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Carol Feller

Where did the idea come from for an entire book using Short Row techniques?

I’ve always loved knitting with short rows; when I begin knitting again it was one of the first advanced techniques I learned in order to create bust darts. However I wasn’t really happy with my short rows so I started to investigate and experiment. From there I discovered how many different types of short row techniques there are out there and the variety of things you can do with them. For the next several years I began perfecting my technique and using them in almost all my patterns. This naturally led to teaching short rows in person which in turn became my very popular free short row class on Craftsy.

When I began discussing a new book with Potter Craft I knew I wanted to do a book that was a technique workshop as well as a pattern book. That way knitters will want to reference it for years to come even after they’ve finished the patterns. Short rows seemed like the perfect subject as they are probably one of the most useful knitting techniques out there! At the same time I did a second class on Craftsy (Essential Short Row Techniques) that dovetails with the book.

Short Row Knits

Your knitwear design career has taken you to some far-flung places! I know the Craftsy classes are filmed in Denver and that you really enjoy visiting there. Did you ever imagine that knitting would open up so many opportunities for you?

If you had told me several years ago that knitting was going to be a passport to travel the world I’d have either laughed at you or thought you were crazy! I’m not a very careful planner at a macro level (micro planning I do thought!) so each new development and opportunity for me happened quite organically with one flowing into the next. At the beginning of my career I wrote an article on Kerry Woollen Mills for Yarnforward magazine. This got me thinking about Irish yarn which prompted me to write my first book; ‘Contemporary Irish Knits’. After this book was launched I began attending the TNNA tradeshow in the US and this book got me my first offer of teaching from Craftsy to do the Celtic Cables class.

I want to continue to create new designs, explore new construction methods and challenge myself as a designer and teacher. In order to do this I’ve got to be fluid in my approach and be open to new possibilities.

Dovestone Hills

Speaking of new possibilities – you always seem to embrace new ways of connecting with the knitters that choose your patterns, for example via the KALs you run on Ravelry. How do you find the time to run these knit-a-longs, with all your other commitments? And what has been your most successful KAL to date?

To manage all of my commitments I do lots of juggling and very little housework, I wish I was joking but I’m not :-) The reality is that there is no way to extend the hours in the day so something will always give. I do the bare minimum of housework so that it still functions, but that’s it. I try to finish every evening with a list of important tasks for the next day and do my best to get at least a few done in the morning.

Work goes in waves, when I’m feeling rested and family demands are low I can power thorough blog posts, patterns and edits without a bother. Other weeks they could take the whole week instead of a day. I try hard to accept that we’re not machines and you can’t work consistently all the time.

Every morning my priority is always knitters; I start by answering all email queries, Ravelry questions (forums and messages) and then visit Craftsy. If I get to them again later that’s great but on a busy day it won’t always happen!

Interaction with knitters is what keeps me energised and focused. Without knitters my patterns would just stay on paper. This is why KALs (knitalongs) have become such a big part of my work. I get to spend a lot of time focusing on one pattern; writing tips, tutorials and clues. Then the fun starts, knitters are swatching, picking sizes, figuring out mods and having a great time together.

I love how much knitters get out of KALs; along the way we’ve had a lot of first time sweater knitters who finished them off and loved them :-) The first KAL I did was for my 100th pattern, Ravi, that’s probably still the most popular of my KALs. This year I wanted to experiment a little and I’m trying something new, a KAL that is run in conjunction with LYSs and the yarn company Fyberspates; Mithral Every year knitters were trying to meet up in person, arranging it on Ravelry. It made sense to me to try and bring in a LYS partnership so that knitters could meet in person as well as online. Mitheral’s first clue is out 1st of October and so far knitters seem to love having LYSs involved, it just feels like extending the knitting family!

Short Row Knits

So now that Short Row Knits is published, what’s next for Carol Feller?

