The Cliffs of Dooneen/ Kit with Delicato Layers

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Deep Sea
Deep Sea
The original piece, as it looks when worn
The original piece, as it looks when worn
A close-up
A close-up
The cliffs that inspired the song and thus the shawl.
The cliffs that inspired the song and thus the shawl.

A marvelous design, an interesting and lovely yarn -- perfect together. 

The Design

This design is by Leenane Norhem, the amazing designer behind the Home on the Range shawl.  

Here is how Leeane describes it:

This one is inspired by the song ‘The Cliffs of Dooneen’. Cliffs are my favorite landscape feature! 
In this shawl I tried to render the rugged aspect of the cliffs as well as the beautiful light effects in the combination of shades of green.

It is a real beauty. 


The Yarn

The original yarn which Leenane knit this in was Istex einband Lace, a 2 ply 100% wool.  She used roughly 460 - 495 yards (421 - 453 m).

The yarn we offer is not the same as this; however, she agrees that it would work beautifully.  :-)  

And so you can see this yarn in the inset photos on the top picture and then again below it.  The other photos of Leenane's first piece are shown so you can get an idea of the shawl itself. 

The yarn we offer here is called Delicato and is from Prism Yarns.  It is a 100% Tencel yarn, with approximately 630 yards to its 4 ounce skein.

This is perfect for those dreaming of warmer weather; plus it is a wonderful fiber for anyone who has trouble with animal fibers either from allergies or from personal philosophy (this yarn is vegan). 

Here is how the folks at Prism Yarn put it:

This lovely lace yarn is a terrific substitute for more costly silk. Lustrous, smooth and silky, the hand is superior with beautiful stitch definition and blocking retention. Tencel® is ten times more absorbant than cotton, stretches less than rayon, and is environmentally friendly (made from sustainable trees and in a closed-loop system that re-uses all chemicals).

Layers™ refers to a new method of adding color that Prism has come out with. Again, I quote Prism:

A style of dyeing unique to Prism, Layers are complex colors that are dyed one at a time over one another. The result is non-pooling, non-striping, subtle overlays of color upon color, with both parents visible as well as every combination between the two.

Really lovely. And all that is needed is one skein, your choice of colorway. 

The Colorways

We brought in three colorways. Only one mirrors the look of Leenane's piece, with the greens of pines and firs of winter.  The other two again go more toward colors of springtime. 

  • Conifer is just what the name suggests.  This tonal colorway plays with the colors of evergreen trees from the lighter greens of new needles thorugh to the darker deep greens of the stately and majestic mature trees. Quite rich and with a lovely depth to it. This will give a look similar to the one you see in Leenane's original piece. (Sorry, sold out)
  • Deep Sea actually reminds me more of the perfect sky of a spring day with nary a cloud in the sky.  Again a tonal almost-solid, this one is subtle variations on blues.  The sheen of the yarn adds a wonderful addition to the overall look. 
  • Mist has very slightly more variegation than the other two while still staying within a color family.  Here we have a delicate lilac-gray moving into pinks and light rose.  A beautiful combination of hues. (Sorry, out of stock)

The Pattern

We offer three ways to get the pattern for Dooneen.

And know that this pattern has been test knitted. It includes both charts and written instructions.

I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Leeane via her Ravelry web page. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that. There are 9 pages to this pattern. 

We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit).

Just make sure that both drop-down menus (the one for your yarn colorway and the one for the pattern) are both set as you would like before you check out.