Meet Delia Barry, the Incredible Knitter of The Banshees of Inisherin Knits

If you’ve seen The Banshees of Inisherin you’ll understand there was…a lot to absorb. In the days after watching I kept finding myself thinking about the sweaters and how I wanted to take a closer look. After some Googling I came across this article from Craftfix. If you like knitting this read will not disappoint!!

Her daily target was to knit at least 100g of DK yarn. Impressive stuff, especially when these are far from mindless knits in the round!

Delia knit all the jumpers flat (in pieces) on 2 straight needles (mostly size 4.5mm), and then stitched them together at the end.

Most of the sweaters have a drop shoulder construction, so there’s 4 rectangle shapes (excluding necklines) for the front, back and 2 sleeves.

Even after 75 years knitting, some design elements were new to her, like the statement collar on Colin Farrell’s red jumper that everyone now wants in their wardrobe.

She had to come up with these designs from scratch. Between the tight deadlines & the trial and error involved, much of the details of Delia’s designs are in her head or jotted down on scraps or paper.

So there are no plans to publish the Banshees of Inisherin Sweater Knitting patterns unfortunately.

But Delia was kind enough to share some details about the individual sweaters below if you would like to try knitting your own jumper in a similar style.

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