In the next few months my initial priority is promoting my 2 new books; Dovestone Hills and Short Row Knits. This involves a lot of writing work for blog posts as well as travel to shows and of course the wonderful book launch with you on the 17th of October! At the same time in the background plans are afoot for the Irish Yarn Club 2016. For the last 2 year I’ve done an Irish Yarn Club with TIK and this year we’re planning and scheming for some very exciting new developments. I think knitters are going to just love some of the yarn/colour choices that we’re putting together for the 2016 club and hopefully they’ll like the patterns that go with the amazing yarn :-)

Carol is one of This Is Knit’s very favourite people, so we’re fierce thrilled to be hosting the launch of her new book. It’s entirely devoted to patterns shaped with short rows – you can see the Ravelry previews here.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve fallen in love with a lot of Carol’s short row shaping – Rossbeg and Ravi are big favourites round here, and right now her new Mithral Knit-Along is proving awfully popular. So an entire book of her short row magic? Oh, yes please!

At the launch, Carol will be talking to us about the designs and signing your books. There’ll be garment samples on hand for trying on, and we’ll have wine and nibbles to toast the book with. We’ve got a booking page right here for the launch, so grab your place! The event’s completely free – the booking is just to give us an idea of numbers. It’ll be great fun, and we’d love you to be there!

Date night!

What do you get if you put forty knitters and crocheters in a yarn shop, show them the gorgeous new stock that’s filling the shelves and let them play with it? Why, you get Yarn Dating! Let us tell you about Friday night!

It was such fun! For the first time, we hosted the whole event in the shop (well, and a bit of it outside, thanks to our neighbours at the Pepper Pot). So at half past seven, there was an impatient queue of people outside, eagerly looking through their information sheets and waiting for the doors to open…

What better time to get a second opinion on a swatch of stunning beaded lace? (The consensus was yes, the larger beads work better!)

Inside, the swatching stations were all set up, with samples – knitted or crocheted – of new yarn. No casting on required – all you had to do was pick up and stitch!

But this was speed-dating, so everyone got to meet all the hopefuls, moving from one numbered station to another….

And then we were off! Swatches to examine, and pattern books to plan with, and stitching to try…

Each date passed by in the twinkling of an eye, and before you knew it, the bell rang to move you on to your next assignation. The bell?

Yes, a proper school bell, wielded by Lisa from her post on the mezzanine!

There were sample garments to try on, with pride of place given to Carol Feller’s Mithral (have you read about Carol’s September knit-a-long?) There’s going to be a lot of these this winter, if Friday night is anything to go by – the picture at the very top is Fyberspates Cumulus for a Mithral, gleefully gathered up.

And if you needed help deciding which colour to choose, what better place to ask?

There were spot prizes too, and one very sneaky competition: Guess the Mystery Swatch!

Behind the curtain hung three swatches, so you could feel but not see them. By guessing what yarn they were made from, one lucky person won a fantastic bundle of goodies (congratulations, Maria!) It was harder than it looked, and only four people guessed all three correctly. José the Alpaca insisted on standing guard to prevent peeking, though we told him our customers were far too honourable for that sort of behaviour.

And there were old flames to meet too, like this delicious pile of Dublin Dye Company sockweight!

We hope you enjoyed Yarn Dating 2015 as much as we did, and we honestly can’t wait to see what you’ll make this autumn and winter. It’s a privilege to be a part of such a creative and fun-loving community, so thank you all!


It’s no secret that we love Carol Feller’s designs. They are clever, stylish, fun to knit and fabulous to wear! Carol has run many wonderful Knit-a-longs over the last few years via her Ravelry group and this autumn she’s embarking on her biggest KAL yet.

It’s for the truly stunning Mithral sweater, and we can’t wait to get started! Even better, we have the garment itself on display in the shop, so don’t be shy – pop in and try it on :)

The Knitty Gritty

  • We’re offering a 10% discount on the yarn for this project (Fyberspates Cumulus), with every KAL sign up.
  • Yarn Dating guests can sign up on the evening of the event and receive a 15% discount.
  • Members of the KAL will receive a *free* hat pattern from Carol from the 1st September. This pattern uses the same stitch pattern as “Mithral”, which makes it the perfect swatching project.
  • Yarn usage: The design calls for between 6 and 10 balls of Cumulus, depending on size and whether you decide to knit a cowl neck or not.

