MDK Field Guide No. 26: Moss

By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne


The subtle beauty of Iceland, caught in five exquisite designs by Hélène Magnússon, who lives and knits in the Icelandic landscape. A sweater, a shawl, a throw, mittens, and a tam all capture colors and textures that you will love to make. Scroll down to see them all!

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Crowberry Sweater. The loveliest of yokes. Crowberries are small and dark, a common sight in Arctic landscapes, and with Hélène’s artful eye, they become dimensional bobbles.

Worked in the Icelandic wool yarns Plotulopi and Love Story Einband (Hélène’s own rare laceweight yarn), this design knits up quickly on US size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles.

Moss Field Throw. Our first look at this design took our breath away.

This masterful design is as close to a field in Iceland as you can get without leaving home. Hélène created this design even as she was taking a group of knitters on a trip through the mountains of Iceland. The colors are straight out of the Icelandic landscape.

The yarns here combine in a variety of ways to create a spectacular work of art—one that will keep you very warm. And it’s entirely a great idea to knit one of the three strips to wear as a scarf.

Love Story Shawl. Hélène is fascinated by the long tradition of Icelandic lace knitting, so with this design she brings us the exquisite openwork that is a counterpoint to the woolly Icelandic sweaters we love.

Her own yarn, Love Story Einband, is designed especially for this sort of project. Delicate yet sturdy, in a beautiful palette.

To knit in stripes as shown, or in one color for a completely different effect. Curious about other Love Story Shawl colorways?  Go here and scroll down for more ideas from team MDK.

Reindeer Moss Mittens and Tam. Abundant in the lava fields of Iceland, reindeer moss is a white texture in the landscape. Hélène brings it to us in a pair of stranded colorwork designs that are deliciously warm—Plotulopi yarn held with Love Story Einband.