Celtic Knits Anyone?
This year the Celtic Knits Club was so much fun. It was designed to work through a series of projects from smaller items right through to a larger, more ambitious cabled project. I wanted to aim it at knitters who were fairly new to cables so there was a very strong teaching element to the club. Every club instalment came with step-by-step videos on the project with a primer on chart reading and cables for newer cable knitters.
The yarn I used was a custom spun yarn from Donegal, Blasta, that had 60% Irish fleece and 40% New Zealand. The Irish fleece has been carefully sorted so that only the softer fleeces are used in the wool. It’s still a rustic, woolly yarn but its comfortable to wear and the woollen spun nature of the yarn makes it a dream to work with cables!
Now for the first time ever I’m launching, kits, patterns and workshops from the club. So if you missed out on the club you can nab a Blasta yarn kit for yourself but be quick these are limited in stock!
If you are new to the Celtic Knits Club here is a quick rundown of the projects and workshops within the club:
Santach is a super elegant and classic knit. This cosy hat is perfect for practising your cable skills! A truly unisex hat that works really well for everyone. Learn an alternating cable cast on and even how to cable without a cable needle as you work on your cosy cables.
Two colour cables look like complex magic but are in fact as easy to work as a standard cable! The Muileata scarf combines an interesting two colour cable at each end with relaxing garter stitch in the centre. This is the perfect scarf for draping over a coat or wrapping snugly up around your neck.
Comfort while knitting – check.
Comfortable to wear – check.
Curdach Cardigan is comfortable, elegant and an instant wardrobe staple! This cardigan combines a beautiful Irish Yarn with fun cables for a comfortable finished piece. You begin with the saddles worked from the centre out from side to side. From here the back is picked up and then the front. Finally, you finish the body with gentle A-line shaping in one piece. The sleeves are then worked from the top down using short row shaping to form the sleeve cap.
If this cardigan isn’t for you, members of the Celtic Knits Club were able to choose the Curdach Blanket instead:
The Curdach Blanket is a generously sized throw that will keep you cosy all winter long. Here you’ll have fun learning the cables while also keeping yourself warm before the project is blocked and off your needles. Yes, we do cover blocking in the club too and on that note:
Celtic Knits Club Workshops
As I mentioned at the start of this post, one of the elements that I truly enjoyed was creating a series of videos that went hand-in-hand with each of the patterns released in the club. The workshops are comprehensive and cover everything from setting up your project, cable basics, different cast-on methods, chart reading, blocking, fixing errors and more.
In total there are 41 videos in the entire Celtic Knits Club workshops meaning you should never be stuck at a point in your knitting without a reference video for you to click on, right when you need it. It’s the closest thing to me being in the room with you as you knit.
Sound good? Well here are all the links you need to explore further:
Find patterns, kits and workshops all here.
(You’ll also find a few bundled offers on the pages.)
If you’d prefer to purchase on Ravelry you can find them on the Celtic Knits Club page here.
Side note: If you’d like to be the first to hear about the 2021 Celtic Knits Club (launching in November) make sure you’re signed up for notifications!