Traditional Icelandic shoe motifs in garter stitch intarsia are reinterpreted in a lovely decoration. A fun project to use yarn ends and try or practice the old technique of Icelandic intarsia, made popular by Hélène Magnússon

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Windrose Pattern

3 €

The pattern story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

Old Icelandic shoe inserts that were worn in soft shoes made of sheep, fish skin or sealskin were decorated with all sorts of motifs in many colors. The motifs didn’t seem to have any particular meaning and were purely decorative. They were on the other hand the occasion to use all the bits of yarn. The windrose was a popular insert motif that I reinterpreted in the form of a little decoration. Two roses are knitted separately, then sewn together and stuffed.

If you want to know more about the tradition of Icelandic intarsia and teh shoe-inserts, read my book Icelandic color knitting: using Rose patterns (Search press 2009)

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 amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in collaboration with tour operator Icelandic Mountain Guides. 


Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Finished Measurements: 15 cm / 6” across

You can achieve all the sizes you want by changing yarn and needle sizes.

Gauge: not essential but rather tight.

10x10 cm/4x4” = 32 sts and 64 rows in garter st on 2.5 mm/ US2 needles with Einband-Loðband.

Wool: Ístex, Einband-Loðband from Ístex, 70% Icelandic wool, 30% wool, fine lace-weight, 1-ply worsted, 50gr/skein = ca. 225m/246 yds: in the colors of your choice. You can have each petal and the middle heart in a different color if you wish.

Or just any yarn you want of any thickness, changing needle size in consequence, to obtain roses of different sizes.

Needles: a set of 2,5mm/ US 2 DPN’s

Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle

Other material: a ribbon about 30 cm/12”, stuffing material (yarn ends, carded wool, polyester filling, etc…)

Techniques: Icelandic intarsia

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.

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.