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.


Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta

The many faces of the superhero scientist modeling Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta Cowl, just released! Buy Now!

This is a stranded colour work cowl featuring puppies frolicking in the snow. Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta translates as playing in the snow.

The cowl is available in three sizes, but easily adaptable to alternative sizes. The sizes are 53 cm, 60, and 67 cm in circumference. It is knit in the round from the bottom up with a garter stitch border. The stranded colour work uses just two colours per row.
The sample, shown here in medium, is knit with Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal fingering weight yarn in colour ways Snowdrift and Teal. The cowl used less than half a ball of each colour in the medium size. The yarn is spun in Co. Donegal and has the distinctive tweedy appearance of many Irish yarns. The added cashmere makes it soft enough to wear next to your skin too!



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Another cowl using an old Shale lace pattern. However this was not designed or knit with Irish yarn. Instead, I used a super-chunky pure wool in contrasting olive and leaf from Colinette. This is a beautiful soft texture wool, made in Wales, just across St. George’s Channel. Get free pattern glas here! Knit on 12 mm needles in Point 5 super-chunky yarn, this cowl quickly knits up into a stripy old shale lace pattern. It is knit flat and the sides are seamed together at the end