Sneek Peek

I have two new and free designs in February’s Knotions launcing on February 24th!

Here is Méabh modelling her hat and cardigan knit with Green Elephant Yarn.



Madra Rua is now available for purchase in my ravelry store. Modeled here on the equally foxy Rebecca (and Holly).

Can’t forget about the big kids, I have updated the pattern to include an adult size!



So the beautiful skeins of yarn from Dharma Dyeworks became the Ulchabháín Cowl and Mittens. These patterns were published free in this month’s Knotions, a free monthly webzine full of interesting patterns, tips, tutorials and interesting articles. Ulchabháin is the Irish word for owls, which adorn both the cowl and mittens. One skein of each color, Ruby Slippers and A Soft Day, is enough to knit both the cowl and pair of mittens in the smallest size.

The two color cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. The border edge is worked in two color slip stitch ribbing before short rows shape the cowl, creating a narrower back and a generous front. The owl motif is worked in Fair Isle colorwork in the round using two colors before more short rows and two color slip stitch ribbing complete the cowl. The pattern gives two options for cast ons, a two colour cast on or a single colour cast on.You can get Ulchabháín cowl here

The mittens are worked in the round from the bottom up, starting with a two color cast on, merging into two color slip stitch ribbing. The striped thumb gusset is shaped as the color work motif is created in two colors. Stitches are set aside for the thumb as the remainder of the mitt is worked and shaped. The top of the mitt is grafted together before returning to complete the stripped thumb. All colorwork is charted. The pattern also gives two options for casting on. The Mittens pattern can be found there.

The Cowl and Mittens are modelled beautifully by Molly in Turlough Woods, near the Museum of County Life, in Mayo.


Dharma Dyeworks

Many moons ago, I purchased these beautiful skeins of yarn from Nuala of Dharma Dyeworks. Several moons later, I actually stop stroking the yarn and knit it into something. I wrote the pattern, took the photographs, handed the knitwear over to the eldest heir. Then life got in the way for a year or so.

The red yarn is called “Ruby Slippers” and the grey is “A Soft Day”. They are 100%Organic Merino Aran and you get 181 yards [166 meters]/100 grams for your buck. These Hand-dyed semi-solid or tonal yarns are organically produced merino wool and non-superwash with a lovely rustic yet soft texture.

Now finally, they are about to appear in Knotions, October 2017 edition tomorrow.

Here is a Sneak Peak! Can you guess what they became?



Irish Tourism Workshop

On the 25th of April, I held a workshop with the lovely ladies on the 9 Night North of Ireland Knitting & Craft Tour curated by Irish Tourism in the Foxford Woollen Mills. The twenty four ladies came from USA, Norway and Germany and spent a few enjoyable hours learning about the Sionann Shawl and its unique design elements. Each knitter received a pack which included an Irish Knit Odyssey cotton tote, beads, wire, pattern booklet and a unique skein of exclusive hand dyed yarn from Carlo and Gabriella of Irish Fairytale Yarns. The Wild Atlantic colorway is only available to participants of Irish Tourism Workshops. Each 100 gram skein has 400 metres of Merino 4ply yarn. Gabriella and Carlo also threw in a cute emoji handmade stitch marker.

You can see all the knitting tours available from Irish Tourism on their website and a review of the North of Ireland tour by Constance Hall here.


Madra Rua


(c) I like Knitting

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.