Today we’re celebrating this Irish Holiday with the 100% Irish-American Carrie Maureen Sullivan of Irish Girlie Knits!
When coming up with our Saint Patrick's day newsletter we couldn't think of a better designer to feature. Carrie's patterns are frequently inspired by her Irish heritage. Her great-grandparents on both sides were from Ireland. She grew up celebrating the holiday with her family, eating corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, lots of soda bread, and listening to toe tapping Irish music.
Alas, Saint Patrick's day is only one day, but these are also great projects for the changing season. Our evenings are brighter, the weather is warming, and in just a few days it’ll officially be spring. It's a great time to start knitting bright colored accessories.
The Kenmare Lace Hat is named after the coastal town of Kenmare in Ireland, which is known for their lace tradition. While this hat may look complicated, Irish Girlie Knits patterns are always approachable, and the lace stitch has a few yarn-overs and an easy-to-memorize 6-stitch lace pattern. We've got this project in Anzula's Croquet, a blend of silk and wool that will feel great on your hands and your head.
Rathmore's namesake is a small town near where Irish Girlie's Irish grandfather was born in County Cork, Ireland. The lush rural countryside inspired her to design this infinity scarf with it's hints of leaves and greenery. We've got it paired with Anzula's It Could Be Worsted, another great silk and wool blend with colors to show off the pattern.
The original Cobh is a colorful seaport town on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland. The shawl is a combination of garter stitch, stripes, and a lace-pattern that is only a 2-stitch repeat. We've got it in three combinations of eye-candy colors of Anzula Croquet.
Bodacious might not have a name inspired by Ireland, but it's definitely a spring piece. The thick stripes show off the contrast between the colors and the chevron pattern won't frustrate you. This project comes in Ewe Ewe So Sporty, a light-weight wool that comes in colors that pop.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day and begins spring with some great projects and colors!