Elves lights

The Elves’ Lights illuminate the dark Icelandic winter and are very decorative during the long summer days. They are knitted with Icelandic unspun lopi then fulled: it felts beautifully, shines, gives a warm light and is not flammable. A fairy like pattern by Hélène Magnússon.

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Elves' Lights

4 €

kit

Wool for 10 lights in project bag (without pattern)

from 7 €


Couleurs:

String light:

EDIT: the electrical appliance is out of stock but you buy it for example here.

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The pattern story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

In the Old days, every piece of knitting was felted in Iceland. It was a rough job, usually made by men, but it doesn’t have to be that hard today when we can use the washing machine!

Please use the correct electric appliance for your country (you can buy some here in Europe). The electric appliance will not last for ever but you can extend its life by immediately replacing any burnt out light.

Note that the colors may fade in a direct sunlight.

The Elves' Lights are a knitted version of my felted tulips lights with Icelandic wool. Designed in 2005, they became right away very popular especially in Iceland, so popular indeed that for the past years many copies appeared in the shops. It is a bit frustrating!

Today, I propose a DIY knitted version but thanks to respect the copyright and not use the pattern for any commercial purpose!

The designer

Hélène Magnússon is a leading knit designer in Iceland, the author of many books about traditional Icelandic knitting and the editor of The Icelandic Knitter. She likes to put a new spin on Icelandic traditions. She began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm and a mountain guide. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in collaboration with tour operator Icelandic Mountain Guides. 

 

Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Size: after felting, flower is about 8 cm/3” diameter and leave 14 cm/5,5” across.

Wool: Plötulopi by ístex, 100% new wool, about 110g/plate, 100g = ca. 300m/328 yds: colors of your choice but note that the blue color stops the light so any color with some blue in it (including greens and purples) are not recommended for the flower itself but you can use them all in the leaves. Each flower/leave uses about 8 g (24m/26 yds)

If you use another yarn, make sure it’s pure wool and felts easily (not superwash!).

Needles: 5,5 mm / US 9 circ needle. Magic loop is used but you can also use DPN’s.

Gauge: 10 cm/4” = 14 sts with plötulopi held double. Gauge is not important.

Other material: string light conform to you’re the electrical norms in the country where the appliance will be used.

Techniques: knitting in the round, decreases, increases.

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

Kit: Kit includes the yarn and an Icelandic Knitter cotton project bag but not the pattern that has to be purchased separately. The option with string light is only for an electrical appliance conform to EU norms (230 V, 50 hz). 10 clear string lights with transparent wire and interruptor (with white flowers) or green wire (with colored flowers). Kit doesn’t include the needles and notions. Shipping costs are not included in the price.  

EDIT 18/12/2013: electrical appliance out of stock

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.