Podcast Episode 20!

The 20th episode of the Espace Tricot Knitting Podcast has now been posted to YouTube! In this episode we talk WIPS, new designs, and summer store samples galore. We also highlight new yarns, notions, and accessories.

Click HERE to watch :-).

Enjoy!

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New in store…

In case you missed our latest newsletter and/or Instagram posts, here’s a selected round-up of what’s new in the shop! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for frequent updates.


Laine Magazine Issue Five

Issue 5 of Laine magazine has landed!  As usual, this issue is full of inspiring projects and interesting knitterly content. Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit and lifestyle magazine focusing on natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship, and the beautiful, simple things in life. This issue features 10 beautiful knitting patterns, a portrait of Ysolda Teague, an interview with Rosa Pomar, “My story” by Nathan Critchlow of Twisted Fintch, and a Q&A with Vânia O. of Two Hands Textile Studio. It also includes seasonal recipes and a travel guide to Edinburgh featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop.


PEERIE from Brooklyn Tweed

We are very excited to welcome Brooklyn Tweed’s latest addition to their core yarn line! PEERIE is a worsted-spun fingering weight yarn developed specifically for fine gauge fabrics and colourwork. It’s 100% American Merino sourced from Utah and, at 20.5 microns, is wonderfully soft and squishy – perfect for next-to-the-skin garments and accessories. PEERIE’s extensive palette of 45 colours provides inspiration for projects small and large and is sure to become a knitting staple.

Through June 30th, the Lucerne pattern by Jared Flood is free with purchase of one or more skeins of Peerie, just let us know if you’d like a download code when at checkout!

SHOP Peerie in our webstore.


SELBU SOCK AND MITTEN BLOCKERS

Selbu Mitten and Sock Blockers from the lovely Patricia Anne of @knitography and @p4chen have made their way to our store all the way from the woods of Norway! These exquisite blockers are handcrafted with love and intention in the pursuit of a dream. To find out more about Patricia and her work to establish a sustainable working farm, be sure to visit her website.

Available in the shop and in our webstore in S, M, and L.


Cohana from Japan

We’re still smitten with Cohana’s handcrafted makers’ tools and we’ve recently restocked all of your favourites (although they are going fast!). Meticulously handmade in Japan, these tiny indulgences are equal parts quality and whimsy, making for a lifetime of enjoyment.

SHOP Cohana in our webstore.


WRIST RULERS IN GOLD AND SILVER

Wrist Rulers from @ilvhndls in GOLD and SILVER are every knitter’s perfect summer accessory! Hot pink and copper penny metallic coming soon 🙂

SHOP Wrist Rulers.


BIO BALANCE FROM BC GARN

In addition to Brooklyn Tweed’s Peerie, we welcomed another fresh and lovely new yarn to our shelves last week! Bio Balance from BC Garn is a deliciously soft organic wool and cotton blend that comes in a beautiful array of heathered colourways. Perfect for everything from garments to accessories. Browse our website for details or come in and see it in person – it’s kind of irresistible…

SHOP Bio Balance in our webstore.


 

JOIN US AS WE SAY GOODBYE TO PLASTIC BAGS…

On January 1, 2018 the city of Montreal by-law prohibiting the distribution of certain types of plastic shopping bags came into effect and merchants were granted a grace period for compliance until June 5th, 2018.

Though the shopping bags we use at Espace Tricot are thicker than those banned, we feel that it is important for us to support our city and join the global movement taking action to protect the environment.

Many countries, regions, and cities around the world are looking at ways to reduce waste and diminish the use of plastics, from plastic straws, to merchandise packaging, to one-time use cutlery.

Here at Espace Tricot, we work closely with beautiful fibres that come from plants and animals that require a healthy water and food supply in order to produce the quality raw materials that we so covet.

From sheep, to flax plants, to silk worms, all live off the land, and a clean environment is essential to their nourishment and sustenance.  Many of our local hand dyers are finding new ways to spin, dye, and treat their yarn in order to be more in harmony with nature, and we are adding our little part.

