Small – Underarm 103cm. Length 58cm.
Medium – Underarm 114cm. Length 60cm.
Large – Underarm 125.5cm. Length 62cm.
X Large – Underarm 137cm. Length 64.5cm.

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the yarn required to make Alba in your chosen size.

For a step-by-step video tutorial showing all the techniques involved in knitting and finishing stranded garments visit our Stranded Knitting in the Round with Steeks tutorial section.


Alba is the Gaelic for Scotland, and as a native Gaelic speaker I wanted to pay tribute to the Gàidhealtachd – the region where the language is spoken.

Key patterns were a favourite of Pictish stonemasons. I saw this one on the Nigg Stone in NE Scotland and transcribed it into a charted knitting pattern in 1990. The regular geometry of the key pattern makes this an easy stranded project, while the tones and shades of Hebridean 2 Ply give it a vibrancy worthy of its name. This is a garment to be worn with pride.



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