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94 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sheknitupthat
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 22:22:53

    Hi guys, this is the first night I’ve had a chance to have a really proper look all around the site and I’m so impressed! So much work gone into this. Well done, it’s FABULOUS!


  2. Kerryfelter
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 22:01:26

    Excellent! Will add it to my list….well done!


  3. Traci
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 13:30:31

    Great to find you!!


  4. Pauline Gallagher
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 05:15:27

    Great to find your site and to see an Irish knitting &crochet site. I am the founder of The Knitting Class and am running .. Get Knitting for Christmas .. short courses and workshops at Arc Light Drama Studio ,in Cabinteely Co. Dublin. Courses begin Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th November at 11am – 12.30 and run for three weeks, covering all the basics …cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off , finish and make up. Cost is Cost : €50 to include starter kit— all you have to do is book and show up!

    The same material will be covered in the 1 day workshops 20th and 27th Nov. 10am – 3.30pm

    email theknittingclass@gmail.com

    looking forward to seeing you…


  5. rita
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:56:54

    Hi, found you while looking for a knit pattern. What I want is a knit pattern for First Communion, bolero or cardigan. Can anyone help

    I live in DFW, Texas


  6. kathleen c. reynolds
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 00:09:30

    I live in USA, but have been knitting the traditonal Aran sweaters for many years. I have visited Ireland several times and always come home with a bag of wool. For the past few years, it has been very hard to get, but I was fortunate to hear about the Kerry Woollen Mills just outside of Killarney. The wool is beautiful and the people there are very nice and accomodating. I have even phoned them and they have mail-ordered to me. I am looking for TRADITIONAL patterns with raglan sleeves —very hard to find. Please help me if you can. Thanks.


    • Pat Barbour
      Mar 30, 2011 @ 00:49:03

      Hi Kathleen,

      I saw your post and wondered if you had any luck finding the raglan patterns. I too have looked for them with very little success.

      I have been to the Kerry Woolen Mills and I agree about the wonderful wool, My sister and I are headed back to Ireland in May and I was thrilled to find this website as the other times we have been there finding yarn shops has been difficult.

      Any other thoughts would be apprciated!!


      Pat Barbour


      • Margaret
        Jan 15, 2012 @ 23:39:30

        I was looking for traditional aran patters and came across a website – vintageknittinglady.co.uk – it was brilliant, very efficient and the aptterns arrived very quickly. I have knit two of the patterns I’ve bought an am finding that the older patterns are quite small.

      • Margaret
        Jan 15, 2012 @ 23:42:17

        I was looking for traditional aran patters and came across a website – vintageknittinglady.co.uk – it was brilliant, very efficient and the patterns arrived very quickly. I have knit two of the patterns I’ve bought an am finding that the older patterns are quite small. You would need to go up a size or two

      • Claire
        Feb 17, 2012 @ 16:20:00

        I have googled “raglan patterns” and clicked “images” in my search and from here I could hover over the picture that interested me and click the image to see if the pattern was available.
        it works for me in my textile crafts.

  7. Edel Moran
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 14:45:02

    Hi Sirdar have aran knitting patterns with the raglan sleeve.


  8. Claire
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 21:53:35

    Hi There.
    I am looking for some beginners classes in knitting and crochet in Dublin (preferably Northside) on Wednesday evenings or Saturdays starting October 2011.
    Can anyone help or recommend somewhere?
    Thanks for your help, Claire


  9. Mary Kate
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 02:01:49

    Hi all

    Love that this site is devoted to Irish knitting and crochet. I would like to let people know we have a craft circle that meets every Friday morning in our local bookshop. We are based in Bookworm, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co Tipperary. We meet every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

    John Butler is the owner and is delighted to accommodate us. He has tea and coffee and some confectionery available for us to buy if we so wish. If you would like to come along any Friday we would be delighted to meet you. Knitting and crochet mostly but we welcome all crafters to join us. Look forward to seeing some new people next week.


  10. Margaret Corr
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 01:17:52

    It’s good to find an Irish site. Thank you.
    Will you add our group to your list please.
    Cork. Wilton Library every Tuesday 10.30 to 12.30.
    Knitting and Crochet.


    • Edwina Rafferty
      Mar 30, 2016 @ 12:28:39

      Hi Margaret,
      I live in Naas Co Kildare. I belong to the Naas Library knitting club maybe your club and our club could arrange visits where we could show each other our work and share ideas. Edwina


      • louise bannon
        Aug 03, 2016 @ 02:01:54

        Hi Edwina,

        I’m from Canada and new at this site and don’t really know how to go about posting my question, so, I hope you can help me and if not, I hope you will be able to let me know who might help me with this question.
        I have made many of the different dolls from the Jean Greenhowe’s kits, including the McScarecrow Clan dolls which everybody loves, especially when I have them out at Christmas time. The problem is that the McScarecrow Clan is a Scottish clan and my family ancestry is Irish (O’Bannon or Bannon). I would like to make the same knitted dolls but with Irish outfits and right hair color so they look like an Irish Clan. I thought of dressing the father and son in blue and green kilts (which I have been told was the Bannon tartan colors) for the father or leader of the clan and for the boy. But I have no idea what type of clothing I should make for the mother and little girl nor what I could replace the Scottish bagpiper uncle with. Any help or suggestions on your part would be greatly appreciated. If you need to forward my message to someone else, please free to do so.

        Please note that I have been searching numerous Irish knitting websites but couldn’t find find a contact to send my question to.

        Thank you so much in advance. Note: I’m not on facebook so, I can only be contacted by email at brightonians@cogeco.ca.

        Louise Bannon
        Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

  11. needtogrow
    May 12, 2012 @ 23:00:40

    Only recently started to blog and use WordPress.com, so now have found this site, great to find an irish knitting and crochet site. Don’t know of any craft groups. Limerick area.


    • Ellen Manning
      Aug 14, 2012 @ 20:21:48

      Hello Needtogrow, there is a crafting group (mostly knitting and crochet) called Rainbow Stitch ‘n’ Bitch that meets every second Sunday at the Zest cafe in the art museum in Pery Square in Limerick. Look them up on the Facebook page to get details of times etc. Good luck.


      • needtogrow
        Apr 01, 2013 @ 23:07:21

        Thanks Ellen great to hear that. Will find the group,
        needtogrow Mary

  12. tmoore@campus.ie
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 22:05:14

    Hi all im new to crochet and im having some small problems ,when im doing the square its all going off to one side ,when i put in the second colour it looks so bad ,can anyone help or tell me what im doing wrong please


    • carmel lyons
      Jan 28, 2013 @ 22:09:05

      Start with a circle of ch, join with SL St. Into the circle work 3ch 2tr 3ch 3tr then work 3tr 3ch 3tr…… 3 more times then join to the top of the 3 CH. Is that how you did your first row?


  13. buzzandlola
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 09:14:47

    Hi, thanks a million for including my blog http://www.buzzandlola.com. I hadnt seen this site before so looking forward to having a dig around it now 🙂


  14. Vg1974
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 22:34:39

    My priest is from Kilkenny Ireland. I would love to make him a sweater for Christmas with a traditional pattern from that region. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find something like this?


  15. olivia power
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 03:43:36

    Hi all you wonderful knitters out there. Great site. Please, please, is there anyone in the Waterford region who is willing to teach machine knitting, Brother standard and chunky 260 with ribber. I am an avid hand knitter yes, but have these machines sitting idle! I will pay for travel costs and tuition fees. PLEASE HELP. Olivia


  16. georginä. mccormick
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 13:47:46

    I would love to see more baby pattern s i used to do a lot but as i am older and tend to think of them being fiddly


  17. Marybeth Hawn
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 23:00:20

    What a wonderful site. I’m visiting from the US 5/18 to 6/3/2013, County Clare. Would love to knit with a group. Any ideas?


  18. Sheila Benzie
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 15:29:13

    I was visiting Dublin and saw a beautiful aran patchwork jacket with collar and one button. Does anyone know where I mlght find pattern.


  19. Faith
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 13:40:54

    Hi Mary,
    What a joy it was to hear from you,it’s always so nice when a comment is returned and this one especially so. I’d love to meet with you on Friday’s, how fun it must be, there in beautiful Tipperary. Maybe someday…I’ll get there and we can chat and crochet. My great grandmother on my fathers side of the family was a Ryan from Tipperary. I thank you for contacting me…it really made my day.. know that I am with you in spirit until we can meet all together at the bookstore.