Some may ask to substitute our plastic bags with paper or low-cost reusable ones, however, our objective is not simply to reduce the use of plastic but to reduce waste as well.

It is the rare client who shops at Espace Tricot without their knitting bag or a reusable shopping bag and we feel that using these for purchases is a simple gesture that will quickly become habit.

We currently carry the amazing LOQI bags that are compact, sturdy, machine washable, have a large capacity, and are pretty to boot!  We and our staff have at least one in our purse at all times and we can honestly say that these fit seamlessly into our shopping routine and make us feel good about reducing waste. We also find it much easier to carry our purchases in a shoulder style bag.  As a more economical option we also carry Espace Tricot cotton muslin totes that are compact and yarn friendly.

Once our current stock of plastic shopping bags has been used up, we will no longer be offering single use bags. This will hopefully give our local customers a few weeks to acclimatize.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding! As a crafting community we are confident that our little part will have an impact on the global effort to make our earth a healthier place for current and future generations.

– The Espace Tricot Team

Have you seen our latest free patterns?

We have two new patterns for you! Both are available as FREE downloads on Ravelry 🙂 One is perfect for warmer weather while the other will keep you cozy all winter long…


European Road Trip Shawl By Lisa Di Fruscia

A beautiful warm-weather accessory, our European Road Trip shawl is a simple parallelogram. It’s delicate yet rustic aesthetic was achieved by knitting Jade Sapphire SYLPH, a light fingering weight blend of cashmere (52%) and linen (48%), on 4 mm needles. Basic increases and decreases are used to obtain the sloped points at either end.

Finished dimensions are 80 inches x 24 inches (point to point).

DOWNLOAD pattern from Ravelry.

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Gateway to Rustic by Melissa Clulow

Our Gateway to Rustic cowl pattern has just been added to Ravelry!  As the name implies, this pattern serves as a gentle introduction to a more rustic yarn (Tukuwool), especially for those who love working with softer hand-dyed superwash yarns. While the Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and Shibui Knits Silk Cloud provide softness and luxury, this pattern is a great way to test-drive woolier, less processed yarns in combination to discover their unique properties. In this case, the Tukuwoo Fingeringl lends lovely structure, gorgeous colour, and lofty warmth. Before you know it, you’ll be chatting breed-specific qualities while you dash off stranded mittens and yoked sweaters 😀!

DOWNLOAD pattern from Ravelry.

 

CROCHETED BASKET WORKSHOP

CROCHETED BASKET WORKSHOP (Bilingual)
Amalia Siontas & Françoise Richard-Devereaux
$75 (yarn, pattern, crochet hook included)

Friday, May 11, 6 pm to 9 pm

Come join Amalia and Francoise for this fun evening workshop and learn to crochet these versatile little baskets from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas! From yarn bowl, to jewelry holder, to catch-all, these charming baskets are addictive to make – you won’t be able to stop at just one! You might even finish a basket in time for Mothers’ Day! The class includes all necessary supplies to make at least two baskets. Maximum 12 participants. No knowledge of crochet necessary, absolute beginners welcome!

Please feel free to call in and reserve your spot by credit card – (514) 486-5648.


ATELIER DE PANIERS AU CROCHET  (Bilingue)
Amalia Siontas et Françoise Richard-Devereaux
Coût: 75$ (fil, patron et crochet sont inclus)
Vendredi 11 mai de 18h00 à 21h00

Venez vous joindre à nous pour une soirée amusante passée à faire des paniers au crochet. Grands ou petits, ces paniers versatiles peuvent abriter votre laine, vos bijoux, vos accessoires, attention vous pourriez en devenir accro et vous n’allez certainement pas vous arrêter après un J. Vous pourriez même en finir un pour la fête des mères! Ce cours comprend tout le matériel nécessaire pour faire au moins deux paniers. Le patron est en anglais, mais les explications seront aussi données en français. Maximum 12 participants. Pas de connaissances du crochet nécessaire, les débutants sont les bienvenus.

N’hésitez pas à nous téléphoner pour la réserver par carte de crédit – (514) 486-5648.

