Gamallegur

Gamallegur, which literally means “looking old” in Icelandic, is sort of a male version of my popular Gamaldags: fairly traditional in look but modern in shape. It has a rounded neckline and refined waist shaping for a flattering fit. It has an ingenious construction, borrowed from Old Icelandic men costumes from the 18 -19th centuries: the body is worked from the bottom up and the back higher up but the sleeves are conveniently knitted from the top down and have elbow shaping to prevent the formation of holes. 

Yarn used: Léttlopi or equivalent sport/aran weight 

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The pattern story     

 

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

The Icelandic “lopapeysa” is a fairly recent invention dating back to the 50’s. Traditional lopi sweaters have no front or back and often no shaping. They are worn rather loose with not much fit. I have designed many lopi sweaters for women with a more refined fit but I thought it was time to make one for men as well!

Gamallegur is a different lopapeysa with a rounded neckline and subtle waist shaping for a flattering fit. It has an ingenious construction, borrowed from Old Icelandic men costumes from the 18 -19th centuries: the body is worked from the bottom up and the back higher up but the sleeves are conveniently knitted from the top down. They also have elbow shaping to prevent the formation of holes.

I have to warn you however: it's not a boyfriend's sweater. Tailored for men, it has a broader back not particularly flattering on a woman shape.

Instructions are for a zipped cardigan, which is steeked, but also for a pullover.

Gamallegur, which literally means “looking old” in Icelandic, is sort of a male version of my popular Gamaldags (old-fashioned): fairly traditional in look but modern in shape.

Hélène Magnússon is a Icelandic knit designer, 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 textiles 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 amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in collaboration with tour operator Icelandic Mountain Guides / Iceland Rovers. 

 

Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Sizes: 1(2,3,4)5,6,7

Sweater or cardigan (steeked). Slim fit: 0-5 cm/ 0-2” ease. Choose a larger size for a looser fit.

Cardigan shown in size 2.

Finished measurements:

Chest:89(98,106.5,115.5)124.5,133.5,142 cm/ 35(38.5,42,45.5)49,52.5,56”

Body length to underarm: 41(42,43,44)45,46,47 cm / 16(16.5,17,17.5)18,18,18.5”

Sleeve length to underarm: 46.5(46.5,47.5,48.5)49,50,51 cm/18.25(18.25,18.75,19)19.25,19.75,20”

Upper arm: 34.5(36.5,39,42)44.5,45.5,48 cm /13.5(14.25,15.25,16.5)17.5,18,19”

Wrist: 24.5(25.5,26.5,26.5)26.5,28,28 cm / 9.75(10,10.5,10.5)10.5,11,11”

Yoke depth at the back: 24(25,25,26)26.5,27.5,28 cm / 9.5(9.75,9.75,10.25)10.5,10.75,11”

Neckline: 39(41,42,44.5)45.5,48,50 cm / 15.25(16.25, 16.2,17.5)18,19,19.75”

Gauge: 10 cm/4” = 18 sts and 24 rows on 4.5 mm / US 7 needle

Wool: Léttlopi from Ístex, 100% new wool, 50g/skein = 100 m/114 yds

MC: shade 0056, 7(7,8,9)9,10,10 skeins
CC1: shade 0053, 1(1,2,2)2,2,2 skein(s)
CC2:  shade 0051, 1(1,2,2)2,2,2 skein(s)

Other material: for the cardigan, a zipper the length of front opening.

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 and 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needles.

Magic loop is used for smaller diameters but you can use DPNs; crochet hook 3 mm.

Notions: darning needle, markers, stitch holders, scrap yarn for provisional CO.

Techniques: instructions are for a cardigan. Follow same instructions for a pullover unless stated otherwise (framed in box). The body is knitted in the round from the bottom-up with waist shaping. Then at the armholes, the back is knitted higher up back and forth, underarm stitches are set on hold, stitches for the shoulders are provisionally casted on and the yoke knitted in the round in stranded knitting. Stitches around the armholes are then set on needle and/or picked up and knit and the sleeves knitted from the top-down. Elbow shaping is worked with short rows. The cardigan is steeked. 

Steek, provisional cast on and short rows using the yo method: you will find helpful illustrated tutorials on my website: http://icelandicknitter.com/en/support-tutorials/ 
Try steeking your swatch first!

Lopi stranded knitting with two colors: keep a good slack on the strands to ensure an elastic fit. You can also use a slightly bigger needle or turn your work inside out with the floats on the exterior side. Don’t catch the strands at the back of the work, it would show disgracefully on the front, let them float: they will felt slightly on the inside. Let the color you want to stand out more (your dominant color) floating underneath at the back, whereas the recessive color floats on top of it. Be consistent. To prevent tangling, it’s a good idea to keep your skeins apart, one on your left, one on your right. It is usual practice to keep the dominant color on the left, but whatever works best for you is fine.

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Errata: no mistakes have been found in this pattern