  20. Sinéad
    May 10, 2013 @ 16:53:50


    I have a random question regarding a specific type of wool. My mam is in the middle of knitting an aran cardigan at the moment but unfortunately she has run out of wool. The wool she bought is from Aldi. It’s by a company called ‘Kirkton House’. It’s an aran yarn 400g. It’s a wine colour. The shade number is either 103, dye lot 19A or it could be shade 004, dye lot 16A. Not too sure which one it is.

    Would really appreciate it if you knew of somewhere we could get the wool. Contact me at nadeybags@gmail.com

    Thanks a million,


  21. Sinead
    May 14, 2013 @ 20:06:17

    Hey folks,
    Just wondering if anyone has or knows where I can get Kirkton House Aran wool in fuschia. It was bought in Aldi and I just ran out and I’m in the middle of a cardigan.

    Thanks a million


  22. Tara
    May 19, 2013 @ 18:21:49

    Just wondering if you know of anyone who knits to order (preferably around the Mullingar area)
    Any suggestions be greatly appreciated!!!
    Thanks ,


    • Mary O'Mahony
      Oct 18, 2013 @ 01:55:48

      Hi is there something in particular u would like?

      I am living in Kerry but my home place is kinnegad and I am in that area 2 times a month



      • Valerie Breslin
        Oct 18, 2013 @ 08:06:13

        Hi Tara
        Knitting makes me very happy as does crochet and I live in Kildare if that’s any help to you.

      • edelmacbride
        Oct 21, 2013 @ 20:28:31

        I have done some design work for a knitwear company in Monasterevin a few years ago. If you had an image perhaps I could help.
        We have a stand ‘A2’ at the RDS knitting and stitching next week Oct 31 to Nov 3, call and say Hi!

    • terrie
      Feb 08, 2014 @ 10:18:20

      Hi Tara,

      Drop into Knit1 Purl1 at Greenbridge Mullingar as we have a panel of experienced knitters
      or see our website knit1purl1.ie



  23. Peggy Corr
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 19:43:18

    I have heard of people knitting for Babies in Africa. Does anyone have information or a contact number please.


  24. Sighle
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 17:41:36

    I’d like to recommend Blackwater Abbey yarns to the hand knitters here. It is similar to Harrisville and the colourways are gorgeous.
    Go maire sibh slan!


  25. Deb Eiserle
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 13:28:47

    Am looking for Irish knit afghan patterns. Would like something unique to County Mayo as my family came from there. Need “easier” pattern if possible.
    Thanks – Deb


  26. robin dale selman
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 07:45:10

    i have only been doing crocheting sense this December and i love it. im currently look for a very old crochet pattern for a shawl or wrap. please help one irish family bring back some of there hairatge. MY FAMILY is part of the Gordon clan. i have aways wanted to see where my family came from. this is aas close as im going to get.


  27. Val
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 23:17:56

    Having just discovered your site, I would love to know if anyone knows of somebody looking for hand knitters as a job?


  28. jools
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 15:00:33

    Hi I’m looking to find anyone who has a spare 400g kirkton house Aran Yarn
    shade 004 Dye lot 16A Cream from Aldi Store I have a 400gof 103 Dye Lot 19A ReddyWine to swap .


  29. Edel MacBride
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:45:52

    Could we add our yarn shop here to this lovely resource, we’re in Donegal near the village of Convoy and our yarn and classes are called ‘knitfield’ , we also do original patterns and kits by Edel MacBride the designer who owns Knitfield


  30. Susan
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 15:45:18

    I am looking for a pattern similar to a sweater called County Kildare Cardigan by authentic Irish knit made in the Monasterevin, County Kildare, Ireland.


  31. carol doyle
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 20:31:35

    hi, looking for machine knitter in Dublin/ wicklow area i have 4 ply wool. Thanks Carol


  32. Aga Linetty
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 13:08:18

    Does anyone can teach me crocheting in co.Kildare?


    • Carol
      Feb 15, 2014 @ 16:30:57

      Have you checked with The Constant Knitter or This is Knit shops in Dublin? They both do classes and may know people based in Kildare. They are easily found online.


  33. Katie
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 21:19:09

    Hi Looking for are Cross-stitching group in Dublin. Thank Katie


  34. sophie
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 14:18:45

    Hi everyone. Am currently trying to locate anybody who may have participated in the knitting of the Knitted Map of Cork in 2004-5. Would any of you guys know anyone who did or be such a one yourselves. Would be delighted to talk to you. Thanks


    • Linda
      Feb 28, 2015 @ 23:39:20

      Hi Sophie,

      What type of info are you looking for, made several blocks for the knitting map.


