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Hi, my name is Kate Lonsdale. I learned to knit from my mother when I was about nine years old. I remember that my first project was a hideous garter stitch scarf in a variegated yellow, orange and ...

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from Moon & Sixpence Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Gormlaith

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, cable stitches

Pattern Description:

This intricate cabled scarf pattern is named after the most notorious noblewoman in medieval Ireland, Gormlaith (pronounced "gorm-la") ingen Murchada, the wife of three different kings of Ireland and a powerful political force in her day. The most famous saga of the day describes her as charismatic and "endowed with great beauty" but also as manipulative and "utterly wicked." I like to think that this scarf has a little bit of her beautiful and rebellious spirit in each stitch.

This is a great pattern for anyone who enjoys doing intricate cable patterns but doesn't want to commit to making a sweater.

Directions are written for both medium and long sizes (see measurements), and the cable instruction are provided in both WRITTEN AND CHARTED formats. This pattern has has been professionally tech edited and pattern-tested.

Happy Knitting!


23 stitches and 27 rows = 4"/10 cm in cable pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Medium: 9.5" X 60"/24 X 152cm (the red/pink version)
  • Large: 9.5" X 75"/24 X 190.5cm (the olive green version)

You Will Also Need:

  • Size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
  • One cable needle

Suggested yarn:

800 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Berroco Blackstone Tweed