Playful Workshops for the Creative Community

You may have already heard that Kate O’Sullivan from “A Playful Day” is coming to This is Knit in May. Her workshops are now open for booking and, in today’s blog, we’re sharing a little background as to why that makes us very excited indeed!

Kate O'Sullivan of A Playful Day will teach 3 workshops at This is Knit on the 13th and 14th of May 2017

We were very lucky to celebrate our 10th year in business last year. Back in early 2006 “This is Knit” was but a twinkle in our eye: a vision of a vibrant space, filled with like-minded crafters, all squishing and coo-ing over a delicious ranges of top quality yarns. We are so fortunate to have made that dream a reality and we are keen to carry on building our business and to continue fostering the great sense of community that exists around the knitting and crochet scene in Ireland.

We’ve always been keen too, to support fellow creative businesses along the way. It’s an ethos that Kate O’Sullivan shares. She is a strong believer in the power of collaboration and community support and, by partnering with Kate this May, we hope to help bring all of *your* creative plans to life.

Would you like to launch a blog, a podcast, or grow your existing online audience? Do you own a creative business and would you like help telling your brand’s story online? Are you a budding knitwear designer or Etsy store owner?  Kate’s experience in journalism, blogging, copy-writing, product branding and social media and will help you stand out from the crowd.

Over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of May we have a trio of tempting workshops to choose from. Click on the images below to reserve your place, and remember that a 10% discount will automatically apply if you book to attend 2 or more of the sessions.

Promo for Discover Your Writing Style a Workshop by Kate O'Sullivan of A Playful Day at This is Knit in May 2017

Promo for Telling Your Story Online a Workshop by Kate O'Sullivan of A Playful Day at This is Knit in May 2017

Promo for Visual Story Telling - a Workshop by Kate O'Sullivan of A Playful Day at This is Knit in May 2017

Are you already a fan of Kate’s “Playful Day” podcast? Are you counting the days until May?

2017: A Year for Yarn

Nadia brings us some of the unmissable events of 2017…

January is always a time of plotting and planning here at TIK, as we’re sure it is for many of you.  We’ve been busy finalising details and setting other wheels in motion and it’s safe to say that we’re very excited about what 2017 is going to bring! Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s have a look at just some of what’s coming up this year:

Flat lay with notebook, pen, needles and malabrigo yarn. Notebook features the text "2017 - Knit All The Things". Plans for This is Knit 2017. Featured events.

 

Irish Yarn Club

Starting in February you will be seeing the first instalment of the Irish Yarn Club 2017 hitting the hands of the lucky knitters who managed to nab a coveted membership. There will be stunning, never to be repeated, colourways from Hedgehog Fibres, Townhouse Yarns and The Dublin Dye Company and designs by the lovely Carol Feller. If you’d like to be a part of it all then you can still join the pattern-only collection here.  

Special Workshops

Along with our usual class schedule and tutorials, we have 3 very special workshops with the wonderful Melanie Berg coming up in April. Starting on Saturday the 8th of April, Shawl Design with Melanie Berg is *the* workshop to attend if you want to bring the shawl of your dreams to life.  You’d want to be pretty quick clicking that link because there are only 2 places left as I type!

Saturday afternoon Melanie takes it one step further with Design Your Own Mosaic Shawl.  Here you will create an original mosaic pattern and Melanie will walk you through all the necessary steps, from casting on, over fitting your pattern into a triangular shape, to finally binding off.

Melanie Berg's Eifelgold Shawl - a mosaic shawl. Learn more about Mosaic Knitting and design your own shawl at Melanie's workshop in This is Knit on Saturday 8th April 2017

As if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday the 9th of April some lucky knitters are joining Melaine in her workshop on Colourwork Shawls.  This class is fully booked but do add your name to the waiting list in case some places become available.

We have a number of other special guests planned, some return visitors and some first-timers! In fact we just revealed yesterday that Kate from the stunning craft and lifestyle blog A Playful Day will be joining us for a weekend of talks and workshops on the 13th and 14th of May. More details shortly, we promise!

Headshot of Kate from A Playful Day who will be visiting This is Knit for a weekend of workshops and talks on the 13th and 14th of May 2017

It might be worth keeping Saturday the 15th of July free too, as we welcome back a friendly face. You know it’s always good to indulge in some mid-summer technique enhancement…

Ok so that’s enough hint-dropping for now! Make sure you don’t miss any upcoming announcements by signing up to our newsletter here.

