Sumar means summer in Icelandic. Summertime in Iceland is a magical place of stunning landforms - glaciers, black snow-capped mountains, gushing waterfalls, geysers and hot springs, bright green, moss covered lava fields, and fast flowing rivers. I came away from my visit wanting a tangible reminder of this awesome beauty, and so the Sumar Shawl was created.
This classical, triangular shawl is knit with Icelandic Einband Lopi lace yarn, a feather-light, lofty yarn that has a crisp handle yet blooms wonderfully after blocking. Light yet warm, it’s a perfect accessory for any time of the year.
The Sumar Shawl is knit top down beginning with a Garter Tab and is knit almost entirely in Garter stitch. It features pretty wavy rows in this variation of the traditional Old Shale Stitch. Easily memorized, the soft undulating flows are accentuated by bands of natural tones, reflecting the stunning landscape of Iceland during those long summer months.
Pattern support is given through charts, written instructions and videos. YouTube tutorials are available for the following techniques: Garter Tab and the Icelandic Bind Off.
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YARN: Exactly 1052m/ 1,150yd using Einband Lopi yarn, using gauge. If substituting lace or fingering yarn please check gauge as this will affect meterage. Alternatively, add 20% extra yarn.
Main Colour for Body: 2 x 50g ball of Einband Lopi in White #0851,
250m/273yd. Used 496m/542yd: Please note only 4m/4.5yd remained, please ensure you meet gauge or you will need to purchase an extra ball.
Contrast Colour 1: 2 x 50g ball of Einband Lopi in Light Ash Heather #1026,
250m/273yd. Used: 350m/383yd.
Contrast Colour 2: 1 x 50g ball of Einband Lopi in Grey Heather #9102,
250m/ 273yd. Used 125m/137yd.
Contrast Colour 3:1 x 50g of Einband Lopi in Lime Green #9268,
250m/273yd. Used 80m/87.5yd. Please note: using any lace weight yarn in a solid colour would work here.
NEEDLES: 3mm /US 3 circular needles (length: 100cm/39”). Size 5mm/US 8 for bind off (optional) Bind off needs to be loosely knit for blocking.
NOTIONS: 4 markers for body, 34 markers for Old Shale Border = 38 markers. 1 removable stitch marker to denote right side of work, darning needle to weave in loose ends.
GAUGE: Not critical for wearing, but differences will affect meterage and size. After blocking: Main Body: 18 sts x 20 rows = 10cm/4” in Garter stitch.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Wingspan: 206cm/81” long. Depth of spine: 91cm/36”.
This pattern has been tech edited and test knit.