Alba Sweater by Alice Starmore

Alba Sweater

January 1993
DK (11 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 15 rows = 2 inches
in chart pattern, using 3¼mm (US3) needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
Size varies by source, see notes
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Pattern description from The Celtic Collection: “The arrowhead key pattern that I have chosen for this sweater is an example of Pictish Celtic art from the Nigg stone, an ancient stone cross standing in North Eastern Scotland. It is worked here in a blend of eighteen misty shades that are reminiscent of the early morning colours of lacks and distant hills, and complemented by check patterned borders.”

Knitted Measurements:

  • To fit bust 86-92 (94-102) cm / 34-36 (37-40)”
  • Width underarm 108 (119.5) cm / 42½ (47)”
  • Length from top of shoulder: 55.5 (58.5) cm / 21¾ (23)”
  • Sleeve length: 42.5 (45) cm / 16¾ (17¾)”

15 sts and 15 rows to 5cm (2in), measured over chart pattern, using 3.25mm (US3) needles


Rowan LDK; Rowan Silkstones; Rowan Donegal Tweed; Rowan Wool/Cotton.
A. Dragonfly Silkstones (823) 100g; B. Mushroom LDK (59) 50g; C. Dove Wool/Cotton (911) 40(80)g; D. Teal Silkstones (828) 50 (100)g; E. Kashmir Wool/Cotton (910) 40 (80)g; F. Dried Rose Silkstones (825) 50g; G. Woad Silkstones (829) 50g; H. Dusk LDK (423) 25g; I. Pale Silver LDK (58) 25(50)g; J. Peppermint LDK (416) 50g; K. Dolphin Donegal Tweed (478) 50 (75)g; L. Sea Green LDK (655) 50 (75)g; M. Aqua LDK (123) 50g; N. Beetle Silkstones (834) 50(100)g; O. Ice Blue LDK (48) 50g; P. Blue Mist Silkstones (832) 50g; Q. Mulled Wine Silkstones (830) 50g; R. Pale Blue LDK (122) 25g.

  • 1 Set of double-pointed or circular 3¼mm (US3) needles.
  • 2 Stitch holders.
  • 2 Safety pins.

A kit using Alice Starmore’s 2 ply Hebridean Yarn is available from Virtual Yarns. Yarn amounts and pattern instructions will vary from the Sweater pattern that appears on page 11 of The Celtic Collection.

Sizing for Virtual Yarns version:
Small - Underarm 103cm Length 58cm
Medium - Underarm 114cm Length 60cm
Large - Underarm 125.5cm Length 62cm
X Large - Underarm 137cm Length 64.5cm