The Spring KAL Returns

We’ve been running the TIK Spring Knit-along for several years now and it’s always great fun and leads to lots of stunning FOs. We’ll be mixing things up a little this year, with several projects on offer across a common theme. Have we piqued your interest? Stay tuned for more details of yarn discounts, in-store events, prizes and frolics!

Are you making any exciting plans for 2017? Let us know in the comments we love hearing from you.

And if you need some instant gratification right this second, you can catch our SALE which includes the fabulous Lhasa. Find out more here.

Debbie Bliss Lhasa on SALE now at This is Knit. Buy 4 for the price of 3. Mix and match across all sale ranges.

 

 

 

A Weekend of Shawls with Melanie Berg

We love a good shawl around these parts, and we know you all do too. So what’s an LYS to do? Well, how about scheduling an entire weekend of Shawl Workshops in April next year?

Title Image for Melanie Berg's Shawl Construction Workshop at This is Knit in Dublin on Sat 8th April 2017

We’ve invited the wonderfully talented Melanie Berg to Dublin, and she’ll be teaching three topics with us: Shawl Construction, Mosaic Shawls and Colourwork Shawls. It’s all happening over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April and the spaces are filling up fast.

Melanie combines texture and colour into wearable modern designs that are both playful and beautiful. She enjoys matching cheeky stripes with elegant lace, and choosing unexpected colour combinations.  We love absolutely Melanie’s designs, so much so that it’s hard to choose just one favourite. So instead we’ll let the Ravelry ratings give you the run down!

Ravelry Screenshot of Melanie Berg's most popular patterns

You will automatically receive a 10% discount if your sign up for more than one of the weekend’s workshops, so you can really immerse yourself in all-things-shawl!  And if you happen upon this post and discover some of the sessions have been booked out, then we’d encourage you to add your name to the waiting list.  There’s always a chance of cancellations between now and April.

Have you ever knit any of Melanie’s designs? Or which ones are on your “wishlist”?

Finally we just have a small reminder that we will be closed for the Christmas Break from 5.30pm this Friday. We wish you all a lovely Christmas, full of cosy knitting time, gorgeous yarns and good company too.

This is Knit Details of Christmas Holidays 2016

Beginner Beauties

As we had our adventurous knits last week, today is a good time to strike some balance and have a little peek at two of our favourite Beginner Knitting patterns.

You may be a regular reader of our blog, or you might just have stumbled upon this post when searching for a somewhere to start on your knitting journey.  Either way we have some very pretty projects to share with you – and both demonstrate that simple doesn’t have to mean “basic” or “boring” at all.

Bread and Buttoned Mitts in Rico Soft Merino Aran pictured with lots of buttons. Simple Fingerless Gloves pattern for beginner knitters.

Our “Bread and Buttoned” Mitts

It’s a common misconception that a first project for a new knitter should generally be a scarf. Don’t get us wrong – scarves are very good introductions to the world of knits and purls. However the more impatient among us can find them a bit same-y after a while and be eager to try to something new.  That’s where the Bread and Buttoned Mitts come in! They have all the same techniques that you’d learn in a scarf – cast on, knit and cast off – with the added bonus of just being 5-6 inches worth of knitting per mitt.

Bread and Buttoned Mitts in Rico Soft Merino Aran pictured with a Debbie Bliss Mug. Simple Fingerless Gloves pattern for beginner knitters.

You’ll have a pair of these mitts whipped up in no time, and will be an expert at the basics by then, because you will have done them all twice in a short space of time.  So the simplest of stitches is turned sideways, and then a bit of whimsical embellishment is added… the result? One happy new knitter with a funky new pair of fingerless gloves!

The Mistake Rib Scarf

So maybe after that you fancy a scarf after all? And why wouldn’t you, when you can throw in a fun new stitch pattern, and maybe try a new yarn now that you’re confident in your skills?

Mistake Rib Scarf pictured in front of the Powerscourt Townhouse. Knitted in Louisa Harding Trenzar. Simple scarf for beginner knitters.

We’ve been knitting Mistake Rib scarves for over a decade now, and they never fail to please. They are perfect as gift knits for men or women, and the broken rib stitch pattern works well with almost every yarn imaginable. This season we have chosen Louisa Harding Trenzar, for its subtle tweedy finish and for the warmth of its merino and alpaca base.  It’s a winning combination, and the end result certainly looks much more than the sum of its parts.