Podcast Episode #17!

Our 17th podcast episode is now live on YouTube! In this episode we talk about our recent trip to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, London, and the H+H Trade Show in Cologne. We also show some of our finished projects and WIPS, talk about dream knitting projects, and show a few new and re-stocked products in the store. Be sure to stay tuned for a slideshow of our trip at the end of the episode!

Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/q5wx1FTZ8G4

Clin d’oeil Newsletter – Issue #3

The third edition of Clin d’oeil is now in circulation! In this issue we share our favourite new and re-stocked knitting notions and accessories*, plus Stephen West’s latest hot-off-the-presses pattern book. We also have a new FREE Espace Tricot pattern and lots of community news to share. Learn how your knitting can help women who are undergoing cancer treatments; broaden your local knitting circle with one of our knit nights or knit clinics; and catch episode 15 of our podcast as you knit to the finish line with your latest WIP.

Enjoy!

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Lire la version française.

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Happy knitting,
Melissa & Lisa

*(Note: Our apologies, the KNITFIX MINI CROCHET HOOK KEYCHAIN SET has already sold out but more are on the way!)

If you live in the Montreal area and enjoy knitting with company, we have two opportunities for you to do just that in-store every week.

Join us for Thursday Knit Nights – a warm and welcoming space for new knitters and seasoned pros alike. Bring your WIPs to knit alongside friendly faces.

If specific help with a project is what you need then our Friday Knit Clinics may be of interest. Our store manager, Francoise, or one of our consultants, is at the table all afternoon to help you fix mistakes, decipher patterns, and provide support.

Don’t be shy, everyone is welcome!

New Espace Tricot pattern: The Cooler Side of Warm

We have a new FREE pattern for you this week! The Cooler Side of Warm is a cozy cowl knit from the bottom up. It begins with 1×1 ribbing knit flat and then is joined to be worked in the round. As a result, it has a split-hem on one side that allows it to sit comfortably on the shoulder and lie flat against the back and chest. It is finished with 1×1 rib on a smaller needle to prevent gaping at the neck.

Woolfolk Far makes this functional beauty exquisitely soft and decidedly sophisticated. Turn down part of the ribbing and attach a Latch Leather Closure from Jul Designs to add a little attitude 🙂 . We have lots of Far in stock at the moment (the pattern requires 3 skeins) and a new shipment of leather closures from Jul is on the way!

See additional photos and project details and access the free pattern on our Ravelry page!

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.

 

Bonnets pour la Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary

English follows…


Bonnets pour la Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary

Au fil des ans, chez Espace Tricot, nous avons eu le plaisir de contribuer à de nombreux projets de bienfaisance qui nous ont permis de côtoyer plusieurs bénévoles dévoués et travaillants. Que ce soit pour des dons pour des événements communautaires, des commandites pour des activités scolaires, des prix pour des tirages organisés par des organismes sans but lucratif ou des dons de vêtements tricotés pour des personnes dans le besoin, cela fait toujours chaud au cœur d’être témoin l’esprit de générosité inspiré par la communauté du tricot.

Avant les vacances, l’une de nos clientes, Cindy Aikman, nous a demandé de l’aide pour un projet sur lequel son équipe de la Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary travaillait, et c’est avec plaisir que nous avons décidé de participer. C’est en cherchant une façon d’aider ses patientes atteintes du cancer à affronter la perte de cheveux durant la chimiothérapie que la fondation a pensé à offrir des bonnets tricotés à la main avec amour qui procurent protection, réconfort et style tout au long de ce processus.

Nous faisons maintenant appel à notre merveilleuse communauté Espace Tricot pour demander de l’aide pour tricoter des bonnets pour des femmes de tous âges qui subissent des traitements contre le cancer. L’amour et l’énergie positive qui vous accompagnent durant le tricot ne peuvent que contribuer à aider et à encourager la guérison!

Si vous désirez tricoter un bonnet pour le projet de bonnets pour la Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary, Cindy vous propose le patron suivant (voir ci-dessous) et vous demande de choisir une lainesuper fine naturelle et respirante.

