MDK Field Guide No. 17: Lopi combines two of our favorite things in all of knitting-dom: Mary Jane Mucklestone’s lyrical way with color and pattern, and the national yarn of Iceland, the wondrous Lopi, in this case in the versatile worsted weight known as Léttlopi.
This week, we’ll review each of the patterns in Field Guide No. 17. We begin with the Daytripper Cardigan (Ravelry link), a garment we’ve been wanting forever, or more precisely, ever since we had the fun of knitting Mary Jane’s brilliant Stopover (Ravelry link) pullover.
Quick to make, full of color, the Daytripper Cardigan is a lightweight sweater because it’s knitted on US size 10 (6 mm) needles.
It includes a steek for the front opening, which is a great new technique to try.
Léttlopi’s bountiful palette (we’ve got 38 shades) means that half the fun of starting a Daytripper Cardigan will be scheming up color combos for the body and yoke. Get out your colored pencils!
We’ve put together four combos for your consideration. In each of these examples, the first color is the main color of the cardigan, and the second color is the color of the bands—but of course it’s all up to you, the knitter. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Color it in!
How Fast Is It?
Like its big sister the Stopover, the Daytripper Cardigan will amaze you with how fast it knits up. It’s another benefit of Mary Jane’s trick of knitting Léttlopi to a looser gauge than the label prescribes. Not only is the Daytripper Cardigan lightweight enough to wear in climates outside of Iceland, it knits up in a matter of days.
Join us! It’s going to be a blast.