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Knitting: Earflap Hat
Four sleepy foxes (madra rua)adorn this cosy, bobble hat. The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up in garter stitch with short row shaping on the ear flaps before graduating into two colour fair isle and finally, central double decreases in stranded work shape the crown. The fox’s features are added afterwards in duplicate stitch. Make...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These gorgeous, variegated top-down socks feature a cluster of cables along the sides which can be modified to adjust the height of the socks. Customize the length and style of your socks by playing with the number of cable repeats.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Valentine knits are typically bright and cheery, but there’s an understated beauty in darker shades. These Secret Admirer Socks are subtle and sophisticated and make for a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This gorgeous hat set is made from warm wool and luxurious cashmere yarn for a super soft and wondrously warm feel. Aside from a simple ribbed brim,the hat feature intricate Fair Isle colorwork throughout the entirety of the pattern, a mixture of swans and hearts, to create a winter pattern set you’ll adore.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Wild Swans at Coole mittens are based on the W.B. Yeats poem, “The Wild Swans at Coole.” The mittens are knit in the round from the bottom up. Cast on in contrasting colour before switching to the main colour for the ribbing. They, then increase to incorporate a thumb gusset, before stitches are placed aside for the thumb. The remainder of the ...
Knitting: Cloche Hat
This hat is named for Countess Constance Markievicz, a truly inspirational lady.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Colors of the Sea is a beautiful and lightweight lace shawl worked up in the color of the Atlantic Ocean. The semi-circular shawl is knit top down in varying bands of lace and textured stitches that increase outwards and end in a knit-on lace border, mimicking the ebb and flow of the sea.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The shawl is reminiscent of limoncello ice cream sorbet and warm sunny days. The ombre design of the Lemon Dipped Shawl creates a warm accent to an everyday neutral accessory that’s perfect for a walk along a cool beach or an evening stroll around the town.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
One skein of yarn is enough to knit the small or medium size!
Knitting: Scarf
I love scarves and hats in winter but I hate the feel of gloves on my hands as they overheat so quickly. The pockets in this hooded scarf will keep my fingers warm and cosy in icy weather without the discomfort of becoming too hot. The braided edge of the scarf and the cabled smocking look far more intricate than they actually are. They may loo...
Knitting: Cowl
This is a stranded colour work cowl featuring puppies frolicking in the snow. Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta translates as playing in the snow.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The gloves, pictured here in large, are named for my fear cheile, who declared an urgent need for a pair of finger-less mittens! They are knit in the round starting with a twisted rib cuff, continuing in Stocking stitch with a twisted stitch motif on a reverse stocking stitch background and increasing for the thumb gusset. Stitches are set asid...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
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 ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Inspired by Celtic mythology, this shawl features a cable motif and is shaped using short rows so it sits nicely around the shoulders.
Knitting: Vest, Sweater - Other
This is a pattern for a child’s vest (ages 2-10)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitting: Purse
An elegant beaded bag made with Twilley’s 4ply bamboo, sadly discontinued. This bag is started by knitting the lace beaded flower edge for the flap. Then stitches are picked up along the edge, the flap is shaped with short rows and the remainder of the bag is knit in stocking stitch with purl rows for turning and increases and decreases for sha...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitting: Cowl
Lá le Pádraig is a simple cowl pattern incorporating basic stranded colour work. It is knit in the round and uses only knit and purl stitches. It is made from Studio Donegal, 100 per cent pure new wool Donegal Aran Tweed, bought from This is Knit in Dublin. I have included three sizes, to fit child or adult (pictured) and a long version which c...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This Merino Silk Purple Marble wool from Droim an Uan, was spun by Catherine into a two ply sport weight yarn.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
A top down slouchy beret style hat with a lace rose pattern at the crown. The yarn over increases and purl rows create the rose shape that gives the hat its name, conrós, meaning dog rose or wild rose as gaeilge. Yarn over increases divide the hat in five, each with a central wee lace rosebud pattern to compliment the crown. The self-striping e...
Knitting: Cowl
A simple cowl pattern made from a skein of multi-coloured English wool, hand-spun and plied by Lindsay Crafts. Knit on 10mm needles in a chunky to super chunky yarn, this cowl knits up in a simple old shale lace pattern in a few hours. It is knit flat and the sides are seemed together at the end. Blocking before seeming, gives its distinctive s...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is a cowl or mini shawl, knit from Artesano Superchunky yarn. The leafy lace edging is knit first on ten mm needles and cast off. Then the rest of the mini shawl is made by picking up and knitting along the lace border and knitting in garter stitch, decreasing to create the mini shawl’s horse shoe shape. It is held closed with a shawl pin....
Knitting: Hats - Other
This nineteen forties vintage styled turban is made with Smudge Yarn from County Cork. The idea for this hat came from a Knit-a-long I stumbled upon; Knit for Victory, a nineteen forties knitting Challenge. The hat, named líonta iascaigh, or fishing nets, is reflected in the lacy rib pattern of the brim and also, in the colour and texture of th...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I’ve made many hats incorporating owl cables, it’s a favourite texture of mine.This owl is knit using a combination of cables on a reverse stocking stitch background. I experimented here with eyelets for the eyes and long ears, hence the name, ceann cait, the long eared owl. The yarn I was using was practically troublesome; I only had 70 grams ...
Knitting: Cloche Hat
Made with 100 per-cent pure wool from the Sheep and Wool Centre in Leenane, Co. Galway. I designed this hat with the colours of the changing season in mind. It’s made with a cable braid for the band, after the ends are joined, stitches are then picked up and knit in the round for the main part of the hat. An owl fabric button finishes the look.