Ciara Ní Reachtnín


Ciara is an Irish designer, living in the west of Ireland. She likes to promote and use Irish wool and yarn wherever possible, but loves any quality squishy skein. Mammy to three, Ciara also writes about yarny adventures on and is on ravelry. She am a regular contributor to UK magazine Knit Now and gives knitting classes with Irish Tourism.

Projects by Ciara Ní Reachtnín

Forest Among the Trees Shawl

This shawl is perfect for a walk through the woods on an autumnal evening. The shawl is worked from the bottom up starting with a garter stitch border and merging into slip stitch tree motifs.

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Cabled Crossroads Socks

These gorgeous, variegated top-down socks feature a cluster of cables along the sides which can be modified to adjust the height of the socks. Customize the length and style of your socks by playing with the number of cable repeats.

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Swan Lake Hat and Mittens Set

This gorgeous hat and mittens set is made from warm wool and luxurious cashmere yarn for a super soft and wondrously warm feel. Aside from a simple ribbed brim, both pieces feature intricate Fair Isle colorwork throughout the entirety of the pattern, a mixture of swans and hearts, to create a winter pattern set you’ll adore.

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Secret Admirer Socks

Valentine knits are typically bright and cheery, but there’s an understated beauty in darker shades. These Secret Admirer Socks are subtle and sophisticated and make for a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

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Diamond Lace Shawl

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and this cozy shawl is no exception. Featuring diamond-inspired lace and glittery beads, this shawl is great for wrapping up on long romantic walks through the woods or for wearing over your best dress for a romantic dinner.

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Easy Cabled Cushion

Using the tutorial on the previous page, knit this cushion with simple cables to adorn any couch. The cushion cover is striped on one side, cabled on the front and closed with a button band on the back for ease of washing.

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How to Knit Cables

There is no need to be daunted by cables – they’re very easy to make! Cables are just a combination of knits and purls that are simply worked out of sequence, typically on the right-side of rows, by repositioning a number of stitches to a cable needle, holding them in front or behind your work

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Lemon Dipped Shawl

The shawl is reminiscent of limoncello ice cream sorbet and warm sunny days. The ombre design of the Lemon Dipped Shawl creates a warm accent to an everyday neutral accessory that’s perfect for a walk along a cool beach or an evening stroll around the town.

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Colors of the Sea Shawl

Colors of the Sea is a beautiful and lightweight lace shawl worked up in the color of the Atlantic Ocean. The semi-circular shawl is knit top down in varying bands of lace and textured stitches that increase outwards and end in a knit-on lace border, mimicking the ebb and flow of the sea.

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Sensational Seaweed Wrap

This cowl/wrap/scarf uses only one ball of yarn and is inspired by seaweed found within the sea, whose colors are mirrored in the varying hues of yarn. The wrap has a simple sea foam lace construction with added beads reminiscent of pearls. The wrap is long and wide and can be worn open over a dress or, by closing the buttons, can become a cozy cowl and worn long or doubled up.

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