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Hello Berroco Fan!

Berroco is excited to announce we've started carrying a new-to-us yarn from our partners at Ístex Lopi yarns out of Iceland. We've been having a great time working with their Plötulopi, Léttlopi, and Álafosslopi—but are thrilled to introduce you to Einband!

Ístex Lopi yarns are known for being great in sweaters and cardigans—all Lopi yarns are spun from Icelandic sheep, which have dual coats to help them keep warm on the frigid North Atlantic island nation. The yarns combine the fibers from both coats, resulting in a yarn that is exceptional at repelling water and keeping the wearer warm. Perfect recipe for success, especially if you live in colder climates! 

Einband has all of those qualities in a laceweight yarn that is traditionally worked on larger needles, think US size 5 or 6. This creates an open, airy fabric that still keeps you warm, as heat is trapped by the fibers (similar to down feathers). Einband is perfect for lightweight garments and accessories, and for warmer weather, as well!
Aska by Bergrós Kjartansdottír, from Lopi book 31
As you can see in the Aska sweater, the fabric is deliberately knit at a looser gauge to keep the fabric light. This pattern calls for a US size 10—definitely not the small needles you'd expect for a laceweight yarn!
Kaldbakur shawl by G. Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, from Lopi book 37
And of course Einband is also great for accessories—there are plenty of shawl patterns on Ravelry, for example, that call for Einband, if you're a shawl knitter. The newest Lopi pattern book, Lopi 37, has two shawls that call for Einband, includig Kaldbakur, shown above. 
Strandir by Hulda Hákonardóttir, from Lopi 31
Einband also pairs beautifully with other weights of Lopi yarns—the Strandir sweater knitting pattern uses Einband at the sleeve cuffs and yoke to create a graphic effect within the Léttlopi fabric. 
Blaer by Beatrice Perron Dahlen
There are also quite a few patterns from independent designers showing off the versatility of Einband! Blaer, by designer Beatrice Perron Dahlen, uses three colors of Einband and just a little bit of lace to create a gorgeous, lightweight cardigan—the finished jacket at the largest size would weigh about 3/4 of a pound! 
If you want even more inspiration for Einband, head to Lopidesign.is, where you can purchase individual patterns using any Lopi yarn (many patterns are also available on Ravelry). PLUS, you can follow along with all the great news from Lopi on their brand-new English language Facebook page. And don't forget to use our Store Locator to find the North American LYS nearest you that carries Einband, Léttlopi, Álafosslopi, Plötulopi, or Bulky Lopi.
Have you knit with Lopi yarns recently, or are you joining our Lopi Sweater knit-along? Be sure to share a photo on Lopi Knitting's Facebook page to show off your fabulous knitting! 

Happy knitting,

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