Patience is a virtue – knitting with Létt Lopi

A few months ago, I decided learning to knit would be fun. I couldn’t find any courses locally so I managed to learn all the basics from books. I’m still at the beginner stage and I don’t know how far I’m ever going to get with it on my own, but I’m enjoying it There’s lots of things I would love to be able to make someday which I will bore you with another time.

Iceland is a knitter’s paradise, with everyone being taught to knit at school and knitting products sold not just in specialist shops but alongside food. You can also easily get unspun wool which I have never seen sold in England.

I’ve started knitting with Létt Lopi, which is a lighter but still warm version of  Icelandic wool. My aim is to make a 3 coloured scarf that looks like this:

From Knit Today magazine Christmas 2011

I’ve finished my first colour section:

I’m really glad this wasn’t one of the first things I tried to make as I would have made loads of mistakes. The lopi is thin and means I am using quite small needles, which can feel tight.The lopi also comes apart easily and is full of longer “guard” hairs which again get in the way for a beginner.  In case you aren’t a knitter, I should explain that the thicker the yarn and bigger the needles you use, the easier it is. Yarn that has some man made  element such as viscose in it is also less likely to split and easier for beginners.

Having measured my first section, I think I am going to have do either 15 or 18 sections to get it to the length in the pattern. They don’t take long, but do take concentration to follow the pattern. These are the other colours I’m using:

They all came together in a pack of 4 colours which also included  dark brown which I am going to save for something else.

I don’t know how long this is going to take me, but I’ll post a picture of the finished product when done. I want to be able to wear it this winter so I am aiming to get it done this month.

Luckily, I have a little helper:

I know this wool has got a big fanbase and I’d love to see any of your creations!

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6 thoughts on “Patience is a virtue – knitting with Létt Lopi

  1. Your scarf is looking good! I am so impressed with people who are self-taught. I am very thankful for my neighbor to call up.

    I have so far only bought the yarn that is multi-colored; I will have to learn how to incorporate different colors onto the project. And your helper’s face is so cute!

    PS. I see you like to read… have you read any of the Mitford series by Jan Karon? I read often, too, and her work always stands out to me.

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement. We really are on a similar knitting journey. I also love the multi-coloured yarn and used that for my first few attempts. It makes the knitting so much more interesting when the colours change for you. Weaving in all the ends for each stripe of this scarf is going to be a nightmare. I think my helper is cute too and she’s very good company who loves to see busy hands!

      I haven’t read any Jan Karon books but thank you for the recommendation! I will check her out.

  2. Pingback: The scarf is done! | I'd Rather Be In Iceland

  3. It’s amazing that you learned knitting from a book. I learned it in my childhood. But hadn’t great interest so I forgot everything. I’m just now reading your blog back to front. So I’m really curious how it worked out.

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