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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Abhainn Airgid


DSCF1112A shawl



a cowl!

So this is what STwist Wool became, Abhainn Airgid, the silver river. It can be worn as a cowl, cape ,small shawl or a bolero for a princess. The button is used to fasten the shawl in different ways. The lacy rib acts as a button hole and because of this, it can be worn tight or loose and even twisted and closed at the back!

Pattern for Abhainn Airgid will be available in the near future….



Lá ‘Le Pádraig

Lá le Pádraig is a simple cowl pattern incorporating basic stranded colour work. It is knit in the round and uses only knit and purl stitches. It is made from Donegal Aran Tweed, 100 per cent pure new wool from Studio Donegal,  bought from This is Knit in Dublin. I have included three sizes, to fit a child or an adult (pictured on the mad scientist here, cue ninja moves) and a long version which can be worn long or doubled up for a warmer, cosier knit. The pattern is currently being written and tested and will be available soooooooon.



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