Why Are so many of your designs in Icelandic wool?
First and foremost, I use Icelandic wool because I live in Iceland and it’s a local, natural, sustainable, known-source fibre, so it just makes sense. Secondly, I really do love it - Icelandic wool, known as lopi, is a wonderful yarn whose unique fibres - long, glossy outer fibres and shorter, insulating inner fibres - combine to create a yarn that is warm, lightweight and water-resistant. Beautiful patterns to knit in Icelandic wool abound, including the famous lopapeysa (traditional Icelandic wool sweaters) that the country is famous for, but for us crocheters the choice has always been more limited. I hope to inspire crocheters around the world to create your own lopi garments and accessories by designing simple, stylish and wearable patterns that showcase these versatile yarns.
Do I have to use Icelandic wool?
Not at all! Rove Handmade patterns include notes on yarn weight, gauge, and suggested substitutions so you can select a yarn that works for you - just be sure to do a swatch in your chosen yarn to make sure it’s suitable, and note that using a different yarn may affect the weight and drape of the finished piece. A good resource for yarn substitutions can be found at www.yarnsub.com.
Icelandic yarns are not available at my LYS. Where can I buy them?
The following retailers ship Icelandic yarns worldwide from Iceland:
Do your patterns use US or UK terminology?
Rove Handmade patterns are written using US terminology.
Are your patterns suitable for beginners?
Simplicity is key for me, in both design and execution, and most Rove Handmade patterns are written with confident beginners and intermediate crocheters in mind. Visit the pattern page to see the difficulty rating and which skills you need for each project.
how do i download my pattern?
Patterns purchased on this website are processed through Ravelry's secure shopping cart. Once you complete your purchase, you will receive and email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to download your pattern and/or add it to your Ravelry library. If you don't receive the email, please be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder.
do you provide pattern support?
If you have any questions about your pattern, please feel free to contact me using the contact form or by sending an email to email@example.com, and I'll do my best to help!
Do you also sell printed patterns?
At this time Rove Handmade patterns and ebooks are available electronically as PDF downloads only. You will need a program such as Adobe Reader (free to download here) or similar installed on your computer to be able to view the files once purchased and downloaded. PDF patterns can be printed on your home printer.
can i return my order?
Because of the nature of electronic PDF downloads, all PDF pattern and ebook purchases are final sale and cannot be returned.