Mistake Rib Scarf pictured in front of the Powerscourt Townhouse. Knitted in Louisa Harding Trenzar. Simple scarf for beginner knitters.

So have we convinced you to give this knitting lark a try? Let us help you get started – our January knitting courses are booking now.

Or are you one of our regular readers? If so then remember that we offer beginner kits for both of these designs so that you can share your love of the craft this Christmas… Knitting is contagious – so pass the bug around!

Turning to Texture – Two Workshops with Woolly Wormhead

As the winds pick up and the leaves start to turn, we find ourselves being drawn more and more to textured knits. Airy lace is being left behind for the simple comforts of garter stitch and cables are creeping in, overtaking smooth stockinette.

If you too would like to incorporate more unique textures in to your projects this winter, then we have two fantastic special guest workshops coming up that will help you to do just that.

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Turning Sideways explores the magic of rotating stitch patterns on their sides, how this affects increases and decreases, and how to use this method to your advantage. The techniques are discussed in the context of hat design specifically, but they can be made applicable to many other projects too.

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Reversible Cables – In this class you will work through a number of different swatches for reversible cables to learn how they are constructed. Together with Woolly you will look at how changing their component stitches affects the overall pattern, and then consider how they can be used with shaping and integrated into garments and accessories.

About Woolly:

Woolly is a fully qualified and experienced teacher & lecturer of Art, Design & Textiles. She thinks of her work in terms of architecture and finds hats fascinating, as they are relatively quick to knit, but also endlessly versatile.

Her classes are enjoyable and informative, with professional workshop notes provided.

Would you like to sign up for both classes? Use the promo code WoollyByTwo to receive a €10 discount when booking both sessions.

Textured Colourwork with Carol Feller

Textured Colourwork

We’re already well into January, and that means many of us are contemplating our ill-fated New Year’s resolutions. But, there is still time to make some new ones, so why not choose something fun like resolving to be more crafty? We can help you with that! Maybe you’d like to finally learn how to Crochet, or master Brioche? If you’ve not seen our schedule for classes and events lately, take a peek, we’ve got an impressive line up for the coming weeks. We are particularly excited to have Carol Feller back in the shop for her Textured Colourwork workshop at the end of this month!

We recently celebrated Carol’s book launch of Short Row Knits, and now she’ll be back on the 30th with a workshop for a few lucky knitters. In this workshop, students will learn the essential skills for creating beautiful colourwork, with texture inspired by the Swedish Bohus style of knitting. They will learn how to manage dominant and recessive colours, how to work two-handed colourwork, all while creating unique texture using purl stitches. Students will also receive a kit with everything they need to make a hat, including a bonus pattern! Here’s what Carol had to say about this style of colourwork:

I love texture in knitting such as cables and slip stitch patterns. Typically you would not associate texture with colour work, which is typically flat and smooth. Bohus knitting is different, there are purl stitches interspersed with the colour work which creates a very different type of knitting. This texture in the colour work breaks up the transitions and makes very integrated colour changes.
I’m currently working on a small book about gradient and colour change yarns. The pattern from this class will be in the book as it’s a good example of how texture can add interest to colour changes in your work.

Carol’s workshop is suited to knitters who know the basics, and can work in the round, even if you are new to stranded colourwork. You’ll receive plenty of detailed notes, and a kit with all supplies needed, which is included in the fee.

Although this workshop is now fully booked, you can still add your name to the waiting list! The list operates on a fastest-finger-first basis, so even if we get just one cancellation you’ll have as much opportunity to snap up the spot as everyone else.

Have you knit any of Carol’s designs recently? If you’ve been a member of the Irish Yarn Club, what was your favorite pattern?

Beginner’s Brioche

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The word Brioche may get you craving the warm, fluffy, diet-crushing French bread, but today we’re referring to a considerably less guilty indulgence (which is also quite fluffy in it’s own way): the Brioche knit stitch. A textured stitch pattern that creates a voluminous fabric with a ribbed look, with just as much elasticity as a traditional 1×1 rib. Brioche may look intimidating, but it really is just a combination of stitches you likely already know well: a few yarn overs, slipped stitches, knit-two-together and you’re set! The perks of Brioche stitch? It’s reversible, it creates a thick, cushy fabric, and looks gorgeous when done with two colors, which can create beautiful color work that is almost 3D in its plushy texture.

