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Norah’s Knits: Icelandic Influences

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Iceland is an amazing place. From glaciers to lichen cover lava fields, geysers to waterfalls, there is a new specactular view around every turn in the road.  I was lucky enough to take a trip there about ten years ago.  Here’s a taste of the inspiring landscape John and I encountered (Thanks for the photos, dear husband).

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A knitter’s paradise, Iceland’s fields and hills are speckled with sheep, and even an August morning is cool enough to want to don a wool sweater for a few hours. Our free patterns Ramond and Vik were both highly influenced by the colorwork yoked sweaters, now emblematic of Iceland, that have been enjoying a big resurgence lately. 

The cowl, Ramond, is worked in the round and goes very quickly, since it’s knit on big needles.

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Vik is knit in one piece, from the bottom up. The colorwork is easy and predicable, making it a good choice if you are new to colorwork.

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  1. I’ve never noticed how much Icelandic sweaters resemble the landscape. (Love the collar on Vik and the two-color button-band.)

    March 24, 2014
    • I wasn’t thinking about the landscape / pattern tie in, but I think you are right. Thanks for pointing it out!

      March 24, 2014
      • Kinda makes me wonder what an effect a month in Hawaii would have on my designs. :-)

        March 24, 2014

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