Ciara Ní Reachtnín


Ciara is an Irish designer and indie dyer living in the wilds of the West of Ireland with her four children – a teenage mastermind, a mad scientist, his sidekick, the 6-year-old Queen of Connacht herself and her husband and two crazy dogs, one cat and two fish. She prefers to promote and use Irish wool and yarn wherever possible, but love any quality squishy skein! She has regular contributions to Knitty, Knotions, Twist collective, UK Knit Now magazine and I Like Knitting. She also hosts Knitting workshops with Irish Tourism and Knitting Tours. See her designs on Ravelry.

When not knitting, she is busy with her day job as a multi-grade primary school teacher in a tiny rural school and stuck in all sorts of other fiddly crafts.

Projects by Ciara Ní Reachtnín

Dandelion Wishes Oversized Tee

Embrace a carefree spirit with this boxy, oversized t-shirt inspired by the whimsical dandelion puff and their drifting seeds. According to legend, blowing all the seeds off in one breath will make any wish come true. We’re wishing for one of these trendy tees in every color of the rainbow!

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Psychedelic Posies Socks

Craft a pair of retro-inspired socks perfect for spring. Featuring a floral cuff with a 70s vibe, these cozy socks are worked in the round with an afterthought heel for an extra touch of nostalgia.

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Little Valentine Pocket Pullover

This charming toddler sweater not only offers warmth but also boasts a large patch pocket — a perfect hideaway for their stash of Valentine sweets or a snug spot for tiny hands during the winter chill. The sweater showcases a delightful array of hearts adorning the front, adding a touch of whimsy and charm to their wardrobe. The standout feature is the large kangaroo pocket in the front, featuring a larger version of the heart motif, enhancing both style and functionality.

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Forget Me Not Girl’s Cardigan

This delightful cardigan is designed to evoke the essence of spring for your little girl. Thoughtfully designed, this cardigan captures the beauty of these petite blooms, offering a charming and elegant touch to your little one’s wardrobe. The forget-me-not flowers bloom across the yoke, creating a whimsical and enchanting design that embodies the spirit of springtime.

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Rosaleen Embroidered Tee

Rosaleen (an Irish name meaning Little Rose) is a lightweight summer t-shirt inspired by the blossoming flowers of a rose garden. Adorned with tiny embroidered roses,create your own tiny rose garden with this intriguing design.

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Rudolph the Reindeer Knit Cushion

Rustic and festive, Rudolph sports a set of striped candy cane antlers to complement his red nose. Based off of the Critter Cushions from the February 2018 issue, this adorable Christmas critter is just waiting to adorn your family room sofa.

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Crown Jewels

A quirky and whimsical crown for the dress up box, no child’s toy box will be complete without the Crown Jewels. This crown is worked flat in garter stitch, and then the edges are folded over and crocheted together to create the correct shape. The points of the crown are made with simple increases, decreases, cast ons and bind offs. To keep its sturdy (and royal) look, the crown is lightly stuffed with poly-fil so it will never droop. Buttoned jewels help to finish the royal look.

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