Free Pattern Friday: Honey Stitch Cowl

free_honey_stitch_cowl_3 A classic yet modern accessory, the Honey Stitch Cowl by Davina Choy is a visually interesting piece that will elevate the casual and beautifully complement the more formal.  Honey stitch cables bordered by twisted rib edges are knit scarf-style to your desired length and then seamed to create a stunning loop. Note that these cables are easily knit without a cable-needle so you won’t be slowed down in your progress to the finish line. The designer has kindly provided a great video tutorial for casting on, knitting, and finishing on the Canadian Living website.

We think our newly re-stocked Rowan Cocoon, Misti Alpaca Chunky, and Cascade 128 Superwash would all make great choices for this piece!


- Melissafree_honey_stitch_cowl_4


Two Shibui Trunk Shows now in store!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of two trunk shows from Shibui KnitsPebble and Mix F/W13! All the beautiful garments and accessories below are available for viewing in store through the end of September! We have loads of Pebble, Silk Cloud, and Staccato in stock for these projects. Cima and Baby Alpaca can be ordered as needed.

- Melissa

Peak Scarf


Ridged Textured Pullover

shibui_trunk1Peak Hatshibui_trunk2Cliff Colourwork Pullovershibui_trunk4

Double Knit Cowlshibui_trunk5

Brioche Hatshibui_trunk6

Oversized V-Neck Pullovershibui_trunk7

Sideways Ribbed Topshibui_trunk8

Multi-Striped Cowlshibui_trunk9

Stripey Boxy Teeshibui_trunk10


Tristan’s new favourite sweater

t_flax4My 10-year-old son has been hankering after a blue sweater for ages and the Betty Draper’s Blues colourway in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage fit the bill nicely! We perused Ravelry together and he opted for Flax by Tincanknits – a classic, unisex, top-down pullover with sections of garter stitch on the sleeves which add interest and texture. The style is perfect with jeans and khakis and the fit is relaxed and casual without excess bulk.  I only wish I had made the S instead of the XS because, even though this was a super-quick knit, I don’t think he’ll get more than a year’s worth of wear out of it. That said, the top-down design lends itself well to lengthening the body and sleeves a little as he gains some height.

Click here for additional project details and photos on our Ravelry page.

- Melissa


Berroco Ultra Alpaca – re-stocked!

ultra_alpaca_lgUltra Alpaca is the ideal balance of luxurious super fine alpaca and Peruvian Highland wool blended together and spun up perfectly round and light. The range of colors includes solid shades, natural heather shades and dyed heather shades. Each is beautiful on its own or combined in endless possible color work combinations.

100 g / 198 m / 5 sts = 1″ on 5 mm needles / 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool

We love this affordable yarn as a go-to for warm and lofty sweaters, shawls, and winter accessories. And a browse of the over 30,000 projects knit with Ultra Alpaca on Ravelry shows that many people agree with us!

Here are just a few project ideas that caught my attention this morning:

Tea with Jam and Bread by Heidi Kirrmaier
(Project photo: ulli)

bua_tea_jamThe way from Brighton by Heidi Joji Locatelli
(Project photo: 783Nora)

bua_brightonTruly Tasha’s Shawl by Nancy Bush (Free pattern!)
(Project photo: knittimo)

bua_tashaFold and Turn by Suvi Simola
(Project photo: Suvi Simola)

This last one is not actually knit with Ultra Alpaca but I’ve already swatched and plan to knit one up with Ultra Alpaca just as soon as I can get a couple of other projects off my needles!bua_fold_turn

- Melissa 



Interweave Knits Gifts 2014 now in!

int_gifts2014“With a new name and a new logo design, the 2014 holiday issue offers the usual collection of delightful quick knits and artful accessories. His and hers hat variations, a children’s tea party, holiday decor, and loads of accessories—shawls, socks, hats, mitts, cowls, and more, fill out the patterns, while technique articles focus on unusual colorwork methods.”

Click here to preview!

- Melissa


Free pattern Friday: Equisetum

free_equisetum1(Photo: Cherellle)

This week’s free pattern highlight is Equisetum by Po Lena, a gorgeous lightweight winter hat. Warmth and style without the bulk. Garter stitch and cables lend beautiful texture and the slightly slouchy look gives it an undeniably modern look.  We think Equisetum would be lovely knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino (see colours and yarn details below) and would make a perfect gift. It may only be August but experience has taught that it is never too early to start your holiday knitting!

free_equisetum2(Photo: Cherellle)

Suri Merino is a gorgeous single-ply blend of baby suri alpaca and merino which yields beautiful stitch definition and a delicate halo. And to say it is soft would be an understatement.

5-6 stitches per inch / 3.75-4.5 mm / 100 grams / 164 yards/149 meters

We currently have 17 colours in stock.

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