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Madra Rua

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(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.

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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!

 

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Countess Constance Cloche

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Photograph:  Practical Publlishing

A new cloche style hat design, inspired by Countess Constance Markievicz, a Sligo lady, close childhood friend of W.B. Yeats who married a Polish Count, led a garrison during the 1916 Rebellion . She was sentenced to death for her part in the Easter Rising , though, as she was a women, this sentence was subsequently commuted, She was born  Constance Gore-Booth in London in 1868 and grew up in Lissadell House in Sligo, as the daughter of an English protestant landlord. She initially trained as an artist before becoming involved in women’s suffrage.

Constance Markievicz was an Irish politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. Constance was the first woman elected to the British Parliament, although, she never took her seat. She was the first female cabinet minister in any Government in Europe where she  held the post of Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922. The Countess died at the age of 59 on 15 July 1927.

 

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The hat design is published by Knit Now Magazine.The cable band is knitted first, the ends are grafted together to form a ring. Stitches are then picked up along both edges separately, one side shapes the crown, while the other shapes the brim using short rows before ending in an i-cord cast off.

This issue is on sale from 10th December in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores across Britain and Ireland and on the  Knit Now website. It will also be available digitally via  apps for Apple and Android devices and through Pocketmags.

The beautiful green yarn of the hat is an aran weight blend of 50% Wool and  50% Alpaca from Artesano yarns where currently you can receive a 20 percent discount on yarns with the code 20PERCENT.

 

In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz

By W.B. Yeats.

The light of evening, Lissadell,
Great windows open to the south,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.
But a raving autumn shears
Blossom from the summer’s wreath;
The older is condemned to death,
Pardoned, drags out lonely years
Conspiring among the ignorant.
I know not what the younger dreams –
Some vague Utopia – and she seems,
When withered old and skeleton-gaunt,
An image of such politics.
Many a time I think to seek
One or the other out and speak
Of that old Georgian mansion, mix
Pictures of the mind, recall
That table and the talk of youth,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.
Dear shadows, now you know it all,
All the folly of a fight
With a common wrong or right.
The innocent and the beautiful
Have no enemy but time;
Arise and bid me strike a match
And strike another till time catch;
Should the conflagration climb,
Run till all the sages know.
We the great gazebo built,
They convicted us of guilt;
Bid me strike a match and blow.
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Nóinín Beret

 

Nóinín Beret pattern is now available for purchase.

The beret, available in three sizes and shown here in medium, is suitable for a child or adult, depending on how you prefer to wear the hat. For the most slouch, choose the large size.The hat is knit from the top down, starting with a short icord and ending with an icord brim, which fits snuggly. The hat, knit in the round, increases with yarn overs at the crown, before flowing into the chevron lace. This concentric crown and petal lace give the hat its name, Nóinín or in English, Daisy!

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Crann Nollag

I like beads, I like Christmas trees, and I like hats.

Here is my newest design, featured in the brand spanking new online knitting magazine I like Knitting, Crann Nollag, beaded beanie. This hat is knit with Life in the Long Grass Silk Merino, a lovely soft shimmery sock yarn, hand dyed in County Cork. The yarn is “an airy pearlescent with faint tints of gray, green and mauve”. 2014-12-31 19.48.46The hat is knit in the round, with a beaded tree motif repeated in different colours all around the circumference of the hat. The yarn, with its icy tones of mid-winter is a perfect backdrop for the colourful hues of green and blue trees.

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I enjoyed knitting this hat; so much I made two, one for me and one the bookworm. The beanie is close fitting, but knit the larger size if you want a slouchy look! Both hats were knit from one skein of yarn and there even was a wee bit left over!

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Líonta Iascaigh take two

IMG_4033Six months or so ago, I published líonta iascaigh, a retro style turban pattern. Actually, I cant believe that it’s been that long. Insert aghast smiley face here. Well, the hat has a trickily brim assembly, and I decided to knit another prototype, this time in Studio Donegal, Soft Donegal and have the hat test knit again. And while I was tackling the brim, I took a few bad quality photos and made a photo tutorial to assist with the construction of the knit. many of the  photos came out either really dark or out of focus, but I hope you can make out what I am doing. You can down load Líonta Iascaigh Brim Assembly photo tutorial here.

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You can buy the updated and reformatted Líonta iascaigh pattern on etsy! And now is available for purchase on ravelry too!

 

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Duilleoga an Fhómhair revisited

headshotThis was one of the very first patterns I designed last year. I decided to revisit this cabled brimmed hat and create alternative sizes. The pattern now has four different sizes, child, adult small, adult medium and adult large. The original hat was designed for ” adult small”, though was quickly stolen by the bookworm princess aged 7 and worn as a more floppy, slouchy beanie than originally intended. The largest size is pictured here, and yes, I have stolen the look from my daughter, more slouchy, and loose. This version was knit in Studio Donegal Aran Tweed, but any aran or worsted yarn would be suitable.

You can buy the new updated pattern here!