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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!

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!

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…

Cover

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.

Bunting

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:

Strawberry

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!

Shawl

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?

Last year, our Marin kit was one of your favourites, so we’re delighted to offer it again this year. Ysolda’s clever design is a joy to work: interesting enough to keep the knitter engaged, but straightforward enough to let you relax.

The result is simply lovely and unfussy, and the yarn really shines through. Once more, we’re offering the kit in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply. It’s delicious to work with and comes in gorgeous saturated colours.

And we’ve got Marin all wrapped up with a bow for you, in a sweet little kit containing the yarn and the pattern. It’s the most elegant gift a knitter could receive!

It always seems more like the holiday season when the This Is Knit gift kits start appearing, and we’ve just reached that point. In useful and pretty packaging, we’re offering a terrific range this year: yarn and patterns specially chosen to complement each other, giving hours of crafty fun and a gorgeous finished object to boot. There’s something for everyone: for children and adults, knitters and crocheters, beginners and experts alike!

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of our kits, and we’re starting with Eimear Earley’s Dapple Cowl. The package contains Eimear’s tempting pattern and a skein of Juniper Moon Farm’s Herriot DK weight.

We blogged about this yarn here when it came into stock, and the Dapple Cowl was written specially for it.

Together, the entire kit weighs in at less than 150g, which is excellent news if you’re posting your presents. So in the New Year, someone somewhere will be able to snuggle up in the warmest alpaca, whatever the weather brings.

And finally, if you fancy winning some Juniper Moon yarn, a mere mouse click will enter you into our twitter competition. Follow and retweet, and an entire gorgeous kilometre of yarn might be yours!

The picture says it all: just go to Twitter, follow us (we’re @ThisIsKnit), and retweet this post. Then keep an eye on our twitterfeed on Monday next, when we’ll announce a lucky winner.

Of course, you could give this gorgeous Juniper Moon Farm yarn away as a gift, along with the handy little needle gauge, but really, it’ll make a perfect present from us to you. It’ll be going to a very good home!

It’s present season!

Yesterday evening, the Christmas lights got turned on in the Powerscourt Centre, and it’s looking so pretty. That means, of course, that it’s time to think about presents. As you’d expect, we’ve got lots of gift ideas to share with you.

If you’re looking for a truly knock-out gift for a knitter or crocheter, then a membership of our 2015 Irish Yarn Club is the perfect thing. It’s a gift that goes on giving well into the New Year – each month for three months, an exciting parcel will arrive, bringing exclusive hand-dyed yarn, each with a new Carol Feller pattern. Pattern support and tutorials will be provided, all as part of the package!

We’re so lucky to have such talented hand-dyers in this country: the picture above shows the work of Townhouse Yarns, the Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres, our collaborators in the Club. We can’t wait to see their Club colourways!

If you’re shopping for a gift to send to Ireland or overseas, then we’ll organise all the wrapping and posting, though there’s also a store pick-up option. You can find out lots more by clicking here. The last day for orders is December 21st, and places are limited, so don’t wait too long!

There’s no gift like the gift of anticipation, is there?

The Big Knit’s back!


We’re delighted to shout this from the rooftops: the innocent Big Knit is underway for 2014/15! Ever since 2008, little hats have been adorning innocent smoothie bottles and raising over €100,000 to help older people stay warm and safe. And again this year, This Is Knit is delighted to support the campaign.

If you’re round Dublin this coming Thursday, November 11th, then you’re invited to the Big Knit-A-Long at the Little Museum of Dublin between 12 noon and 4.00pm. There’ll be help from experts and a display of famous wee hats! You can nab your completely free ticket by emailing howaya@innocentdrinks.ie.

You can find out more about The Big Knit at this link. There’s a range of patterns to start you off and an unbelievable gallery of hats to inspire you – lots more like these!

The deadline this year is December 12th, and as in previous years, This Is Knit is delighted to be a drop off point for your hats. And keep an eye on twitter for #IrishBigKnit!

Want to see another wee knitted work of art? ‘Course you do! This one’s a little knitting hat….

Malabrigo Central!

The Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS opened yesterday, and we’re having a ball! This year, we’re exclusively partnering Malabrigo Yarns, so our stand is looking utterly glorious.

There’s all our usual favourites, like Rios, Silkpaca and Sock, but we’re also introducing some new beauties. There’s Mecha, which is a chunky superwash pure merino (that’s it in the picture above), there’s Twist, an unbelievably soft merino which is a little heavier than aranweight, there’s a lovely light DK merino/silk blend called Rastita….

And as a show surprise, there’s a yarn so new it doesn’t even have a name. Currently designated “Test Yarn”, it’s Malabrigo’s first superwash laceweight and the only place you can see it is at our stand!

The show’s open from 10.00am to 5.30pm tomorrow, and from 10.00am till 5.00pm on Sunday. There’s so much to see – over 200 exhibitors, including displays of the most beautiful handcraft you’ve ever seen. We’re at stand B36, and meeting you all in person is the best part of the show for us.

…mmm…Malabrigo!

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