Blúirí by Ailbíona McLochlainn


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Inspired in equal measure by rustic rag rugs and 1980s statement jackets, Blúirí is a fun and functional garment. The garter stitch fabric looks structured yet feels slouchy. The contrast piping and crisp silhouette suggest a certain formality, while the whimsical colour possibilities invite merriment. You might wear it to a dinner party, to the supermarket, or to lounge about in the garden - but wear it you shall, as Blúirí is delightfully wearable. Knit it with 3/4 sleeves for summer, or with full-length sleeves for the colder months; in a solid colour with contrast edgings for a classic aesthetic or in clashing scrap yarns for that rag rug confetti look. Blúirí means scraps, or fragments, in Irish Gaelic, and is pronounced blue-ree.



Size 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
measures as follows around chest circumference -
86cm/ 34.5” (92cm/ 36.75”, 100cm/ 40”, 108cm/ 41”, 114cm/ 45.5”, 122cm/ 48.75”, 130cm/ 52”, 138cm/ 55.25”, 150cm/ 60”, 160cm/ 64”)

20 sts x 42 rows = 10cm x 10cm/ 4” x 4” in garter st


designed with Serafina Retrosaria Spanish Merino Singles
(held double) 

suitable for DK weight yarns
approximately 200m/ 225y per 100g/ 3.5oz

project requires
5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8) 100g/ 3.5oz skeins in total
for the full-length sleeve option 


circular needle, 3.5mm (US 4) in diameter, 

or as needed to meet gauge


removable stitch markers, measuring tape, scrap yarn, tapestry needle, 7 buttons (12-15mm in diameter)

Special Techniques
provisional cast-on, i-cord bindoff, applied i-cord,
grafting / Kitchener st

worked seamlessly from the top down, with contiguous shoulder shaping


This pattern can yield a variety of looks depending on your yarn selection. The pattern describes how to work the following options:
Option A: Solid colour with same or contrast edging
Option B: Randomly combined scrap yarns
Option C: Whimsical stripes (1 skein of each colour)
Option D: Speckled yarn with solid edging

Aside from these options, you can also work in 2-tone stripes, colour block, or marl together two fingering-weight yarns. Consider this garment a canvas for unleashing your creativity.


sample shown is a Size 3, with 3/4 sleeves
modelled with 7cm/3” of positive ease, 5cm/2” of negative ease, and 15cm/ 6” of positive ease around the chest

made with Serafina Retrosaria Spanish Merino Singles;
held double
using Option C colour combination
2 skeins of Lilas, and 1 skein each of
Verde, Vermelho, Noite, &Rosinhas

edging was worked in Lilas 

Note that Serafina Retrosaria is an indie dyer, and colourways are not always repeated; some of the colours used in this sample may therefore not be available