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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.


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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