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What’s that in the background there, behind the tissue paper pompom? It’s the newest edition to our garment display in the shop: Jacqui’s Lush cardigan (boy, she’s a fast knitter)!

Lush is Tin Can Knit’s beautiful design, and it’s the pattern Emily Wessel will be using for her cardigan workshop at the end of June. (There’s still places left for that, and for her baby blanket workshop as well – you’ll find details at our booking page).

Jacqui used Juniper Moon Farm’s gorgeous Findley DK for hers – it’s a beautifully plied silk and merino blend, and it’s delicious to work with. Just look at the stitch definition on the Lush lace….

And the pompom? We can’t stop making them, you see, using this tutorial, and we’re having a tremendous amount of fun doing it! It’s properly spring now, so why not celebrate with some tissue paper frivolity!

We gave you some tantalising hints a few weeks ago, but now it’s official and bookable: Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits is coming to give two workshops at This Is Knit!

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Both workshops are on the same day, Saturday June 27th. In the morning, she’ll be presenting the Lush Cardigan. It’s worked from the top down, starting with the lace yoke. You’ll learn a nifty provisional cast on before getting started on the lace section, and then you’ll master picking up stitches for the bodice and sleeves. It’s a versatile garment, and you’ll definitely want to make more than one – so it’s handy that the pattern comes in a terrific range of sizes, from newborn all the way to 60″.

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Then in the afternoon, Emily will introduce us to the Vivid blanket. This one is versatile too – made in squares and pieced together afterwards, it’s a great baby blanket (though it’s not hard to imagine plenty of other sizes). It will work for any size of yarn, too. You’ll learn the pinhole cast on method, how to read a lace chart, how to knit in the round using the magic loop method (if you want – you can use double-pointed needles if you prefer), how to block your individual lace squares and finally how to seam your pieces together into a blanket with an overhand stitch.

Both workshops last three hours, from 10.00am to 1.00pm for Lush and from 2.00pm to 5.00pm for Vivid, so if you wanted to attend both, there’s plenty of time to relax over lunch in between. Places are certain to be snapped up fast, so book early! You’ll find the booking page for the Lush workshop at this link, and the Vivid workshop can be booked here.

As usual for this sort of event, a waiting list will start as soon as all the places are filled. It’s really worth putting your name down, because once there’s a cancellation and a places becomes available, our very clever booking system will email everyone on the list, and then it’s fastest finger first!

We’re really excited about welcoming Emily to This Is Knit – we’re big fans of Tin Can Knits, and these workshops are going to be enormous fun!

Ok, we can’t keep this all to ourselves any longer. We’ve got exciting news, and we can’t wait to tell you! Tin Can Knits is coming to This Is Knit, to give not one, but two workshops!

We’ve featured a lot of her designs here, because they’re simply some of the best patterns we know. There’s the Snowflake jumper above (Maria and Jen made one each), and there’s Bonny, which Jacqui whipped up in no time.

And back at Christmas, one of our bestselling kits was the Gothic Cowl:

Thing is, we’re not sure of the date yet, but it’s looking like a weekend date in June, and there’ll be two half day workshops, on different topics. And the best way to find out all the details as soon as we do? Follow us on twitter, where we’re @ThisIsKnit, and keep an eye on this blog. Places will be limited and first-come-first-served, and our booking page will be the place to nab your reservation!

We’re heading into St Patrick’s Weekend, so we’d like to wish you all, at home and abroad, a terrific time. We’ll be closed on Tuesday March 17th itself, but open as usual right through the weekend!

It’s early days, but 2015 is looking like a Big Year for colourwork! It all started with Kate Davies’ adorable Epistropheid. There’s been a wee outbreak of them among our customers, and we’re jumping on that bandwagon with glee! Stranded colourwork is easy, fun to work and, best of all right now, so warm!

Epistropheid is very fast to work, and it’s such a good introduction to stranded colourwork. It’s designed for DK, and some of our first-time colourworkers have had it started and finished within thirty six hours!

Another splendid choice for your first stranded colourwork is the Easy Ombre Slouch, which was one of our most popular gift kits over Christmas.

There’s plenty of resources online to help you with stranded colourwork too, and a very good place to start is Stranded, the stranded colourwork group on Ravelry.

If you’re looking for a group to embark on colourwork with, then we hear that the Brooks Hotel knitting group is starting a colourwork Knit-Along this coming Thursday. You can work any colourwork pattern you like, but several people are starting the amazing Sanquhar Cowl. There’s details here.

And if you fancy learning colourwork in one of our classes, the next one is coming up on the 28th of February, and you can nab your place at this link.

Wee dotes!

If a small someone in your life needs a bear (or if you need one yourself!), we can help. These two characters are the project for Colette’s two-session Toy Knitting class which we recently started offering.

On the way to having your own wee bear, you learn useful toy-making skills: increasing and decreasing for little arms and legs, embroidering those little faces, using stuffing and lots more techniques for making perfect little companions.

Our next Toy Making class will be held on October 18th and 25th (both Saturdays), and you can nab a place at this link. In fact, you can see all of our October classes freshly announced right here, and even if you don’t need a wee knitted friend, there’s lots of other skills and fun on offer.

Learning something new

It’s the time of year when taking up a new skill or perfecting an old one comes to mind, so this month we’re concentrating on equipping you with the best possible expertise!

