New in store: Kestrel from Quince & Co.

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We fell in love with  Quince & Co’s Sparrow last summer – a plain little fingering-weight linen yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. You may have seen the Westbourne sweater Lisa knit up or our popular (and free!) Summer Fling bag pattern designed for it.  This week we’re very happy to announce the addition of Sparrow’s big sister, Kestrel, to our inventory.  Kestrel is a new take on Quince’s simple Sparrow – still the same Belgium-grown organic linen but spun this time in a ribbon structure.  The yarn’s flat surface adds a slight texture to knit and purl stitches and the finished fabric has incredible drape.  And at at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch, Kestrel knits up quickly for satisfying projects that will surely be finished before summer is. Like all things linen, woven or knitted, items made with Sparrow and Kestrel only get better as you wash and wear them.

See project ideas below…

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Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen

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(Photos: Quince & Co.)

Hamlin Peak is a stylish and flattering cardigan that is worked from the top down. Swingy, fresh, and practical.

Sweet Pleat by HANNAH FETTIG

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(Photos: Hannah Fettig)

Sweet Pleat is an easy, no-fuss summer dress pattern with instructions for sizes 6 months through 12 years.  Note that all edges are “raw” because this garment is linen and edges can be ironed flat.

Sandshore by Alicia Plummer

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(Photos: Alicia Plummer)

Sandshore is a seamless cardigan worked from the top down. A clean mesh lace forms an intersection down the back, set slightly asymmetrically for interest.

Togue Pond by Pam Allen

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(Photos: Karen Templer)

Togue Pond is a simple top with a curved hem that dips slightly in back. A lovely uncomplicated shape with minimal embellishment.

Tolt by Veronika Jobe

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(Photos: Veronika Jobe)

Tolt is actually a simple rectangle that is magically seamed and folded to create a gorgeous summer tote with modern style. Brilliant!

Kestrel can now be purchased in our online store!

- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Binic

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We have a sweet little boat-neck sweater pattern for you this week.  Binic, by Solenn Couix-Loarer, works equally well for boys and girls and makes an adorable everyday pullover for busy toddlers.  Knit with fingering weight yarn, Binic is lightweight and ideal over onesies and t-shirts for indoor coziness or as an outdoor layering piece.

Instructions are available in English, French, and Italian.

Size available: 18/24 months
Yarn requirement: 437 yards /400 m

A few yarns we recommend for this little gem are Lang Merino 150 (superwash merino), Koigu KPM (merino), Sweet Georgia Yarns ToughLove Sock (merino and nylon), and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (superwash merino).

- Melissa

Not Long Now…

And Spring will be here. At least that is what the calendar will say. We Montrealers know better, of course. That doesn’t keep us at Espace Tricot from getting new Summer yarns to tempt you to knit for the warm season also. Before we get to what I have to say, I just wanted to show you a picture of my finished pouf:

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I used three IKEA Fjädrar inner cushions (65×65 cm/26×26″) to stuff it – plenty of volume for little cash!

Now back to business: Once again you’ll get to choose cotton, linen, silk, and various mixes of yarns that will give you a cooler fabric than wool. And once again I’ll get to hear things like:

“This yarn splits.” – It is true, a lot of summer yarns do not hold up or together as well as wool or hairy yarns. That is just the nature of things. My recommendation in this case is to use blunt tipped knitting needles, so that the tip is less prone to help splitting the yarn even more – avoid lace tips!

“My, I had so much trouble with it being slippery.” – Again, yes, cotton, linen and the like are slippery suckers on metal needles. You’ll have more control about them when using bamboo or acrylic (Marblz!!) because these materials are more grippy and less slippery in combination with a slippery yarn.

“This yarn is so hard to knit with.” – This can mean anything from the yarn being slippery, having no elasticity to having a tendency to split. I’ll encourage you to switch up your tools – if you knit with metal needles, try bamboo. If the tips are too pointy, use blunter tips. “Hard to knit with” can mean a lot of different things – if you complain about that I can try to help, but you need to explain further.

“I think this is hard on the hands.” – This is a complaint I often get from tight knitters. Due to the fact that there is little elasticity in summer yarns, tight knitters might have a problem. The only advice I can give here is: Let loose. (Yeah, I know. I wish it was that easy.)

These remarks come together for various reasons, however there is one fact that cannot be denied: Summer yarns rarely have elasticity.

Unless it is added, cotton, silk, linen and the like do have little if none elasticity, that is just in the nature of these fibers. That is also a reason why summer knits are often knit at a larger gauge than recommended on the ball band. Apart from getting a lighter fabric, it is more pleasant to knit at a looser gauge.

Personally, I do love knitting with linen. I like the crunch, the crispness of the fabric – and then, oh wonder, once you wash your sweater it becomes softer and softer. With each wash it becomes more like your favourite t-shirt you keep wearing even though it might have holes and needs to be replaced. (No, my sweater does not have holes. This is an analogy to make a point.)

As with our ‘hairy’ yarns we consciously choose natural fibers for summer. 100% cotton, linen and silk are very pleasant to wear and I encourage you to take the plunge into summer knitting, maybe with one of the designs Melissa put together this week?

