Madra Rua


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This slouchy bobble hat is just what your little one needs for the upcoming winter. Knit in the round with stranded colorwork, this warm ad  make this a cozy and warm hat for any child. The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up in garter stitch with short row shapping on the ear flaps before graduating into two colour fair isle and finally, central double decreases in stranded work to shape the crown. The fox’s features are added afterwards in duplicate stitch. Make a pompom to finish the hat. The hat is knit with Studio Donegal Donegal Aran Tweed (4-ply) (100% Wool; 88 yards [80 meters]/50 grams): using one ball of Báinín (MC), 1 ball of  Fire (CC1), and a small amount of black for the features which are worked in duplicate stitch.

To make a larger fitting hat, just bump up your knitting needle size.

The hat is published in October’s edition of I Like Knitting.


Dealán Dé

DSC02070Dealán Dé translates literally as ” God’s Lightening” but is more traditionally used as an old Irish word for Butterfly.

This hat is knit sideways using short rows to shape the crown. The cables and twist stitches form the cloche style brim of the hat which decreases in pattern to a point and is secured with a butterfly painted button which gives the hat its name.

This hat, prior to finding the perfect button was referred to by the unimaginative name of ” sideways hat”.  Incidentally the more common name for butterfly in Gaeilge is “féileacán” but I prefer the more dramatic sounding Dealán Dé. And the zig zags of the twisted stitches of the brim could be reminiscent of lightening bolts too. The sample is knit with Hedgehog Fibres Merino Aran singles in “huricane.”

The hat is just published in Knitty, First Fall 2016 and is available for free on the magazine website! Initially, I submitted the above photos with my sister Rebecca and Holly the dog for the magazine, but was asked to re-shoot. As they weren’t autumnal enough apparently. Yeah the daffodils in the background did say spring but weather-wise in Ireland, spring and autumn aren’t too different. Summer either it would appear. So in late May we headed to Turlough House for more autumnal shots. It was one of the warmest day of the year so far (and since) but Rebecca cheerfully donned a leather jacket and woolly hat for the price of a slice of cake and a latte from the museum’s cafe. Thanks Becca!

A few hundred photos later, we had traipsed the grounds of  the Museum. Now came the difficult part. How do you narrow down the photos to submit? Obviously lose the blurry photos or the ridiculously posed ones. Unfortunately when the model is so photogenic, it’s very difficult to choose between  lot of very similar posed pictures. Narrowed down to a hundred or so, I left it up to Knitty’s editors to choose!  Thank you Dropbox!



The Famous Five

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This is the beautiful first edition of the  “Famous Five” club  from Terri Carroll of a fine fish yarns. The club  features five  twenty grams mini skeins in five different colour-ways inspired by one of the world’s more recently departed. Each month will feature a different  musician, author, actor, comedian who made their mark on modern culture. Each mini is eighty-five meters in length of sock yarn.

May’s inspiration was David Bowie and along with the five mini skeins their was so Bowie inspired treats including Goblin Tea and Ziggy stitch markers! The colour-ways are all named after Bowie’s songs, including Space Oddity and Let’s Dance.

You can sign up for next months club here. Who will it be?



Crosaire socks

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My Crosaire (Cabled Crossroads) socks featured in April’s Edition of I Like Knitting. The socks are knit with Life in the Long Grass semi-solid Sock in Greenstone. 

The variegated top-down socks feature a cluster of cables along the sides which can be modified to adjust the height of the socks. You can customize the length and style of your socks by playing with the number of cable repeats.

The socks are worked in the round from the top down, staring with a double rib before merging in to the cable design which incorporates closed loop. The socks can be ankle height, with one cable repeat or longer with 2, 3, or even more. The ribbing continues along the length of the sock for comfort and stretch before continuing into a ribbed heel, ribbed foot and shaped gusset and finishing with a grafted toe.


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Croí Cardi

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I have a cute little child’s cardigan in Issue 59 of Knit Now. The Cardigan is knit with Baby Roster yarns and is knitted flat from the top down with a stranded ombré heart motif across the yoke. The cardigan starts with an i-cord cast-on in a contrasting colour, before increasing across the yoke and then working the heart motif. Stitches for the sleeves are set aside on stitch holders before continuing with the body. An i-cord button band is picked up and knitted along the front edges and the i-cord cast-off continues along the bottom edge of the cardigan in a contrasting colour. Cute and complementary buttons finish the cardigan.

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The cardigan is sized from newborn right up to 5 years of age.

And it even made the cover! (just, but hey it counts!)




Bladhm Shrug

My Bladhm Shrug pattern was published in Knit Now, Issue 58, March 2016
Inspired by the Irish version of the Bell X1 song Flame.
This dainty, fiery shrug is knit using Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4ply yarn, it works up very quickly for a pretty cober up for a spring dress.
The shrug is knitted from cuff to cuff, starting with a twisted rib before increasing needle size to work lace. The first sleeve
is knitted in the round before working the centre back flat before rejoining and working the final sleeve in the round. The front edging is picked up along the opening and worked in the round.



Photos from Practical Publishing, Knit Now, Issue 58