We’ve revampled our schedule a bit this autumn. In addition to our very popular beginners’ courses, we’re offering a Level 2 course both for knitting and for crochet, so if you’ve got the basics already and are wondering where to go next, we’ve got you covered.

Our Level 1 knitting beginners’ course happens, like before, over three weeks, and you’ll learn right from the ground up with our experienced teachers. If you’ve never touched needles in your life, or if you’re reviving skills from years ago, this is where to start. Through two simple projects, you’ll master casting on, working both flat and in the round, simple decreasing, casting off and assembling your work for that expert finish. What’s more, the cost of the yarn and needles for both projects (a pair of handy fingerless mitts and a dotey child-sized hat) is included in the price, and the classes happen right here in the shop in the most relaxed setting you can imagine!

Our new Level 2 knitting course equips you to make garments, and again there’s two projects: a child’s topdown cardigan and the sweetest wee booties. You’ll learn shaping using increases and decreases and making buttonholes and picking up stitches – in fact, everything you need to embark on adult-sized garments! Before starting this course, you’ll need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off, weave in ends and knit in the round using the Magic Loop technique (if you have already completed Knitting Level 1 with us then you’ll have all this covered, though). And after it, the sky will be the limit!

And we’ve got your crochet desires covered too. The Level 1 crochet beginners’ course will cover how to work a foundation chain, double crochet and seaming up crocheted pieces. You’ll also learn simple increases and decreases, and work half-double crochet and treble crochet stitches on a small motif. So if you’ve never crocheted at all, or have the dimmest memories of working with a hook, this is the place to start.

In the Level 2 crochet course, we’ll build on the Level 1 skillset: pattern and chart reading, working in the round, working trebles, changing colours and working square motifs are all covered, and you’ll make a baby hat with a charming flower decoration and a granny square pattern that can become a cushion cover, or the coziest scarf, or even a blanket.

So click on over to our booking page to find out more about all these classes! Knitting and crochet are fun and easy and waiting for you, so come on in!

Last Saturday’s Shawl Design workshop with Ysolda was a huge success, we’re happy to report – we were very sorry to let her go!

But we’ve perked right up, because there’s another exciting visitor on the horizon: in July, Woolly Wormhead is coming back to give us her Hat Design workshop. We’ve had the privilege of hosting this class before, and it’s always a lot of fun and a terrific opportunity to learn from one of the very best.

It’s on July 19th (a Saturday), from 9.30am to 4.30pm. All you need is some needles for working in the round, yarn to suit them, a calculator and a pencil (and maybe a rubber), and Woolly will supply the inspiration! You read more details at this link, and nab your place there too.

Places are going fast, and there’s only ten of them, so fastest finger first!

We’re only barely containing our excitement at the moment – Ysolda Teague’s shawl design workshop is happening here in less than a month, on Saturday May 17th. There’s still a couple of places available, though there’s been a lot of interest. There’s even a group flying in specially from Scotland for the day!

When it comes to shawl design, Ysolda’s one of the greats (this is her portfolio). We’ve featured many of her designs, like lovely and popular Ishbel above, and elegant Marin below.

In this workshop she will give you the skills to make your own completely original shawl, just as lovely but completely exclusive to you! All you need is yarn, needles, squared paper, pencil and stitch markers – and your ideas!

You can snap up a place at this link, and then just imagine the thrill of saying “Oh this? It’s a design of my own, thank you!”

We’re simply delighted to announce that Ysolda Teague is coming back to This Is Knit for a third time! This time she’s giving us a new shawl design workshop, which she calls Shawl Geometry. It’ll be on Saturday May 17th, and it lasts the whole day from 10.00am until 5.00pm (with a break for lunch, of course).

Ysolda’s shawls are terrifically popular both with This Is Knit customers and on Ravelry. Beautiful designs like Ishbel and Marin are not only lovely to wear but eminently knittable (Ishbel’s got over twelve thousand projects to her name).

With Ysolda to guide you, you’ll find out how to design your own completely individual shawl from scratch. You’ll knit a tiny version during the workshop, and along the way you’ll learn design skills from one of the very best. It’ll be such a fun day, and you can secure your place by clicking this booking link.

Roll on May!

There’s something very satisfying about making a garment that fits its wearer comfortably and well, and this little jacket is a perfect example.

It’s Carol Feller’s Rossbeg and it’s got a massive age range of two to ten years. And since not all wee ones are the same shape, you can customise it very easily.

Knitted from the top down, starting with that pretty curved yoke shaped with short rows, you can make it as long as you want: just finish when you’re done! The same’s true of the sleeves: full length or three quarter length, it’s up to you (and the future wearer, of course).

Carol’s use of such simple and clever techniques is one of the hallmarks of her work, and there’s still a couple of places left for her workshops with us on Saturday February 15th. There’s one on sweater surgery, so you’ll be able to improve and fix a garment that hasn’t turned out as you’d like. There’s also one expressly on short rows. You can find out more about both and book a coveted place by clicking on the links. Carol’s workshops are always popular and fun, and we’ve very excited about these ones.

And for another particularly dotey example of Carol’s short row magic, a Ravi Junior cardigan was featured on our facebook page during the week. Modelled by one of our very favourite young people and knitted by Jen, you can see it here. Aww!

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