Posts tagged ‘DKC’


Knitmas Knitting queue: Foraois

​During a visit to my LYS, This is Knit, I noticed a rainbow of feather and fan lace and knew I had to add this shawl to my Ravelry queue for the Knitmas Knitting season. 

Photo copyright Jenny Sisk

This shawl is Foraois, meaning forest in Irish, and designed by Maria of This is Knit.

I love the simplicity of this triangular shawlette which starts at the top with a garter tab.

I asked Maria a couple of questions to find out more about the creativity behind the needles.

Where did you get the inspiration for this design?

I’ve always loved knitting shawls. At the time, I had been looking at different hap and Shetland patterns, and loved the look and texture of the more “rustic”, tweeded yarns, as well as the simplicity of the feather and fan edgings. The cable down the spine was basically to stop me going nuts with all the stockinette before I reached the interesting edge bit! 

What advice do you have to offer for new shawl knitters?

Advice for new shawl knitters? Go for it! It’s a fairly standard construction, starting with a garter tab. This can be a weensy bit fiddly when you haven’t done it before, but there are some useful video clips online if you’re stuck. 

You’ll be well comfortable with the knitting of it by the time you get to the edge, and here, stitchmarkers are your friend!

Thank you, Maria for yor time! 

Next time pop into This is Knit and say hello to Maria.


Knit, knit, knit will be happening

Photo copyright Helen Peyton 

I am absolutely delighted to announce The Dublin Knit Collective (The DKC) will be at the Knitting and Stitching Show from Thursday 20th October to Sunday 23rd October 2016. 

Photo copyright

The DKC will be hosting Knitworking, a good old fashioned stitch n bitch social.  Knitwork with us, meet old friends and make new ones. 

So, bring your knit or crochet WiPs (works in progress) and join me (@TheDKC) &  my knitterly friends everyday during the Show from 2:30pm. 

We will be spreading our love for Irish designers and  If you are familiar with DKC events, there will be a draw to win Ravelry promo codes for knitting patterns from LittlefellersLunasaSparkles-Glitters, and UnderMeOxter.

Photo copyright Shawn Clark

Don’t forget to follow @TheDKC and @jenheartrugby on Twitter everyday during the K&S Show.


New: KNiT Sessions in Rathmines

Looking for personalised knitting lessons? The Dublin Knit Collective (DKC) is now offering KNiT Sessions, one hour tutorials with an experienced handknitter from The Dublin Knit Collective.

For the absolute beginner, book a Learn the KNIT stitch session with The DKC.

Dates, times & location available:
Wednesday 27th January 10:30am to 11:30am RATHMINES
Wednesday 3rd February 10:30am to 11:30am RATHMINES

Shopping List:
> Yarn: DK, worsted weight or maybe something a bit thicker. All I ask that the yarn NOT BE BLACK as you will not see your stitches

> Knitting needles: 5mm to 7mm

Cost: €15 per session

To book your place email or
online booking:


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.


judging a book by its cover…

An interesting book on Irish craft, arrived at The DKC HQ a few weeks ago. It’s been a busy time for me, so I’m just getting around to posting my review of The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts 40 Projects to Make at Home published by the Cork based publishing company, Mercier Press this year.

This hardcover book is a collaborative project from members of The Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA). Their aim is to “showcase the best of the crafts that are still taught and used by ICA members today.” Liz Wall, National President mentioned in her introduction, that ICA were “overwhelmed with submissions from members who wanted to share the many skills and expert knowledge on their interpretation of the tradition and comtemporary Irish craft.” The introduction gave me a look into the history of the ICA, and as a point of interest, I learned that there are active ICA Guilds in every corner of Ireland.

“judging a book by it’s cover”…


The cover depicts the comforts of crafting…yarn, tea, and books. The book photography by Joanne Murphy conveys the cosiness and warmth of crafting and immediately wants the crafter to pick up the book and peruse through it with a cup of hot chocolate.

The book is divided into four sections:

Stitch and Sew
Make and Wear
Store and Keep

with a total of 40 craft projects submitted by members of the ICA.

The layout of each project chapter is simplistic with a bold title, underneath is the name of the ICA member, and the Guild she is associated with. Each project has a list of supples needed for each project and organised with sub-headings, making it an easy read.


The first project in the Stitch and Sew section is the Hairpin Crochet Stole by Nora Keady from the Moycullen Guild in Galway. Hairpin crochet, also known as hairpin lace caught my attention on You Tube, and to my delight, I was able to purchased a hairpin loom from The Constant Knitter.

This project looks to be a worthy stashbusting project. The instructions are detailed with simple illustrations, and as a non-crocheter, I can manage a chain and a double crochet by using this loom to create strips of crocheted lace and then sew them together into a unique stole.

The second project that caught my eye was the Chicken Scratching Embroidery Tea Cosy, submitted by Margaret Clince from the Garristown Guild in Dublin.

The teacosy in the photograph was in the background, and the details of the needlework were very much blurred out, making it very difficult to appreciate this craft.

As unfamiliar and very curious to this type of embroidery using gingham, I dropped into my local fabric and haberdashery shop, Sew The proprietor gave me a quick introduction to chicken scratching embroidery and it is now on my learning list and I’ll be back in her shop looking through her bolts gingham fabric and embroidery threads.

As knitter, I was curious to read through the knit submissions. So, I moved on to page 58 to find a Child’s Aran Jacket by Helen O’Sullivan from the Derryquay Guild in Kerry.

What I found was an aran cardigan fit for a 3 to 4 year old child. The pattern is written out, knitted in pieces then sewn together. It is a traditional pattern in every sense of the word. It is a pattern to keep any level of knitter interested by cabling patterns, aran stitches, increasing, decreasing, shaping and buttonholing.

If you are a knitter who has an adversion to sewing pieces together, This is Knit offers a finishing class which I took several years ago. As a result, I am no longer afraid sew things together and my knitted garments are seamed quite neatly. If you can’t get into town, Winnie’s Craft Cafe also offers a finishing techniques workshop in Booterstown.


The Lumra Bag by Réiltín MacCana from the Dun Laoghaire Guild is a interesting project using carded fleece, then drawing up loops through rug canvas. The instructions are organised in chronicalogical order started from preparing your carded wool, preparation of the rug canvas, and the actual instructions using the traditional and a more contemporary method to create an Irish inspired handbag.

There are also a few smaller projects, perfect for Christmas, such as mini-wreaths, table runners, and a Christmas card holder. I receive very few Christmas cards, and if I made one, it would hang empty on my wall, unless, you my readers wish to send me a Card this year ; ) you know I’m joking, right?

Overall, The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts is a very pretty craft book. It has lovely photographs and the pages itself has a lovely feel to it (very difficult to provide a tactile description).

The projects itself are not to complicated, however, I do find some of the instructions a bit vague since I may not be familiar with a particular skill or technique. The accessibility of instructional videos on You Tube and other crafting sites will provide that bridge to learning. I also had to call on a few of my Irish crafty colleagues and specifically ask questions like, “what is gingham? what is a rag rugger? What is rug canvas?” Of course, it is a great way to stimulate crafting conversation…

I personally would use this book to inspire my creativity in Irish crafting in which the ICA has proudly presented.

On an interesting note:

I am delighted that Mercier Press is offering an online promotional price for the Dublin Knit Collective.

Use this Link to purchase The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts

When you checkout, use the PROMO code: DKC ….


…. and your discounted offer will appear. Also, shipping is free within Ireland.