Aran cable beanie: handknit wool beanies. ‘Giorraíonn beirt bóthar’ is an old Irish proverb which means ‘Two shorten the road’. The Beirt (pronounced Bert) Beanies feature two side-by-side little cables which illustrate this proverb perfectly! The zig-zag stitch pattern, which is commonly seen in Aran knitting, often symbolises two people travelling together along life’s winding paths. As a knitter from the Aran Islands, I love adapting the Aran style to suit modern style.
These hats come in two sizes: Small (dark grey) and Large (light grey). The Small size would equate to a traditional women's size, and the Large to a traditional men's size. The small hat measures around 14 inches/35 cm in circumference (flat/unworn); and 8 inches/20 cm from brim to crown. The hat is nice and stretchy though - my own head circumference is 24 inches/60 cm, and this is still quite a comfortable fit for me (although I wouldn't recommend it for a larger head size than 24").
The Large hat measures 20.5 inches/52 cm in circumference (flat/unworn); and 10 inches/25.5 cm from brim to crown. It's a great hat to suit a larger head, and would comfortable fit a head circumference of 26 inches/65 cm or a little larger.
Both hats have been knit using high-quality wool. The small, dark grey hat has been knit in a softer wool (Rowan Pure Wool DK) from the well known British brand Rowan. The light grey hat has been knit in a more rustic wool from the heritage Irish brand, Cushendale. Both hats are lovely and warm, ideal for the changing season. With the classic grey colours, they are bound to work well with any coats or jackets already in your winter wardrobe, and will look good in both the country and the city!
The knitting pattern is also available here, should anyone like to make their own Beirt Beanie: https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/1102083501/knitting-pattern-pdf-beanie-hat-and-cowl?ref=shop_home_active_3
Thank you for looking, and feel free to get in touch if you have any queries!
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