An Interview with Thea Colman

Last week, Boost Your Knitting designer Thea Colman’s delicious Apple Swizzle Hat was released. Thea is a prolific independent designer who likes to play with cables, lace and motifs that, in her words “look harder than they are.” The result is timeless garments and accessories full of fun and interesting twists — make one of her patterns, and I venture a guess you’ll be wearing it for years to come! I caught up with Thea last month to talk about dip stitches, design, and the highs and lows of turning a favourite hobby into a career.

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Double Dipping: More Patterns to Play with Dip Stitches (and a discount!)

I’ve really enjoyed working on the Apple Twizzle Hat by Thea Colman, this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern. It’s real potato chip knitting (just one more dip stitch, then I’ll go to bed I swear!) If you’ve also been bitten by the dip stitch bug, here are a few more patterns that feature the technique!

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On the Subject of Emergency Knitting...

Isn’t it funny how things sometimes happen in an order such that it feels like it was somehow pre-destined? Last week I blogged about how much I had missed having a simple sock project in my handbag, and how important it is for me to always have some knitting to hand.

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This is how we dip (a dip stitch video tutorial)

Dip stitches add a terrific textural element to the surface of your hand knits, and offer lots of possibility for play — and they are the featured technique for this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern, the Apple Twizzle Hat by Thea Colman. Today’s video tutorial will teach you how to work them!

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AC Knitwear Picks: Favourite Cast Ons

If you’ve visited these parts at all this month, it’ll come as absolutely no surprise to hear that the tubular cast on is hands down my favourite. But, of course, other cast ons are available, and the tubular cast on is most suited for ribbing. Behind the scenes at AC Knitwear, we’ve been talking about what each of our favourite cast ons are … here are Jim and Katherine’s picks.

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Archive Dive: Knitting Ruined My Wife, Tubular Cast On Edition

Many years ago, I wrote an occasional column for Simply Knitting entitled Knitting Ruined My Wife. As Jen mentioned in her introduction to this month’s Boost Your Knitting technique, the tubular cast on in the round, it was her obsession with this particular method of starting a project that led to the creation of the column. Today, I thought it’d be fun to take a dive in my archives and share the piece with you.

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