As you may or may not have noticed, I’m what you could call knitting crazy. OK, not crazy but I sure do love to knit. I have always specialized in very short projects with big needles and bulky yarn, because I haven’t had the patience for anything else, but recently I’ve fallen in love with knitting Icelandic sweaters that us locals call Lopapeysa. I even accepted a challenge this summer after visiting the lovely ladies over at Knitting Iceland and shared with you the results of trying to knit my very first Lopapeysa. See, told you I was a bit coo coo for knitting.
Even though I haven’t presented a Website of the Week since June, I though I should share this site with you because it combines two out of my three current passions: knitting and the internet. The third is music.
Knittingpatterns.is is the invention of a man who lives in the Westfjords with his knit-crazy wife and daughters. They were always drawing patterns on pieces of paper and trying to calculate how many stitches they needed to their Lopapeysa designs, so he just decided to make a website to help them with this. He has a fascination with 3D so to make it fun for him too, he added a 3D picture of what your Lopapeysa will look like so you can check it out from all angles. Thankfully for us, he then decided to share his creation with the world.
Basically you can decide on how big the sweater should be, both in conventional dress sizes and also by your measurements, and you can choose colors and design the pattern of the yoke. The website will then tell you how many stitches you need to obtain the right size, based on the size of needles and gauge you put in. He has all the different types of Lopi yarn on hand and all the different colors available so once you have decided what you want your sweater to look like, you can just run out to the nearest Lopi dealer and buy your stash. Genius!