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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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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Mittens in May

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s call to knit mittens in May — taking time to enjoy the knitting, rather than rushing to prevent cold hands — couldn’t be more fitting for the fun we’ve been having over in our Boost Your Knitting KAL this month. We’ve been exploring the joys of the tidy tubular cast on and working up Sarah Hatton’s terrifically textured Totally Tubular Mittens.

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Four reasons to love the tubular cast on (+ a video tutorial that shows you how to do it)

This month’s Boost Your Knitting project is all about mastering the tubular cast on in the round. I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of the tubular cast on in the past, but if I still haven’t convinced you to give it a go, here are four reasons you should take the plunge (it’s easy – I’ll show you how).

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Texture Talk with Sarah Hatton

May’s Boost Your Knitting pattern is the Totally Tubular Mittens, designed by texture goddess Sarah Hatton. The mitten’s 1x1 rib cuff begins with a tubular cast on in the round – the technique we’re mastering this month – from which charming mock cables grow. Sarah is a prolific designer who loves to use interesting textures to make timeless wardrobe staples. You’ll recognise her designs from The Knitter Magazine (where she and Jen first met), Simply Knitting, Rowan, West Yorkshire Spinners … the list goes on! And of course, she also created a beautiful pattern for A Year of Techniques: the Yellow Wagtail Scarf. And Sarah was kind enough to take time out for a little chat with here on the blog!

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