A gift for you!

We’ve got a little something for you! From now on, all of our Ravelry download patterns will be free!

So delicious mittens like the Blueberry Mittens above are yours for the making. And what could be sweeter for a new baby than a pair of Candy Floss Bootees.

Our most popular patterns are there, like the Cuddles and Cables Baby Blanket, a soft welcome for a wee one…

…and the Winterberry Shrug, an elegant addition to any outfit…

…and the Glenties Cowl, fast and fascinating to knit and a perfect last-minute gift pattern!

If you’re braving the city centre crowds, we’re open as usual until 5.45pm on Tuesday December 23rd, and then we’re closed until Friday January 2nd, when our doors will open at 12.00 noon. The online shop will be open right through the holiday season, and we’ll process your orders as soon as we can in the New Year.

So from all of us to all of you, have the best time ever over the next couple of weeks! See you in 2015!

Cumulus Giveaway!

We all seek comfort at this time of year… some people find it in steaming mugs of hot chocolate, others basking in the warm glow of a fire. But we know there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a special yarn, especially one with the soft, fluffy halo of Baby Alpaca…

Cumulus 2

Fyberspates Cumulus is new to our shelves, but it had been on our wish list for some time. Jacqui in particular had been plotting an Ellora Scarf since late summer! We’ll be posting her FO as soon as it’s off the needles, but in the meantime here’s our top 5 pattern suggestions from Ravelry for this dreamy yarn.

(c) Susanna IC

1. Cumulus

This exquisite shawl from Susanna IC has to be top of the chart, with its dainty bead detailing and striking lace pattern. The beading is optional, but it does add a lovely drape to the finished shawl.

(c) Louise Zass-Bangham

2. Winter Shadows Wrap

Just as elegant, but much simpler in its execution, the Winter Shadows Wrap is a great example of using two complimentary yarns to great effect (in this case we would suggest combining Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply and Cumulus). The finish is subtle, but the resulting wrap would surely be a wardrobe staple for years to come…


3. Ellora

The scarf is the result of a nifty combination of textured moss stitch and delicate cables. We love it in this icy shade and think it would make the perfect accessory for brisk winter walks.

(c) Flickafish

4. Il Grande Favorito

This project would be sheer indulgence, knitted with two strands of Cumulus held together. We love the modification made by Ravelry User FlickaFish to make the front in garter stitch (as photographed). Pure luxury.

Seascape Stole

5. Seascape Stole

Kieran Foley is one of our favourite designers here at TIK, and his Seascape Stole has always been a popular pattern. The simple, flowing stitch pattern would be stunning in one of the jewel tone shades of Cumulus.


So that’s our top 5, but we’d like to know which pattern is top of your list for this yarn. Let us know, and you just might be lucky enough to win the yarn and the pattern to make your dream project.

Simply leave a comment below, stating the name of the pattern and the shade of Cumulus that you would knit it from. You can comment any time until the close of 2014 and we’ll announce a lucky winner in the New Year.

We have winners!

Just in time for the weekend, we have happy announcements to make. We’ve got the winners of not one but three prizes!

First of all, there are two winners for our Bake Knit Sew competition, one paper and one digital! The hard copy is bound for Mairin Keogh, and Helen O’Keeffe is the lucky winner of the digital edition.

Second, the winner of our newsletter competition is Betty Codd, who wins ten balls of Katia Art Wool . (You’re getting our newsletter, aren’t you? If you’re not, then click on over to our front page, scroll down and sign up! It’s the best way of getting advance notice of new stock, classes and events, and of course competitions!)

Congratulations to all three of you, and we can’t wait to see what you make with your prizes!

One for later, one for now

This beautiful cardigan is one of the most admired garments in the shop, so we thought we’d share it with you all. It’s called Laar and it’s a design by the incredibly talented Gudrun Johnston.

Jacqui knitted it in Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace: gorgeous saturated colours, excellent yardage. She made the fourth size from less an a single skein, and found it generously sized (in fact, she says she’s thinking of making another and going down a size).

Laar is knittd from the bottom up, starting with a sweet little picot cast on. The body is worked in one piece and the sleeves are picked up and worked downwards, so there’s no sewing up to do at all. The lace on the bodice is a very simple repeat, though it looks much more intricate.

