How does Icelandic yarn hold up?

I recently made a sweater out of plotulopi and I want to marry this yarn. Does it hold up well? I wonder if anybody is experiencing fraying cuffs. I guess if my sweater wears out it will give me a chance to knit another one :wink:

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I know when we did the bang-out-a-sweater knitalong, people using plotulopi doubled the cuffs or added a plied yarn for the edge of the cuff. But you could always pick out and reknit the cuffs!

My Stopover is lettlopi at a loose gauge. After wearing it a ton last year, I have a very few pills around the armholes but that’s it. Seems indestructable.

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Did someone really knit a stopover in single plotulopi? I would love to hear about what that was like.

Ann herself did! Here’s one post about it:

And a post about the edge:

And here’s the excellent post she links to:


In the second link the plate of yarn looks like a strand was taken from outside and center, but maybe she just pulled the center. Crazy. I want more pictures. Off to ravelry!

My amazing Arvingen that I knitted is 2 ply but withstands a lot of snags. I can’t believe it doesn’t tear or pull out a thread or loose stitch when kitties grab it.

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I wore my stopover lots last year and have been wearing it this year…no pilling. Mine is also at a loose gauge.

If you do get pills, just use that little red pill-remover brush, which works on all my sweaters.

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I’m knitting my husband a sweater out of lettlopi and it works nicely. I can’t wear it as it would itch WAY too much.:grimacing: Glad he’s less sensitive to itchy wool than me. So glad to hear that it doesn’t pill much!

I have a pair of slippers knit from Icelandic yarn. They are seven years old, I’ve worn them indoors, outdoors, on wood, concrete, carpet, stepping through kitty litter and every other insult a slipper could endure. The yarn doesn’t care. (Like a honey badger, if you know what I mean.) The slippers look new. The soles have not even begun to wear through.


I confess that I wear a layer underneath mine. It’s worth it because lettlopi makes such a lightweight garment, and the colors are so lovely.


Yarn like a honey badger. You know my husband even told me to buy more yarn on our Iceland trip, now I’m sorry! Better go back.

Haha, now I have an image of a honey badger in lopi slippers…
That’s gonna make me chuckle for a while…

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Couldn’t resist…


THAT is genius! I just laughed so hard both cats jumped off the bed! Thanks, ma’am :raising_hand_woman:

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Interesting conversation. I made Hélène Magnússon’s Gilipesay with her Gilitrutt Tvíband yarn, and it was the most frustrating yarn experience of my life. It kept shredding into wisps while I was knitting (truly, like every 8-10 stitches) and I wondered if that was the nature of Icelandic yarn. The end result was beautiful and light as a cloud but, wowsers, what a project.

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I’d go with you in a heartbeat. Oh, Iceland…
Happy holidays and wherever you are, hope you’re warm & happy.

I have some left overs from my stopover. I think I will make some slippers !

It broke a few times when knit doubled, but that’s when the ball fell off the couch or something. It’s decently sturdy doubled. What you went through is exactly what i would expect if I knit it single ply, is the fabric sturdy knitted? I imagine it’s sheer.

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This is a shot of some slippers I made while camping in Iceland! The interesting thing about them is that one went through the washer and dryer. The one on the right. I can’t believe it still fits! It’s softer and a little thicker.


Very sheer and airy; it’s lace weight. I went back to check the pattern to see if I had missed a crucial step of doubling the yarn (because I do have quite a bit leftover) but it’s not in the directions. You give me hope that knitting I could attempt Icelandic wool again; I couldn’t really believe those hardy folk would have put up with such nonsense :slight_smile:

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