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!


Mac Tíre

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September is always a busy month, and this year was no different, but I am determined to publish a post and a new pattern before September ends.

So this is Mac Tíre, as modeled by the ninja scientist, enjoying our Indian summer. Continue reading


Deora Corcra

Deora Corcra is a mini shawl made for Emma, made from Droim an Uan Merino Silk Purple Marble. The pattern is now available to purchase here.

This Merino Silk Purple Marble wool from Droim an Uan, was spun by Catherine into a two ply sport weight yarn. Fingering or lace weight yarn could also be used, if you prefer. The colour of the wool and the teardrop shaped points gave this shawl its name. The lace edge is knit first and then, the shawl is shaped using short rows. I prefer the German method of short row shaping as it gives a very neat finish, but you can use what method you prefer. You can find a tutorial of this method by Mimi Kezer here. The depth of the shawl could be decreased or increased by varying the number of stitches omitted on each short row. The shawl is finished with an eyelet boarder. The short edges are picked up and knit in garter stitch. Wet blocking is required to see the true beautiful shape of the shawl.


fáinne geal an lae cropped cardigan pattern

Here is the pattern for fainne gheal on lae This pattern is for a seven almost eight year old.


Unfortunately, this cardigan pattern is  for only one size. As I am not a professional knitting designer, I don’t have the time to write and test the pattern in other sizes. Maybe at a later date, I might try to do!  And as I am not a professional, there maybe mistakes in the pattern, please contact me if you spot any or have any difficulty understanding my instructions. Go raibh mile maith agat! Continue reading



The Sheep and Wool Centre spin and dye small samples of Galway, Connemara Blackface and Texel fleece on their premises in Leenane.  All yarn is dyed using natural ingredients and set using salt or alum and heat. Natural dyes have been used for centuries in Ireland.Initially plants, lichens, berries and shellfish were commonly used before other dyes like indigo, logwood and brazilwood were readily imported. Sméara DubhaThe yarn in my Sméara Dubha mittens came from a blend of Connemara Blackface and Texel fleece, dyed with blackberries and young gorse flowers.  Continue reading