Plötulopi by Ístex: 100% new wool, unspun

Plötulopi by Ístex is the unpsun Icelandic wool itself. It comes into “plates”, hence its name, or “wheels”. Lopi means roving band in Icelandic and the first attempts to knit directly with it without spinning it first were made in the 1920′s. It has  now become synonymous with Icelandic yarn. It breaks very easily but is just as easy to put it back together by simply laying the two ends together and rubbing them between your palms with a a bit of mouth water “spit”. The garments knitted with Plötulopi are very light and surprisingly strong but they will wear out quickly where there is friction. That is why Plötulopi is often used double (équivalent of Léttlopi), triple (équivalent of Álafosslopi*) or with a lace yarn such as Einband. Here, you will find a tutorial on how to knit this puzzling yarn.

Álafoss lopi is made of 4 strands of lopi but in practice, it knits at the same gauge with only 3 strands

Plötulopi from Ístex: 100% new wool, unspun, plate 100-110 g = approx. 300 m/328 yds

Gauge: 19 sts = 10 cm/ 4″ on needle 4,5  mm/ US7  in Stocking stitch

 

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