Wee Lima

Wee Lima 1

We have the cutest little baby knit to share with you today: the very adorable Wee Lima! A free top-down pattern with a simple, unisex design, finished off with a few buttons. This is a quick and easy knit, with a convenient range of sizes from 0 to 18 months. Our shop sample is the 0-3 month size, knit up in Cashmerino Aran, with slightly shorter sleeves to keep the project at 2 balls, which also makes this a very economical project! The buttons used are from the Textile Garden selection available in the shop, and we couldn’t be more in love with them; you’ll be seeing them used a lot in our shop samples!

Cashmerino Aran by Debbie Bliss is an excellent wool for baby knits: the extra soft blend is gentle, while the gauge is large and knits up quickly, which can be essential with time-pressed baby knits. There’s also a large range of colours, with a selection of neutrals, pastels, and fun bright shades which are all perfect for baby projects. This wool also holds up well with wear, it can be machine washed on a gentle cycle, which means no special care instructions if you’re gifting your knits.

Wee Lima 2

Wee Lima’s classic shape, and simple construction makes it a nice introductory project for those new to knitting in the round, or top-down sweaters. It’s also a great project for adding a personal touch: the stockinette body can easily accommodate a textured stitch pattern or even some cables. You could even knit up a few Lima sweaters, in a range of sizes, each with their own unique detail. We love a pattern with room for creativity, and Wee Lima definitely has plenty of potential waiting to be discovered! Check out all of the projects on Ravelry from other talented knitters, and you’ll have plenty of design inspiration for your own Lima.

What is your favourite baby project? Have knitted or crocheted anything in Cashmerino Aran lately?

Enfolded Collar Flat

I think every knitter can agree, there are few things better than a one skein project! Not only are they quick to knit up, they’re a great way to use up the odd skein you have lying around. Or, in this case, gives you the excuse to indulge in a luxurious skein of 100% Baby Alpaca. The Enfolded Collar is a new free pattern which uses just one skein of the buttery soft Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Great, and features a lovely pleated detail with 3 buttons. A simple and stylish accessory that will be a pleasure to knit and wear, thanks to the softness of Baby Alpaca, and the large gauge. This design would also make a great gift, that will knit up quickly, using just a small amount of chunky yarn.

Enfolded Collar Modelled 1

Pleating may be a detail you’ve not yet come across in knitting, but it’s very easily done, no matter your skill level. Detailed instructions and a diagram are included in the pattern, along with a link to a video that demonstrates the technique. You’ll find pleating is so easy, it might be something you’ll want to add to projects in the future. In the Enfolded Collar, it’s just enough visual detail for a small project, keeping things interesting while using up just a single skein of yarn. Beginning with a provisional cast on, and working from the centre outwards means both pleats will be identical, worked exactly the same way and perfectly matched.

Enfolded Collar Modelled 2

If you’ve collected any buttons you’re looking to use, this collar is your chance to showcase them. Just three are needed, recommended sizes being between 2 – 2.5 cm. If you’re in need of buttons, check out our selection in the shop, where you’re sure to pair them perfectly with any one of the beautiful Herriot Great jewel tones and classic neutrals. Pop by and try on our sample, you’ll be desperate to knit up your own after you feel just how soft the Herriot Great really is!
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What is your favourite one-skein project? Have you had the pleasure of knitting with the Baby Alpaca Herriot range from Juniper Moon?

Textured Colourwork

We’re already well into January, and that means many of us are contemplating our ill-fated New Year’s resolutions. But, there is still time to make some new ones, so why not choose something fun like resolving to be more crafty? We can help you with that! Maybe you’d like to finally learn how to Crochet, or master Brioche? If you’ve not seen our schedule for classes and events lately, take a peek, we’ve got an impressive line up for the coming weeks. We are particularly excited to have Carol Feller back in the shop for her Textured Colourwork workshop at the end of this month!

