Based on my experience with Lopi (10 sweaters, many other mittens, slippers and shawls) I really shouldn’t be surprised by how much I love Plotulopi, but I am. Knit on its own, it’s a lighter Icelandic yarn and it has the beautiful colourwork properties of the Lett and Alafoss Lopi (the halo) that will also make it good for outerwear (snow and water will bead on top before getting absorbed into the fabric.)
It is a very different yarn from most other yarns that we have in store, most similar to the Briggs and Little Country Roving in that it’s an unspun yarn, but unlike the Country Roving it’s a single ply. This can make it a little tricky to work with- I reccomend either knitting it from the outside of the plate, or pulling out a section from the inside making it easier to knit without resistance.
The reason you want as little resistance as possible when knitting with it is that because it’s an unspun single, the yarn will draft apart and break if it gets snagged or, say, your cat decides to sit on the plate of yarn because it’s her new favourite yarn too. One of my students found that her knitting style (Portuguese) made it really difficult to work with because of the higher tension she put on her yarn.
What to do if this happens? Plotulopi doesn’t require a fancy fix, such as using a Russian join or even spit splicing. Because of the grippy, fuzziness of the Icelandic fibres, I just overlap the ends and knit the two strands together for 2 or 3 stitches and then continue on with the working yarn. Come back to this spot later, and tuck in any ends.
Why not spit splice? Plainly, because it’s a very sheepy yarn and it tastes terrible. I did find this out while working on my Aito shawl (pattern by Melody Hoffman) and this project is in a time out until I get over the betrayal of the spit splicing suggestion 😛
The other project I’ve been working on with this yarn is the Glaswegian Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. It’s knitting up beautifully, and I’m loving the colours I’ve chosen. Plotulopi comes in a lot of neutrals, and a wide variety of colours, most of which show up in the Lettlopi and Alafosslopi lines as well.
Have you ever thought about knitting a Lettlopi project, but wished that you could knit it with either a marled effect, or even with a longer colour changing effect? Two strands of Plotulopi knit together equals one strand of Lettlopi, making this a chance to play around with colour even more in Lopi. The Aito pattern plays with this a bit with a single strand of Plotulopi, slowly incorporating and shifting from one colour to the next by breaking one strand of colour to add a small secrtion of the next colour, shifting back and forth until fully incorporating the next yarn. It’s a fantastic way to play with colours (that doesn’t have to require spit splicing.)
Just be warned- while this is my favourite yarn, it has also become my cats favourite as well.