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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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Bladhm Shrug

My Bladhm Shrug pattern was published in Knit Now, Issue 58, March 2016
Inspired by the Irish version of the Bell X1 song Flame.
This dainty, fiery shrug is knit using Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4ply yarn, it works up very quickly for a pretty cober up for a spring dress.
The shrug is knitted from cuff to cuff, starting with a twisted rib before increasing needle size to work lace. The first sleeve
is knitted in the round before working the centre back flat before rejoining and working the final sleeve in the round. The front edging is picked up along the opening and worked in the round.

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Photos from Practical Publishing, Knit Now, Issue 58

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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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Until, Friday the 13th of February, if you buy Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta pattern you can get any one of my other patterns free! Enter coupon code madra at the checkout. Wahoo!

 

 

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Dáithí

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.

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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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