Airflow Cardigan

These days we’ve all been kept on our toes, with the weather bouncing around from warm, Summer-like days, to rainy, blustery ones. We are reminded that practical layers are essential, and the Airflow Cardigan by Justyna Lorkowska is definitely one of them! A simple, stockinette, open-front cardigan featuring three quarter sleeves is the perfect go-to for unpredictable weather.

Airflow Cardigan Fade St 4ply

Our sample was knit up in the beautiful Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply in the colourway Thea. Superwash Merino and Silk is the ideal match for this flowy cardigan, the luxuriously soft blend giving it the perfect drape. Not a fan lots of finicky finishing? This easy, seamless design features an open front and set-in sleeves, which makes it a pleasure to knit. A subtle eyelet detail runs the length of the front, and the sleeves and hem are finished off with simple ribbing. And the asymmetric hem, being short in the back and longer towards the front, gives it a flattering shape. It truly is a classic design that is sure to get plenty of wear all year long.

Airflow Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Stockinette cardigans like this one are a great way to show off the subtle variations in hand dyed yarns. Without a button band or separate sleeves, the flow of the color transitions aren’t interrupted, leaving the effect to be truly seamless. The sheen of a silk blend like Fade St. really give it an elegant feel, making it easy to dress up or down. Just 2 skeins were needed to knit up our sample, which is available to try on in the shop next time you pop by! The pattern for the Airflow cardigan is available for purchase via Ravelry, and likely one you’ll knit more than once; a couple of these cardis in your wardrobe would not go amiss!

What are your favourite garment patterns for unpredictable seasons?

We know how to party!

It’s hard to believe that our 10th birthday celebrations were just one week ago, especially when looking out the window at what seems like an entirely different season to last Friday!

Our fabulous photographer Emmylie sent us lots of wonderful pictures of the festivities, and they are memories that we will look back on fondly for many years to come.

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On the night we had the shop looking at its colourful best, shelves stocked high with gorgeous new season yarns and perennial favourites. Our collages of memories from the past decade were also proudly displayed (and we’ll keep them there for another while, so more people can share in the nostalgia!)

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Before long our lovely guests started to arrive, and enjoyed a bit of bubbly with their browsing… There was lots to take in: with garment samples on display, new yarns to try out at our testing stations and lots of pretty patterns to plan for! Not least of which was “Stannum”, a stunning pair of fingerless gloves, designed in Townhouse Yarns Grafton 4ply by the one and only Carol Feller. Carol created the pattern in honour of our tenth anniversary and all of our guests on the night received their very own copy.

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And we were all treated to presentations from our very Special Guests, Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding. In addition to telling us about their new season yarns and sharing some of their favourite new designs, they also had some very lovely things to say about This is Knit – I think we’re all still blushing a week later!

In fact, over the course of the evening we were simply overwhelmed by the kind words shared with us by so many people. It was wonderful to hear the fond memories many of you have of the first time stepping in to our shop, and the tales of being inspired to come back to knitting or to take it up for the first time. It was truly an honour to be standing among you all last Friday, immersed in the fantastic knitting community that we have been delighted to see grow and flourish in Ireland over the past decade.

Frolics

With thanks to our wonderful sponsors Designer Yarns, Studio Donegal, Malabrigo, Katia and KnitPro we were able to share some of the love with a stunning spread of raffle prizes. There were some very lucky, and very happy, winners on the night – so congratulations again!

As you can see from this small selection of images it was really a night to remember and again we’d like to thank everyone involved for making the celebration so special. Here’s to the next ten years and beyond!

PS If you’d like to see more pictures from the evening then we have a shared album here.

Fljót for Free!

Gillian Harkness is a talented new indie designer from “up the road” in Co. Antrim. Her patterns are mainly accessories, aimed at the improver/intermediate knitter. As an enthusiastic photographer, all the designs have been captured beautifully by Gillian too and her Instagram feed is a must-follow for lovers of craft, colour and texture.

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Gillian recently designed the stunning Fljót Shawl using just one skein of Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply. This shawl is a perfect introduction to lace knitting, and also showcases the sheen and drape of this yarn to perfection.

Gillian has kindly made the pattern available for free with any purchase of Fade St 4ply made before the 31st of August.

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Simply request the Ravelry discount code when making your purchase either online or in-store.

Thanks again to Gillian for her generosity and we look forward to seeing more of her beautiful work in future!

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Vicuña

What is Vicuña? Perhaps you’re familiar with the word, or maybe you’ve only heard it in whispers at your local yarn shop, and have just been too afraid to ask. The best way to summarise it? Vicuña is, what we would call in the fibre community, our unicorn. Vicuña is synonymous with Royalty, luxury, and the highest level of exclusivity, and we feel humbled to have it in our shop.

Vicuna

So, why is Vicuña the pinnacle of all wool? Let’s begin with it’s origin: The Vicuña is a llama/alpaca like “camelid” that is native to the Andes. Their wool is extremely fine and unbelievably soft (micron count of just 12, compared to Cashmere which is 14-16, and Merino which is 18-24), they are only shorn once every three years to produce a mere half kilogram of wool, and are caught from an expansive nature reserve where they roam free. Considered sacred to the Incas, they were once endangered due to poaching; now, after the admirable efforts of the Peruvian and Argentinian people, they are a protected species.

