When you think of an Icelandic sweater a delicate and feminine lace cardigan may not come to mind, but Blær, our sweater for last year's Icelandic Wool Month is just that. Designed by Beatrice Perron Dahlen, Blær , which is Icelandic for a gentle breeze, is the perfect sweater for cooler spring mornings and evenings or for those that live in warmer climates. Knit in Istex's Einband, this lovely cardigan is knit from the top down with a lace yoke inspired by traditional Lopapeysa motifs.
From the designer, Beatrice Perron Dahlen:
“Icelandic wool lives up to its reputation in every way. It is light, warm and very resilient—an experience that every knitter must give themselves the chance at. Einband is all of those things, but even softer and lighter. It’s like wearing a divine cozy cloud. This piece was designed with the iconic Icelandic sweater in mind, but rather than bold colorwork on the yoke, it has a simple, elegant lace that evokes the diamond shapes so often found in a lopapeysa yoke. It is knit top-down and seamlessly, because I do love a top-down seamless yoke. Increases for the yoke are incorporated into the lace pattern. The neck and hems have a subtle ombre color change that could be tweaked for a different look, or omitted altogether. This timeless design will become a wardrobe staple and heirloom knit.”
Beatrice Perron Dahlen of Thread & Ladle is a knitwear designer from Maine. Her newest book, Maine Knits is available here.
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