Alban Eilir

Alban Eilir

Alban Eilir, meaning Light of the Earth, is a design inspired by a solar symbol carving I saw inside Cairn T at Loughcrew Passage Tombs, Oldcastle, Co. Meath. The tombs were built around 3200 BC. Cairn T is aligned with the spring and autumnal Equinox.

My inspiration for this design came from the wonderfully inscribed backstone of Cairn T, stone 14. The passage of Cairn T is constructed in such a way that the sun’s rays on both equinoxes forms a narrow shaft of light that highlights the rock art on the backstone.

During the time of the spring equinox, this shaft of light highlights the solar symbol on the top left of the backstone and slowly descends to the solar symbol at the bottom of the stone as the sun rises.

This can still be seen today during the equinox periods – a sturdy pair of boots and an early rise are all that’s needed.

Finished Size

24” [60 cm] long x 9” [22.5 cm] high.


MC: 170yds/156mtrs Aran or Worsted weight yarn.
CC: 36yds/33mtrs Aran or Worsted weight yarn.

Needles & Gauge

4.5mm [US size 7] or size to obtain correct gauge.
Gauge; 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10cm] stockinette stitch (blocked).
Please be aware any changes in gauge may affect your yardage and finished size.

Skills Required

k, k2tog, yo

Pattern Notes

You will also need;
– 6 x 1” [2.5] cm buttons.
– 1 stitch marker

This pattern has both charted and written instructions.

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