Vous pouvez aussi envoyer un bonnet semblable tricoté à partir d’un autre patron!

Si vous choisissez de vous procurer votre laine chez Espace Tricot, nous vous recommandons Lang Merino 150, Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit, Anzula Squishy et Artfil Solo. De plus, laissez-nous savoir que vous participez au projet et nous vous offrirons un rabais de 15 % sur la laine.

Tous les bonnets terminés peuvent être déposés ici, chez Espace Tricot, ou postés directement à Cindy si vous participez à distance. Pour toute question, il est préférable de contacter directement la fondation, qui pourra mieux vous répondre.

Patron – Anglais
Patron – Français

Cindy Aikman
Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary
3830, avenue Lacombe, bureau 1510
Montréal (Québec) H3T 1M5
> Courriel


Over the years Espace Tricot has had the pleasure of participating in various charity endeavours and we have met many hard working and dedicated volunteers along the way. Whether it be donations for community events, sponsorships for school activities, raffle prizes for non-profit organizations, or knitted garments for people in need, it is always heart-warming to experience the spirit of giving and receiving that the knitting community engenders.

Just before the holidays, one of our customers, Cindy Aikman, approached us for assistance with a project that her team at the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation had in mind, and we gladly obliged. The foundation was looking for a way to help their female cancer patients cope with the reality of hair loss during chemotherapy treatments and thought what better way than to provide a lovingly hand knit hat to offer protection, comfort, and a little style throughout the process.

We are now reaching out to our wonderful Espace Tricot community to solicit your support in knitting hats for women of all ages going through cancer treatments. The love, spirit, and energy that you put into your knitting can only support and encourage positive healing!

If you would like to knit a hat for the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Knit Caps Project, Cindy has provided the following pattern (see below) and asks that you choose a fingering weight yarn that is natural and breathable.

You are also welcome to send a similar type hat knit from a different pattern!

If you choose to purchase your yarn at Espace Tricot, we recommend Lang Merino 150, Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit, Anzula Squishy or Artfil Solo. Furthermore, please let us know that you are participating in this project and we will offer you a 15% discount on the yarn.

Finished hats may be dropped off here at Espace Tricot or mailed directly to Cindy if you are participating from afar. As well, we would ask you to contact the foundation directly if you have any questions, as they will be the best resource for you.

Pattern – English
Pattern – French

Cindy Aikman
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
3830 ave Lacombe, Suite 1510
Montréal, QC H3T 1M5
> E-mail

New store samples!

Rockin’ Rows by Martina Behm

Our version of Martina Behm’s Rockin’ Rows combines a SweetGeorgia Prismatic Mini Set and Artfil Belle in the White Sands colourway to create a stunning finished object – if we say so ourselves! The colours are so beautiful and perfectly assembled in this kit from SweetGeorgia and soft and springy Belle is always a treat to work with. Chevron stripes and frequent colour changes make this project engaging from beginning to end – no boring middle parts here.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP SweetGeorgia Prismatic Mini Sets.
SHOP Artfil Belle.


Groovy by Annie Baker

We love the Groovy pattern by Annie Baker so much we’ve worked up several versions of it. This time, we knit it in SweetGeorgia’s luxurious CashLuxe Spark, for a decidedly glam evening look. The stellina is subtle, the cashmere is yummy. The shawl is perfection.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Spark.


Cross Hatch Shawl by Benjamin Matthews

The Crosshatch Shawl by Benjamin Matthews is a simple knit but the end result is beautiful and dramatic. The Lang Viva provides gorgeous dynamic colour changes while the Manos del Uruguay Maxima lends beautiful contrast. This is a perfect pattern for beginners ready to work with more than one yarn.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP Lang Yarns Viva Merino.
SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.


Crocheted Baskets by Churchmouse Yarns

These Crocheted Baskets by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas make for a fun, functional, and easy way to learn crochet! Just one ball of Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn makes several baskets of various sizes.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP Bernat Maker Home Dec yarns

Clin d’oeil Newsletter – Issue #2!

