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12 Socks in 2017 KAL

One of my Facebook friends, Jackie posted, “Knitting goals for 2017:  Knit 12 pairs of socks in a year. I have alot of sock yarn stash.”

This was the inspiration for the DKC Sock KAL… a split second decision to host a year long Sock Knit Along on Facebook and Ravelry.

It is not to late to join this year long event, decide how many pairs of socks you plan make this year and post you’re in and sign up in the DKC Knit Along Facebook group or  12 Socks in 2017 Ravelry thread

Pick your pattern, sock yarn and cast on at your leisure.

Organising this KAL is the perfect opportunity to use my favourite Filofax to track my list of knitters who have made it their goal to knit socks in 2017, whether they knit 2 or 24.

I am planning a few surprises throughout the year, so stay tuned for updates.


Peace Project KAL

​”Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with knitters.” 

Join the me in the Project Peace Knit Along.

Christina Campbell has created a cowl pattern specifically for this Peace Along. She describes the stitch pattern as having a bit of a soothing 4-row repeat pattern. Knit one repeat per day and at the end of knit along you’ll have a peaceful cowl.

Download the free pattern and cast on is Thursday 1st December 2016.

From 1st to 21st December, head over to Christina’s blog  where there will be a daily tip on how to infuse more peace into your life.

Follow me (a messenger of Peace) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ….


We’re Leaping to Heuston….

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The 29th of February comes around every four years and it’s a great day to share some exciting news…

Knitwear designer and dyer, Yvonne of Dublin Dye has just released a new pattern. Her patterns are named after areas in and around Dublin. The latest release, Heuston is a cosy and comfortable hat with a cable and rib pattern that will look great with or without a pompom.

Read all about this lovely hat pattern and the Dublin Simon Community in her blogpost .

It’s the perfect project to take on the train from Heuston Station to Cork Kent Station.
Here at Knitting HQ, we are excited about this pattern for three reasons:

1) Yvonne is donating the proceeds of this hat until the end of March to the Dublin Simon Community, a charity who work with the homeless in and around Dublin. They support homeless people and work with them to get them out of temporary accommodation and into permanent homes.

2) We are adding to the fun by hosting a  knit along for the Heuston hat. Cast on is the 6th of March, and the deadline is April 3rd.

3) If you finish a hat in by that date you’ll be entered into a draw for a skein of Dublin Dye Merino DK in the colour of your choice! We will have an online parade of finished by hats… More on that later.

So please join us in supporting Yvonne’s charity drive for the Dublin Simon Community.

Purchase and download the pattern here


Big Knit in Rathmines: Tuesday 10th November

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Get knitting with the Rathmines Knitting group and show your support for the Innocent Big Knit on Tuesday 10th November 2015 from 7pm at Rody Bolands, Upper Rathmines Road across from Tesco.

Join the Big Knit Night in Rathmines to knit some little hats and help raise money for Age Action. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s for a great cause.

Every time Innocent sell a little bottle wearing a hat, they donate 30c to Age Action to help keep older people warm and well over winter.

You can find knitting patterns here.

Every hat is important, so even if you’ve only got time to knit one or two, Rathmines Knitters will appreciate it.


Flowers and Foliage…

If you happen to be in town this Bank Holiday weekend, why not head over and see our contribution to a community project organised by the folks from Blooming Bunting

Our knitters and crocheters have out done themselves look what’s going in our Blooming Bunting…..







Flowers and Foliage….

If you happen to be in town this Bank Holiday weekend, why not head over and see our contribution to a community project organised by the folks from Blooming Bunting

Our knitters and crocheters have out done themselves look what’s going in our Blooming Bunting…..







Handknit Socks are Bespoke

I have made it my mission to knit at least one pair of socks a month and to finish the Stepaside.

While I knit socks, I have receive some interesting comments and questions from family, friends, colleagues and strangers…“I guess you save alot of money by knitting your own socks.”“Why knit a pair of socks when you can buy them at Dunnes Stores?”“I can’t knit socks, I’m too traumatised since my childhood school day when the nuns forced us to knit socks.” “I use to knit socks, but it is too much work. I’d rather shop.”“Wow, these are amazing, will you make me a pair; if I pay you?”

My response… My handknit socks are bespoke and are priceless!

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My enthusiasm has spilled over to one of my knitting students, Julie, an experienced knitter who still struggles to turn the heel of a sock. We spent an evening reviewing the anatomy of handknit socks and she’s one put one foot forward….


On another note, I unpacked yet another box at Knitting HQ, and found more patterns this past week…

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Starting the year on the right or left foot…


Join the Dublin Knit Collective Sock  Club 2015. This sock club is open to everyone, there are no membership fees to join, there is no sign up list and best of all, no deadlines.  Knit at your own leisurely pace.

The concept of the DKC Sock Club 2015 is to knit socks in 2015, simple isn’t it? Set a specific goal for yourself, such as, “I want to knit 5 pairs of socks in 2015.”

I have reason to believe there are knitters out there who have a stash of sock yarn just waiting to grow into a pair of feet; and maybe 2015 will be the year to make a dent in your sock yarn inventory.

If you don’t know how to knit socks or just want to improve your sock knitting skills watch this space for Learn to Knit Sock classes this year.

Follow @sockclub15 who will be calling out to knitters to check out the latest on bespoke socks making.

Let’s knit and enjoy the luxury of hand knit socks!


The Return of the DKC Sock Club 2015

The DKC Sock Club returns this January 2015!


Membership is now open to all sock knitters and the curious…

It will be a year of bespoke socks, totally handknit by you. Enjoy 2015 with knit alongs (kals) and sock yarn lovin’ .

For the kals, you can join in anytime and no deadline to finish, unless it’s a special knit along (more news on that later).

Each month or so, a sock pattern will be featured as a knit along. Cast on, if you so desire and post your progress on our Ravelry DKC Sock Club discussion thread or on Twitter, just follow @sockclub15

The first sock kal of 2015 is Stepaside, a top down sock pattern designed by knitwear designer, Yvonne McSwiney of Dublin Dye Company . I hope you’ll say hello to Yvonne as I have invited her to pop in to answer any of your questions in our Sock Club discussion forum.

CAST ON on New Years’ Day or anytime after that and this kal does not have a deadline.


Why I knit Handknit socks

Handknit socks are pretty awesome!!!


I am loving this lace sock pattern. This pattern is part of our spring sock knit along, details can be found in the DKC discussion forum on Ravelry.

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