Gormlaith by Kate Lonsdale


July 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in Cable pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
650 - 800 yards (594 - 732 m)
9 1/2" X 60" (75")
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When I decided to make a scarf for my friend, Deborah Gormley, I did some research on her Irish heritage and name.

This intricate cabled scarf is named after the most notorious noblewoman in medieval Ireland, Gormlaith (pronounced “gorm-la”) ingen Murchada, wife of three different kings of Ireland and a powerful political force in her day. The most famous saga of the day describes her as charismatic and “endowed with great beauty” but also as manipulative and “utterly wicked.” I hope you enjoy knitting this scarf as much as I did learning about this amazing woman.

Width: 9 1/2”/24cm
Length: 60”/152.5cm for med. version (red/pink color), 75”/190.5cm for long version (olive green version)

Materials: Size 7/4.5mm knitting needles; 650 - 800 yards of worsted weight yarn

Gauge: 23 stitches and 27 rows in cable pattern


This pattern has been tech edited and pattern-tested.