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!
In Celtic mythology, Étaín outshone all other women in beauty and gentleness. Consequently she became a victim of both desire and jealousy. When the fairy king Midir fell in love with her, his wife Fuamnach, transformed Étaín into a pool of water and later, into a scarlet fly, to be blown over the ocean for seven years. When she was finally able to return to Ireland, she fell into a glass of wine which was drunk by a woman who longed for a child. Étaín was reborn and she later married a High King of Ireland. Eventually Midir found her again and they transformed into swans and flew away. Continue reading