Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Now’s your chance! Iceland Naturally is teaming up with Icelandic/French knit designer, Hélène Magnússon, to bring you a Facebook Live presentation on Icelandic knitting! The virtual event will take place on October 29 at 3pm ET // 12pm PT on Iceland Naturally’s Facebook page.
Icelandic knitting today conjures up visions of lopi sweaters, a relatively recent invention of just a few decades. Iceland itself, however, has a very rich knitting tradition dating back to the 16th century. The livestream will consist of a 30 minute presentation on the history Icelandic knitting, followed by a knitting lesson where you will learn how to knit a pair of striped wrist warmers inspired by old Icelandic shoe-inserts!
You will need:
- Knitting needles in size 4,5 mm / US 6. They can be 2 double pointed needles or band needles, or a circular needle with a thin and flexible cable approx. 60 cm / 24″ long
- Aran weight yarn (preferably not slippery), such as the Icelandic yarn Léttlopi from Ístex:1 skein of 50 g in one color. Optionally, 1, 2 or 3 more colors to play with: very little is needed, a few yards is enough!
Don’t miss this fun, interactive livestream event. RSVP for the event here and be sure to save the date and tune in to knit your wrist warmers just in time for winter!
About Hélène Magnússon
Hélène Magnússon is an Icelandic/French designer with a degree in fashion design. She believes that the best way to preserve traditions is to continue using them, giving them new life. A former lawyer, shepherd and mountain guide, she established her knit design studio in 2010 and has gain international recognition with her distinctive style inspired by the tradition with a modern twist. She is the author of many books about Icelandic knitting and has patterns published in magazines, books and on her website. In the hope that it would help revive some of the old traditions, she created her own range of soft and fine Icelandic yarns (Love Story, Gilitrutt and Katla). She shares her genuine passion for Iceland’s rich knitting heritage in the hiking and knitting tours she organizes and guides all year round in Iceland. More about her work on icelandicknitter.com