Aran shawl knitting pattern: The Inishere Shawl is named after the smallest of the Aran Islands - where I come from! I designed this wrap to combine traditional Aran stitches creating a easy-to-wear rectangular shape. Only one size of needle is required, and one shade of beautiful wool. Both written and charted instructions are provided. The Inishere Shawl was originally published in Knotions magazine (October 2021).
The centre panel features intertwining diamonds, like the patchwork fields of my Aran home, filled with seed stitch and garter stitch, and a ‘hugs and kisses’ cable running each side. The seed stitch from the diamond centres 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.
900m(984 yards) or 600g of worsted or aran weight yarn
Size US 9 (5.5mm), straight or circulars (the shawl is worked flat)
Approx. 69” [175cm] long and 24” [60cm] wide
Tapestry needle (to weave in ends)
Stitch markers optional (for marking border, start of cable, etc.)
I would rate the difficulty of this shawl as medium - the cables are not particularly difficult, but you have to work three different ones at the same time. Once you have worked them all once, they repeat over and over until the end, so the shawl becomes easier the more you knit!
It's my great pleasure to continue working in the Aran knitting tradition to bring new patterns to knitters all over the world - thank you for looking and feel free to contact me if you have any questions : )
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