Hat & cowl set. ‘Giorraíonn beirt bóthar’ is an old Irish proverb which means ‘Two shorten the road’. The Beirt (pronounced Bert) Beanie features 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.
Here the design complements a handknit beanie hat and cowl set. The traditional style is brought up to date with a beautiful marled self-striping yarn, Colorina by Hobbii. This is a yarn suitable for those with wool sensitivities - it is 80% acrylic, 20% wool. It is a beautifully lightweight yarn - the whole set weighs less than 50g!
The hat measures around 16 1/2 inches/42 cm in circumference (flat, unworn), and 8 inches/20 cm from brim to crown. The hat is soft and stretchy - my own head circumference is 24 inches/60 cm, and this would be a comfortable fit for me. The cowl has the same circumference, but measures 5 inches/12.5 cm in height. It is lovely to wear with a jacket or coat, as it fits snugly to the neck without adding any additional bulk.
The knitting pattern (by me!) 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
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