“The sweater is named after Fimmvörðuháls, a mountain pass in Iceland, at the site of the now famous eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. I knitted the sweater in the summer 2011 while walking during one of my knitting treks in Iceland: the Hiking and Knitting Tour between Fire and Ice (see pictures). The trail goes through the pass, between the two glaciers, and over the two new craters and the recently formed lava. I knitted while walking, just like in the Old days when no time could be lost and Icelandic men and women where knitting when going from one farm to another or, especially the men, when working around in the fields. I hold the skein under my armpit. I missed the white skein into the black ashes a few times, making a point for all the knitters in the tour that Icelandic wool is indeed hardwearing and dirt repellent! The sweater is typically an Icelandic lopi yoke sweater: the tradition is quite new – reaching its peak in the 70’s – but the sweater also seeks inspiration in older Icelandic knitting traditions: the close fitted shaping and the unusual elbow shaping can be found in Old Icelandic knitted jackets. The colorwork in the yoke is faked with an undulating lace pattern, typical of Icelandic shawls. The crocheted chain bind off, also very common in the Old shawls, ads a feminine touch. The colors remind me of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and the dirty ice covered with ashes.”
The pattern was first published in the book Knitting sweaters from around the world: 18 sweaters in a variety of styles and techniques, Voyageurs Press (2012).
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.
Sizes: Adult XS(S, M, L)XL, XXL, XXXL
Finished Measurements (slim fit)
- Bust: 27.5(30,34.5,36.5)41,46,49.5” / 69(75.5,86.5, 91)102,115.5,124.5cm
- Waist: 20.5(23,27.5,29.5)33.5,39,42.5” / 51(57.5,69,73.5)84.5,98,106.5}cm
- Body length to underarm: 14.5(15,15.5,16)17,18,18.5” / 37(38,39,41)43,45,47cm
- Sleeve length to underarm: 17(17.5,18,18)18.5,18.5,18.5” / 43(44,45,46)47,47,47cm
- Sweater: Léttlopi by ístex, 100% pure wool, 50g/skein, 50g = ca.100m/109 yds: MC #0051 (white) 6(7,7,8)8,9,9 skeins; CC1 #0054 (Ash Heather Grey) 1 skein;CC1 #0057 (Grey Heather ) 1 skein
- Cardigan: Cascade 220, 100% Peruvian highland wool, 100g/skein= 200m/220yds: MC #8010 3(4,4,4)4,5,5 skeins; CC1 #8401 1 skein; CC2 #8400 1 skein
Gauge: 10×10 cm / 4×4” = 18 sts and 24 rows on 5 mm/US 7 needle. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Needles: 4,5 and 5 mm / US 5 and 7 circ needle. Magic loop is used for smaller diameters but you can also use DPN’s; crochet hook 4 mm/ US G6
Notions: stitch markers, 4 safety pins, tapestry needle, stainless pins.
Techniques: Knitting in the round, Magic loop (optional), stranded knitting, short rows, lace, crocheted chain bind off, provisional cast on
Cardigan steeked or knitted back and forth.
Pattern: once you’ve made your payment, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern PDF . We don’t send patterns by snailmail.
Errata: an addendum to the pattern was added on 28.01.2013 with extra instructions to turn the sweater into a cardigan.