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8 Jan

Icelandic inspiration for your winter knits

Knitting with Icelandic Wool

Knitting with Icelandic Wool (click on cover to buy)
by Vedis Jonsdottir

$29.99 / $34.50 Can.
264 pages, paper over board

I don’t know about you, but when the temperature drops, all I want to do is wrap myself up in a cozy sweater and sit around and read or knit all day. At 264 pages and 70 patterns, Knitting with Icelandic Wool (out today!) is packed with inspiration for your next winter project. Complete step-by-step directions are paired with clear charts for color and lace knitting, so that these warm and wonderful creations knit up easily. There are sweaters aplenty featuring the traditional Icelandic yoke, plus patterns for dresses, cardigans, hats, socks, and scarves for men, women, and children. There’s even a sweater for your dog!

All the projects are made with Icelandic wool (aka Lopi), which is a 100% pure wool yarn that is lighter, warmer, and more water resistant than other yarns. How did the yarn get these special properties, you ask? Well, because the sheep native to Iceland have developed over time a coat that gives them as much protection as possible from the harsh northern climate. A brief history of the emergence of the Lopi sweater and the wool industry in Iceland is included in the book for you yarn enthusiasts that want to learn more about this area and fiber.

Check out some sample pages below and enjoy the free pattern for the Toppur hat featured in the book!

I'm an assistant editor at St. Martin's Press. I caught the crafting bug when I was little and I wouldn't let my parents leave the store without buying me a crafting kit---any crafting kit! I wove baskets, folded origami, made jewelry, and painted glass. I'm an avid, but impatient knitter, so I'm always choosing projects that I can finish over a weekend. I also love to cook and bake. When I'm not working in the office working on craft books, my weekend consists of , well...making something with my hands. I'm usually scouring whatever's fresh at the farmer's market or food co-op, trying out new recipes, and working on my latest craft project.

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