What is Selbu anyway?
I'm learning. The first eight- leafed rose to be knit in Selbu style using very fine, un-dyed yarn from black sheep on a stark background of white was made by a young girl named Marit in 1857. Apparently this motif on her mittens caused such a stir one Sunday at church that several women asked later if she would teach them her technique. The design caught on in the community, as they were all capable knitters, and has come to symbolize the city of Selbu and all of Norway. It is one of the most popular motifs of Norway.Selbu Modern hat I understood the popularity of the style. The yarn changes keep it interesting, and the pops of color on white are really satisfying to look at. I really like that the contrasting color for mine is a skein of Noro Silk Garden sock yarn and gradually changes in shade from bottom to top as my hat takes shape. I'm not even doing the rose pattern here, hence the Modern in the pattern name. But, it's giving me a taste for the more intricate selburose.