Step into the magic circle of Celtic trees where fairies are known to dwell.
Birch, Rowan, Alder, Willow, Ash, Thorn, Oak, Holly, Hazel, Apple, Vine, Ivy, Broom, Briar (Blackthorn), Elder, Fir, Hedge (Furze), Heather, Poplar, Yew, Aspen, Spindle, Beech & Woodbine (Honeysuckle). You may wonder why Gooseberry is missing? Ask the faeries about a certain midnight snack they may pretend to know nothing about!
This never-ending cowl contains list of Celtic trees that also make up the Ogham. The Ogham (Oh-um) is an ancient Irish alphabet from around the 4th century based on trees, with each symbol or “letter” of the alphabet representing a certain native tree of the Celtic Nations. B = Birch etc… Writings in this ancient language can still be seen on standing stones throughout Ireland and in other parts of the British Isles. These trees were considered sacred and there were were harsh consequences for harming them. I hope you will enjoy staying warm within this healing circle of trees so well loved and protected by many of our ancestors! Note: Some of the letters are highly debated by scholars. I took a bit of liberty with a few of my own interpretations.
Sizes: One Size
Finished measurements: 23 inches x 11 inches measured flat (after seaming into tube.)
Yarns used: Sport weight yarn such as: Brown Sheep Co. Nature Spun Sport weight yarn, 50 g – 184 yds – 168 m, 100% wool,
MC: Color number 209S Wood moss (Dark greenish brown.) 5 balls.
CC1: Color number 730S Natural (Cream.) 3 balls.
Tension/gauge: Use needles necessary to get your gauge. Work 26 sts and 28 rows to measure 4×4” in St stitch using US 4 (3.5 mm) needles with MC.
A pair of US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles 24” long (or size needed to get gauge.) Spare set of circular needles in a similar size for use when seaming using Kitchener Stitch, crochet hook (any size – for provisional cast-on,) stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Tiny owl stitch dictionary: (Stitches and terms used in this pattern.)
CC 1: contrasting color 1
MC: main color
(RS): right side
St st: stockinette stitch. When in the round, knit every round.