‘Giorraíonn beirt bóthar’ is an old Irish proverb which means ‘Two shorten the road’. The Beirt (pronounced Bert) Aran Beanie features two side-by-side little cables which illustrate this proverb perfectly! The zig-zag stitch pattern, which is commonly seen in Aran knitting, often symbolises two people travelling together along life’s winding paths. As a knitter from the Aran Islands, I love adapting traditional Aran motifs, here creating a seamless beanie with optional matching cowl.
Three sizes are provided, but the pattern is easily adapted to provide more sizes by working more or less of the 8-st repeat.
There is a DK (or light worsted) version of this design also available (the Beirt Beanie), but this Aran weight version has completely different crown shaping.
The cabling pattern is not overly complicated; working a 8 stitch repeat - I would consider this a pattern suitable for improving and intermediate knitters. Written and charted instructions are included.
The finished hat is seamless, so minimal finishing is required!
- Both written and charted instructions
- Both imperical and metric measurements
- 6 pages of instructions
Materials you need at home:
- 4.5mm or US8 circular knitting needles
- 5.5mm or US9 circular knitting needles
- Stitch Marker
- Tapestry/Knitter's Sewing Needle
- Cable Needle
I'm a knitter from the Aran Islands, combining traditional elements of Aran knitting (e.g. cables, lattice work) with more modern techniques, such as seamless knitting, to create my own original designs.
I first learnt to knit when I was about 6, and, at school, we moved on to Aran knitting pretty quickly! I kept knitting over the years, as a hobby, and also started knitting some items for my cousin to sell on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Then came the brainwave of setting up a shop online, so people could buy original Aran knits without having to come all the way here! I loved creating my own original designs, and eventually made the step to publishing them : )
I'm always happy to hear from you if you have any queries about my shop! You can find my online shop at www.aranaccessories.net and follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr @aranaccessories ; I am on Facebook at aranaccessories.net Le gach beannacht/With best wishes, Máirín Ní Dhonncha