A while back I visited the lovely ladies at Knitting Iceland and they gave me their Knit Your Own Lopapeysa DVD . I’m not new to knitting but my projects are normally small in scale and don’t require a lot of different techniques. I also suffer from low knit-esteem and didn’t think I could finish anything as big and beautiful as my own Lopapeysa. So when Ragga gave me her DVD, I decided to accept the challenge and ran straight out to buy some Lopi.
Of course, I’m my slight OCD manner, I decided to record the progress and share it with my followers on Tumblr and Facebook. As it turns out, with the help of the DVD and my boyfriend’s patience (he didn’t leave me even though I spent more time with the needles than him or get angry when I got angry at the yoke and screamed at it) I actually finished my very own Lopapeysa. Now I’m going to share the process with you too.
July 15th 2011 – Day 1
After my visit to Knitting Iceland yesterday and my declaration where I promised to knit my own lopapeysa, this morning I decided it would be a good start to decide on a pattern and colours. Done and done.
I got the yarn from the Álafoss outlet in Mosfellsbær, got a free pattern from Ístex (unfortunately only available in Icelandic) and I’m using my Knit Pro needle set so I didn’t have to buy the needles. Total cost so far 3200 ISK.
Because of low knit-esteem I had my boyfriend help me pick out the colours. He’s partially colour-blind (I tease him about not knowing the difference between turquoise and sea green all the time) but he turned out to be a great help and I just love the colours we came up with.
July 16th 2011 – Day 2
The Lopapeysa is coming along, I wouldn’t say great but it’s getting there. I’m having a bit of a trouble knitting with plötulopi because it breaks really easily and I’m a total klutz. How people knit with only single strand of this thing is beyond me.
I’ve never done a three coloured pattern before but luckily I had the DVD to fall back on and now I do it like a pro. I’ve already found one mistake I did in the pattern, in the front of the sweater to boot, but I’ve decided not to do anything about it since it only adds to the garment’s character. Every masterpiece has to have one flaw, right?
I’m fairly optimistic that I will finish this sweater.
July 17th 2011 – Day 3
No photo from day 3 I’m afraid. The body is ready and now all I need to do is knit some sleeves. Can’t find my double pointed needles in the sizes I need so I might need to get over my magic loop prejudice. Nothing more to report at this stage. Promise photos for the next update!
July 18th 2011 – Day 4
One body and 1/10 of a sleeve. The magic loop gave me some troubles, I don’t want to talk about it. Wearing the sweater in camping trip next weekend: not very likely! Stupid Magic Loop!
After a battle with the magic loop and the first attempt at a three colour pattern on the sleeves – I decided to cool it on the knitting front for a while. So nothing much happened for a few days. Then I went camping with the family and while the others were out in some lake fishing – I knitted.
July 23rd 2011 – Day 9
July 25th 2011 – Day 11
Almost finished. Messed up something in the collar but am not even going to try to figure out what I did wrong. It just adds character.
Am kind of glad this is almost over, my knitting OCD was taking away time that could have been used on other projects. Now all I need to do is learn how to crochet the trim and some button holes. That should be doable in a day or two, right?
I actually had to sew the front and cut it which I had never done before. It was scary. The DVD came in handy at this moment but my drive to finish overpowered my fear of accidentally destroying the sweater by doing it wrong.
July 27th 2011 – Day 13
The Lopapeysa is ready. All I have left now is washing it and sewing on the buttons. I can’t believe I actually knitted my own lopapeysa and in less than two weeks to boot. Good job me!
A few days later it was washed (it took a couple of days to dry) and the buttons were sewed in. All done!
It was actually a lot easier than I thought to knit a lopapeysa. With a little time and patience everyone should be able to do it – especially if they get a little help like me with the Knit Your Own Lopapeysa DVD. I thought when I started that I wouldn’t need the DVD, I’m Icelandic after all and the lopapeysa is in my blood, but it did actually come in handy quite a few times.
So if you are up for it – I totally recommend you try knitting your own lopapeysa.