I used Dale of Norway Falk for my original Rosalia, mainly because of the great range of colors available in that line. But there are plenty of other sport weight yarn options you could use, like Dale of Norway Heilo (the one yarn I’ll pack with me the next time I’m banished to a desert island.)
As for colors, of course, you could knit your Rosalia in whatever 5 colors strike your fancy. (Actually, you could get away with just 2 colors, if you’re so inclined.) Me, although I love the vivid colors of the original, I kept imagining a little voice – with a heavy New York accent – saying “Dahlink, you need this in neutrals!”
There are 3 sleeve length options in the pattern and you can easily change the body length, too. I really wanted to show you some of these variations on the Rosalia theme, but after knitting my original, my arthritic hands weren’t quite as thrilled with the encore idea. Enter Debra Thayer, the most wonderful test knitter I could ever ask for.
Debbie knit “Rosalia Encore” for me in Heilo, using charcoal grey for the background, mist for the motif, grey heather for the zigzag, and light steel blue (which I always think of as “sea green”) and petrol for the accents. She used the full-length sleeves with only 1 shoulder stripe and she added 1 extra repeat in the length. She used the middle size (as I did for my original) and, interestingly, she told me her variations upon the middle size ended up taking exactly the same amount of yarn as is called for in the largest size.
(That’s my husband’s shadow, to the right, and no, thankfully, he doesn’t really look anything like that!)
The original with 3/4 sleeves: