Sitka Spruce for the Sixth Day

Sitka

We’ve all to wait another week for the man in red, but the elves at TinCanKnits just keep giving in the meantime! Today’s *free* pattern is for the Sitka Spruce Hat and Mittens. With a beautiful stitch pattern reminiscent of Evergreens, these projects are particularly seasonal, and perfect for knitting in front of a warm fire with a cup of something toasty beside you…

Sitka

The yarn we have on offer today for you is Malabrigo Rios, a firm favourite around here for it’s rich, varied shades and soft, bouncy feel. Use the code TCKDAY6 in our online checkout, over the phone or in store, and get 15% off the yarn today only.

Have you been enjoying the patterns so far? Have any of them “jumped” in your queue and been cast on immediately?

Toasty Toes on the Fifth Day

Mukluks

So, the clock is really ticking on Christmas knitting. How are you all getting on with your projects?

If you have the presents all wrapped, and a bit of time on your hands, then the speedy among you might have the chance to whip up a pair of these gorgeous bootees. The Mukluks pattern sizes range from baby right up to adult, but we’re going to focus on the kids size today and offer you 15% Off Studio Donegal’s Soft Donegal yarn. This yarn comes in a fabulous array of shades and the tweed fleck will add a rustic look to the boots, while remaining soft against the skin.

Mukluks

Remember the lovely ladies at TinCanKnits are offering the pattern free for today only and our yarn discount is valid for the same time frame.

Don’t forget our prize draw either! 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. That’s one winner for all three books – an incredible prize of 31 brilliant patterns!

(Also, if you think you might make more than one purchase over the next few days then just let us know and we can hold orders and combine shipping costs.)

For the Hipster in Your Life

Hipster

It’s the fourth day of Christmas and we hope you’ve been enjoying the TinCanKnits pattern giveaways!

Today we’re looking out for the Hipsters among us with the Hipster Hat, and what could be more hip than Dovestone DK from Baa Ram Ewe? It’s an authentic blend of 100% wool from the Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale and Masham breeds of sheep. These fibres combine to make a lustrous, bouncy and robust yarn that will be simply perfect for this pattern.

Get 15% off Dovestone DK *today only* by using the code: TCKDAY4 online, in-store or over the phone. You’ll then automatically be entered in to the draw to win three fabulous signed books from TinCanKnits!

Have you been collecting all the patterns so far?

On the Third Day…

Honeycomb

Edit: It seems we got our yarn weights in a bit of a tangle today and the pattern in fact calls for Aran Weight. So, we’ll keep the offer on Ella Rae Merino Chunky but also add in the Superwash Classic to the deal. The same code will now work for both. Apologies for the mix up!

The third day of Christmas with TinCanKnits brings us a speedy knit, with a dash of cabled patterning to keep things interesting! Today’s free pattern is for a pair of Honeycomb Fingerless Mitts.

One skein of our Ella Rae Chunky Merino Superwash will get you a pair of plump, cosy handwarmers in a soft and practical easy-care yarn. Don’t forget to use the code TCKDAY3 to get your 15% off (valid today only).

We’ll be back tomorrow with another fabulous TinCanKnits design, and another great yarn discount, so keep checking in!

Seawall Socks for the Second Day of Christmas

Seawall

The festive celebrations with TinCanKnits continue today, as they are offering their Seawall Socks pattern *free* for the next 24 hours.

Fancy making your own pair? We have 15% off Townhouse Yarns Grafton 4ply *today only* with the discount code TCKDAY2. Don’t forget that everyone who redeems a 12 Days of Christmas code will be entered in to a draw to *win* signed copies of Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North.

So, what shade of Grafton 4ply will you choose?

(Also, if you think you might make more than one purchase over the next few days then just let us know and we can hold orders and combine shipping costs.)

12 Days of Christmas with TinCanKnits

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The fabulous ladies over at TinCanKnits have a very special treat for all us knitters this Christmas. Starting today, they are offering one of their gorgeous knitting patterns *free* for each of the twelve days of Christmas.

The promotion kicks in at 8am GMT each day, and you will then have 24 hours to download your own copy. Full pattern details and a download link will be posted each day on the TinCanKnits blog.

Inspired by such wonderful generosity we decided to also offer a little something extra – 15% off our suggested yarn for each pattern (again valid for the 24 hours of each pattern’s time “in the spotlight”). We’ll post information on the pattern, suggested yarn and the exclusive discount code here on the blog each day. We’ll also have a prize draw for everyone who participates – read on for more details..

So, let’s get started!

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Today’s free pattern is for the Antler Mittens and we’re suggesting the very squishy Malabrigo Twist as the perfect yarn companion. One skein will get you right up to the Adult Medium size for this pattern, and you’ll only need a second if you plan on knitting the Large.

To get 15% off Malabrigo Twist TODAY ONLY enter the code: TCKDAY1 during the checkout process in our online shop, or simply quote the code in-store or over the phone.

Even better – 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. That’s one winner for all three books – an incredible prize of 31 brilliant patterns – that’ll be 2016’s knitting sorted so!

(Also, if you think you might make more than one purchase over the next few days then just let us know and we can hold orders and combine shipping costs.)

Christmas Starts Here!

Yarn Wreath

We’ve been eyeing up yarn-themed wreaths on Pinterest for a while now, so it was past time one was created for the shop. After a bit of stash-diving, *lots and lots* of wrapping, and a healthy dose of hot glue, this is the result!

There are oodles of versions on Pinterest for inspiration and plenty of tutorials too. If you’d like to make something similar then these are the instructions we found to be most helpful.

Happy December Everyone!

Jingle Balls

Mojo Magic

Garter Flap Hat

We meet a lot of customers in the shop who confess to having “too many” projects on the go at home. This fact is whispered conspiratorially, often guiltily, and quite often during a purchase of yarn for a new project to be started.

Of course, we understand, I’m sure not I’d like to know the actually number of items that I have languishing half-finished on needles, scattered around my house.

That said I think there’s a great benefit to be had from not feeling too tied-down to a project. Sometimes our enthusiasm can wane mid-way through a second sleeve (as is currently happening with my Nanook) and all we need is a little pick-me-up: a quick project to boost the knitting mojo again, to remind us that FOs can and *will* happen, and we’ll be delighted that we plugged on through another few inches of stockinette.

Garter Flap Hat

And, for me, the Garter Ear Flap Hat from the wonderful Purl Soho website has been that project. A two-night diversion, with just enough detail in the techniques to keep things interesting. The clever short row shaping used for the ear flaps creates a flowing, seamless finish, and the visible line of double decreases lead in to a pleasingly whimsical tassel.

The pattern is free and this baby size version was knit using less than one ball of Katia’s Cotton-Merino. All in all, a pretty much guilt-free diversion, one which has magically restored my mojo.

Now… where’s that second sleeve?

Easy on the Double

HatsHeldDouble

“Using smaller needles and yarn held double…”

Does the idea of knitting with two (or more) strands of yarn at the same time give you the spooks? We’re hear to tell you that, despite the day that’s in it, there’s no need to fear!

Pictured above are Nadia’s two Barley hats, a lovely Daddy and Daughter set, knit using two strands of 4ply held together. In this case Nadia had the perfect yarns in mind from her stash (Camden Tweed and Hedgehog Sock Yarn) but needed to make them work for a pattern knit at a much thicker tension. Thankfully using two strands created the perfect fabric for this design (which calls for a worsted or aran weight yarn).

But wasn’t it awkward? Did she find it hard to identify each stitch? Were there lots of snagged and dropped stitches? Actually, not at all!

HatsHeldDouble

As you can see above the two strands of yarn actually end up quite snug together, and sit quite neatly at the top of their respective columns of stitches. Each stitch is readily identifiable and, should you ever accidentally knit in to only one strand, it’s a quick thing to catch and fix.

And what about the look of the fabric? Do we get uneven stitches, a muddle of texture, gaps and lumps? Again, nope!

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You’d have to look very close indeed to see that two strands were used, and we’re actually quite in love with the effect of Camden Tweed held double. The resulting fabrics are plush and soft, and just perfect for keeping everyone warm this Halloween!

Local Talent

Events like last Saturday’s really bring home how lucky we are to work within a community of such talented and creative individuals. It’s incredible to think back to Carol’s first free pattern in Knitty and to see how far her clever designs have taken her (with a lot of hard work along the way I’m sure).

So we thought it would be a good time to showcase some other local designers – Yvonne McSwiney and Eimear Earley – as they have each recently released new patterns, and they both happen to be adorable knits for little ones!

Camden Twist

First up is Camden Twist by Eimear: a 4ply cardigan of top-down construction, with just enough cabling to keep things interesting, and to tie in with the look and feel of Townhouse Yarns Camden Tweed. This cardigan is available in sizes ranging from 0-3 months to 2 years and is absolutely free. Go check it out!

Castleknock

Yvonne has covered sizes all the way up to 14 years with this refined saddle-shoulder vest: Castleknock. The design is clever, using interesting techniques to achieve a tailored finish. This vest is also knit in Yvonne’s very own yarn, Swing Sock, demonstrating that she is a woman of many talents! :)

Thanks for the wonderful designs ladies – we look forward to seeing what you come up with next…