Cranra (Irish, meaning a knot in wood) is a rectangular scarf with fringes, and a slipped-stitch motif inspired by knots in timber. Cranra was brought into existence because of my love for single-row stripes in garter stitch, combined with my desire to avoid weaving in ends or purling garter stitch in the round!
Cranra is begun by casting on lengthways, and knitting across the width of the scarf. The pattern is worked in single-row garter stitch stripes, with a slipped stitch motif. The yarn is broken after each row. After binding off, the first and last section of stitches are unravelled, and then knotted to form a fringe.
This sample is knit in Townhouse Yarns new base, Olla 2. The base yarn is spun in Donegal, and hand dyed by Townhouse Yarns in the most beautiful shades; I took quite some time deciding on just the right colour combination. This sample was knit in the colours Mustard Seeds and Smelt. I adore this combination of grippy, woolly wool in semi solid & subtley speckled shades unique to hand dyed yarns. The yarn will be launched at Woollinn this weekend, and Cranra will be available to squish & squoosh at This is Knit's stand (number 1) during the festival. If you're attending the festival, make sure to pick up a copy of the programme to get a download code for your free copy of this pattern.
The pattern purchase includes multiple files, in an attempt to allow the individual knitter to print just what they need; The first file is the printer-friendly basic pattern instructions with a concise chart, and written instructions. The second file contains a row-by-row diagram of the stitch motif, for those who like to tick off each row in their instructions as they progress. The third file contains photo tutorials for the finishing techniques used in the pattern; binding off, and unravelling and knotting the fringes.
In case you were wandering, the Irish for 'knot', as in a knot in yarn, is 'snaidhm', pronounced 'sneem' or 'snyme', depending on the dialect!
I am so thankful to Jenny of Townhouse Yarns for the yarn and moral support in bringing this pattern to life.
Thanks to Tom for the photos, and the small child for attempting to photo bom. Spot the bubble wand in this last picture!
Edit: this pattern is now available to buy through Payhip at this link, or through my Ravelry Store (link in profile).