My Mothers Lopi Cardigan

These pictures of my mother Steinunn, her friend Þorsteinn and his baby sister Margrét, are from 1945.

Note the fabulous lopi cardigan my mother is wearing. It was bottle green with white and beige pattern, knit with wound triple ply plötulopi.

As you can see it has very stylish details, set in sleeves, a delicate collar and a belt.

Not surprisingly it was my mother absolute favorite, and she wore it for many years.

Æsgerður Magnúsdóttir from Núpsöxl í Laxárdal knit the cardigan.

This was before the, now world famous round yoked Icelandic sweater, the Lopapeysa became popular.

Lovely weather - Gott veður

They are only decades old, from somwhere around 1950 and they gained popularity in the late sixties.

Some of the old popular patterns are now available for free online, you can find some here in english and many more here in Icelandic.

You can easily follow these patterns without knowing the language. The charts tell you much, and here is a list of knitting terms in Icelandic/English that will get you far.

Þessi mynd af Steinunni móður minni, Þorsteini vini hennar og systur hans Margréti, eru frá 1945.

Takið eftir peysunni sem móðir mín klæðist. Hún var flöskugræn, með hvítu og dröppuðu munstri, prjónuð með þreföldum undnum plötulopa.
Peysna er mjög smart eins og sjá má. Ermarnar eru ísettar, hún er með nettum kraga og belti.

Peysan var í miklu uppáhaldi hjá móður minni og hún var notuð í mörg ár.

Æsgerður Magnúsdóttir frá Núpsöxl í Laxárdal prjónaði peysuna.

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  1. Mér finnst þetta ákaflega falleg flík, en get ímyndað mér að um sé að ræða svolítið snúinn prjónaskap (sem ætti nú að henta þér;)

  2. Christina Oldenburg

    I am asking for your advice.
    I have two Lopi sweaters which I made from Lopi purchased in Iceland. I knitted them 3 ply. They are really too big for me. Otherwise I like them for use in our high mountains in California where it is winter at least nine months of the year. (We still have huge piles of snow on the ground!) Recently I knitted some mittens with some of the leftover Lopi, also using three strands. I made the mittens extra big so I could felt them by putting them in the washing machine. They turned out great.
    My question, what would happen if I put the too big Lopi Peysa (spelling?) in the washing machine and felted it? I want it smaller, and if it were a little more dense that would be ok too. Thanks in advance, Christina Oldenburg

  3. How big are the sweaters? If they are just a bit to big I would try to wash them by hand or in a wool cycle. When done, centrifuge them at full speed and take them carefully out of the machine, lay them flat and don’t stretch them at all. That should make them a bit smaller.

    You can felt them by hand, that way you have bigger control over the process. It is time consuming but not hard at all. You can also felt them in the machine. That is a bit of a risk, but I have done it with success. The felted sweaters are quite dense and a bit stiff and very very warm.

  4. Love this old photos (and love the special ears of the little guy)…
    The cardigan sure still is in-style, timeless.
    Suppose you had a great trip to the west?!?
    It is suddenly cold again here and rainy and stormy, too. Shy the sun comes out a bit now in the evening and I have to walk the dog a bit…
    God Helg til deg og dine.

  5. Leslie Fratkin


    I’m finding photos of different types of sweaters for a book by Vogue Knitting. I would be thrilled to be able to use that color photo, above, with the little girl wearing an icelandic sweater and a pointed hat. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience and let me know if this is possible (I’m on a very tight deadline!)

    Thanks very much,
    Leslie Fratkin
    646 301 2292

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