One of my absolute favorite types of knitting is Fair Isle or stranded knitting. What brought it alive to me was the learning how to Continential knit using my left hand to hold the working yarn. That allowed me to hold the main color in my right hand since that was my favored way to knit with the contrast in my left. It was actually the best way for me to learn to Continental knitting and it’s now my go to when knitting stockinette because I feel it is quicker than throwing the yarn. I did a short video years ago that demonstrates how I do this.
When I saw a picture of Tröjan Barbros stjärnor, or in English, The Stars of Barbro by Maja Åkerström that was knit by one of my retail store customers I just knew I had to do it. We had just gotten in a gorgeous new blue shade of Classic Alpaca #1697 Storm that is a moody heathered blue that was just screaming at me “Knit with me, Knit with me!” To keep it warm, I used #2494 Buttercup which is a medium, happy heathered yellow.
My changes included using the same pattern that was written for the cuff on the hem as well. The i-cord finish is just so nice.
Sizes are written for 33 (35.5, 39.5, 42.5) (45, 48.75, 52)”
Main color requires 7 (8, 8, 8) (9, 9, 10)
For all sizes, 2 balls of the contrast are required.
Want to try one for yourself? You can order Classic Alpaca online and I’m offering a 10% discount on the yarn with the code “Barbro”.
Chris Riley says
So beautiful! I love stranded knitting too. Just bought the pattern…. And I do have just a bit of classic alpaca….