According to Icelandic law, using the national flag is a privilege and not a right. The owner must follow instructions on its usage and make sure that his or her flag is in mint condition regarding colouring, wear and tear. It also states that no-one shall disrespect the flag in act or word, subject to a fine or imprisonment of up to one year. A pattern by Hélène Magnússon and a wink to the Icesave issue.

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Flag Pattern*

6 €

*see characteristics & info

The pattern story

Hélène Magnússon tells us more

Fortunately, you shouldn't get into any sort of trouble knitting the British flag (body) and two French flags (arms) with Icelandic intarsia. Icelandic intarsia is the technique that was used to knit garter stitch inserts in Iceland.

using the national flag is a privilege and not a right

Worn with soft skin shoes, the inserts were decorated with geometric floral patterns. Interpreted in small squares and the natural colours of the sheep, the Flag cardi takes on a very modern look. With no seaming at all, it is very versatile: you can wear it mid-long or, upside down, short, opened or closed with a clever set of buttons. It looks just as good as a wrap or even a scarf!

The Flag jacket pays tribute to artist Birgir Andrésson and one of his works called "United we stand". It is also a wink at the recent Icesave dispute.

Initially published on Knitonthenet.

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.



Characteristics & info

The pattern

Sizes: XS(S,M,L,XL,XXL) to fit bust 32(86/92, 96/102,106/112, 122/126, 127/132) cm.

Yarn: Jamieson and Smith 2 Ply Lace, Pure Shetland Wool with a touch of Lamswool, 185 yds/169m per 25gm skein; 
4(4,5,5,5,5) x 25gm skein - shade 202 (alias RED); 
4(4,5,5,6,6) x 25mg skein - shade 3 (alias WHITE); 
3(3,4,4,4,5) x 25mg skein - shade 27 (alias BLUE)

Needles and notions: 5mm  and 5mm DPN',; 4 mm crochet hook; 8 little buttons, 1cm (0.4 inches) diameter.

Gauge: 10 x 10 cm / 4x4 inches = 19 sts x 18 garters (36 rows) using 5mm (US #8) needles over garter stitch.

Techniques: Icelandic intarsia.

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.

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.