This stitch is ideal for projects where you’ll want lots of stretchiness, such as hats or fitted garments with negative ease, or when you don’t want a “wrong side” to your project, such as in scarves or blankets. With its almost double-knit texture, this stitch also creates a dense fabric with lots of structure, which can be useful for something like the collar of a sweater. Within Brioche stitch there are also a dozen variations, including Waffle Brioche, Twisted Brioche, Moss Brioche, Honeycomb Brioche, Double Brioche and more. Most create a reversible fabric, and many can be worked with one or two colours, with some even incorporating a third colour.

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Fancy giving Brioche a try? After all, this kind is calorie free, what do you have to lose? Join us at the shop for a Beginner’s Brioche class on December 6th, from 3pm – 4:30pm where you’ll learn how to knit a pair of reversible fingerless mitts with two colours, just like the one’s worn by the lovely Jenny seen here! The sample was knit with the multicolour Noro Kureyon and Lamb’s Pride Worsted in a solid shade.

Brioche knitting is seeing a comeback these days, thanks in part to Stephen West, who released several patterns recently all of which feature Brioche. The stitch beautifully highlights both colour and texture in his gorgeous designs, as seen in the “Bundled in Brioche” scarf where colour blocking and vertical stripes create a vibrant, plush scarf showcasing a spectrum of colours. Great for eating up leftover yarn from other projects!

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An important tip to remember when knitting Brioche is to use a cast-on and bind-off method that will allow for the large range of elasticity you’ll get with this stitch. In this case it is often suggested to use the Italian cast-on, or Tubular cast-on, which create a very elastic, ribbed “invisible” edge where stitches seem to wrap around the hem.

So, have you worked up an appetite for Brioche yet? What is your favourite Brioche pattern or one you’ve been hungry to try?

Embellishment

We’re thrilled to announce our next workshop, coming up next month. Elanor King will be here for the morning of Saturday 8th August, teaching us her amazing techniques for embellishing our knits.

Elanor, who is catchloops on Ravelry, is an Irish designer based in London. With an engineering background and an artist’s eye, she produces beautiful things using fun decorations like thrums and sequins and even loom bands, as well as the most effective embroidered details.

With Elanor’s help, you can learn how to add those distinctive touches that make your knits unique, and have a ball in the process! It all happens from 10.00am on Saturday August 8th, and you can nab a place right here.

And we really can’t wait to see the finished objects that happen then, can you?

Tin Can Knits on show

In the shop right now, we’ve got beautiful things on display. You see, we’re hosting Tin Can Knits’ trunk show, leading up to Emily Wessel’s classes next weekend. So we thought we’d showcase some of the gorgeousness here.

First up, that’s I heart rainbows above. Made in fingering weight and sized from newborn to four years old, this is simply the dotiest thing we’ve seen in ages!

Right beside it is a child-sized Clayoquot cardigan. It’s a fast knit in DK, and that lovely colourwork yoke works for people of all sizes – literally. It’s sized from newborn to 58 inches, so everyone can have one! (And hidden in the pocket of this one is a sweet little matching hat!)

And then there’s Thistle, a delightful lace stole which is really straightforward to knit. This is lace easy enough for TV knitting and it’s easy to customize the size any way you like.

And we’ve got the most gorgeous Vivid blanket on show as well. Just look at this beauty…

This is why we’re looking forward so much to Emily’s workshops on June 27th – clever design and wonderful knits! You can be part of the fun too – there’s a couple of places left for both the Lush cardigan workshop and the Vivid blanket session.

And if you get the chance, drop by to admire these beautiful Tin Can Knits – and this isn’t even all the show! There’s lots and lots of others too. Tt’s going to be so, so hard to send them back!

Starting at square one!

We’ve found a wonderful pairing – Tin Can Knit’s Vivid blanket and Townhouse Yarns’ “Saoirse” colourway!

Vivid is the teaching pattern for one of Emily Wessel’s workshops on Saturday June 27th. We can’t wait to host Emily – she’s a wonderfully inventive designer and such a good teacher.

Vivid is the most versatile pattern – made in easy bite-sized squares like the ones above, it’s a great baby blanket. And it’s surprisingly easy, especially when Emily’s showing you how. 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 with an overhand stitch. And best of all, it’ll be enormous fun!

The Vivid workshop is from 2.00pm to 5.00pm in the afternoon. You’ll find the booking page for it at this link. There’s still a few places left, both for Vivid and for Emily’s Lush cardigan workshop in the morning. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a Saturday!