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Róisín

 

photo 4Róisín, meaning little rose, is a common girl’s name here in Ireland and perfectly suited to this ice-cream coloured shawl with a seemingly intricate rose patterned lace-edging. In fact, this shawl is very simple to knit. The lace repeats are easy to construct and a doddle to commit to memory. The Yarn is from The Mottled Sheep and suitably named Burnished Rose. Burnished Rose, a sock/fingering weight, 75/25 super-wash merino and nylon mix of hand-dyed yarn from Siobhan Power’s etsy shop The Mottled Sheep. The shawl has a top down, double triangular construction with a garter stitch edge and a simple spine. The body is begun with a garter tab and the main body is knit in stocking stitch before running into the lace edge.

 

Róisin shawl is available to purchase on ravelry now.

 

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Líonta Iascaigh take two

IMG_4033Six months or so ago, I published líonta iascaigh, a retro style turban pattern. Actually, I cant believe that it’s been that long. Insert aghast smiley face here. Well, the hat has a trickily brim assembly, and I decided to knit another prototype, this time in Studio Donegal, Soft Donegal and have the hat test knit again. And while I was tackling the brim, I took a few bad quality photos and made a photo tutorial to assist with the construction of the knit. many of the  photos came out either really dark or out of focus, but I hope you can make out what I am doing. You can down load Líonta Iascaigh Brim Assembly photo tutorial here.

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You can buy the updated and reformatted Líonta iascaigh pattern on etsy! And now is available for purchase on ravelry too!

 

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Peárla

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The bookworm princess received her First Holy Communion last month. Initially I harboured notions of knitting her a dress but life and indecision got in the way. I still wanted something to mark the occasion so I designed this elegant beaded bag made with Twilley’s 4ply bamboo, which is sadly discontinued.

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This bag is started by knitting the lace beaded flower edge for the flap. Then stitches are picked up along the edge, the flap is shaped with short rows and the remainder of the bag is knit in stocking stitch with purl rows for turning and increases and decreases for shaping before sewing up. Lining is added to give it stability and strength. An icord becomes the handle. A flower petal hole is used as a button hole and a pretty mother of pearl button finishes the little purse. You could deepen the bag by adding extra stocking stitch rows if you wanted a bigger purse. The little purse holds a child’s prayer book nicely or for a grown-up, would hold a phone, some money and a key, perfect for any glamorous occasion.

IMG_4187The pattern is available to purchase here.