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….

Copyright Yvonne McSwiney

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.


Christmas in July


Oh yeah… Here at Knitting HQ, the 25th of July marks the beginning of our Christmas countdown.

Christmas knitting anyone?


The Blooming Bunting Project


Blooming Bunting, is an experimental venture; trusting in community spirit and inspired by a belief that everything we do has an impact on our environment, Blooming Bunting has invited The Dublin Knit Collective to participate and help create the Hanging Gardens of Dublin, as part of Bloom Fringe 2015.

The intention for Blooming Bunting is to unite communities, by providing a platform: and presenting a project that everyone can take-part in. Blooming Bunting believes in building a true connection between ‘Human-Nature’. It celebrates biodiversity, sustainability, creativity and community spirit.

More about the project:

The Dublin Knit Collective is putting a call out, and asking knitters, crocheters and other fiberistas to join in and create a garden inspired item that will be included in a Nature Inspired Bunting to help turn a dreary lane at Dublin Castle into a bunting filled, nature inspired hanging garden.

I am looking for donations of a handknit/crocheted flower, flowers, leaves, bees, trees, fruits….basically anything you would find in garden.

I need your item(s) before or by Saturday 23rd May. It’s a short lead in time I know, but nothing is impossible, and I do believe in miracles!

This is Knit and The Constant Knitter are our City Centre Drop Off Depots or please contact me if your wish to post it.

The Blooming Bunting organisers aim to have the garden hung by Thursday 28th May, so its up and ready for people to enjoy during the BloomFringe. It’s a short lead in time I know, but nothings impossible…and I do believe in miracles!

I really hope you can join us! It would be an honour to have such creative and inspiring people involved! This project is for everyone! Without participation this project / hanging garden will not be able to grow.


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.


Wear to 2Be Seen 2014

Wear 2Be Seen on World Wide Knit in Public Day 2014

The DKC is calling on all knitters and crocheters to knit/crochet an accessory/garment for Wear 2Be Seen on World Wide Knit in Public Days.

Knit or crochet anything your heart desires, the possibilities are endless… and showcase your talents as you proudly wear your accessory/garment on WWKiP Days which starts Saturday 14th June to Sunday 22nd June 2014.

I’ll be on the look out for handknit/crochet wear on the streets of Dublin from the 14th to 22nd June. So, if I spy, with my little eye, something that you handknit, tag you’re it!


Charity Knitting on WWKiP Day 2013


Hello Everyone,

I’m Claire Organ and I’m a member of Needle Natters in Bonmahon, Co.Waterford. The Copper Coast along the sunny South-East. I’m asking you, friends and your group to join in our World Wide Knit Day with knitting/crocheting flowers of all colours and types of yarn to make an art collage/installation of a “Heart” to support and raise funds for Heart Children Ireland. The art installation will then go on tour.

I’m trying to get as many knitters/crocheters involved across the country.

My inspiration for this was at Christmas when I saw Dr. Orla Franklin a Paediatric Cardiac Consultant on the news speaking about the difficulties the Cardiac Dept have on a daily basis in Crumlin Childrens Hospital with outdated cardiac wards and especially now with the current climate. I just thought I have to do something!

So I suggested at the Needle Natters group to get involved in fundraising for Heart Children Ireland. I can’t run a marathon or jump out of a plane so this is what we came up with. Orlaith Hamersley is the artist/designer ( of the art installation with The Wool Shop, Bonmahon hosting the event (

My eldest son Scott was diagnosed with Hocum(Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)when he was 14 and underwent life saving surgery. He has an ICD and controlled by medication. Only for the expertise of Mr Kevin Walsh, Mr Lars Nolke and caring of Crumlin Childrens Hospital Cardiac Dept he would not be here today; Heart Children were a fantastic support to us and are to many families in our situation.

Heart Children Ireland is a charity which supports children with Congenital Heart Defects. They support the children, parents and Crumlin Children Hospital by raising much needed funds for equipment in and out of hospital, nurses and anything which makes life easier for Heart Children.

Please join us with this event create a lovely piece of art and support Heart Children.

With every flower donate a Euro – these can be sent to Orlaith Hamersley, Needle Natters, Bonmahon, Co.Waterford.
Postal orders/cheques to be made out to Heart Children Ireland.

You can also contact me by email, Facebook – Needle Natters Bonmahon.


Frog or Finish…

I frequently get a bout of startitis, and end up with a basket full of wips.

As I enthusiastically competed in Ravelry’s knitting Olympics, I managed to complete there FOs.

Now, bring on September, also considered a new year for any of society’s folks whose schedules are dictatated by the school year.

I have committed myself to finish off my wips…it’s simply a task of frogging or finishing.

This cobalt blue wip is going to be frogged, since I have no clue as to where I am in the pattern. If I recall, my stitch count was way off when it went into the basket.


This scarf is on the finish list since I love the yarn and it’s colourway.


I knit this cardigan a few years again and hate the fit, so it’s been frogged, and will become known as the FibreFeis2012 sweater.




Who’s up for frog or finish?