It’s exciting and terrifying when it’s time to release the first patterns from a club! At the moment, packages are arriving all around the world, with lovely messages pouring in from members receiving them. But parcels are just the start of the fun – it’s time now to knit up that lovely yarn!
Our Celtic Knits Club yarn is the yummy Blasta. This is a dk weight yarn that is custom spun for us in Donegal. It combines 60% Irish fleece with 40% New Zealand wool, and creates a light, bouncy, woollen spun yarn. The fleece used in the wool has been carefully graded so that only softer Irish yarn is used in the blend. It’s soft enough to wear after washing, but has enough grippiness to make working cables a joy.
Taffy Twist Hat
The first pattern in the Club this year is Carol’s Taffy Twist Hat. It’s shown here in the colour Spéir, in the smallest size. I just adore intertwining cables, having them twist back and forth like vines running around your head. When designing, having the ribbing run into the cables makes me very happy!
To Fit Head Circumference up to: 22.25 (25.5)”/ 56.5 (65) cm
1-3” / 2.5 – 7.5 cm negative ease recommended.
Band Circumference: 19.25 (22.5)” / 49 (57) cm
Length: 8.75 (9.25)” / 22 (23.5) cm
Sample size 19.25” / 49 cm modelled with 3” / 7.5 cm of negative ease.
The Bobbin hat is designed by Laura Perrem. The sample shown above is the medium size, in the skull style using our Farraige colour. This colour is brand new for this year’s club, so members are first to get their hands on it!
This hat comes two ways; skull style, as above, or with a folded brim. It uses a Chain Cable that takes a little while to learn but produces a really beautiful effect! The crown decreases seamlessly from the stitch pattern through to the top in a lovely, continuous flow.
To Fit Head Circumference up to: 22 (24, 25)” / 56 (61, 63.5) cm
1-3”/ 2.5 – 7.5 cm negative ease recommended
Band Circumference: 19 (21, 22)”/ 48.5 (53.5, 56) cm
Length of Skull Hat: 7.25 (8, 8)” / 18.5 (20.5, 20.5) cm
Length (unfolded) of Folded Brim Hat: 8.75 (10, 10)” / 22.5 (25.5, 25.5) cm
Sample size with folded brim 21” / 53.5 cm modelled with 1”/ 2.5 cm negative ease
Stolen Stitches ‘Blasta’ (60% Fine Irish Wool, 40% New Zealand Wool; 232 yds / 212 m per 3.6 oz / 100g); colour: Speir; 1 skein
Approx. Yardage: 118 (140, 150) m / 130 (155, 165) yds
Yardage for hat with folded brim: 142 (175, 185) m / 156 (195, 205) yds
Join the Digital Club
In the Celtic Knits Club, patterns are just the beginning! Along with patterns, you’ll get access to full video workshops for each pattern as it’s released, plus exclusive access to our supportive KnitHub community. The Taffy Twist and Bobbin are the first of 5 patterns, with the next release in May, and the final two patterns -a sweater and wrap- to be released June.
Want to join the club and work with Blasta? We’ll give you a discount code for this scrumptious yarn!
With each new release, you’re also invited to a zoom launch party where you can see the samples up close and ask the designers all the questions you’d like.
Want to join? Jump right in!