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worsted yarn

Merino wool from Iceland

In addition to all the beautiful Lopi yarns, the ISTEX company offers a new yarn made of merino wool: worsted yarn.
This warm and soft merino yarn is available in 38 beautiful colors. Worsted yarn has a running length of 150m per 50g and is therefore very suitable for fine sweaters, jackets, hats, but also shawls and light blankets.
One of the advantages of merino wool is that it is well tolerated by sensitive skin, so combed yarn is the perfect knitting and crochet yarn for baby and children's clothing and for everyone who likes it particularly soft on their skin. The beautiful Icelandic sweaters can also be knitted from the merino yarn.
Thanks to the variety of colors, there are no limits to the imagination and the variations.


The wool for the Lopi worsted yarn is only sourced from sheep farms where there is no mulesing .



100% Icelandic merino wool

barrel length:


Needle size: 3-4

10cmx10cm = 24 stitches and 30 rows


Jöklalopi, Alafosslopi, Plötulopi, Lettlopi and Einband make up the Lopi family of yarns made from pure Icelandic wool.

The Icelandic sheep (Ovis aries borealis) have adapted to the climatic peculiarities of the far north in the well over 1000 years that they have been settled in Iceland and thus wear wool with unique 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.

In beautiful colors and patterns, items of clothing made from Icelandic wool delight all the senses. Delicate shawls and garments for spring and summer can be knitted with the fine binding wool, 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 is very limited in sheep farming, making Icelandic wool a very pure, ecologically valuable product. Sheep are not dehorned and are mulesing free. 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 visit MAST , the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority website. 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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