Design: Hélène Magnússon
Called Fjallagrös in Icelandic (literally mountains’ grass), Icelandic moss was a great source of carbohydrates and minerals and was used for dyeing. Known for its medicinal and anti-bacterial properties, it is excellent for coughs and digestive. The motifs in my cowl are a fantasist interpretation of a very enlarged botanic cut of the lichen.
Originally published as part of my Icelandic Yarn Club 1 to which it was exclusive for a year. The yarns used were dyed especially for the Club.
Size: one size fits all. Adjustable (you can easily add or remove motifs of 12 sts to make it bigger or smaller).
- Circumference: 66.5 cm / 26.25”
- Total height: 31 cm / 12.25”
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm / 4” in St st on 4.5 mm / US 6 needle, with Plötulopi held together
Gauge is not crucial but it will affect the yardage needed. You may need more yardage if you knit too loose.
Wool: Aran weight
- MC 110 m / 120 yds
- CC1 90 m / 98 yds
- CC2 4.5 m / 5 yds
- CC3 1.5 m / 1.6 yds
Sample shown was knitted with:
- MC: Plötulopi from Ístex (100% new wool, unspun, approx. 110 g plate = 330 m/360 yds), 2 strands held together
- CCs: Léttlopi from Ístex (100% new wool, unspun with light twist, Aran weight, 50 g ball = 100 m / 109 yds)
Hand dyed in Iceland with plants
CC1: dyed with rhubarb’s root
CC2: dyed with lupin’s leaves and indigo
CC3: dyed with madder root
Needle: 4.5 mm / US 6 80 cm / 32” long circular needle (using Magic loop) or double-pointed needles; cable needle (you can also omit it and use the travelling sts without a cable needle method).
Notions: darning needle, marker
Techniques: The sweater is worked top down in stranded knitting in the round. Increases, rib.
Pattern: Once you’ve made your payment, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern PDF. Your PDF will also always be accessible on your Icelandic Knitter account under Downloads. We don’t send printed patterns by snailmail.
Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.