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?



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.


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!



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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© Practical Publishing

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

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