O Friend! by Maggi Toner-Edgar

O Friend!

October 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette stitch using recommended needles
US 10 - 6.0 mm
700 yards (640 m)
One size, to fit an average adult
This pattern is available for $7.00 USD
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About the pattern:
The Irish word for friend is cara, which would be used as a greeting at the beginning of a letter. It would translate to addressing a letter with the expression “O Friend!” The Innisfree collection was a collaboration between friends inspired by Yeats with our Arranmore yarn and it seemed appropriate to name one of the pieces with this lovely salutation.

Featuring The Fibre Co. Arranmore yarn, Innisfree is a collection of designs inspired by the reflective mood of William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” which begins with the words “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree…I will arise and go now, for always night and day, I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore.”

Lying flat:
Long edge of rectangle: 124 cm (49 in)
Short edge of rectangle (forms length from neck to bottom): 56 cm (22 in)

The Fibre Co. Arranmore (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% silk; 160m (175yds) per 100g hank)
Main Colour (M – Brannagh) – 3 hanks
Contrast (C – Bradan) – 1 hank

6mm (US 10) circular needles
6mm (US 10) dpn


  • 14 sts and 22 rows to 10 cm (4 in) measured over reverse stocking stitch using 6mm (US 10) needles.
  • 14 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm (4 in) in seed stitch (moss in UK) pattern using 6mm (US 10) needles.
  • It is important to check your tension before starting to knit your garment as the tension governs the finished size. If you work to the wrong tension, your garment will not measure the same as the one shown in the photograph and you may run out of yarn, or need to buy more.
  • Check your tension by knitting a swatch at least 12 cm (5 in) square. If there are more sts and rows to 10 cm (4 in) than stated, try again using thicker needles. If there are less sts and rows to 10 cm (4 in) than stated, try again using thinner needles.
  • Yarn quantities are based on average requirements and are therefore approximate.