Embark on a journey through Iceland’s most gorgeous landscapes and intimate traditions—straight from your armchair. The lopapeysa sweater is a treasured piece of Icelandic culture, knitted for generations, always gifted, never bought, with warmth and love in every stitch. From the breathtaking scenery, to the deep-rooted history, to the wisdom of the locals; Joan of Dark and Kyle Cassidy will be your guides as you read and knit your way through Iceland’s culture, creativity, and lopapeysa tradition.In this knitter's guide to Iceland, join Joan and Kyle as they travel the 800 miles of Iceland’s Ring Road to bring you historic sweaters, exciting adventures, and new knitting patterns. By interviewing local experts and digging through archives, they trace the historic beginnings of the “lopi” sweater and its legacy—and, of course, provide 12 new, original lopi-style patterns ranging from novice to advanced. No matter your knitting experience, you will be able to knit your way through these projects and enhance your look with style that is beautifully modern while still honoring the lopapeysa’s rich history. We hope that this book will inspire you to visit Iceland with someone you love.
Toni Carr (aka Joan of Dark) is the author of Knockdown Knits, Knits for Nerds, and Geek Knits. She is also a contributing designer for Vampire Knits and Once Upon a Knit, as well as several publications for Knit Picks.Kyle Cassidy is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in all the usual places. He’s the author of a number of books, most recently This Is What a Librarian Looks Like. Joan taught him to knit over Zoom, specifically for this book and now he’s always got half a lopi sweater in his camera bag. Find him at kylecassidy.com and @kylecassidy.
TRAVEL: IN SEARCH OF THE LOPAPEYSA
It’s Easy to Get to Iceland, You Should Go
Iceland’s History of Wool
About the Lopapeysa
Knitting a Lopi in Iceland
How Is Iceland Even????
The Ring Road
Getting Around in Iceland
Adventure: The Icelandic Handknitting Association
Adventure: The Hot Springs at Skátalaug
Adventure: Heavy Metal Horses
Knitter Profile: Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir
Knitter Profile: Pálína Gunnarsdóttir
Adventure: Reykjavik Is a Twenty-four-hour Party
Adventure: Illugastaðir – the Land of Seals and Ghosts
Adventure: Lopi Thrifting in the Rauði Krossinn
Hot Tub Party
Adventure: Grjótagjá Cave
Adventure: Námafjall Hverir, the Mývatn Geothermal Area
Möðrudalur – the Farm at the Top of the World
Adventure: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Adventure: Black Sand Beaches
Knitter Profiles: Anna Halla, Hera, and Guðlaug
Knitter Profile: Janina Witzel
Adventure: The Hot River
Adventure: Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
Knitter Profile: Védís Jónsdóttir
Knitting the Lopapeysa
Recipes vs Patterns
Cardigans and Steeking
Learn to Chart Headband
Hot Springs Hats
Icelandic Horse Sweater
"Through the story of their travels and the people they met alongthe way, Joan and Kyle have lovingly captured both the technicaland artistic aspects of Icelandic knitting tradition, and theculture that created it."
Lopapeysa is a seamless knitting together of the author's travels in contemporary Iceland with one of that splendidly idiosyncratic island's most highly prized and traditional crafts, the art of knitting itself.
"This is a joy of a book."
"The Lopapeysa Sweater: A Journey North in Search of Iceland's Iconic Knitwear offers a blend of travelogue and cultural inspection in [a] knitting guide. It pairs some 12 patterns for Lopi-inspired sweater designs with Toni Carr's journeys throughout Iceland following the history and importance of the Lopapeysa sweater.
Color photos abound, highlighting first-person experiences of geothermal beaches, profiles of Icelandic knitters, and surveys of outstanding Icelandic knitting designs for all seasons.
Libraries strong in knitting history and guides will find added value in The Lopapeysa Sweater, whether readers choose it for its Iceland journey or its knitting instructions."—Diane Donovan, Donovan's Literary Services