We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket
Happy and colourful, this wonderfully simple baby blanket perfectly matches the joy of welcoming a new arrival into the world. Knit with Koigu KPPPM (100% merino), the We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket is an easy garter stitch project – the first stitch of every row is slipped purlwise with the yarn in front to allow for easy picking up of stitches along each side to create a log cabin style border. With more than 100 colours of hand-painted Koigu KPPPM in stock the sky truly is the limit in terms of possible combinations.
Pattern available in both English and French!
Click here to view additional photos and to access pattern through our Ravelry project page!
Although this Nantucket Throw was meant to be a store sample – I cannot part with it. That said, we do have a smaller grey version on display at the store and a few kits left so I thought it might be worth posting my project photo to inspire. Fun to knit, beautiful, and cozy beyond words!
Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Kits include one skein of Loopy Mango Big Loop Merino Yarn, size 50 / 25 mm circular 40” birch wood knitting needles in a cotton Loopy mango pouch, pattern, and a Loopy Mango bag. (Note: My version above used to 2 skeins).
Louet’s long line linen yarn is made out of custom wet spun flax-fiber. Euroflax is a superior quality, fine linen which is double boiled and then steamed to ensure maximum softness. We’ve knit several summer projects with Euroflax and can’t say enough about it’s drape, texture, and durability.
Machine Washable and dryable!
6 sts per in. / 100 g / 270 yds.
Project ideas below (these are all samples available for viewing in-store):
+SSS by Reiko Kuwamura (Photo: Espace Tricot)
Gretel by Julie Weisenberger/Cocoknits (Photo: Espace Tricot)
Henslowe by Beth Kling (Photo: Espace Tricot)
Margot by Linden Down (Photo: Espace Tricot)
Classic Elite Firefly
From the Classic Elite website: “Firefly is a warm-weather yarn with a subtle sheen and wonderful hand. The juxtaposition of the linen with a light-catching sheen gives it a distinctly feminine look. Firefly drapes wonderfully at a wide range of gauges – knit loosely for elegant lace or more tightly for stockinette fabrics.”
25% linen, 75% viscose
Hand wash cold, dry flat.
6 sts per in./ 155 yds / 50 grams
Project ideas below (these samples are also available for viewing in-store):
Row 1: Annis by Susanna IC (Photo: Espace Tricot)
Row 2: Firefly Tunic by Espace Tricot (Photo: Espace Tricot)
For additional ideas for Firefly, view our previous post about this yarn.
(Photos: MillaMia Sweden)
A sweet little hat by MillaMia Sweden popped up on Ravelry this month and we were immediately smitten by the charm and the possibilities. Hearts, elephants, hugs and kisses – the Smilla Hat offers so many ways to personalize with colour and motif.
“A great beginner knit in a simple garter stitch, this is quick, easy and satisfying. For the motif hats you can add the designs either using the Intarsia method of knitting or by using Swiss Darning (or Duplicate Stitch) afterwards. In fact we find Swiss Darning leads to a more pronounced pattern with more impact and is how we produced our samples.” – MillaMia on Ravelry
All colours of MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino are currently in stock!
If you google “tbl” you get a whole lot of explanations what it could mean – from ‘text back later’ to ‘the bottom line’ etc. Those are meant for the real world. In the knitting world, the geek speak of ‘tbl’ is an abbreviation for ‘through (the) back loop’, and, to my surprise, that explanation shows up, too.
When you knit a stitch into the back loop, the following happens: The legs of the stitch get crossed, therefore making it tighter. A stitch knit (or purled, if you will) into the back loop has a very distinct look, it stands out more than your regular knit stitch. It is used for a variety of reasons.
In a knitting pattern it can be used on its own or in combination with another instruction (like ‘ssk’ for example, however in this case you do it for a different reason and the stitches don’t really get twisted).
The very popular pattern of the “Clapotis” uses stitches knit into the back loop to frame the stitches that get dropped at some point, as does the “Melody Shawl”.
There is a whole style of traditional knitting patterns with twisted stitches that stems from Southern Germany and Austria.
