Deirdre na nDolais


My newest pattern designed for an Irish Tourism workshop, is designed using A life in the Long Grass merino fingering weight yarn in a custom colour known as Red Rust.

This shawl is from my Celtic mythology collection. Deirdre na nDólás or Deirdre of Sorrows was one of the most tragic women in Irish mythology. Her beauty and the havoc it would cause was foretold before her birth. A king would covet her, his rage and jealousy the cause of murder, destruction and war, and murder before finally destroying Deirdre herself, her lover and his family.
The Shawl is a crescent shape, beginning with a garter tab. As the shawl grows, the twisted yarn overs create two spines, leaving a bell shaped blank canvas for the Celtic knot work depicting a tormented or broken heart.
When the motif is complete, stitches are cast on for the the knit on edge comprising of a braid, symbolizing Naoise and his two brothers, an intertwining circular cable representing the lovers, Naoise and Deirdre and a beaded lace edge symbolizes Deirdre’s tears of sorrow and grief

You can buy the pattern on ravelry. If you would like to be in with a chance to win a digital copy of the pattern, via email or gifted through ravelry, you can do one of the following

  • Comment below
  • Join my newly formed group on ravelry!

Entries will close June 1st , midnight Irish Time! I will draw a winner at random and notify the winner shortly afterwards.

Anybody who buys the pattern before June 1st 2015,  will be entered into a draw for a pattern kit including a custom  dyed skein of Red Rust from Life in the Long Grass, beads, printed colour pattern and a cotton tote to hold every thing together.


6 thoughts on “Deirdre na nDolais

  1. This is a beautiful shawl, and the red colour is superb. I read the story last year with a group of children and I love the motiviation you have given for each aspect of the shawl, I can relate to the different parts of the story as I read your explanations. Good luck with the shawl and sales of the pattern and with the new ravelry group, i think I’ll toddle over there next!

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