The second edition of Clin d’oeil – our regular roundup of fresh patterns, products, and everything newsworthy at Espace Tricot – went out to our subscribers this morning.

Fresh for the New Year, we’re bringing back Knit Nights, we’ve added new products to the shelves, plus we’re thrilled to share a new (and free!) Espace Tricot pattern that’s both striking and strikingly quick to knit.  If you’re looking for project inspiration or to hone your knitting skills, you’ll also find links to our latest store samples and dates for our upcoming classes and workshops.

Enjoy!

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If you’re interested in receiving the newsletter directly to your inbox simply subscribe HERE.

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In the meantime, happy knitting!
– Melissa & Lisa

The 3 Faces of Gauge

A guest post today by our lovely Stephanie E. Stephanie joined the Espace Tricot team last August and reflects here on one or two (or three) things she’s learned about gauge over the last few months 🙂

Enjoy!


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When I started knitting – and really, up until very recently – I thought of gauge as a pattern-specific thing. I’d open up a new issue of Vogue Knitting, or download something from Ravelry and see that the designer wanted me to get 17 stitches per inch and think “OK, that’s what THAT DESIGN is knit at, and if I want it to fit properly I have to get that same gauge.” (This is, of course, true.) This left me with three options if I wanted to knit that pattern:

1. Use the exact same yarn the pattern calls for
2. Somehow magically stumble onto a yarn that knit up at the same gauge
3. Adjust the pattern to work with a different gauge

Number 2 really did feel like only magic would help, because I didn’t really understand yarn weights, which I’ll get to in a second.

Personal Gauge

Every knitter has a personal gauge, inherent to the way they knit. You may be a tight knitter, who has to work hard to get your tips into the stitch, or you might be a loose knitter who has to worry about stitches falling off your needles. Your gauge may change when you work in the round versus flat, and it might change depending on the fiber you are knitting with – more loosely when working with superwash, acrylic or other slippery yarns, for example. You might be like me, pretty much in the middle on stitch gauge (number of stitches per inch) but very loose when it comes to row gauge (number of rows per inch.)

If you are a new knitter, your gauge may change over the course of your knitting. That scarf you started might be very tight at one end, and loose at the other. It will probably stabilize as you get more adept and knitting becomes as second-nature as holding a pencil.

When you see the gauge listed on a knitting pattern, one element of what you are reading is that designer’s personal gauge. To replicate the pattern, you’ll have to find a way to match it. If you know your own tendencies, you can go in armed with that information. Maybe you already know you’ll need to go down a needle size, or use sharp-tipped metal needles. When you shop for needles, the clerk at the shop may ask you about your personal gauge. The general wisdom is that tight knitters should use slick needles (metal or coated plastic) and loose knitters should use sticky ones (bamboo or other woods.)

Yarn Gauge

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Yarns are classified into different weights. At the fine end are lace and fingering, DK and worsted are in the middle, with Aran, Chunky and Bulky at the thicker end. (This is a simplification, but man, there are a lot of classes of yarn.) It wasn’t until I started consulting at Espace Tricot that I saw that what these classifications are, really, are gauges. These categories tell you what gauge this yarn is suited for. Most yarns carry this information on the label. It shows you a little square – 10cm x 10cm – and tells you how many stitches you can expect this yarn to make in that space, when matched with the appropriate needle.

Obviously, you can knit any yarn with any needle you like (although really thick yarn with really small needles may prove physically impossible). You can knit your fingering weight yarn (which lists 32 sts on 2 mm needles) on 5mm needles and get an open, airy fabric. Some patterns may ask you to do exactly this. But most of the time, the gauge listed in a pattern and the gauge listed on a yarn ball band are going to square up. Any minor inconsistencies are probably down to personal gauge – the designer’s and yours – and can be accounted for by adjusting needle size.

Writing this down, it seems so obvious, but I honestly didn’t really get it until I started helping other knitters find substitute yarns while working at Espace Tricot. My experience before then had been so personal, so much just doing my own thing, that I didn’t see the bigger picture. Gauge is not the only factor in finding a substitute yarn – fiber content and texture are important too – but it sure does help. If you can go into your LYS and say “I need a DK weight yarn that knits up to 22 stitches per inch on 3.5mm needles in stockinette, with a smooth texture, and I tend to knit loosely” you will not only delight the clerk working there, you are much more likely to find suitable yarns.

