lundi 2 février 2015


This post is about the tutorial I've written about how to knit a Lopi and that you can find here
The tutorial is about the building rules of a Lopi. 

Cet article est une introduction au tutoriel mis en ligne sous forme de pages dans ce blog et que vous trouvez ici
Ce tutoriel est consacré au principe de construction d'un Lopi.  

Lopi is a traditionnal way of knitting sweater in Iceland, knitting in circle and with interesting colorwork parts inspired by scandinavians patterns or designs created by knitters theirselves. 

Le Lopi désigne aujourd'hui le pull islandais, tricotés en rond et aux bandes de jacquards inspirés de motifs traditionnels scandinaves ou de motifs créés par les tricoteuses elles-mêmes. 

I learned to Knit Lopi 20 years ago in Iceland with a friend of mine. Since then, I've been using this way to knit almost all of my sweaters. I like this way of knitting because it's going fast and the shape looks nice. And also because it's leaving no seams to sew !  

Pour ma part, j'ai appris à tricoter les Lopi en Islande avec une amie islandaise, il y a plus de 20 ans. Depuis, pratiquement tous mes pulls sont tricotés selon le principe du Lopi. 
Je dis "sur le principe du Lopi" parce que j'aime la trame de construction des pulls avec cette méthode. En effet, elle permet de tricoter rapidement un pull simple et/ou fantaisiste et de surcroit sans beaucup de couture !!  

I've knitted many Lopis with icelandic wools from Istex brand and especially with Alafoss Lopi yarn with which you can get some bulky and very very warm sweaters (6mm). We can knit also the Lett Lopi which is thiner (4mm). 

J'ai tricoté bon nombre de Lopi avec de la laine Istex, la marque islandaise et notamment avec de l'Alafoss Lopi qui permet des pulls bien gros et chauds (6mm). On peut tricoter aussi avec de la laine moins grosse, la Lett Lopi (4mm). 

These are the shops where I buy some icelandic yarns : 
Voici quelques sites où je me fournis en Laine Istex:
Laine et Tricot ici
Triscote ici
Shopicelandic ici 
Les magazines Alafoss Lopi sont en anglais. 

Some of my Lopis knitted with Alafoss Lopi yarn. 
Voici quelques Lopis que j'ai tricotés avec de la laine Alafoss Lopi.

You can knit sweaters without colorwork parts but using the same shape as Lopi. See the pics below. 
Il possible de tricoter un pull basé sur ce même principe de construction avec ou sans jacquard et avec tout autre type de laine, comme ceux présentés ci-dessous. 

And the last one, which the building up is explained in the tutorial:

Et le dernier dont la construction est illustrée dans le turoriel : 

So, the illustrated tutorial I've written is to show you the main steps of the knitting and the building of a Lopi. 
The aim is to help you by giving some tricks of the knitting.

J'ai ainsi rédigé et illustré un tutoriel sur le principe général de construction d'un Lopi. J'insiste sur le fait que le tutoriel ne vous explique pas comment tricoter un modèle de pull en particulier mais il illustre les étapes principales du tricot Lopi.  
Ce tutoriel permettra à toutes celles qui désirent tricoter un pull en rond et avec jacquard de trouver des trucs et astuces pour réussir le tricot. 

I hope this tutorial will be useful for all of you !
J'espère que ce tutoriel vous sera utile ! 

Please, Take Care
See you soon ! 

23 commentaires:

  1. I wish I was good enough to try this out, but I'm afraid I'll to practice a bit more before... anyway, thanks for the tutorial - and marvelous Lopis you made!!
    May I ask you a question? Which needles are you using in these pictures?? I see they're bamboo (at least, they look so) and circular: I've been looking forever for a good quality pair (or set) of those, as I love my straight bamboo ones, so if an experienced knitter like you could give me some advice it'd be of great help! : )
    Wish you a lovely day! xx

    1. Thanks Valentina for your interest ! Well, I have many circular needles : I use some from Addi and from Prym. The last are bamboo. You can find them on online shops easily and you also can get different sizes ang length of needles you need. You also have some kit which may be practical because you just have fix the needles you need on the tips of the thread. But I think thaht kits doen't exist for bamboo circular needles...
      It would be great to dare and begin one lopi ... I could help you if you want to !
      Think about it !! Have a creative day !

