Coinneal by Ciara Ní Reachtnín


June 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
218 - 400 yards (199 - 366 m)
3: S,M ,L
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Coinneal is the Irish word for candle and candle flames dance around the circumference of this slouchy hat. Coinneal is pronounced “quin-elle” with an almost whispery soft qw sound. It is an old Irish tradition to place a candle in the window at Christmas. I love the imagery of a flame shining in the darkness, welcoming visitors to your home.

The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, starting with a two color corrugated rib. Slip stitch cable motifs in the main color run around the hat on a background of striped garter stitch. The silver sparkle in the complementary yarn adds a feeling of candle light to the hat.

This is a hat to keep both body and soul warm on long winter evenings. It requires two Aran or Worsted weight yarns. The pattern is very forgiving if using two yarns of slightly different weights. The Candle motif works best with a Solid color yarn. Solid, tonal, gradient or speckled yarns all work well as the contrast yarn.

Child, (Adult S, Adult L)
shown in size Adult S

Band Circumference: 16(20, 24) inches/ 40(50, 60) cm
Height: 9(10, 11) inches/ 22(25, 28) cm

Carol Feller Nua Worsted (60% Merino Wool, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 109 yd/100m per 50g skein)
MC Rolling Bales; 1(1, 2) skeins
CC Late Night Blues; 1(1, 2) skeins

18 sts/34 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch
One patt rep of the candle flame motif measures 4.5 inches by 3.75 inches on larger needles