Iceland upside down

Class level: intermediate
Duration: 3-4 hours

Traditionally the Icelandic patterned yoke sweaters are knit bottom up – but Ragga has developed top down knitting techniques for this popular symbol of the Icelandic knitting heritage. Participants will knit a tiny Lopi sweater containing all the elements and techniques needed to invert any pre existing bottom up pattern to a top down one.

Techniques covered: German twisted cast on, nearly invisible yoke increases, inverting a pre-existing pattern chart, stranded knitting with 2 colors, dividing yoke into body and sleeves, loose cast off, shaping with symmetrical decreases.

Techniques covered: German twisted cast on, working in the round with Magic Loop or DPNs – difference explained and advantages of the different methods stranded knitting with 2 colors. English, Continental and mixed method, shaping the yoke with increases, Dividing work into body and sleeves, finishing body – different types of ribbing discussed, picking up stitches for the sleeves, shaping the sleeves, casting off – 2 different methods, what to consider when turning an already existing pattern upside down.

Supplies list: 50 yards of Lopi light in a light color and approx. 10 yards in a contrast
color, US5 32” circular needles (bring DPNs if you like them), a piece of scrap yarn, darning needle, crochet hook size C or D

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