  35. Tina (Martina)
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 19:07:07

    Hello, I am from Dublin Ireland, now living in the states.
    This is a great find.


  36. Maggi
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 00:59:59

    Hi all just found this site, My name is Maggi and I am looking for both machine and hand knitters


    • Valerie Breslin
      Mar 09, 2014 @ 17:24:52

      Hi Maggi,
      My name is Val. I live in Kildare and I would be very interested in doing hand knitting. I have done a lot of knitting over the years in childrens and adults, including fair isle and aran. I also enjoy crocheting. Please let me know if I am in the right area for you.


    • Carramore,claremorris,co.mayo
      Sep 29, 2015 @ 19:54:27

      Are you still looking for knutters


    • ann
      Sep 30, 2015 @ 17:43:42


      Are you still looking for hand knitters ?


    • ann
      Nov 09, 2015 @ 23:41:40

      I am available to hand knit.


    • ann
      Nov 11, 2015 @ 22:01:26

      What area are you in ?
      Sent you a message ages ago, didn’t get an answer ??



  37. Phil Ann Hayward
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 01:51:21

    I am traveling thru Ireland for 10 days starting the 26th of March. My first trip. I am from the Sacramento area here in the USA, going to Dublin, Kilkenny, And Galway.
    Can someone please inform me of where I might find yarn shops along the way. I work for Hospice, and crochet afghans for my patients. Every birthday and Christmas, I always ask for yarn…it would be very nice to pick special yarn out for a change. Any help would be greatly apprenticed. Thank you.


  38. Abigail Richardson
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 18:42:54

    Hi , does anyone now of crotchet groups that meet in the Limerick area?


  39. Kathleen
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 00:45:20

    I am trying to knit my newest grandchild ‘s name in an Irish Knit afghan using cable stitches. Is there such a thing as patterns for the cabled alphabet?


  40. Joan Ward
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 22:33:12

    I can’t believe that I have reached the age that I have and I never knew you guys were here. I am delighted to have found you. Clickety click. I knit and crochet and probably do both of those things when I should be engrossed in more mundane stuff. 🙂


  41. fawziacrochet1
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 15:55:04

    Hiya! Does anyone know where I might be able to find someone to crochet me some fingerless gloves? I’m in the Dublin area and any assistance would be much appreciated. Thanks!!!


    • Valerie Breslin
      Jan 12, 2015 @ 13:00:58

      Do you have a specific pattern or would it matter to you? I live in Kildare but often go visit my sister in Dublin. In what part of Dublin are you?


  42. John McCarthy
    Jan 31, 2015 @ 23:23:45

    Hi. I’m looking to learn to knit and would like to know if there are classes/groups near Prosperous or Clane Co Kildare


  43. John McCarthy
    Jan 31, 2015 @ 23:28:01

    Hi. I would like to know if there are classes / groups near Prosperous or Clane Co Kildare where I could learn to knit.


  44. Michelle Cummins
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 20:18:09

    I would like to learn crochet i have not done it before what day and time will it be on


  45. Marypat. Bowen
    Jul 14, 2015 @ 23:17:01

    My Irish cousin (age 84) has terrible arthritis and can’t knit…do y know how I can help her? Where could I get her a knitting board? Thanks a million. I live in Brunswick, Maine, USA . I was in Ireland in May but couldn’t find anything to help her. She is so bored because she was an excellent knitter! Hugs to anyone who can help me!,,


    • Kathleen
      Jul 17, 2015 @ 18:26:30

      Hi Marypat. I just Googled “knitting board” and there are many promising hits, including a great 5 minute YouTube video. I suggest you try that. My arthritis is catching up to me, so I may be buying one myself in the foreseeable future.


  46. Lynda Ketcham
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 22:58:32

    I am not sure what a knitting board is. But weaving is very good for people with arthritis or people who have had a stroke, what about a small table loom?


  47. margaret brost
    Oct 17, 2015 @ 19:13:54

    Am looking for a hand knitter for a men’s aran shawl collar sweater (sm to med) in a navy blue yarn.


    • ann
      Oct 17, 2015 @ 22:05:43

      yes, i can help.


