Weather changes in Iceland are imprevisible: the snow, rain and wind are quick to blend the landscape into an ever changing camaieu of blueish grey, where melted snow, turbulent ocean and agitated sky meet together. We call those changes umhleypingar in Icelandic. The Gilitrutt colors and motif on Helga Jóna’s wrist warmers and cowl reflect this typical Icelandic phenomenon. 

Yarn used: Gilitrutt


Umhleypingar, pattern in English

6 €


KIT Umhleypingar (Gilitrutt wool, no pattern)

27 €

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Hélène tells us more about the pattern

Created especially with the colors of Gilitrutt, the kit is enough to knit a cowl and two pairs of of wrist warmers, or make them longer. The cowl also double as a head band. 

Helga Jóna Þórunnardóttir is an Icelandic expat in Denmark where she's teaching knitting, an especially Icelandic knitting at the Skals -højskolen for design og håndarbejde. 


Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Wrist warmers: 16 cm/6.25” circumference and 11 cm/4.25” long.
Cowl: 47 cm/ 18.5”  circumference and 19 cm/7.5” long.

Yarn: Gilitrutt from Hélène Magnússon, pure new wool, 100% Icelandic lambswool, plied lace weight, 2 ply, 25 g skein =112 m / 122 yds
Color A: Natural grey, 1 skein
Color B: Askja blue, 1 skein
Color C: Natural white, 1 skein        

Gauge: 10 cm / 4” = 30 sts and 27 rows in slip stitch pattern on needle 3.5 mm / US 4

Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle (using Magic loop) or DPNs

Notions: marker, darning needle 


The wrist warmers and the cowl are both worked in the round with a simple slip stitch pattern. There is only one color worked at once in each round and knit stitches, the slipped stitches being slipped with the yarn in front. 

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

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

Errata: no mistake has been found in this pattern