Vicuna

The fibre is so rare and admired, it was once prohibited by law to wear a Vicuña garment, unless you were of course Royalty. This spun gold has been called the “Fibre of the Gods,” and was exclusively worn by the Incan emperor. Thankfully it is now available to us mere mortals! The wool is produced humanely, and via a completely traceable process which ensures the protection of the sacred Vicuña.

This limited edition, Vicuna Presentation Box includes: two balls of 100% Pure Peruvian Vicuña, 125 yards/25 grams each, in it’s natural, golden brown shade, a stunning lace shawl pattern, a set of size 4.5mm circular bamboo knitting needles, an accompanying booklet telling the Vicuña story, and a certificate of authenticity. This is one of only 10 sets to be released in Europe; talk about a rare gem! Maybe it’s time to treat yourself?

Bonny Lace Top

Warm, sunny days may feel fleeting in Dublin, but their rarity makes them all the sweeter! We’ve had some lovely summery days recently, and it’s inspired us to share this beautiful lace top by Tin Can Knits. Knit up in the luxurious Findley by Juniper Moon, in the shade 22 Menemsha, Bonny is the perfect lightweight garment for the warmer months. It’s sleeveless design, lace neckline and loose gauge makes for an airy and elegant top, and perfectly matched to the silk and merino blend of Findley.

Bonny Lace Top Knitting

The only thing more impressive than this buttery soft yarn is the value; each ball contains 730 metres, which is plenty to knit up this top in one of the smaller sizes! Our shop sample took less than one ball to knit up the small size. This is also the perfect pattern for those keen to try knitting garments: no sleeves or seaming is involved, it’s simply knit bottom up, in the round with no complicated shaping. The lace at the neck is a simple stitch pattern, which is easy to memorize once a few rounds have been worked. The cowl-like drape at the neck is flattering, and the airy gauge makes this a pretty quick knit too.

Bonny Tin Can Knits Pattern

Findley gives this top a luxurious feel, while being very economical in both yardage and price. It’s available is several vibrant colours that are just perfect for summer. This deep blue is prime for an elegant evening, but knit up in white or a pastel would make it casual and fun. It really is a truly versatile and simple pattern, and an overall enjoyable knit! Stop by the shop to see our sample, or admire all the beautiful shades of Findley first hand.

What’s in your queue for the Summer? What are your favourite lace weight garment patterns?

Our Fibre Family and the Best Shops Competition

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The Irish Times Best Shops Competition has just been launched again for 2016. As ever they are seeking nominations across a number of categories for the best independent retailers in Ireland. We’ve been fortunate enough to have made the short list of finalists in previous years, and we’re honoured that you, our amazing customers, have taken the time to vote for us in the past.

This year we have our eye on the newly-introduced category of Best Family Run Shop, and if you think we deserve the accolade then we would really appreciate your nomination.

While Jacqui and Lisa launched This is Knit back in 2006, the mother-daughter arrangement has since become mother and two daughters, when Jenny joined the team in 2012. Each of us brings our own personality and set of skills to the shop, but one of the most tangible additions in recent years has been the stunning skeins that Jenny creates under the “Townhouse Yarns” brand name.

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And of course the family input doesn’t stop there – many of you will have met our bearded barmen at customer evenings (otherwise known as Liam (or “Dad”) and Ronan (Lisa’s husband)). They also play a back up role as general handymen, but possibly find those jobs a little less enjoyable! And then of course there are the trainees in the ranks, with Lisa’s two young boys, the older of which has already received “training” on the tills and played a supervisory role at the RDS in 2014!

Together with our wonderful staff (who we like to think of as family members too) we try to run a warm, welcoming shop full of fabulous fibre temptations.

Do you enjoy visiting our shop and chatting with us about all things yarn? Does a wander around our colourful shelves brighten your day? If so then we’d really appreciate your vote.

BRITISH KNITTING AWARDS

It’s certainly competition season! The lovely people at Let’s Knit Magazine have a special category in the British Knitting Awards: “Best Local Independent Yarn Store – Ireland”

We have secured the title in 2014 and 2015, and would love to make it a hat trick!

Your vote can be cast here (and you don’t need to vote under every section, you can skip questions by ticking the ‘other’ box and writing ‘N/A’ in the space available).

Voting closes on 28th August

Thanks everyone!

Waiting For Rain

We recently wrapped up our Spring KAL for the Waiting For Rain shawl, and were blown away by all of your beautiful FOs! In case you missed all of the excitement, we’re talking a bit about this pattern today. Super simple garter stitch, short row lace inserts, beautiful drape… what’s not to love? I mean, have you seen our stunning shop sample in Townhouse Fade St 4ply?

