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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

  • 5

    Posted by Therese Fleming on Jan 20th 2022

    My favorite rustic yarn! It has become hard to come by, but your selection was the best! Delivery was prompt.

  • 5
    excellent service and products

    Posted by Lorien on Jan 20th 2022

    I've always had prompt deliveries and excellent quality yarns from

  • 5
    Very Happy

    Posted by Edith on Jan 13th 2022

    I have had a hard time lately finding Lopi yarns in stock. I don’t know why I had never noticed your site before but I was very pleased to find such a great supply and service here in Arizona.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 27th 2021

  • 5

    Posted by Olesya on Sep 24th 2021

    Excellent service! Fast delivery, the item as described. Definitely recommend.

  • 5
    Unspun Wool

    Posted by Julie A Heath on Sep 14th 2021

    This is my first time knitting with Plotulopi Unspun Icelandic Wool yarn. I’m making the Altheda sweater by Jennifer Steingass. I haven’t done a lot of color work, but I’m loving this yarn. The pattern is very easy to follow for a beginner color work knitter. was very reasonably priced for this yarn and very prompt with the shipping. I definitely will order again from this shop!

  • 5
    Fantastic service

    Posted by Mary Holton on Apr 8th 2021

    Got my yarn very quickly and it was packaged so nicely too!

  • 5
    Great product

    Posted by Joyce on Mar 4th 2021

    Ordering the wool was very easy. It is priced well, and it arrived very quickly. I’m happy with the order and will order again.

  • 5

    Posted by Suzanne Oliver on Feb 16th 2021