Álafoss Lopi

100% new wool. 100 g (3.5 oz.) approx. 100 m. (109 yd.).

Gauge: 13 sts to 10 cm(4") over St st using size 6-6½ mm (Old UK 4-3) (US 10-10).

For warm winter garments that breathe Álafoss Lopi is the right yarn.

Álafoss Lopi is a type of Icelandic wool yarn. It is known for its unique properties, which make it ideal for knitting warm, durable garments suitable for cold climates.
Here are some key features and information about Álafoss Lopi:
  • Origin: The yarn is produced in Iceland from the wool of Icelandic sheep, which have a unique dual-coated fleece. This fleece consists of a soft, insulating inner layer (thel) and a tougher, water-resistant outer layer (tog).
  • Weight: Álafoss Lopi is classified as a bulky yarn, making it suitable for creating thick, warm sweaters, jackets, hats, and other winter accessories.
  • Texture and Feel: The yarn has a somewhat rustic and slightly coarse texture due to the nature of the Icelandic wool. However, it softens with washing and wear.
  • Color Range: Álafoss Lopi comes in a wide variety of colors, both natural and dyed. The natural shades include various tones of white, grey, brown, and black, reflecting the natural colors of Icelandic sheep.
  • Durability: Garments made from Álafoss Lopi are known for their durability and longevity. The yarn's water-resistant properties make it especially useful for outerwear in wet and cold conditions.
  • Cultural Significance: Knitting with Lopi yarns is a significant part of Icelandic culture. The traditional Icelandic sweater, known as the lopapeysa, is typically made using Lopi yarns like Álafoss Lopi. These sweaters feature distinctive circular yokes with intricate patterns inspired by Icelandic traditions.
  • Environmental Impact: Istex, the company that produces Álafoss Lopi, emphasizes sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. The wool is sourced locally, and the production process aims to minimize environmental impact.
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