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Istex Alafosslopi Icelandic wool

100g ball


The Alafosslopi yarn is particularly suitable for knitting warm sweaters and jackets. It is a breathable lightweight yarn and is still cozy and warm. Alafosslopi is the oldest spun yarn in Iceland.

We have the right onesknitting instructionsfor traditional Icelandic sweaters and modern Nordic patterns, the right onesknitting needlesand completeknitting kits. Buy Alafoss Lopi at Wollkosmos.


100% Icelandic wool

barrel length:


needle size:6-6.5

13 stitches/18 rows = 10cm x 10cm

Consumption: for a sweater size. M you need about 800g

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Along withJoklalopi,Lettlopi,plotulopiandcoverAlafosslopi forms the family of Istex Lopi yarns made from pure Icelandic wool.

The Icelandic sheep (Ovis aries borealis)have evolved in the well over 1000 years that they are onIcelandsettled, are adapted to the climatic peculiarities of the far north and therefore wear wool that is unique in its properties. Lopi is the name for the combination of the sheep's soft and warming undercoat and the long and water-repellent hairs of the overcoat. A combination of these properties in one thread makes it possible to knit sweaters and jackets that are comfortable to wear and also protect us from cold and moisture.

Garments made in beautiful colors and patterns delighticelandic woolall senses. With the fine binding wool, delicate scarves and garments for spring and summer can be knitted, with Plötulopi and Lettlopi sweaters for indoors and outdoors, with the thick Alafosslopi and Jöklalopi super warm sweaters and jackets that insulate against the cold even in winter. Or how about a blanket that warms us on cool evenings on the balcony or terrace?

Icelandic sweaters are timeless items of clothing for young and old and are also becoming increasingly popular with fashion-conscious youth, thanks to the combination of the idea of sustainability with trendy colours, shapes and patterns. Icelandic wool is a natural product that is affordable for everyone and at a reasonable price allows everyone to make their own beautiful and practical clothes and accessories.

There are around 400,000 to 500,000 sheep in Iceland. The sheep farms are run by families who own between 200 and 300 sheep and are organized in a cooperative. As a result, many shepherds still know their animals by name. In the mild summer the sheep roam freely in the Icelandic wilderness, while in the arctic winter they find shelter with the shepherds.

On the one hand, due to the cold climate in Iceland, there are hardly any vermin that have to be destroyed with pesticides, on the other hand, the animal welfare standards in Iceland, especially for sheep, are very high and the controls on them are extremely strict. Therefore, antibiotics, hormones or similar chemical agents and treatments are very rarely given to sheep.  The use of pesticides and herbicides in sheep farming is very limited, making Icelandic wool a very pure, ecologically valuable product. Sheep are not dehorned and are free frommulesing. After shearing, the sheep stay in the shelter of a dwelling until they start wearing the first warm wool again. For more information on animal welfare in Iceland, please visitMAST, the website of the Islandic Food and Veterinary Authority. Due to a much lower level of pollution in the Icelandic air, Icelandic wool is also much cleaner than many other European wools.


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