Altogether lovely

This is Jen’s latest shawl, just off the blocking mat a few days ago, and it’s a while since we’ve seen so many gorgeous components come together to such effect.

First of all, there’s the two yarns: Katia Airlux and Hedgehog Fibres Sock. It’s an unusual combination for a shawl, but Airlux takes to lace like it was born to it (remember it as a Swallowtail?), and these two colourways work so well together.

And then there’s the pattern. It’s Shaelyn, and it’s perfect for working in two colours. The alternating lace and stocking stitch sections adapt beautifully to striping, and if you’re looking for a very simple and effective shawl pattern, Shaelyn’s perfect. The stocking stitch sections are the easiest thing imaginable and the lace keeps the project interesting.

But that’s not all the prettiness in this project. Jen found perfect matching beads and beaded the scalloped border. The beads add a little touch of sparkle and a bit of weight to the edge. If you haven’t beaded your knitting before, this is a perfect introduction.

We’re always looking for new yarn and pattern combinations, the ones that venture outside the box a bit, and we love seeing your finished objects – why not leave us a comment below sharing your good ideas? We’d all love the inspiration!

Under the tree

Here at This Is Knit, the best part of the Christmas season is the presents! We get such a kick out of helping our customers choose the perfect gift, whether for the yarnlovers in their lives or for themselves.

But what to choose? This year we’ve made that fraught decision much easier with a hand-picked range of kits. From beginner to accomplished knitter, there’s something for everyone.

If you can knit and purl, then our Mistake Rib scarf makes a terrific project. In Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky, it grows in front of your eyes and will be done in no time at all. What’s more, this is the sort of elegant and understated scarf that makes an excellent gift for a man.

To make our Bread and Buttoned Mitts, the only thing you need to add is garter stitch – speedy to work in Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran, this kit is very popular as a “first project” gift, and we’ve even included a pair of knitting needles, along with toning buttons.

Everyone needs a jolly hat, and here’s our Thistle kit, with two toning yarns, Louisa Harding’s Akiko and Debbie Bliss’s Milano, to brighten up winter (including enough for the all-important pompom). Knit in the round, this hat’s fast and fun.

And for a touch of unabashed luxury, what could be better than a kit for ysolda’s stunning Marin shawlette, featuring 400 metres of Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply? It’s a straightforward knit, and that silk and merino blend complements it beautifully. And the finished object is so beautiful – the sample on display in the shop is breathtaking.

There isn’t even any need for gift wrapping – that’s already done, with a bow for extra pzazz! And that makes the Christmas shopping a little easier!

Well planned

We’ve found the perfect casual polo-neck jumper! It’s cosy and quick to knit in soothing stocking stitch, and it comes with a gorgeous striped option. It’s the Sublime Stripe on Stripe sweater from Sublime Book 670 (along with a whopping twenty four other patterns), and the smallest size takes just ten balls of Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed.

The yarn’s a delicious mixture of wool, cotton and llama. But what really impresses us about this range is the way that the colourways are designed to work together. The striping on this jumper highlights this so well – the tweedy flecks from one colourway echo the neighbouring one in the most well thought out way.

Of course, you could make this jumper in a single colour or with just two, but the four in our model work awfully well. And now we can’t stop thinking of other things to stripe with this lovely tweed yarn. Simple and effective scarves and hats, for starters, and they’d make a quick gift option too! There’s lots more ideas in the pattern book too!

Deck the halls!

It’s that time of year again! Festive preparations are in full swing all over the place, the decorations in the Powerscourt Centre are particularly beautiful, and we’re well into the swing of Christmas crochet and knitting.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve scheduled extra crocheted and knitted Christmas decoration classes this year. These are some of the most fun classes at This Is Knit, and the pretty little decorations that get produced make charming gifts (in no time at all!) or lovely accents for your tree.

You can find the booking page for the knitted class at this link – it’s on Saturday November 30th from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. The crocheted decorations class is on Sunday December 8th from 1:15pm to 3:15pm, and you can book a place at this booking page.

Don’t forget to keep an eye here and on our twitter feed for lots and lots more seasonal news over the next month. There’s so much more to share with you!