  • KAL Schedule:

    · 1st September KAL: sign ups begin and swatching can start!

    · 1st October: first KAL clue release.

    · 15th October: clue 2.

    · 5th November: clue 3.

    · 19th November: clue 4.

    · 4th December: Raffle drawing on Ravelry open to everyone who posts a photo of their completed Mithral.

    If you fancy joining in the fun then please post a comment below or get in touch with the shop directly. We’ll be collecting email addresses over the next few weeks and getting in touch with everyone little closer to the KAL launch date.

    A little post update following on from some questions in the comments:

    You can sign up with us at any time from now on, but you won’t receive the “pre-sale” PDF until the 1st of September. This pdf will contain the free hat pattern and information on sizing, materials needed and tension etc for the sweater.

    The yarn discount becomes available as soon as you sign up for the KAL.

    The pattern is purchased through us at a cost of €6.95. We will then provide you with a download code for Ravelry, and once you use the code you will automatically receive the KAL clues as they are released from Carol.

    All shades of Cumulus should be available in the shop in approximately 10 days time.

    Carol says of the pattern:

    “This sweater is knit from the top down with set-in short row sleeves, the gentle a-line body uses a simple lace flowing from below the empire waist which flatters most body shapes. The sweater comes with several different neckline options. Pictured is the cowl neck option but instructions will also be given for a rounded or a scooped neckline.”

    Save the date!

    It’s that time of year again! Yarn Dating returns for another fun-packed evening filled with yarn fumes and general frolics!

    We’ll help you find your perfect match as we guide you on a journey through a carefully selected range of new yarns: both thick and thin, multicoloured and solid, made from alpaca, silk, merino and more…

    As always we will be offering light refreshments to keep up the energy levels, everyone will go away with a small goody bag and we’ll also be running raffles for some fantastic prizes over the course of the night. Last year’s Yarn Dating was such fun, and you can see what we got up to here!

    Finally there will be an extra-special discount offer of 15% off all the sampled yarns on the evening! This includes any purchases made on the night and any special orders placed.

    Places are limited, so nab yours now over on our booking page! We’d love to see you, and we’ve got some very special introductions for you!

    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!


    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!

    Our Yarn Shop Day last Saturday week was enormous fun, and we’d like to say thank you to everyone who shared it with us!

    The shop was buzzing right from the moment we opened – a queue had formed outside our front door, so we knew it was going to be good crack! The shop was looking very festive, with jolly bunting and giant pompoms all over the place.

    There were prizes and cupcakes and in the afternoon our knitting and crochet experts were put to the test with your most challenging queries.

    And all day, our lovely customers dropping in – that’s what made it such a very special day, so here’s to all of you! Very special congratulations, too, to Margaret Connally, who won our super prize of a place at Tin Can Knits’ workshops at the end of June.

    It was such fun that we’re already planning next year’s Yarn Shop Day, so we can do it all over again, and we hope to see you there!

    It’s Yarn Shop Day on Saturday May 2nd! So we’ll be kicking up our heels with giveaways, competitions, discounts and goodies all day in the shop!

    We’ve got so much planned for the day…

    • There’ll be a Goody Bag for each of the first ten people through the door on that Saturday morning (we open at 10.30am)!
    • Everyone who spends over €10 on the day will be entered in a draw for a place at one of Emily Wessel’s upcoming workshops here at This Is Knit (find out more here and here).
    • You can challenge our crochet and knitting experts between 2.00pm and 4.00pm! Bring your knotty knitting problems and your crochet conundrums for *FREE* advice and assistance (on a first come, first served basis). Your project’s return from the naughty step starts here!
    • We’ll be offering discounts on some products and free gifts with others! (Which ones? Ah, you’ll have to wait to find out!)
    • We’ll be offering sweet treats right through the day too!

    It’ll be huge fun, so do drop in and see what’s going on, from 10.30am right up to 5.30pm!

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