Pattern Gauge

The Bayerische Sock by Eunny Jang makes maximum of use of its tiny gauge to load up on twisted stitch motifs.Sometimes I see a knitting pattern in my Ravelry feed or in a book and think “Ah, I love that! But instead of buying new yarn to make it, I’m going to use something from my stash.” But a visit to the stash later, I realize I don’t have enough Worsted on hand, but I do have plenty of this lovely hand-dyed DK. And then madness of recalculating the pattern begins. For some patterns, it’s easy to change yarn weights – a delicate shawl can be a thick wrap. A simple raglan sweater might take some number crunching, but hey, I’ve designed patterns from scratch, I can handle it!

The Bayerische Sock by Eunny Jang makes maximum of use of its tiny gauge to load up on twisted stitch motifs.

But why was the pattern designed using that yarn? If it’s in a big magazine, possibly because the brand advertises there. But it’s also a conscious and important choice a designer makes, and it affects proportion, fit and feel. When you change it, you risk losing some element of the design that made it so appealing to you in the first place. You may not think that having a cable twist 12 times on its way up a sweater is much different from 15 times, but you might be surprised. You might think that adding a single repeat of a colourwork motif to the yoke of sweater is harmless, but it might take away some indefinable element of symmetry.

Granted, it might be fine, but you won’t know until you’ve put an awful lot of work into it.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t adjust patterns – I do it often, though less often than I used to. Part of that is laziness. If I want to do a whole bunch of math, I’ll cook up something of my own. But part of that is caution born of experience. I sympathize with knitters who don’t wear standard sizes and often have to make these kinds of adjustments just to make something that fits.

In conclusion, I guess what I’m trying to say is that gauge really is one of the most important things in knitting, so when a pattern exhorts you to knit a gauge swatch, there’s a reason. And when you think about altering a design, think about how gauge contributes to the pattern and whether changing it will leave the parts you like so much about it intact.

– Stephanie Earp
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New free pattern: Fast Track!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fast-track

We have another free pattern for you this week! Fast Track is a striking scarf that, as its name suggests, works up gratifyingly quickly with superbulky Madelinetosh ASAP on large needles. The “racing” stripe along one side adds some edge to the simple design. Our version is super long for maximum Dr Who-like impact. However, if you prefer a shorter length, two skeins (instead of 3) of the main colour will yield a scarf of about 70” (not including the fab fringe!).

Get all the details, exact yardages, and more photos on Ravelry.

SHOP Madelinetosh ASAP in our webstore.

New store sample: Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla

The Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla is a beautiful, graphic cowl with a botanical feel.  We used Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK for our store sample and love the soft yet structured hand of the finished fabric. The pattern is well-written and easy to follow and watching the gorgeous motifs develop quickly on the needles while you knit provides lovely motivation. We think these colours are vibrant and festive but the Pine Bough Cowl is a classic addition to your winter wardrobe in any colour!

Click here for additional photos and project details on Ravelry!

SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK

–  Melissa

 

Just launched – our Clin D’oeil Newsletter!

We are happy to announce that yesterday we launched our first “official” newsletter – Clin d’oeil – a bi-weekly roundup of fresh patterns, products, and everything newsworthy at Espace Tricot. Clin d’oeil is French for “wink” or “in the blink of an eye” so we promise to keep things brief and fun. After all, that project isn’t going to knit itself!

Follow the links below to view the first edition – it includes a round-up of new Espace Tricot patterns, a gift guide, and an announcement about our next Knit Night Live event (it’s tomorrow!):

Read English version.
Lire la version française.

And if you’re interested in receiving the newsletter directly to your inbox every two weeks or so then simply subscribe HERE.

