Yarn Profile: Reynolds Bulky Lopi
Made in Iceland, the Lopi line goes hand in hand with Reynolds' extensive Icelandic pattern collections. These are traditionally knit in the round, with elaborate color patterning around the waist, sleeves, and yoke.
Lopi is made of Icelandic wool, a sturdy, brassy fiber that isn't always suitable for next-to-skin wear. This has kept many knitters from trying Reynolds' Lopi patterns, which is a shame.
Knitting was relatively rapid and effortless, aided by my dull-tipped Addi Turbos. Stitches appeared even and steady, and the yarn's twist stayed consistent as I worked with it.
Blocking / Washing
My swatches behaved perfectly in the wash, with no bleeding or fading. There was only a slight bloom in the fiber, and the gauge remained true.
The yarn doesn't lose any of its brassiness with wash, so always be prepared to keep a buffer article of clothing between you and your Bulky Lopi.
If you can buffer them from the scratchy yarn, Bulky Lopi makes an excellent fiber for children's sweaters because it's warm and rugged.
But it's the perfect medium for Icelandic-type designs. And Reynolds produces almost more of these designs than anyone else, making this an obvious marriage.
Bulky Lopi gives you a chance to work with Icelandic wool and not wait so long for the finished product. Its larger stitch definition reduces the potential for subtle color work, but otherwise it's a great fast-knitting alternative.
Reynolds Yarns, a division of JCA Inc.
2.5 sts and 3.5 rows per inch
Average retail price
$5.95 / skein
Where to Buy Online
Weight/Yardage per Skein
100g. / 67 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash with mild soap in lukewarm water. Do not wring or twist, but roll in a towel to remove moisture. Lay flat to dry. Avoid direct sunlight.