One enterprising Icelanders has created a computer programme that lets you design your own traditional Icelandic sweater.
The sweaters, or loppapeysur, saw a resurgence of popularity in the early 2000s as one of the mainstay wardrobe articles of the so-called “cute generation”. They are also immensely popular with visitors to Iceland, as tourist-oriented wool shops will feature them prominently in their storefront windows.
RÚV reports that Sverrir Pétursson of Ísafjörður has created a programme using Silverlight that enables those who wish to make a sweater of their own to design a custom pattern for it. The site, Knittingpatterns.is, lets the user who has Silverlight install design patterns, test different color combinations, save patterns, and then print them out.
The project was a part of his coursework at the University of Reykjavík, he told reporters. The idea came to him, he said, due to the interest of both his wife and daughter in knitting. The site now receives over 200 visits a day from around the world, with visitors as far afield as the Ukraine learning to make Icelandic sweaters.
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