Learn to Knit Techniques with Taisce Cowl

Irish Designer Eimear Earley designed the Taisce Cowl for the Celtic Knits Club 2021. It’s a beautiful cowl worked with cables and garter stitch and is perfect for you to try your hand at cables.

If you want to know about the design itself, then pop over to this blog post where Eimear chats about the cowl’s design and inspiration.

Psst – if this cowl isn’t for you, but you’d like to knit a garment or accessory with an entire workshop series then check out all of our project workshops here.


We know that some of you are here looking for the links, so here you go:

Learn to Knit Workshop | Ravelry Pattern | Yarn Kit

The Taisce Cowl


The Taisce cowl features a cabled panel, which hangs diagonally, against a background of cosy garter stitch. The pattern is worked flat and seamed. If you prefer a video walk-through of what’s included, then press play on this video:

This Teachable course goes hand-in-hand with the written Taisce knitting pattern by Eimear Earley, so you’ll never be left wondering how to approach a section. In the course the pattern is included as a PDF download.

Some of the techniques covered in this course are:

  • Swatching for Taisce
  • Working with Cables
  • Cable set up rows
  • I-cord bind-off
  • Working short rows
  • Finishing
  • Blocking

We love cowls as project workshops because they allow you to focus on learning techniques without the overwhelm of a larger garment. Here you can work through cables and chart reading before tackling seaming and finishing. Before you know it, you will have a beautiful cabled cowl inspired by our rich heritage. And if you choose Blasta yarn, you’ll have a rather unique cowl.

Purchase the Workshop Here


For those of you looking for the pattern information and sizing, here you go:

One Size

Finished Top Circumference:
 22” / 56 cm
Depth at longest point: 21” / 53 cm

19 sts and 40 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Garter Stitch
Cable Chart measures 4.25″ / 11 cm across, including I-cord borders

US size 6 / 4 mm circular needle, 24”/ 60 cm long
Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.
Removable markers, tapestry needle, two cable needles.

Tasice Cowl Yarn Kit in Óir


Stolen Stitches’ Blasta’ (60% Irish wool, 40% New Zealand wool, 232 yds / 212 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g; colour: Óir; 2 skeins

Approximate Yardage: 344 yds / 314 m

As I said above, Blasta is a unique Irish yarn.

Blasta yarn is the result of Project Homegrown to try and improve the availability of Irish wool. In this project, Donegal Yarns worked closely with wool merchants on sourcing Irish wool. By working on a good selection from the various breeds with improved sorting and grading, they have established an excellent yarn that is comfortable to knit with and wear. The blend contains 60% Fine Irish with 40% New Zealand Lambswool.

To find out more about Project Homegrown, click here.

If you’re wondering what it’s like to work with, Blasta is a yarn with a texture like no other. Its stitches stand to attention and are just sticky enough to make frogging cables *almost* pain-free. It’s easy to work so your hands don’t get tired, and the resulting finished pieces are long-wearing with little pilling.

Find the Taisce yarn kit here.


If you’re new to Stolen Stitches, first let me say welcome! Secondly, we have a dedicated community forum for help, support and chat. For Taisce, you can find that thread here. Our Knithub is free to join, and it uses the same login as your Teachable class login. If you want to explore the community now, all you have to do is click this link and scroll.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll make, so don’t forget to share it with us by tagging #stolenstitches in your social uploads! If you don’t already follow us, you can find us on Instagram here.


Learn about Celtic Knits Club here

Learn to Knit Taisce Cowl Workshop 

Taisce Cowl Ravelry Pattern 

Taisce Cowl Yarn Kit

Stolen Stitches’ Blasta’ Yarn