orange strokkur

I am a slow knitter.. faster than I was, but still pretty slow. I am also an easily distracted which is why I am showing you something I started back in October..


I love yoke jumpers.. of any description .. anything with plain sleeves and plain body and a fancy yoke. Yum. I love Icelandic yokes and when I saw the pattern for Strokkur by Ysolda which came out last year I knew I had to make it.. I even saw Ysolda wearing it at Wool Week last year which pushed me over the edge to order the wool.


I love the yellow used in the original jumper but one of my fave colour combos of all time is Grey and Orange.. I even used the proper wool called for in the pattern. I ordered the Lett Lopi from and I would definitely recommend them, everything is posted out really quickly.


To be fair, November and December were pretty busy for me, I had nearly got the body finished and when I picked it up again I couldnt wait to do the yoke so instead of knitting the sleeves and joining it up i provisionally cast on then once i’d done the yoke i picked them up and knit them top down.. worked a treat!


I got the jumper washed and on the board yesterday and today it was dry! Im really pleased with it. I found the Lopi quite hard on my hands and I think because of this i knitted it pretty tight! the more i got used to it though it seemed to get easier.



mmm.. orange and grey is lovely together.

I would have taken some pictures outside but Shetland has been in a month long rainy,windy,dull spell. Sigh, we can only hope for better from February!


26 thoughts on “orange strokkur

  1. I love it Ella. Just the right thing for a cold day. How did I miss Yolanda’s pattern! I want mine with bits of mohair where the orange is.

  2. Orange is one of my favourite colours and it looks a treat with that grey. good job. I am surprised the Lopi was hard on your hands, I guess I always thought of it as sort of a loose soft pencil roving. Interesting.

  3. Ella
    I love the sweater , it came out beautiful. I am a slow knitter too working on becoming faster.. We are in the 4’s here is Western Massachusetts but it suppose to get colder with more snow. I am looking forward to March when it warms up.

  4. I’m also a great fan of yoke sweaters, and your colour combination is very inspiring. I want one too:-)
    Kind regards

  5. Beautiful color choice and combination. Being a slow knitter, and in the process of making myself a lopi sweater at the moment, I can really relate to your words ;-)
    How are you finding the feel of Icelandic lopi when wearing the jumper? Not too rough or scratchy?

    1. Not worn it yet! I’m going to wear it tomorrow, probably with long sleeves which I do with all my wool jumpers, I had eczema on my arms when I was little so I can feel most things quite scratchy on that! X

  6. The beautiful orange color should definitely chase the dreariness away!! Orange has always been my favorite color. Your sweater is gorgeous and I love its halo!!
    I also really like the Aran sweater on the Teddy Bear!!

  7. You are right, the orange and gray sing an Icelandic song together. Thanks for the yoke close up, I am always fascinated to see where different designs place the yoke increases and how they complement the patterning.

  8. Hi.

    I really like the old map of Scandinavia that you posted above.
    Are you the owner of the photo? I work with marketing and I would love to use the map in a brochure. Would that be OK for you?
    Please reply to me via email.

    Thank you in advance :)

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