This hand-knitted tasselled cap, designed by Ingibjörg Guðjónsdóttir,  is inspired by the original woolen skotthúfa, used by the male students at Hólar school in the 17th century and the knitted female version. The cap is exceptionally warm and offers great wind protection. It is hand-knitted from Icelandic wool and felted to enhance wind resistance. Decorated with a modern sleeve (tube) handmade with stainless steel, it is suitable for both men, women and children.

Yarn used: Álafoss Lopi

Back to Issue 01 – Autumn 2010


Skotthúfa Pattern

3 €


Stainless steel tube

27 €

The design story

Read about Ingibjörg Guðjónsdóttir, not an ordinary woman...

Ingibjörg Guðjónsdóttir is an experienced mountaineer. In her job as a nature guide, she likes to go off the beaten track, be it in Iceland or in Greenland.

a mountain guide

As well as being a certified guide, she also holds a commercial driver’s license and is therefore able to drive you around the highlands or even across a glacier.

She has an education in the fields of tourism studies and folkloristics, which makes her a very interesting and entertaining travel companion, and she speaks many languages.

Ingibjörg is a master chef, which is of course wonderful for those traveling with her. She even wrote a book called Með veislu í farangrinum (styling A moveable feast), about how to whip up delicious meals and use ingredients from Icelandic nature while traveling, whether it be hiking through the wilderness, camping or staying in a summerhouse.

Considering Ingibjörg’s many talents, it should come as no surprise that she was hired to be the driver and chef in the knitting tour with guest teacher Ysolda Teague in early September 2010.

What people generally don’t know about Ingibjörg, however, is that she is also a clothing designer. This tasseled cap is her first published knitting pattern.

a modern, stainless steel version

It retains all the main characteristics of the old skotthúfa that inspired it, including the tail and the tassel. The sleeve that covers the join between the tail and the tassel was traditionally made of silver or gilded silver, but this pattern uses a modern, stainless steel version. It’s simple to knit, but a much thought-through and well designed garment.

Ingibjörg’s caps are for sale in a few selected stores in Iceland, for example at the National Museum of Iceland.


Wool, sizes & info

The pattern
The kit

Sizes: S(M,L) for children, women and men.

Gauge: not important

Yarn and material: Álafoss Lopi, 100% Icelandic wool, 100 g/skein, 100 g = ca. 100 m/109 yds, 2 skeins in all sizes, yarn double. Steel sleeve, handmade in Iceland.

Needles and notions: dpn needles 12 mm/US 17 or a long circ, stitch markers, darning needle.

Techniques: knitting in the round, felting.

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.