Stravaigin is a Scottish word that means to roam or wander around, often for pleasure and frequently with no particular destination or aim in mind. This pattern was Christina's knit/walk along pattern for last year and I love it!
It was my first real colorwork knitting other than a few small items I have made over the years.
I was determined to do this without having the cowl pucker with my tighter tension and I was SO happy with how it came out.
The first item that I have knit was a little rabbit dress designed by Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits that I will show you soon.
This tutorial really helped me immensely to understand the importance of consistency in how you catch up the floats. Like Julie I also knit English style, holding my yarns in my right hand, although I can see how much easier it would be to hold each strand in both hands.
I am already thinking of my next colorwork piece so maybe I will give it a try, even though I have yet to be able to get the hang of knitting continental. Who knows...maybe this time it will click. ;-)
Another thing I did this time was to cut the yarn in between color changes instead of carrying it up the back of the cowl. I didn't want to have my usual sloppy bump that this can make. The downside is that there were a lot of ends to weave in when I was done, but the reward was a much nicer finish inside and outside.
All in all this was a fun exercise in learning something that I had always avoided because I thought it was too hard or fiddly, but I actually enjoyed it! I love the meaning behind the pattern name as well and I look forward to when I can get back out and walking again. It's been a long snowy winter here with more snow due this weekend, but seriously it has to come to an end soon, right? When it does, I will be Stravaigin along....