    • ann
      Nov 09, 2015 @ 23:38:10

      Have left a message previously. I can/will do it.


  48. Geraldine Doyle
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 17:13:59

    Hi do you know of any crochet classes in Wexford ?


    • Ann Maguire
      Nov 09, 2015 @ 23:34:53

      yes, Crafty Wool Shop, 3Redmond Square, Wexford. It’s a lovely shop.


      On Monday 9 November 2015, Irish Knitting & Crochet wrote:

      > Geraldine Doyle commented: “Hi do you know of any crochet classes in > Wexford ?”


    • ann
      Nov 09, 2015 @ 23:43:49

      yes, Crafty wool shop, 3 Redmond Square, Wexford


  49. Sandra Bogan
    Nov 11, 2015 @ 13:19:19

    Hi. Crochet classes are held 3 nights per week at Border Yarns, we are located 3 miles from Oldcastle Co Meath and 6miles from Virginia Co Cavan. More details on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/borderyarns


    • ann
      Nov 11, 2015 @ 21:54:04

      Thank you, looks lovely


  50. Mary Dunning
    Nov 14, 2015 @ 19:43:50

    Would anyone please know where I could find someone to mend a knitting machine in the west of Ireland


    • ann
      Nov 15, 2015 @ 14:48:01

      What make is it ?


  51. Annemarie
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 02:45:47

    Is there any course’s or groups in Kilkenny city thanks


  52. josephine boshell
    Jan 21, 2016 @ 02:50:51



  53. Breda Duggan
    Jan 21, 2016 @ 22:35:50

    I’m looking for crochet classes near Enfield County Meath or Kilcock County Kildare


    • ann
      Jan 22, 2016 @ 22:13:36

      Sorry, don’t know


      • Margaret Corr
        Jan 23, 2016 @ 01:20:46

        Great tutorials on u-tube or if you don’t find a group to join start one yourself. Some wool shops vacillate knitting and crochet groups also library’s have rooms for free. Good luck.

  54. Pamela Vaughan
    Feb 06, 2016 @ 00:42:56

    Just wondering if u can get a crochet machine for home use in Ireland pls


  55. jo erhardt
    Feb 07, 2016 @ 16:01:05

    My sister and I will be in Ireland during May, 2016 and we are looking for shops and instruction on lace and Irish crocheting. We will be traveling all over the country so all info will be appreciated. Thank you. Jo


  56. Pauline Hopkins
    May 26, 2016 @ 13:07:16

    Hi, I am looking for knitting groups in both the Doolin and Dingle areas. Any help would be appreciated.


  57. Sinead Downey
    Feb 01, 2017 @ 22:20:23

    Hi. I’m just wondering if anyone has or knows if there’s anywhere to get some aldi Aran wool (aldi aren’t selling it at the moment). My mam is in the middle of knitting some jumpers and she ran out of cream fleck Aran wool. Its called Kirkton wool and its shade 025 dye 2690.

    Thanks a million,


  58. Lisa O'Brien
    Aug 11, 2018 @ 20:41:03

    Hi. I would love to get two pink/mauve octopuses for a little preemie girl. Needs to be coombe hospital compliant. Can anyone help?


  59. Lisa O'Brien
    Aug 12, 2018 @ 10:05:20

    Hi there. I am looking to get a crochet octopus 🐙 or two for a preemie baby girl in the coombe. Can anyone recommend someone who can do these?


  60. Irina
    Oct 20, 2018 @ 18:33:19

    Hi Lisa! Did you find a knitted toy for the girl? I can give you a crocheted owl that I made myself. I don’t have an octopus.


    • Louise salam
      Oct 31, 2018 @ 17:02:04

      Hi Irina!
      This is my first visit to this site so bear with me. I just received this post from you, addressed to Lisa. I think there was some confusion – I’m not Lisa but Louise. However, after reading your reply to Lisa, I realized that I have a crochet pattern for an octopus and a starfish. I had printed the free crochet patterns from http://www.redheart.com back in 2010. The pattern no. is LW2193 for the purple octapus and for the yellow/pumpkin starfish.

      So, if you can, please forward this information to Lisa.

      Nice to talk to you!
      Louise Bannon Salam


      • Lisa O'Brien
        Nov 11, 2018 @ 09:39:14

        Hi Guys. Thanks for the message. I had the octopus made and it went down really well

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