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.

Shop

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!)

TestingAndShopping

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.

Designers

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?