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Luise O'Neill

for Impeccable Knits   2014

Mooncoin Hat

The Music: The Rose of Mooncoin is a ballad written in the 1800s by Watt Murphy, teacher ~ builder ~ writer and poet, for his lost love Elizabeth. Upon hearing of their romance, Elizabeth’s parents sent her from her home in County Kilkenny, Ireland to England; Watt was heart-broken and composed this tune in her memory. In part the lyrics say: “Where the thrush and the robin their sweet notes entwine” - what a beautiful image to translate into cables.

The Mooncoin Hat features the distinctive Mooncoin cable separated by single honeycomb cables. Beginning with an irregular ribbing that flows into the main pattern stitches, the honeycomb cable columns are carried to the peak during the crown decreases. Instructions are included for making a slouchier hat - this will, of course, require more yarn than stated. This hat is knit from the ribbing up to the crown and begins with an Estonian Cast On.

The pattern contains both charted and written directions. Each size has its own chart and set of written directions and each size has been given its own page(s) for easy printing.

Patterns are available for matching Mooncoin Fingerless Mitts and Mooncoin Boot Toppers.

Pattern Detail

  • Pattern is both written out and charted
  • no schematics
  • no sewing
  • fall/winter
  • no sewing, circular, bottom-up / toe-up
  • finished circumference: 16.5 (19.25, 22)” / 42 (49, 56)cm; height: 7.25 (8.25, 9.25)” / 18.5 (21, 23.5)cm
  • digital PDF has 17 pages
  • intermediate
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 4.0 mm
    • US 6
    • 20.0 st st
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