Scarf knitting pattern: Ogham Scarf. Originally published in Knotions magazine, I designed this scarf to combine traditional Aran stitches and Latvian braids to recreate the distinctive Ogham alphabet. The Ogham scarf is inspired by the old Celtic hieroglyphic language of Ogham (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. It is a part of Irish heritage that I have always been drawn to (probably partly due to winning a pendant with my name on it in Ogham as a child!)
The Ogham Scarf features the Irish words ‘Le grá’/With love, which repeat three times in total. Charts are provided for the letters L, E, G, R and A, and also a bonus chart for the reversed L, in case you want the scarf to read correctly from the bottom up at both ends of the scarf (and not have a mirrored letter). The pattern creates an 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 cabling pattern is not complicated, but cabling takes place on both sides of the work: I would consider this a pattern suitable for improving or intermediate knitters, and of medium difficulty.
Knitter’s sewing needle/tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
Stitch markers optional (for marking border, start of cable, etc.)
This shawl highlights the joy of Aran knitting: there is something different to do in each row, which makes it fly along!
450m(500 yards) or 300g of worsted or aran weight yarn
Size US 9 (5.5mm), straight or circulars (the shawl is worked flat)
70" x 9" (178cm x 23cm)
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 : )
The scarf is available at a special introductory discount of 50% until end of Sunday August 14th : )
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