Irish Tourism Workshop

On the 25th of April, I held a workshop with the lovely ladies on the 9 Night North of Ireland Knitting & Craft Tour curated by Irish Tourism in the Foxford Woollen Mills. The twenty four ladies came from USA, Norway and Germany and spent a few enjoyable hours learning about the Sionann Shawl and its unique design elements. Each knitter received a pack which included an Irish Knit Odyssey cotton tote, beads, wire, pattern booklet and a unique skein of exclusive hand dyed yarn from Carlo and Gabriella of Irish Fairytale Yarns. The Wild Atlantic colorway is only available to participants of Irish Tourism Workshops. Each 100 gram skein has 400 metres of Merino 4ply yarn. Gabriella and Carlo also threw in a cute emoji handmade stitch marker.

You can see all the knitting tours available from Irish Tourism on their website and a review of the North of Ireland tour by Constance Hall here.


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.



Photos from Practical Publishing, Knit Now, Issue 58


Deirdre na nDolais


My newest pattern designed for an Irish Tourism workshop, is designed using A life in the Long Grass merino fingering weight yarn in a custom colour known as Red Rust.

This shawl is from my Celtic mythology collection. Deirdre na nDólás or Deirdre of Sorrows was one of the most tragic women in Irish mythology. Her beauty and the havoc it would cause was foretold before her birth. A king would covet her, his rage and jealousy the cause of murder, destruction and war, and murder before finally destroying Deirdre herself, her lover and his family.
The Shawl is a crescent shape, beginning with a garter tab. As the shawl grows, the twisted yarn overs create two spines, leaving a bell shaped blank canvas for the Celtic knot work depicting a tormented or broken heart.
When the motif is complete, stitches are cast on for the the knit on edge comprising of a braid, symbolizing Naoise and his two brothers, an intertwining circular cable representing the lovers, Naoise and Deirdre and a beaded lace edge symbolizes Deirdre’s tears of sorrow and grief

You can buy the pattern on ravelry. If you would like to be in with a chance to win a digital copy of the pattern, via email or gifted through ravelry, you can do one of the following

  • Comment below
  • Join my newly formed group on ravelry!

Entries will close June 1st , midnight Irish Time! I will draw a winner at random and notify the winner shortly afterwards.

Anybody who buys the pattern before June 1st 2015,  will be entered into a draw for a pattern kit including a custom  dyed skein of Red Rust from Life in the Long Grass, beads, printed colour pattern and a cotton tote to hold every thing together.


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!




The bookworm princess received her First Holy Communion last month. Initially I harboured notions of knitting her a dress but life and indecision got in the way. I still wanted something to mark the occasion so I designed this elegant beaded bag made with Twilley’s 4ply bamboo, which is sadly discontinued.


This bag is started by knitting the lace beaded flower edge for the flap. Then stitches are picked up along the edge, the flap is shaped with short rows and the remainder of the bag is knit in stocking stitch with purl rows for turning and increases and decreases for shaping before sewing up. Lining is added to give it stability and strength. An icord becomes the handle. A flower petal hole is used as a button hole and a pretty mother of pearl button finishes the little purse. You could deepen the bag by adding extra stocking stitch rows if you wanted a bigger purse. The little purse holds a child’s prayer book nicely or for a grown-up, would hold a phone, some money and a key, perfect for any glamorous occasion.

IMG_4187The pattern is available to purchase here.



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….