We recently celebrated Carol’s book launch of Short Row Knits, and now she’ll be back on the 30th with a workshop for a few lucky knitters. In this workshop, students will learn the essential skills for creating beautiful colourwork, with texture inspired by the Swedish Bohus style of knitting. They will learn how to manage dominant and recessive colours, how to work two-handed colourwork, all while creating unique texture using purl stitches. Students will also receive a kit with everything they need to make a hat, including a bonus pattern! Here’s what Carol had to say about this style of colourwork:

I love texture in knitting such as cables and slip stitch patterns. Typically you would not associate texture with colour work, which is typically flat and smooth. Bohus knitting is different, there are purl stitches interspersed with the colour work which creates a very different type of knitting. This texture in the colour work breaks up the transitions and makes very integrated colour changes.
I’m currently working on a small book about gradient and colour change yarns. The pattern from this class will be in the book as it’s a good example of how texture can add interest to colour changes in your work.

Carol’s workshop is suited to knitters who know the basics, and can work in the round, even if you are new to stranded colourwork. You’ll receive plenty of detailed notes, and a kit with all supplies needed, which is included in the fee.

Although this workshop is now fully booked, you can still add your name to the waiting list! The list operates on a fastest-finger-first basis, so even if we get just one cancellation you’ll have as much opportunity to snap up the spot as everyone else.

Have you knit any of Carol’s designs recently? If you’ve been a member of the Irish Yarn Club, what was your favorite pattern?

Quick And Cosy

With temperatures dropping below zero all over the country, many of us are feeling the bitter sting of winter, and that quickly reminds us of the need for cosy layers! With your holiday queue done and dusted, it’s time to focus on you again. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ve even been gifted some lovely wool, or a gift voucher for the holidays, and are in need some inspiration. There are plenty of last minute, super quick projects that you can whip up in a few hours to keep yourself warm. We’ve come to your aid with a list of some very easy accessories to knit and the perfect yarn to go with each. All patterns are available for free, and available to download via Ravelry.

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Cold feet? Everyone needs a good pair of slippers, and much unlike socks, these Garter Stitch Slippers have the most simple construction possible. Worked flat in garter stitch, you can knit them up in any hearty Aran weight wool; we recommend using some fun, self-striping wool such as Noro Kureyon (you’ll need two skeins) or Katia Azteca (just one ball).

c Jane Richmond

Anything knit in super bulky is sure to be instant gratification, and perfect in a time crunch. The cushy Marian Cowl is sure to fly off your needles, and only takes one skein of Debbie Bliss Roma.

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A warm hat is essential this time of year, keep it quick and simple with a classic beanie like The Big Hat. Super bulky is your best friend in a pinch, this hat will be done before you know it! We recommend a fluffy Wool Alpaca blend like Katia Love Wool or Love Wool Plus, you’ll need two balls for this hat, which will leave you with plenty to do a fun bobble!

What is your favourite accessory for the winter? What’s the first project you’ll be knitting for yourself this year?

Flaxlight

We do hope Santa has brought you all that you wished for this morning, and that you are enjoying as restful a day as possible! As an extra-special treat on this 12th Day, TinCanKnits are sharing their new Flax Light pattern and they are making it free, not just for today, but for forever more!

Flaxlight

So, no need to rush, pick up the pattern whenever the madness has subsided and you are ready to indulge in knitting a simple, stylish sweater in stunning superwash merino…

Today’s discounted yarn is the ever-popular Malabrigo Sock. It’s just perfect for this design, and we’re following the lead of the TinCanKnits girls and extending our offering too. The code TCKDAY12 will be valid for 15% Off purchases of Malabrigo Sock yarn all the way through until Sunday 3rd January (we re-open on Sat 2nd Jan).

This will also be your last chance to enter the draw for the three fabulous pattern books that we have up for grabs – everyone who redeems a 15% discount code is automatically in the draw. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5th of January.

Now back to those mince pies…
Happy Christmas Everyone!

