Irish Moss

Irish_moss_finishedPattern: Irish Moss from Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore
Size: medium
Yarn: 17 skeins of Jamieson’s Soft Shetland
Anthracite (1050)


– Pattern calls for 16 skeins while I used 17. Extra skein was from a different dye lot which was used for shoulder panels and ribbing around the neck. Difference is not noticeable.

– Able to achieve tension mentioned in the pattern using size 4.5 mm needles.

–  Easier to obtain correct tension sample when sample did not have borders.

– Perfect yarn and pattern for splicing yarn ends so there are no yarn ends to weave into the sides.

I found this interesting Aran website called

Cardinal Stocking

CardinalStockingBigYarn: Cascade 220

Needle: 3.5mm


– toe-up on one circular needle as describe in Magic Loop booklet by Fibertrends

– short-row heels from a Regia booklet (no yarn overs)

– intarsia-in-the-round as described in Simple Socks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts


– cardinals from “Knit n’ Style” magazine (Dec. 2002)

– binoculars are my own design

– rest is from And A Time to Knit Stockingsby Katherine Pence.