Country Manor Knitting Retreat October In Ireland with Edel
Country Manor Knitting Retreat October In Ireland with Edel
Country Manor Knitting Retreat October In Ireland with Edel
Country Manor Knitting Retreat October In Ireland with Edel
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Country Manor Knitting Retreat October In Ireland with Edel

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This tour has been designed and is managed by Limerick based knitting tours. They brought a knitting tour to us to March 2015 and we never looked back. Up until that we'd only had a few International tours of knitters. (Note that I love to crochet too lol), the retreat weeks become very special, connections happen and friends are made. You get to unpack your bags!!! 

Retreats are just lovely for someone travelling alone, knitters click instantly! 

As a designer the calendar just never cools, arans have never been as popular, I have one or two stores that would take all my team can make. Proper hand knit with a beautiful finish is truly appreciated and lasts forever. It's my joy to share techniques learned since my childhood in Donegal and now near 40 years as a designer maker business. Shaping and fit is a passion, having custom made endless individual pieces over the years, from Christening gowns to wedding dresses and all in between. 

Now I'm indulging my first love, wool, proper wool and the more Irish it is the better.  Ask me anything about the tour here or pop directly over to the team in Limerick info@knittingtours.com


Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour:

  • Exclusive Shopping in This is Knit, Dublin
  • Pre-Dinner Talk with Tapestry and Textile Designer Angela Forte on colour in design
  • Retreat Host, knitwear designer and Aran expert Edel MacBride
  • 2 full knitting workshops with Edel and knitting with Edel throughout retreat
  • Crafts of Ireland spinning and knitting, including vintage methods
  • Ewe Momma Yarn Store Visit
  • Irish Artisan Yarns Pop Up Shop
  • Knitting at Brownlow House with the locals

What's Included

  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Luxury coach with an experienced driver
  • Experienced Guide/Tour Manager
  • Knitting and Craft workshops including materials
  • Luxury four star accommodation
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • Dinner every night
  • 4 lunches
  • Welcome Brunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Irish Music and Storytelling
  • Brownlow House tour and knitting experience
  • Christchurch Cathedral Guided Tour
  • National Museum of Decorative Arts,
  • The Boatyard Distillery Gin Tour and Tasting
  • Navan Fort Experience
  • A Morning on the Hill (explore the best of Armagh City)
  • Armagh Cider Company Blossom to Bottle and PicKnit lunch
  • Newgrange

contact: info@knittingtours.com OR go to knittingtours.com for the full run down of prices and dates 



Edel MacBride is an Irish knitter and designer living in Donegal.

As a child she dreamed of a small room upstairs in the family farm-house being full of wool!

Life became a dream come true and more.

 Learning those first important stitches from her mother, a skilled aran knitter, it was Granny Margaret’s dressmaking enterprise that became her training ground for a life in the world of textile craft.

 Learning her craft led Edel to study fashion design in the 1980’s, a path which opened up a host of opportunities.

By 1989 Edel had established her first shop in Derry City, which she opened with just five jumpers! The label was born as was her first daughter, Maggy, two weeks after the shop opening.

 Edel’s work centers on the need to keep Irish knitting skills alive and relevant. This comes from a passion for their beauty and language when worked from the heart. The invisible qualities too that make a beautiful handknit ‘sing’, it’s connection to generations of learning.

 “The passionate hobbyist will save aran hand-knitting for Ireland, I truly believe this, they  bring the thirst for knowledge of the finer details and will spend the time to get it right, to make it perfectly, to investigate” Edel MacBride, Donegal, 2023.


Size Guide

Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride

UK 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16 16-18
US 2-4 4-6 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
Chest 36 ins
92 cms
38 ins
96 cms
40 ins
102 cms
43 ins
110 cms
46 ins
118 cms
50 ins
126 cms
Length 26 ins
66.5 cms
26 ins
66.5 cms
27 ins
69 cms
27 ins
69 cms
28 ins
72 cms
28 ins
72 cms
Sleeve 17 ins
44 cms
17.5 ins
45 cms
18 ins
47 cms
18.5 ins
48 cms
18.5 ins
48 cms
19 ins
49 cms

These are the actual garment measurements.

Chest is measured under the point where the sleeve and body meet.

Length is measured from the centre shoulder point to below the waist.

Sleeve here is the underarm length of the sleeve including the cuff.

More measurements may be given in the garment description.

How To Care For Me

How to care for me

Maybe you’ve never owned one of me before?

Here’s my experience so far;

I’d prefer not to be stuck in that dark press but when I must go in there just roll me up loosely first. 

I don’t need much washing although my Italian cousins say that I’m a gorgeous natural thing and washing improves me! 

When washing make it no higher than 30 degrees and please only a wool recommended detergent. Squeeze all the water out after handwashing me, even roll me up in a towel to do this!  Dry me flat on my back.

Keep direct sunlight away from my cables!

Edel and many of her long-term clients machine wash my friends. Hopefully they never put them in the drum at higher than 30 degrees or with nasty biological stuff!!!! The horror.

I’m terrified of the tumble dryer, please never do that to me.

Through Summer if you don’t need me (I hope you will), store me in an airtight zip bag please and I’ll get a rest with no disruption. I hope to spend a lifetime with you, but if you want to give me to a friend or send me to a charity store for a break that’s OK.

My wool is so healthy to wear and antibacterial, plus you’ll be living off the compliments.

Bullet point summary:

  • Roll up when stored
  • 30 degree hand or machine wool wash cycle
  • Only recommended detergents
  • Squeeze all excess water out after a handwash (roll in a dry clean towel)
  • Dry flat
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Hang-up if you wish, choose the hanger carefully (incase shoulders get stretched)
  • Dry cleaning is allowed, but we prefer washing
  • Often all that’s needed is to hang in the air a few hours to refresh
  • Avoid seat belts and cross - body bags due to fabric abrasion