    2. Thanks a lot! I know those brands, I think I'll get some of their needles in the next future, because I really want to learn circular knitting, but with cheaper needles the cable is too rigid and doesn't help at all...
      When I'll have a bit more manual skill with them I'll definitely try a Lopi and I'll follow your amazing pattern! : )

  2. Tous absolument magnifiques !!!!!!!!!
    Bonne semaine !

  3. exactement ce que j'avais besoin!
    tes pulls sont magnifiques.

    1. Merci ! Et vraiment contente si ce tuto peut t'aider !!! Tu me montreras tes réalisations .... Bises

  4. Fantastic, wonderful sweaters!!
    Happy week.:*

  5. Wow! This is bit advanced for me, but I love the yokes which look so intricate and beautifully knitted :)
    Cathy x

  6. Oh wowsers your sweaters are gorgeous!! I love your pattern and colour choices! They all fit you so well too, such beautiful colour work my friend! This is kinda funny as I have been thinking of knitting a Lopi sweater the lately. We don't have any Lopi wool available in the wool shops here. I can use other yarns but the lopi is such a great yarn. You have inspired me Géraldine!!!!

    1. Thanks Chris ! It's not easy to find some icelandic wools here too so thaht why I've writen this tuto by showing the building up of a sweater knitted with other yarns .... Great if it's inspired you !! I hope you'll knit one sonn and show it to us !! Have a lovely day !

  7. Tes pulls sont formidable, mais trop difficile pour moi! haha.

    1. Merci ! Ces pulls ne sont pas si difficiles contrairement à ce que l'on pense....

  8. Truly stunning sweaters, a real delight. The patterns and colours are beautiful.

  9. Dear Geraldine,
    they really look awesome, thanks for sharing!
    Lovely Greetings,

  10. Wow! You've knit some very BEAUTIFUL sweaters.

  11. Merciii ! :) On va avoir de quoi étudier et travailler !!! :) Tres beaux pulls ...lequel choisir ? :)

  12. Hello Geraldine!

    Wow, what an impressive post! Thank you so much for your tutorial, I will save it! :)
    You put a lot of care and effort into your tutorial and it's really nice of you to share it with us all!

    I must ask you about the 7th jumper from the top: the wool looks exactly like the jumper I just bought secondhand!!! How amazing!!! Do you remember which yarn it was (name etc)? I would love to know!!

    This afternoon I started my own jumper, but it won't be a fairisle one, just a plain Alpaca one!!! It feels lovely and soft already!!!

    You are an accomplished knitter!!! ;)
    It is lovely to know you in blogland!!! :)))

    Ingrid xx

    1. Thnaks a lot Ingrid !! well to answer your question the sweater is made with a french yarn from Cheval Blanc Brand : Baya but I don't remember the shade. I think it's "rubis". This yarn is 53% wool and 47% acryl. and need to be handwashed. You should try the Lopis, you manage to knit hats, you do them perfectly, so think a lopi like a big hat !!! Have a lovely day ... see you soon !

  13. They are all beautiful....I sooooo wish I could knit!

  14. Oh wow Géraldine, your Lopis are beautiful, I especially like the very first one, the colours are so fiery! You make me want to give it a go, but I don't think i'd have enough chance to wear something that looks so snuggly warm! Also, i'm really not that good of a knitter. Nonetheless I have bookmarked your tutorial for in the hope that one day I might get to make one! x

  15. I wish I could knit well enough to make one of these! Looks brilliant! I will keep the tuto in mind for when I am actually able to knit :-)

    Take care



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