Free pattern Friday + New Store Sample: Wombat

wombat5Cozy, chunky, and dramatic, the Wombat by Elke Becker is a fun textured shawl / scarf that will add function and flare to your cold-weather wardrobe. We paired Quince & Co’s Osprey, for structure and warmth, with Shibui’s Silk Cloud, for softness and halo and the result is a match made in heaven! I’m going to have trouble leaving this one in the store…

Although this is a simple and quick knit, the instructions are a little confusing. Reading previous knitter’s comments, I knit the Wombat in a simplified manner.

Click here to visit our Ravelry project page for full instructions, additional photos and other project details.


- Melissa

Join us for the Westknits Mystery Shawl Knit-Along!

Have you heard? Stephen West’s 2014 Mystery Shawl Knit-Along: Exploration Station begins October 31st! Lisa and I, along with our lovely and talented teachers and consultants, have decided to join in the fun and hope that you will too!  This is the fourth consecutive year of the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL so Stephen has designed a shawl using four colors of fingering weight yarn (he recommends Tosh Merino Light or Hedgehog Fibres Sock).

To add to the fun, we’re hosting a give-away! Below you’ll find 9 photos of the Espace Tricot team followed by 9 photos of our various colour choices for the KAL. There are two ways to win 4 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Send us an e-mail with all 9 names and the number of the photo you think represents each person’s yarn choices and we will automatically enter your name into a draw.  We will also give away a set of 4 skeins to the person who gets the most answers correct! If more than one person tie for most correct answers we will hold an additional mini-draw with just those names. The deadline for submissions is next Wednesday, October 29th at midnight. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 30th.
SW KAL Team Final SW KAL Colours_names2Follow this link to find out more about the Stephen West 2014 Mystery Shawl Knit-Along: Exploration Station

You can join the Stepehen West KAL Ravelry group here to follow news & updates and to share photos of yarn and progress on your shawl.

And if you like, join us for company and support at our Thursday Knit Nights (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) through the month of November as we work away on our shawls.


Use the form below to send us you best guesses and have your name entered into our draw. Winners will have their choice from nearly 90 in-stock colourways of Tosh Merino Light!

To complete the form, simply enter all 9 of our names as they appear on the photos above and the number of the colour combination you think belongs with each person.

For example (and these may or may not be correct :-)

Mona = 9
Lisa = 3

Have fun et bonne chance!

-Melissa & Lisa

New in store: LOQI Bags & Pouches

A new line of carry-alls arrived in store today! Loqi collaborates with designers from around the world to create original, eco-friendly, and affordable alternatives to disposable bags. Below are just a few of the designs we currently have in stock.

Loqi Bags


loqi_bagsStrong , eco-friendly, reusable, chemical-free, long-lasting, water-resistant, washable. And extremely good looking.  A great on-the-go bag for all your shopping (and knitting / crafting) needs! Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs.

Loqi ZIP Pockets

loqi_pouchesCellphone, wallet, and keys.  Stitch markers, cable needle, extra yarn. Each new adventure calls for its own set of tools. Loqi Zip Pockets come in families of 3.


- Melissa

New store samples: Weepaca Baby Blankets

Granny Smith

weepaca_granny5Granny Smith by Donna Higgins is a beautiful granny-square baby blanket finished off with a lovely picot edging. The yarn is smooth and soft and the colours are perfect for babies and young kids. An ideal choice for crochet projects, Weepaca resists pilling and snagging and has a wonderful drape. The blanket blocked well without pinning. Suitable for beginners!

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


watercolours6 Another cheerful blanket for baby! Watercolors by Susan Barstein knits up quickly and the textured stripes make for a fun and entertaining journey – each section pulls you along as you remain eager to see the effect of the next colour and stitch pattern. We recommend sewing in the ends as you go to avoid having an overwhelming task at the end :-) Cozy and sweet.

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

weepaca_granny8- Melissa

Jane Austen Knits 2014

Now in store!

Click here to preview.

JA1400“Jane Austen Knits 2014, a 144-page special publication from the editors of Spin-Off magazine, explores the fashion and traditions of Jane Austen’s time and novels through 27 inspired knitting patterns. Prepare for a ball or warm up on a cold evening with the beautiful over-the-knee stockings by Lisa Jacobs. Or knit the Strawberry-Picking Shrug, perfect for Emma to wear picking strawberries in the summer sun, yet cozy and proper enough to meet her father’s satisfaction. You’ll love Susanna IC’s delicate lace shawl, featuring a pattern reminiscent of a beautiful bouquet of flowers. This delicate shawl could have been worn by Emma on her wedding day.”


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