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Dark Purl Nua Woollinn MAL

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Dark Pearl Nua

Right now we are all scared and worried about what happening around the world and in our own country with the Covid-19 pandemic. The best advice out there is telling us to stay at home and away from public spaces which for us knitters will mean a lot more knitting time!

Woollinn, the Dublin yarn festival, is due to take place in June this year. Before the festival they run a MAL (make along) which has both a knit and crochet design. This year my redesigned, Dark Pearl Nua, along with Aoibhe Ni’s crochet design, Venus, are the two MAL patterns. Right now we are in such a big period of uncertainty that I’m holding fast to my knitting community for support and my knitting for physical calming. I very much welcome the distraction of the MAL chatter and fun!

Aoibhe Ni’s Venus Crochet shawl pattern

You can get 15% off both patterns using coupon code MAL2020 until the 30th of March. Also you can get 15% off the Dark Pearl Nua Sport kits here with that code as well as Townhouse Yarns Poolbeg yarn.

KAL Details

Cast-on date for the KAL is the 30th of March and we can all jump into the Woollinn forum on Ravelry here for all MAL discussions. I’ll be sure to pop in to offer help and advice very regularly. Find more details on the Woollinn website here.

Pattern Details

Several years ago I designed a pattern called Dark Pearl. This used a fingering weight yarn for the cardigan. I’ve redesigned the sizing for this cardigan to use Nua Sport which is a slightly heavier weight yarn so the sizes, yarn amounts and final details are slightly different. However if you’ve previously purchased Dark Pearl on Ravelry you can just drop Dark Pearl Nua into your shopping basket and you’ll get it for free!

So a little bit more about the pattern:

This cardigan is knit from the top down with raglan shoulder shaping. When the back of the body is finished the front scalloped lace panel is worked from picked up stitches along the side. This front panel can be buttoned or allowed to drape down the side.

To Fit Actual Bust Circumference up to: 32 (34.75, 37.25, 40.75, 44, 46.75, 50, 53.25, 56)” / 81.5 (88, 94.5, 103.5, 112, 119, 127, 135.5, 142) cm.
0-3” / 0-7.5 cm positive ease recommended.

Finished Bust Circumference: 32 (34.75, 37.25, 40.75, 44, 46.75, 50, 53.25, 56)” / 81.5 (88, 94.5, 103.5, 112, 119, 127, 135.5, 142) cm buttoned based on back width.
Size 37.25” / 94.5 cm modelled with 2.25” / 6 cm of positive ease.

Stolen Stitches ‘Nua’ (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 153 yds / 140 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g); Colour, Unexpected Macaw (9804); 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11) skeins.

Actual Yardage: 1002 (1090, 1195, 1242, 1322, 1400, 1472, 1567, 1668) yds / 918 (998, 1094, 1137, 1210, 1280, 1346, 1434, 1526) m for long-sleeved version.

Where To Buy


Dark Pearl Nua Pattern on my website or Ravelry.

Aoibhe Ni Venus on Ravelry here.


Dark Pearl Nua yarn kit on my website here.

Poolbeg on Townhouse Yarns.

Remember that code MAL2020 is valid until March 30th for all the yarn and patterns!