Gather

The 11th Day of Christmas is a day of gathering together for so many families around the world. And so it’s apt that TinCanKnits have shared with us their “Gather” Hat Pattern, and that is is available in sizes from baby right up to adult.

By now I’m sure your knitting needles are considering the next special occasion in the calendar… a birthday or perhaps Valentine’s? Either way you can still nab a bargain on the yarn to make this project extra special – and today it’s Juniper Moon Findley DK. A bouncy blend of merino and silk that comes in colours to suit everyone – this yarn will make the hat as much fun to knit as it will be a pleasure to wear.

Use the code TCKDAY11 in our online shop to claim the 15% off. Remember these codes are valid for one day only, and the “Gather” pattern is free just for 24 hours too.

We’ll be back tomorrow with details of the final day’s free pattern. In the meantime we hope you get to put your feet up with a mug (or glass) of something yummy and that you have a very magical Christmas Eve.

Loch

The 10th day is a bumper day in the TinCanKnits 12 Days of Christmas pattern giveaway. Today they have not one, but two designs to share with us – the Loch Hat and Loch Mittens. Together they make a beautiful winter-warmer set and, even though there’s just a few days until Christmas, there’s plenty of winter left yet!

We think Katia Merino Baby is a perfect yarn match for these beauties, and we’re offering 15% off this range today only. It’s soft and warm, durable and washable, and comes in some perfect icy blues, a crisp snow white and a cosy ecru too.

Loch

To claim the discount on this yarn enter the code: TCKDAY10 during the checkout process in our online shop, or simply quote the code in-store or over the phone.

Today is our last day of trading before the Christmas break, but we’ll still be posting our yarn offers for the 11th and 12th days of Christmas. The offers will then only be redeemable online, and we’ll hold all orders for shipping on our return in the New Year.

Don’t forget that everyone who uses one of the 12 Days of Christmas codes will be entered in to a draw to *win* signed copies of Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North, with the winner being announced in the New Year too.

BonBon

On the 9th Day of Christmas TinCanKnits are bringing us some cosy cables in the very sweet Bon Bon Toque, *free* for 24 hours only.

Pop on over to pick up your pattern and then fly back here to claim your 15% discount on our chosen yarn for today – Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. There’s a colour for everyone in this range, and it’s soft enough for those even with the most sensitive skin.

BonBon

To claim the discount simply quote the code TCKDAY9 during the online checkout process, over the phone or in store.

Are you all set for Christmas now? Don’t forget tomorrow is our last trading day before the Christmas break!

Paved

We’re really in to the countdown now, as we hit the 8th Day of Christmas with TinCanKnits.

Today they have the sweetest little pattern for Boot Toppers to share with us and, although we’re now in Christmas week, we’re confident a set of these could fly off the needles ahead of the big day!

Paved

Our suggested yarn today is Louisa Harding Esquel, a soft and warm blend of merino, llama and silk. The silk flecks lend a subtle texture to finished projects, which will work really nicely with this simple cable design. For 15% Off Esquel today only, use the discount code TCKDAY8.

Don’t forget we have three signed TinCanKnits books to give away to one lucky knitter. Simply redeem one of our promotion codes between now and Christmas Day and you’ll be entered in the draw to win Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North.

Oh, and we just had a thought: you could knit this pattern in DK yarn and smaller needles for a fun coffee cup cosy. It’d be an even faster gift, as you’d only have to knit one!

Garter Brim

On the 7th Day of Christmas TinCanKnits are sharing their Garter Brim Hat pattern, *free* for 24 hours only.

We’re also offering 15% off on Noro Kureyon and on Noro Silk Garden Solo, so you have the option to knit your version in fully fledged colour, or a more subtle flecked tone.

Garter Brim

The discount code for today’s yarns is, you guessed it, TCKDAY7.

We hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday before all the holiday fun. Don’t forget we’re open from 1pm to 5pm today if you need a little yarn therapy!

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