-Lopi from Ístex, 100% pure Icelandic wool, 50g/skein, 50g = ca.100m/109 yds; 6(7,7,8,8,9,9) skeins in main color (1404) and 1 skein in contrasting color (1409).

Gauge: 10 x10 cm / 4×4” = 16 sts x 21 rows in stocking Stitch on needle 5mm/US 8.

Needles and notions: circular needles 4.5mm/US 7 and 5 mm/US 8, 80cm/32” long, using magic loop for smaller diameters, stitch markers, darning needle, stitch holders, tape measure, sewing machine, edging band twice the length of the front edge, 7(7,7,7,8,8,8) snap buttons Ø 1,5 cm / 0,4 inch and/or 7(7,7,7,8,8,8) buttons, medium size.

Techniques: knitted in the round, stranded knitting, steek (optional).

Pattern: once you've your paiement, you will receive an email with a link to dowload the pattern PDF. We don't send patterns by snail mail.

Kit: Kit includes the yarn but not the pattern that has to be ordered separately. Kit doesn’t include the needles and notions. Shipping costs worldwide are not included in the price. 

Errata: a mistake was found in this pattern, please check the errata.