Ériu is the third shawl in the Éire Collection. This collection of shawls celebrates the three sister Queens of Ireland.

Ériu, from whom Ireland (Éire) gets her name, is the sister who is as warm and welcoming as the people of Ireland itself, she has the energy and craic of a céilí and she shows the soothing air of the island itself. She makes you long to see a landscape of fresh green hills and fields, forests as old as time, and lakes and rivers that glisten in the sparkling light. Ériu is the heart of Ireland.

Ériu is a crescent shaped shawl beginning from a garter stitch tab. Increases are worked on both right and wrong sides. She has a wonderful, soothing, repetitiveness achieved by the uncomplicated twisted cables that run like rivers down her length. They twist, turn, rise and fall in a mesmerising fashion down the length of her. In between these cables are fields of smooth, silky stockinette which have eyelets and beads dotted throughout them.

Ériu features a knitted on border of cables mixed with beads and eyelets. This border spreads its arms and hugs the shawl. The 900 beads throughout the design dance and shine, as the light catches her, and gives Ériu a lively and fun air.

Finished Size

66” [168cm] wide x 18” [46cm] deep.
Ériu is easily adaptable and this is explained in the pattern notes.


601yds/550m 4ply Fingering weight yarn
(Sample was knit in Life in the Long Grass Semi Solid in the Boreen colourway)

Needles & Gauge

4mm [US size 6]
Sample was worked at a gauge of 28 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10cm] stockinette stitch using 4mm needles (unblocked). Please be aware any changes in gauge may affect your yardage and finished size.

Skills Required

2/2RC, m1-R, m1-L, k, k2tog, p, ssk, yo, garter stitch tab, knitted on border to live sts, cable cast on

Pattern Notes

You will also need;
– Approx 900 size 6 Miyuki seed beads (sample used colour 0014)
– 1mm crochet hook or preferred method for attaching beads
– 18 stitch markers
– Cable needle

Pattern includes charts and full written instructions with bead placement shown clearly in both sets of directions. You may find it useful to print your pattern on a colour printer though should you not have one you could always use a coloured pencil to mark your beaded stitches.

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