Icelandic knitting Class: create a traditional lopapeysa

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About The Icelandic Knitting Class

Create a sample sized traditional Icelandic sweater-Lopapeysa perfect to fit a doll, or to hang as a Christmas ornament. A project that you can replicate to create an adult size Lopapeysa at home. Knitting while learning about its history, Icelandic knitting and the distinctive Icelandic wool. 

This hands-on Master Class will allow you to cast-on, knit in the round, work 2-stranded colorwork, and for the brave – steek the sweater!  Icelanders enjoy knitting but purling – not so much. Steeking is a technique to cut the knit sweater down the front to create a cardigan from a pullover.  The Icelandic wool fibers are perfect for this time-saving method. So I will show you a number of finishing methods for the edge including crochet, zippers and ribbon backed button bands demonstrating you the techniques required to complete a Lopapeysa.

While working on your project I will tell you about the history of the Lopapeysa, the characteristics of the Icelandic wool and share anecdotes from my knitting adventures in the Icelandic countryside.

When at home and working on your adult size Icelandic sweater, you can get in touch with me by email with your questions. I would love to hear from you and see your Lopapeysa too! I look forward to sharing with you the Icelandic knitting tradition. Stay warm and look good!


Monday through Friday

To be scheduled at a mutually agreed day and time, preferably mornings


3,5 hours approx.


ISK 32,800 for a private session

ISK 24,400 per person from 2 to 5 participants


English, Icelandic or French


100% Icelandic wool sufficient to create a doll sized Lopapeysa

A printed copy of one Lopapeysa pattern

Coffee, tea, water

About the host

Hi, I’m passionate about keeping the Icelandic knitting traditions alive by creating modern interpretations of time-honored patterns with my own 100% Icelandic lambswool yarns.

I’m an internationally recognized knit designer and author of many books and articles on traditional Icelandic knitting.



This experience is booked on request. We will let you know within 72 hours whether your booking request has been accepted or not. No payment will be requested until the booking is confirmed.

Why booking with us

  • No booking fees or any hidden cost

  • Best price guarantee

  • Count on us to be there by your side

  • Creative Iceland’s Original

Good to know

Skill level

Basic knitting and purling required

Please note

Participants should bring a 4,0/US6 32” or longer circular needle and a 4,0/US6 set of dpns and supplies such as stitch markers, scissors, crochet hook


This activity takes place rain or shine

Other activities

In person, 1 hour progress sessions can be scheduled for an additional fee

Private knitting tours throughout Iceland enjoying knitting and nature

Meeting at/location

Reykjavik. Address will be provided after booking.