What makes Donegal yarn so special?

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If you love Irish yarns and Irish designs, I warmly recommend Carol Feller's wonderful book "Contemporary Irish Knits."

 Carol Feller: Contemporary Irish Knits

The book not only contains many beautiful patterns for jumpers, cardigans and various accessories, it also explores the history of Irish spinning and knitting. The many photos of Ireland make me yearn for a trip over.

This may not happen any time soon with Covid-19 closing our borders, so in the meantime I am happy to work with our Donegal Kilcarra Aran Tweed yarns.

Carol Feller pattern for Kilcarra Aran Tweed

Carol Feller has some absolutely divine patterns in her book, including some that are written specifically for Donegal Kilcarra Aran Tweed, such as this delightful cardigan, shown here in colour Achaius.

Carol Feller pattern for Kilcarra Aran Tweed

Kilcarra Aran Tweed is a classic Donegal yarn. It is a loosely spun and very colourful yarn with little flecks of different color scattered throughout. As a result, even the simplest knit will have structure and interest! There is a homespun quality to this yarn due to small variations in the thickness.

What is really important to note is that Kilcarra Aran Tweed changes dramatically with washing; it softens up and becomes lofty and light.

Due to the loosely spun nature of Kilcarra Aran Tweed, you can knit it using a variety of needle sizes. The recommended needle sizes of 4.5-5.0mm provide a beautiful texture with a tension from 17–18 stitches per 10cm.

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