Designing a Lopi Sweater with Lars Rains

Knitwear designer and fellow Lopi yarns enthusiast Lars Rains is working on a follow up to his Modern Lopi: One book—and to help celebrate our Lopi sweater Knit-along, Lars is going to be working on a series of blog posts here on the Berroco Blog about how he goes about designing these sweaters. (Just a reminder, Berroco is the North American distributor for Ístex Lopi yarns.) 

Lars Rains; headshot, book cover, and Hildur photos by Gale Zucker

If you haven’t had a chance to peek at Modern Lopi: One yet, be sure you do so! There are 12 great patterns (see them all in Ravelry) that use Ístex Léttlopi, Álafossopi, and Einband in beautiful ways. Hildur, shown at the top of this blog, is is a gorgeous sweater knit with Álafosslopi. The cover project for the book, Asymptote, is a bright and bold exploration of color in both a men’s version and a women’s version. There are even some great accessories if you’re just looking to dip your toes in the knitting-with-Lopi waters! The book was shot by Gale Zucker who has also shot the Berroco collections for the last few seasons (have you seen Portfolio Volume 5? It’s a real stunner!).

As a gift to you, Berroco blog readers, Lars is offering a free download of his brand new Musquash pattern. This felted hat uses three colors of Ístex Bulky Lopi to create a buffalo check pattern that will keep your head warm no matter the temperature. To download the pattern for free, add it to your cart in Ravelry and enter coupon code 2018LopiKal from now until March 15, 2018.

Download the Musquash hat pattern free for a limited time!

I’ve had a sneak peek at the sweater Lars will be designing over the course of this blog series, and I cannot WAIT to see the finished results. Be sure to tune in next week for a peek under the hood of how Lars designs a Lopi sweater!

See more from Lars on Ravelry!

9 thoughts on “Designing a Lopi Sweater with Lars Rains

  1. What a great designer – I’m knitting Antipodal for this KAL, and it’s such a well-written clear pattern, which I appreciate so much because I’ve never knit a lopi sweater before. 🙂

  2. oooh! So great to see Lars and his Lopi design dedication here, shooting that book with him was a grand adventure and full of beautiful knits. I am looking forward to following his posts on designing here!

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