Sat, Apr 30, 2022
April came and went rather quickly, didn't it? I was really happy to round off this month with a pattern of mine being published in the STEAM issue of Knotions online magazine. STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths - it was a great theme to get ideas flowing!
You can see my contribution here - the Aranacci Shawl. Aran + Fibonacci = Aranacci (that's how my thinking process went!) I've been fascinated by the Fibonacci sequence for some time, and it was a pleasure to work it into a design. Perhaps the introduction to the shawl explains this best:
"The Aranacci Shawl is an easy-to-knit, reversible, (slightly asymmetric) triangular shawl; with a hugs-and-kisses cable running along one edge, and plenty of relaxing garter stitch in the main body of the shawl. Increases are worked using simple yarnovers, which create both an inner border of eyelets, and a decorative feature of eyelet rows which take place in a Fibonacci sequence. The eyelets have one garter ridge between them at first, then two, then three, then five, and so on following the Fibonacci sequence.
The Fibonacci sequence (named after an Italian mathematician who first described it in the West in 1202) is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two that precede it. So 1 is followed by 2 (1 + 1), then 3 (1 + 2), 5 (2 + 3), 8 (3 + 5), and so on. This sequence is found to occur mysteriously often not only in mathematics, but also in biology (e.g. flower petal arrangement, tree branches, snail shell curvature). In our case, the shawl finishes with a section of 34 garter stitch ridges, but if you have plenty of yarn, you could continue knitting theoretically forever (well, maybe with another section of 55 garter stitch ridges!)
The reversible Aran cable actually only has three different rows in the whole cable, yet looks much more impressive than that would suggest! The shawl overall strikes a balance between relaxing garter stitch and an interesting (but not too taxing)
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
As you can see from the photo of hats, I also was busy knitting and writing a new pattern! I came up with the Easy Tweed Beanie because I really wanted a way of using up my little leftovers of beautiful yarn in a colourful and useful way. I had written a cushion pattern for 'Your Crochet & Knitting' magazine last summer using this slip stitch pattern, and I really wanted to use it again in hat format! I was so happy that my test knitters had really positive things to say about the pattern; a common theme was that it was soothing to knit, while having the fun element of seeing the colourplay.
Wed, Mar 23, 2022
I've always been interested in Ogham writing - did you know it's one of the oldest hieroglyphic languages in the world? The Ogham scarf takes inspiration from this Celtic hieroglyphic language (which is pronounced Oam or Ome) - the earliest known form of written language in Ireland.
It was originally carved onto the corners of standing stone pillars, many of which can still be seen today in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The carved letters are read from bottom to top.
The Ogham scarf features the Irish words 'Le grá'/With love, which repeat three times in total.
Fri, Nov 12, 2021
The Inishere Shawl combines traditional Aran stitches in an easy-to-wear rectangular shape. The center panel features intertwining diamonds, like the patchwork fields of the designer’s Aran home, filled with seed stitch and garter stitch, and a ‘hugs and kisses’ cable running along each side. The seed stitch from the diamond centers is echoed in the shawl border. This shawl highlights the joy of Aran knitting: there is something different to do in each row, yet once you can read your knitting you can put away your pattern thanks to the repetitive nature of each individual element.
Thu, Oct 28, 2021
The Beirt Beanie design was in my head for quite a while - and one of the things that delayed its arrival was the fact that I found it hard to pick a name for it!
Thu, Sep 23, 2021
I recently had a lovely collaboration with Sophie from Sionnach Yarns; she contacted me about working up a hat in her Aran wool, and I actually had two designs in mind, so created two new knitting patterns.
Thu, Nov 19, 2020
I finally got some of my other hat designs down, and am happy to say that I have already released the Salthill Beanie, and the matching Salthill Wristwarmers. Salthill is a lovely area in Galway which has a great walk by the seaside, and these accessories are perfect for keeping you cosy on a windy day by the Atlantic!
Tue, Jul 7, 2020
I can hardly believe it's been so long since I last posted. Mostly this has been because I've been having IT difficulties uploading content, so fingers crossed it works this time.
Fri, Oct 4, 2019
I'm happy to share with you this blog post I wrote for Yarn Vibes (whom I created some designs for) - about useful knitting tools and notions.
Tue, Sep 24, 2019
Here is a second blog post I wrote for Yarn Vibes, about some stitch patterns commonly used in Aran Knitting: