A popular vintage style scarf and old Icelandic shoe insoles in a rose pattern – these were my inspiration for knitting a lovely but practical scarf with roses.
The rose motif could be seen on patterned knitted insoles used in sheep ans fish skin shoes in Iceland. It is knitted in Icelandic intarsia (intarsia in garter stitch).
You will find a helpful tutorial on the Support & tutorials section of the website.
Hélène Magnússon likes to put a new spin on old Icelandic knitting traditions. She enjoys designs with strong ties to Iceland and that tell a story. She is best known for her research into the traditional Icelandic intarsia that was mostly seen in knitted insoles in the past centuries. Her book, Icelandic knitting: using Rose Patterns is available in three languages. She is a French native but a true Icelandic knitter and has an Icelandic family. Hélène abandoned a law career in Paris for the love of Icelandic nature. She worked as a mountain guide for many years in Iceland and studied textile and fashion design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She is the head and designer behind The Icelandic Knitter.
Size: One size, adaptable to any neck length
Total length: Approx. 86 cm (34”)
Yarn: MC – 1 ball Kambgarn from Ístex (100% new merino wool, 3-ply worsted. 50g balls, approx. 150m) in color of your choice
CC – remnants of Kambgarn or any similar yarns in 1, 2, 3, or 4 colors – about 10g. of each
Notes: These yarns can be replaced by suitable alternatives of similar weight, length and gauge. I hope knitters will make up their own color schemes for the rose patterns, using yarn remnants, just as Icelandic women did when they knitted shoe insoles a long time ago.
Needles: 3 mm needles (US size 4), 3 mm crochet hook (US 0), stitch holder
Gauge: 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”) in garter stitch = 23 sts and 19 garters (38 rows)
Techniques: Icelandic intarsia. See Support & tutorials.
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 snail mail.
Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.