I’m  honored to have been invited to contribute a design for the Istex 25th Anniversary Celebration. You know them as the makers of your favorite Icelandic yarn, Lopi,Léttlopi, Bulkylopi, Einband lace yarn and Plötulopi, unspun roving.

For Sigla, I wanted to make a sweater that was as quick to knit as Stopover. I wanted a graphic modern geometric look, being influence from working on Geo Knits, my new book. I chose a pattern motif that I think looks better from the top down, triangles shapes – like sails. The very top of a top-down triangle motif is especially crisp and sharp, exactly what I wanted. So as a result the sweater is knit entirely in the round from the top down. I made the triangles encircle the yoke like a fleet of sailboats! Hence the name, Sigla means sail in Icelandic!

Sigla is available in my Ravelry shop where I hope you’ll buy it, and also on the Istex website.

I had delusions that I would make a new one for Rhinebeck this weekend, but no…unless I can make one on the drive there…never say never!

I’ll be signing copies of my new book Saturday.



Sigla, an Istex 25th Anniversary Celebration Design

A lopapeysa with a modern geometric yoke. Worked entirely in the round from the top down. The loose gauge promises a quick knit and an exceptionally lightweight garment.

Finished Size S (M, L, XL) Bust 37 (40½, 44¼, 48) in, 94 (103, 112.5, 122) cm.
Length to Armhole 13½ (13¾, 14, 14¼) in, 34 (35, 35.5, 36) cm.
Sleeve Length 17½ (17¾, 18, 18½) in, 44.5 (45, 45.5, 47) cm.
Yarn Léttlopi 1.7 oz (50g) balls, 109yds (100m); 5 (6, 6, 7) balls in
#56 Light Grey Heather (MC), 1 ball each in #1414 Violet Heather, #1416 Moor, #9427 Rust Heather, and 9426 Golden Heather.
Needles US 10½ (6.5mm) 16 and 32 inch (40cm, 80cm) circular needles and 1 set dpns, US 9 (5.5mm) 16in (40cm) circular needle and 1 set US 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles – or needle size necessary to get gauge.
Gauge 13 sts and 18 rounds = 4x4in (10×10) cm in stockinette st on US10½ (6.5mm) needles.
Notions Stitch markers, 2 stitch holders or pieces of scrap yarn, tapestry needle.

Note Body is worked in the round from the top down. Stitches are put on holders for each sleeve while the body is knit to the bottom ribbing. Sleeve stitches are then picked up and knit down to cuff.

This pattern is released jointly with Istex and Mary Jane Mucklestone and is formatted with Istex branding.