🙂

In the meantime, happy knitting!
– Melissa & Lisa

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Cozy Up

As the cold weather winds its way towards us, this thick and squishy throw in Cascade Yarns Mondo is just the right partner to cozy up to! Knit on 25.0 mm (US 50) needles, it works up in a flash and makes a great statement piece draped over a sofa or your favourite armchair! The superfine alpaca and wool blend of Mondo gives it an airy yet substantial fabric that makes you want nothing more than to cuddle up with it on cool evenings. Choose four different colours, knit it all in one colour, or choose three skeins of one colour and then work a contrasting stripe. Any combination will be fabulous!

Click here for additional project details and to download the pattern on Ravelry.

You still have time to knit these gifts!

We have lots of customers looking for quick knits for gifts these days (quelle surprise!) so I took some time to browse through our store samples on Ravelry this afternoon and put together this little post chock full of projects you still have time to pull off before the holidays!

Good luck everyone, the countdown is on! May the force be with you 🙂

– Melissa


Swirling Cowl

Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter is a  quick and beautiful project. We knit ours with Freia’s stunning Ombre Super Bulky yarn. The colour transitions and texture create a soft, gorgeous accessory that will brighten up any winter day. This would also be beautiful in Malabrigo Rasta or Madelinetosh ASAP!


Garter Gaiter

Garter Gaiter by Purl Soho is a cozy cowl with a strong sense of style! A very simple, knit-in-the-round pattern with a dramatic two-tone effect. We knit ours up with Madelinetosh ASAP . Can be worn alone or, for a closer fit, with a shawl stick or pin.


Color Tipped Scarf

Color Tipped Scarf is another great pattern from Purl Soho – a traditional garter stitch scarf with a modern twist. Gorgeous, easy, and yes, quick to knit.  The Madeline Tosh Chunky yarn we used just glows!


Kilmorey

We’re not lyin’ when we say that Kilmorey, by Mrs Moon, works up in no time!  Soft and cozy and classic,  we’d be hard-pressed to imagine anyone  who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this as a gift. Our original version was knit with Blue Sky Fibers Bulky but this would be equally impressive worked up with Cascade Spuntaneous (more coming tomorrow), Madelinetosh ASAP (more on the way!) or Cascade Magnum.


Wurm

With a double-thickness brim and the perfect amount of slouch, Wurm by katushika is funky and stylish and, above all, warm. We knit our version with Schoppel-Wolle Gradient which we are no longer stocking but this would be wonderful worked up in Lang Viva, a soft 100% merino with gorgeous transitional colour changes.


Maize and Barley

The Maize mittens and Barley hat by tincanknits  are clear and well-written patterns with built-in tutorial links throughout. Ideal for beginners and fun for more experienced knitters these are quick and satisfying little projects.  We love the result with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky!


LTYC Super Bulky Cowl

LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger makes a fabulous last-minute-knitted-gift.  This one-skein project knits up in a jiffy and is invitingly squishy here in Malabrigo’s superbulky Rasta.  That said, any super-bulky yarn will do! Perfect instant-gratification knitting.


The Favorite Knit Slouchy

The Favorite Knit Slouchy by Jamie Sande is one of those great hat patterns you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over. Unisex in style and ultra-chic, it will surely become a cold-weather staple.  We chose Madelinetosh Vintage for our store sample but any soft worsted weight yarn will do the trick. Browse some here.


Arika Cowl

Arika Cowl by Jane Richmond is a stylish cowl with edgy flair. Worked up here with Brooklyn Tweed Quarry held together with a strand of Shibui Silk Cloud throughout. The silk/mohair blend lends the perfect soft halo to the beautiful structure of the wool. Needless to say, a quick project and wonderfully written pattern.


Fox Scarf

Fox Scarf by Gina Michele is a sweet play on the popular fur scarves of the 20’s and 30’s. Knit in a day, this is a fun, quick project for your little ones. Also available in adult size. We used Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky on a 5 mm needle which gives the scarf great structure and stitch definition.


Entwine Scarf

Entwine Scarf by Jane Richmond is a breeze to knit and the finished piece makes a high-impact addition to any winter accessory wardrobe! Perfect knit up with Cascade Magnum.