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.



Another day, another new pattern! Daíthí finger-less glove pattern is now available!

These pair of finger-less mittens are made from Irish wool sheared from Christine’s pet sheep in County Leitrim and spun by Natural Fibre Company in Britain. Christine of Formerly Fleece then dyes the yarn using natural dyes or sometimes, the yarn is dyed at the mill!

The gloves, pictured here in large, are named for my fear cheile, who declared an urgent need for a pair of finger-less mittens! They are knit in the round starting with a twisted rib cuff, continuing in Stocking stitch with a twisted stitch motif on a reverse stocking stitch background and increasing for the thumb gusset. Stitches are set aside for the thumb while continuing with the remainder of the mitten and casting off with an i cord trim.