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My son wants an icelandic sweater and of course I want it to last a long time and be warm. It's been a long time since I've worked with Lopi. I haven't even seen it in LYS to give it a feel, so I was wondering if it's still as scratchy as it used to be 25 years ago.
I know my son won't wear it if it's too "itchy".
The pattern calls for aran weight...18 sts. Can anyone tell me of another yarn/wool that makes a nice icelandic sweater that's not itchy? Thanks,
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Lopi and Lett Lopi haven't changed to my knowledge - I wear them next to my skin. But I know that others can't/don't.

Any worsted weight yarn can be substituted, as long as you get the same gauge. Lett Lopi is rated at 18 sts over 4 inches, so any yarn with that on the ball band should work.

Also, for what it is worth, when I wash my Lopi sweaters, I use a (cheap) shampoo with conditioner. Every time I wash them, they get a little softer :)
 

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apette said:
My son wants an icelandic sweater and of course I want it to last a long time and be warm. It's been a long time since I've worked with Lopi. I haven't even seen it in LYS to give it a feel, so I was wondering if it's still as scratchy as it used to be 25 years ago.
I know my son won't wear it if it's too "itchy".
The pattern calls for aran weight...18 sts. Can anyone tell me of another yarn/wool that makes a nice icelandic sweater that's not itchy? Thanks,
April
To make the yarn less itchy, my Icelandic friend suggests washing the finished sweater with regular hair conditioner to soften the fibres.
 

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Thanks everyone. I've washed itchy wool before with shampoo and conditioner, but it was for myself and itchy doesn't bother me. I'll check out some wools with alpaca in it. I find alpaca alone is much too limp, but perhaps a blend would work well.
April
 
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