Knitting PATTERN // Child's Icelandic Sweater HEIMA, PDF download, by North Child

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This original pattern is for Heima - an Icelandic sweater to knit in four children's sizes.


Heima is the Icelandic word for “home”, and this lopapeysa got its name because its palette of warm and cool neutral shades are those of the Highland landscape in which I live. The main yarn colour is especially evocative of the rich, stout-brown peat which nourishes the heather moorland around my home, and which provides a deliciously pungent fuel for the fire in colder months.
Heima is seamless and worked from the bottom up, starting with the classic texture of a Moss stitch hem. The plain stocking stitch sleeves and body showcase the natural beauty of the undyed Black Sheep colourway; worked separately, they are joined at the underarm. The stranded colourwork yoke pattern originated as organic shapes and was a lot of fun to puzzle out. It adds a cosy double layer around the chest and shoulders and is topped off with a Moss stitch neckline. A few stitches of underarm grafting are all the finishing required.

Children's sizes S (M, L, XL) - Finished garment chest measurement: 25.5 (27, 29, 30.5)” / 65 (68.5, 73.5, 77.5)cm

To knit this pattern, you will need:
Istex Lettlopi (pure Icelandic wool; 1.75oz / 50g per 109yd / 100m ball):
MC 0052 Black Sheep Heather – 4 (5, 6, 6) balls
CC1 1418 Straw – 1 ball
CC2 0054 Ash Heather – 1 ball
CC3 1419 Barley – 1 ball
CC4 0051 White – 1 ball
CC5 9418 Stone Blue Heather – 1 ball
This pattern requires 16”/ 40cm and 24”/ 60cm circular needles, and needles for preferred method of working small circumferences in the round: dpns / magic loop / two circular needles.
Also required: darning needle; stitch marker; stitch holder/waste yarn.

Blocked gauge:
This pattern requires two sizes of needles: a larger size for knitting in stocking stitch, and a smaller size for the ribbing.
Blocked gauge is 20 sts and 22 rounds = 4” / 10cm square in stocking stitch using 4.5mm / U.S. 7 needles or whatever size YOU require to achieve correct gauge.

Be sure to block your swatch before checking for gauge, as Lettlopi yarn blooms when blocked.

Techniques Used:

Knit; purl
Working in the round on circular needles
Increasing; decreasing
Cable cast on - a good tutorial link is provided
Working small circumferences in the round using your preferred method: dpns / magic loop / two circular needles
Working from charts
Kitchener stitch / grafting - a good tutorial link is provided
Stranded colourwork
Optional: weaving in ends as you go along - a good tutorial link is provided

A schematic drawing and full-colour chart diagrams are included.

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This downloadable pattern is also available in hard copy as part of my HEIMA KNITTING KIT, which includes all the Icelandic Lopi yarn you need to make this sweater, in a unique North Child project bag - available in my Etsy shop, NorthChildTrading.

This pattern is copyright North Child, and for personal and gift use only. You may not sell items made from this pattern, or produce them for commercial use.

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