Example of a Twisted Stitch Pattern from Austria (Source: Twisted Stitch Knitting by Maria Erlbacher)
Then last but not least, you can use twisted stitches to knit a 1×1 rib on a project of yours.
1×1 rib knit tbl. On the WS you have to purl tbl also to get an uninterrupted look.
This is my technical bit for today.
Happy knitting, as ever!
Why not sign up for our class beginning March 16th?
Please note this particular class will be taught in French only.
BAS (French Class)
84 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
Dimanche de 18h à 20h, les 16, 23 et 30 mars
Pré requis : montage, mailles à l’endroit, mailles à l’envers, diminution, augmentation
Curriculum : tricot en rond sur aiguilles à double-pointe, techniques de tournure de talon (français, hollandais et ‘auto’), techniques de pointe de pied (pointe, spirale, arrondie, auto), finition (mise en forme / bloquage).
Matériel requis : aiguille à double-pointe, laine, anneaux marqueurs, calepin de notes
Call and reserve your spot at 514-486-5648.
The English sock class begins March 3rd but is fully subscribed. If you’d like to be placed on our cancellation list just give us a ring or send an e-mail.
The Tricot 102 class blogged yesterday is on Fridays, not Wednesdays (dates were correct). Apologies for any confusion!
…TRICOT 102 class beginning March 7th.
This is a great opportunity to take your basic knitting skills to the next level!
TRICOT 102 (Bilingual Class)
$84 for three 2-hour sessions / 84 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
Fridays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: March 7, 14, 21 / Vendredi de 18h à 20h, les 7, 14 et 21 mars
Pre-requisites: Tricot 101 / or you’re an advanced beginner
In this class, you will be introduced to various knitting techniques and provided with tips and tricks used by advanced knitters e.g. different methods of increasing, decreasing, casting on, and binding off; buttonholes; picking up dropped stiches; working in the round, and much more.
Required materials: Yarn of your choice (main color and at least one contrasting color), needles (dpns or circular, and one pair of regular needles), a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, a few stitch markers and a note pad.
Pré requis : Tricot 101 / ou savoir tricoter
Dans ce cours, je vous présenterai différentes façons de tricoter et vous donnerai des petits trucs utilisés par les experts. Nous couvrirons : des méthodes variées pour faire les augmentations, les diminutions, pour monter et fermer les mailles; comment faire des boutonnières, reprendre des mailles, tricoter en rond, et plus encore.
Matériel requis : Fil de votre choix (couleur de base et au moins une couleur contrastante), aiguilles à tricoter (aiguilles à double-pointe ou circulaire, et une paire d’aiguilles régulières), un crochet, une aiguille à tapisserie, des anneaux marqueurs et un calepin de notes.
Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot!
…some great new books in stock! While Op-Art Socks may be more up the experienced sock knitter’s alley, The Sock Knitter’s Workshop is great for beginners too.
“Enjoy a fresh new approach to sock knitting! Stephanie van der Linden is a master knitter and shows her technical skills to great effect in Op-Art Socks. A collector of op-art ceramics, she was inspired to translate graphic optical illusions into knitted patterns for socks, replicating their eye-popping effects. Op-Art Socks contains 19 projects. Explore graphic colorwork, textured knitting (knit and purl), shadow knitting, and shifting ribbing to create optical illusions. The book includes black and white swatches of all patterns so that you can readily perceive the op-art illusions in each piece.”
“Learn to knit socks with confidence—and achieve beautiful results. Socks are at the top of every knitter’s list of favorite projects: Quick to make, highly portable, and usually only requiring a ball of yarn or two, it’s easy to see why they love them. And The Sock Knitter’s Workshop is the essential companion for beginning and advanced knitters alike. Expert sock knitters Ewa Jostes and Stephanie van der Linden share their sage wisdom on the essentials of sock knitting, beginning with an overview of materials and tools and the basics of the sock-knitting process. Knitters can mix and match from among many different methods of casting-on and knitting cuffs, heels, and toes to create their own unique designs that fit just right. With extensive step-by-step instructions and hundreds of illustrations plus fifteen patterns, this book provides sock knitters with inspiration and advice for all their projects.”