Let’s talk colorwork! This is my in-progress shot of Tir Chonaill by knitwear designer Kate Davies, named for the long ago kingdom in what is now County Donegal, Ireland. I’m a huge colorwork junkie, and when I was alerted to this new pattern by one of my customers. . . well, I bought it and cast on immediately. Davies’ design is intended as a lap blanket or wrap, and can be easily adjusted to create a larger throw if desired. It’s knit in the round and then steeked — and absolutely perfect for knitters looking for their first colorwork project, because there are very few areas where floats need securing. Nervous about steeking? Don’t be! It’s fun — promise! Davies has her own clever method for finishing steeks called a “steek sandwich” and offers support for the technique right on her fabulous website. I’m really intrigued, and can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for such a lovely pattern, Kate — we’re huge fans!
Pattern: Tir Chonaill by Kate Davies
Yarn: Worsted weight wool; I chose Cascade 220 Solids & Heathers in 4 colors: MC Aran #8010 and CC Deep Sea #9546, Garnet #9341, Shire #2445. Davies suggests Donegal Yarns Soft Donegal.
Needles: Size 8 24″ circulars (Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Interchangeables)
Size: I’m following the pattern instructions, aiming for approx. 3 feet square.