Waiting For Rain Shawl

While the bulk of the shawl is easy garter stitch, what makes it unique is the lace “windows” throughout, created using a short row technique. This pattern is extremely user-friendly, with lots of notes and extra instructions to help you navigate your way through the pattern or any alterations you might want to make, including: changing the lace, using two colours, cast on and bind off methods among others. Details such as stitch counts, as well as both written and charted instructions make it easy to follow no matter what your preference. It truly is a fine example of thorough pattern writing, which made it an easy choice for this year’s Knit-a-long.

Waiting For Rain Knit Pattern

Ready to add it to your queue? You’ll need 2 skeins of Fade St 4ply to knit up this shawl, or just over 700 metres of a fingering weight yarn. We’d recommend Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal if you’re looking for some texture. We’re also loving the sister shawl to this pattern which was recently announced, it’s called The Rain Outside, and it’s equally beautiful. Both patterns are available for purchase via Ravelry. If you’ve decided to dive into this pattern and need some help along the way, pop by the shop for some tips and advice, we’re happy to help! Our sample shawls are also in the shop, if you feel like test driving this beauty before you cast on!

Did you join along in our Spring KAL? Have you knit up your own Waiting For Rain shawl?

Guess the Grams!

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It’s World Wide Knit in Public Day this coming Saturday the 18th of June. We’d like to extend an invitation to everyone to join us in the shop for a cool glass of summer cordial, a general party atmosphere and a fun competition :)

We’ve filled a cute wooden crate with an assortment of gorgeous yarns, and we’re asking you to guess how much it weighs (crate included). The closest guess will WIN:

A copy of the brand new Book of Haps from Kate Davies
A gorgeous skein of Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud
And a nifty pair of Gold Stork Scissors

Visitors to the shop will have a bit of an advantage in that they can pick up the crate (but not remove any of its contents). However, we’ll still be taking guesses from those of you that can’t make it in. Simply enter your details and best guess via this competition entry form.

Good luck everyone, and happy WWKIP Week!

Piewhacket Shawl

The sun has been taking a short hiatus here in Dublin, though the return of rain means it’s time to wrap up in a beautiful shawl! Recently we shared the lovely Rondelay Shawl, a fun short row pattern by Jennifer Dassau. Today, we have another shawl from the same ebook collection, the Piewhacket Shawl. While the Rondelay design is made of several overlapping rondel shapes, the Piewhacket is more triangular in shape, with subtle peaks along the bottom edge. Check out our shop sample, knit up in Townhouse’s Merino and silk blend Fade St 4 ply, in the stunning shade Dazzle!

Piewhacket Shawl

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It’s unique asymmetrical shape is perfect for draping over your shoulders, and the clever use of short rows means you never have an unmanageable number of stitches on your needles. The Piewhacket shawl pattern can be purchased individually, or as apart of the complete ebook containing 5 short row shawls, via Ravelry. We love these shawl patterns, they’re a great way to ease your way into short rows, and they really showcase just how versatile short rows can be in the construction of a garment. Everything from cardigans to socks can use short rows in their construction, and there are many different ways to do them, in fact we just covered the double stitch method (or German Short Row) used in the popular Pfeilraupe shawl.

Piewhacket Shawl

Our second shop sample above was knit up using Cathay 4 ply by Lotus Yarns, in the natural, creamy shade 01, this yarn is a luxurious blend of Tibetan Yak and silk. The texture of the Yak fibre, along with the heavenly drape of the silk, make this yarn the perfect compliment to this pattern. Cathay 4 ply is available in a few complimentary jewel tones, and you’ll need 2 skeins to knit up this shawl.

What’s the most recent project you knit that included short rows? What’s your preferred short row method?

Violet Dress

We have the most darling dress to share with you today! The Violet Dress is a super sweet and simple pattern that is available to download for free via Ravelry. Our shop sample was knitted up in the colourful Cassia Prints by Louisa Harding in the beautiful shade 506, and what a perfect match they make! Knitted up with 3 balls(?) to get the toddler size(?)

Violet Dress Kids Knitting Pattern

It’s simple, top-down construction includes garter stitch straps, decorative eyelet increases down the center front and back, and is finished off with a garter hem. The skirt flares out steadily towards the bottom, giving it a lovely shape. This little dress is a great opportunity to showcase a variegated yarn; with a full stockinette skirt, it’s a great canvas for some fun colours. The simple design leaves room for plenty of creative freedom, perhaps using a contrast color for the straps and bodice? Adding a decorative stitch at the hem? This pattern is very straight forward and would be easy enough to alter, even for those knitters without much experience knitting garments. No button bands or sleeves means quick and easy knitting, a great little project for summer!

Louisa Harding Cassia Prints Violet Dress

We just love the Cassia Prints for kids knits, with it’s cheerful, variegated shades, and easy to care for wool/nylon blend. It’s a DK weight that stands up well to wear, which means it’s also great for a cosy pair of socks. The colourways range from warm pinks and yellows, to cool blues and greens, all blending together giving it a hand painted look. Pop by the shop any time and check out the colourways in person, photos just don’t do them justice!

What projects do you have in your queue for the summer? Have you knitted with Cassia Prints yet?