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Plötulopi Traditional Unspun Icelandic Wool

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Plötulopi Traditional Icelandic Wool

This is the un-spun single ply yarn that is the favorite of the native Icelandic knitters for garments of all kinds. Similar to pencil roving, it can be knitted with multiple strands held as one. Since Plötulopi is an unspun yarn, it is fragile to knit; however, due to the length of the fibers, it knits into a sweater that is both sturdy and soft. Breaks while knitting are easily patched back together with no harm done.

Two strands of Plötulopi is equivalent in gauge to Létt-Lopi, four strands is equivalent to Alafoss Lopi. You can also mix it directly with Einband or Létt-Lopi for more special effects. One of the most intriguing uses of this unspun wool is the mixing of colors to achieve new colors and degradé effects. This wool will most definitely open more creative doors for you.

This unique wool is sold by weight as a one-ply, flat roll, called a "plate". Each plate is 100 g (3.5 oz) plates with about 328 yards (300 m).

The gauge of course will vary depending on the number of plies used and the size of the needles used. Because of this it is imperative that you swatch this yarn in the manner in which you intend to use it. If you are knitting in the round, you should swatch in the round.

Gauge-1 ply: 19 sts to 10 cm (4") over St st using size 4½ mm (US 7) needles.
Gauge-2 ply: 14 sts to 10 cm (4") over St st using size 5½ mm (US 9).

For lists of patterns in Lopi books, see More Information below.

  • 100g plates
  • 328 yards per plate
  • 100% pure Icelandic Wool
  • Hand wash dry flat

Gauge-1 ply: 19 sts to 10 cm (4") over St st using size 4½ mm (US 7) needles.
Gauge-2 ply: 14 sts to 10 cm (4") over St st using size 5½ mm (US 9).

See these Istex pattern books for Plötulopi:

Book 26: Patterns # 6, 8, 9, 16, 18, and 19
Book 27: Patterns # 3, 4, 17, 20
Book 28: Patterns # 1, 18, 19
Book 29: Patterns # 1, 13, 17
Book 30: Patterns # 4, 5, 10, 20, 23, 24
Book 31: Patterns # 4, 5, 9, 21, 24
Book 32: Patterns # 4, 20
Book 33: Patterns # 6, 7, 9, 11, 15
Book 34: Patterns # 13, 18, 21, 22

31 Reviews

  • 4
    Istex Plotulopi

    Posted by Suzy on Jan 24th 2024

    This is my first experience using Unspun yarn. It takes a bit to get used to it. It does occasionally pull apart but you can spit rub it back together. It feels warm but a bit scratchy. I’ll know more when i finish this hat. is a wonderful place to buy yarn, reasonable pricing and a personal touch.

  • 5
    Fast shipping no issues!

    Posted by Patty Drinnin on Mar 23rd 2023

    I purchased 5 plates of Plotulopi on a weekend. I had it in hand on Wednesday.

  • 5
    Satisfied customer

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 20th 2023

    Good selection of colors and order arrived promptly. Will order from this store again.

  • 5
    Great Price Value

    Posted by Mary M Williams on Dec 11th 2022

    I was looking for a specific lavender color, via search found Handknitting, the color and best price. Shipping was fast and they included a freegift. How could you ask for more?!!

  • 5

    Posted by Marcia on Oct 11th 2022

    Love the products and excellent service. Love supporting small businesses and this one is top notch! Will be making many more purchases from Handknitting!

  • 5
    Yarn unspun

    Posted by maya gavi on Sep 10th 2022

    Great yarn!!!! Thank you ☺️

  • 4
    They are beautiful

    Posted by Jean Dubiel on Aug 27th 2022

    I've started using it. Very easy to work with but you should be aware that it is unspun and it breaks but heals itself. I'm not an expert knitter but I've practiced and I think I know how to use it now. I did lots of youtube research before I ordered it. I think if I master the pattern it will be gorgeous.

  • 5
    Great customer service

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 25th 2022

    So impressed by the ability to write a note in my order regarding dye lot and it was read and a hand written note accompanied my receipt. I will definitely shop here first for my yarn needs before looking elsewhere. So personalized. Very impressive. Thanks so much!!!!

  • 5
    Great yarn, great shop

    Posted by Diana Nieves Miranda on Jan 31st 2022

    My order was shipped the same day I placed it. The delicate Plötulopi plates were packed carefully and arrived undamaged. The yarn, as any Istex Lopi fan knows, is a dream to work with. Kudos to for their inventory and service.