This is a project to take your time over and enjoy, so it would be perfect for holiday knitting (in front of the fire with a mince pie or two would be ideal). If you’re looking for fast gift knitting, though, we’ve got the very thing. Laar is accessorized above with Louisa Harding’s Vera, the simplest fur collar possible.

This little gem takes just one ball of Luzia, and you can make it in an evening. You’ll find the pattern, along with fifteen others, in the Luzia pattern book. As an emergency party accessory, or as a last minute gift, it’s perfect! And just look at those fun colours!

Finally, have you entered our Bake Knit Sew competition? We’re taking entries until midnight tonight! Just leave a comment over on that post, telling us what you’d like to knit and to bake from the book, and you’re in! The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, so stay tuned!

A little gothic splendour

We’re very pleased to present a brand new kit this year: the Gothic Lace Cowl. It’s by the wonderful Tin Can Knits and it’s the perfect introduction to lace.

Made in delicious kettle-dyed Malabrigo Rios, it’ll knit up fast and smoothly. Just look at these glorious saturated colours!

We’ve even handpicked toning buttons to complete your beautiful cowl and included them in the kit.

But that’s not all: this pattern has outstanding pattern support. On Ravelry, the pattern page for the Gothic Lace Cowl has links to free tutorials on how to work lace and how to read a chart, so success is a given. You can browse through the hundreds of projects that have been made and then add your own.

So that’s luscious yarn, the pattern, the buttons and all this expertise wrapped up with a bow! The only problem is which colour to choose!

Bake, Knit, Sew – Book Review and Competition

We are delighted to take part in the Bake Knit Sew Book Blog Tour. For this stop on the tour TIK Team-Member Nadia takes us through the book and tells us about some of her favourite patterns & recipes…


This wonderful book is written by Evin Bail O’Keeffe, who just happens to be a lovely customer too! Evin’s Blog has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with two finalist awards in 2012 / 2013 and finally winning in 2014. This attention to detail in her blog has transferred to her wonderful new book which left us both drooling over the recipes and adding to our Ravelry queues with her knitting patterns.


This book is divided into months of the year with one baking recipe and a knitting or sewing pattern for that month. With 7 knitting patterns, 5 sewing projects and 13 recipes you won’t know where to start! The Strawberry Mascarpone tempted us to say the least. Just have a look at one of Evin’s beautiful pictures:


My favourite pattern in this book is the Falling Petals Lace Shawl. This shawl is deceptively simple even though the lace section may look a bit daunting, it’s a perfect beginner project. You can see the rest of Evin’s Knitting patterns over on her Ravelry page, though I won’t lie, the Cobblestone Boot Toppers are going to be the first thing I knit! I can just imagine them in some smooshy Cashmerino Aran!


I really can’t say enough great things about this book and in the spirit of the season, Evin is generously offering our readers a 10% discount on Bake Knit Sew. Head over to get your copy of the eBook on Ravelry or a signed paperback directly from the publisher. Simply use the discount code BLOGTOUR for 10% off. Thanks Evin!

Evin is also offering a free ecopy of her book, AND a free paperback copy, so we will have two lucky winners. To enter leave a comment below before Wednesday 10th of December 2014, telling us which of the designs you would want to make or recipes you want to bake to be in with a chance to win an ecopy of the ebook.

No purchase necessary. Winner must have a valid email address or Ravelry account. No cash equivalent will be offered for either prize.

A winter mystery

Well, December’s here and it’s all getting a bit busy. All the more need, then, for a reason to sit down quietly and do a little knitting.

So Debbie Bliss’s Holiday Knit-Along comes at exactly the right time. Over the next few weeks, a baby blanket with seasonal motifs takes shape, a couple of wee squares at a time. None of them take long, and they’re all stylish and simple to knit. The first two instalments are already available, and the rest will be released each Monday between now and Christmas. The last week will feature Debbie’s clever hints for assembling and embellishing your blanket.

The suggested yarn is Debbie Bliss Mia, with Ecru and Ruby as the cheerful colours. It’s a wool and cotton blend DK that works up easily, and there’s lots of other colours too!

What could be nicer than a little square of knitting, with a cup of tea and perhaps a nice pie? We can’t think of a single thing, can you?