Knitters will often say they love knitting, but it is the finishing they find slow going and they lose interest. "Quick Icelandic Knits" by Gunn Birgirsdottir will help to limit that. She will show you how to knit sweaters, hats, socks, mittens, slippers and handbags using knitting in the round. Her goal for this book is to inspire you with ideas and not to be just a pattern book.
Gunn shows you how to knit the basic patterns and reinvent them. Add a hood, pocketschange the style of a collar, mix the patterns and play with the colors. The patterns use 100% lopi wool. Lopi yarn can only be obtained from the breed of Icelandic sheep. This breed produces a dual coat. The outer hairs are called tog and the lighter softer inner part of the coat is called thel. A section on the history of Lopi wool is included.
The patterns are sized for the entire family. There are clear photographs, enlarged charts (where needed) and step by step tutorials in snapshots. The patterns incorporate old and new Iclandic pattern yolks.
If you are looking for traditional as well as an update on Icelandic knits, Gunn will guide you.