Alafosslopi - the yarn created by Alafoss
Alafoss Lopi has been produced and dyed in Iceland for many years, making it one of the oldest wools in the world.
The beginning of alafosslopi
Everything started in the 19th century. The yarn was originally spun by our
Alafoss Wool Factory in Mosfellsbær, which was founded in 1896 by Jón Sigurðsson.
Alafoss old factory was the first to commercially produce Icelandic wool yarn and began spinning this traditional Icelandic wool, known as Alafoss Lopi.
This high-quality yarn quickly gained popularity for its use in traditional Icelandic sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, and other garments, and it continues to be spun and dyed in small batches in Iceland to this day, keeping the centuries-old tradition alive.
What is this yarn suitable for?
As we said, Alafoss Lopi is perfect for knitting traditional Icelandic sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, and more.
Lopi yarn is created by twisting two delicate strands of barely twisted fibers together, giving the appearance of a single strand.
Thanks to its unique construction, Alafoss Lopi doesn't require you to double the yarn to get extra warmth; its two-strand design ensures that a single strand of the yarn is plenty to create garments that are both, warm and lightweight. It also gives the yarn added volume, strength, and uniformity for a high-quality finished product.
So if you are thinking about knitting a sweater that is both bulky and lightweight, Alafosslopi is the way to go!
Some tips to work with Alafosslopi
- Use a larger needle size than you would normally use when knitting with other yarns, as the yarn is slightly thicker
- Use needles made from natural materials, such as bamboo or wood, as they are better for knitting with wool
- Always swatch before you start knitting your project, as it will help you determine the right needle size and gauge
- When washing your finished item, use a delicate, wool-friendly detergent, and be sure to follow the washing instructions closely