Summer is definitely for knitting – I won’t stop, that is for sure!

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Learn to Knit at Melons et Clémentines!

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Espace Tricot is teaming up with Melons et Clémentines to offer a special Tricot 101 class focused on preparing students to knit a simple baby project.  If you (or someone you know – spread the word) are interested in meeting other mothers and learning a new skill in a warm and supportive environment, then be sure to sign up for this 3-week class that will have you knitting and purling in no time! Tricot 101 will introduce you to the basic techniques of knitting (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) and explain the fundamentals of knitting theory and terminology. By the end of the second class you will have all you need to begin a simple project and assistance will be provided in getting started during the third class.

When: Fridays, March 13, 20, and 27 / 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Melons et Clémentines, 5659 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4A 1W6, Canada
Cost: 100$ plus taxes
Pre-requisites: None
Registration required: 514-482-5248
info@melonsetclementines.com
Limited space, a minimum of 10 participants will be required to run the class.

- Melissa

Could spring be in the air?

After the winter we’ve had, it seems impossible to believe that we’ll soon be packing up our coats and heavy sweaters and putting them away for the season.  A visit to the Ravelry site may help to convince you, however, that warmer weather is just around the corner. There are some beautiful new patterns lighting up the “Hot Right Now” pages, creating a vibe of optimism that is hard to ignore. Below are just a few that have caught my eye in the last couple of days.

Admittedly, the prevailing palette is decidedly neutral which suits me to a ‘T’ but  may leave some of you feeling uninspired. If so, I encourage you to envision each of these patterns in the colours of your choice – their simple shapes will ensure they remain gorgeous no matter the hue!

Slope by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

Cool to touch, fresh, and versatile — Slope features a high-low hem. Simple stockinette enhances the effortless drape of Shibui Twig.  That shape!

Farmhouse by Cabinfour

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(Photos: Cabinfour)

Farmhouse is a cosy, effortless shawl perfect for wrapping yourself in to ward off the chill of early mornings, cool offices, and breezy evenings. The pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter but we think this would be luscious in Quince & Co’s Owl or Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran.

Liv Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

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(Photos: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Aptly named, Liv Light is an airy top-down cardigan knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. A relaxed and flattering layering piece that’s easy to knit and easy to wear.  This would also be stunning in Madelinetosh Pashmina or Classic Elite Firefly.

Square by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

This statement piece features a classic square neckline that is high in the front and lower in the back. Off-set, sheer, side panels give unexpected yet sophisticated flair. Shibui gives two yarn mix options for Square: Option A – Linen and Pebble / Option B – Linen and Cima. Shown here in Option A.

Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

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(Photos: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Lila Light is a beautifully shaped minimalist pullover worked in one piece from the top down. Knit here with Swan’s Island Pure Blend Fingering, we can also see this in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Shibui Staccato, Quince & Co Tern, or Woolfolk’s Tynd.

Tier by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

Elongated rows of dropped stitches stack to create a layered effect in this light and thin accessory. Designed for a variety of Shibui yarns and at two lengths, Tier is the ideal scarf. This pattern offers two yarn options: Option A – Twig / Option B – Cima. Pattern is available for free with yarn purchase – just indicate you’d like a copy at checkout.

- Melissa

Re-stocked: Bigger Boxy Bags from ZigZag Stitches

We received a new shipment of our coveted Bigger Boxy Bags on Friday and we’ve just made them available online here (also available in-store).

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Boxy Bags are handmade using designer Japanese fabrics. Each one is fully lined and beautifully crafted with reinforced seams. Great for storing and transporting knitting or craft projects, the bigger boxy bag will easily accommodate a shawl or small sweater. An interior pocket can hold notions and the bag itself will fit knitting needles or crochet hooks up to 8 inches long.  Approximately 10.5 inches x 5 inches x 5 inches (26cm x 13 cm x 13 cm)

Here are just two that I have in permanent rotation…love them!

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- Melissa

 

Re-stocked: Sylph from Jade Sapphire

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Jade Sapphire’s exquisite Sylph yarn is a delectable blend of cashmere and linen. The unexpected combination creates a soft and airy fabric that is both rustic and delicate with interesting texture and beautiful drape.  A perfect choice for wraps, scarves, and light weight garments!

13 colourways available in-store and online here.

Why not try it with our free Aisé wrap pattern?

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Elegant and minimalist,  Aisé is a lovely all-season accessory.  Equally at home in formal or casual settings, this luxurious wrap is ideal for use in air conditioned offices and out and about on early spring days and cool summer evenings.

Pattern available in both English and French.

Click here to access download.

- Melissa

Re-stocked: Digital Row Counters & Jumbo Snap ‘n Go Cases

DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Purchase in store or online here.

SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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Jumbo-sized Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

Purchase in store or online here.

- Melissa

Project idea: Mira’s Cowl

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After seeing a version of this cowl that  I had knit for myself in a very predictable (for me) shade of brown, a friend requested one for her birthday in this stunning plum / ultraviolet colourway. Although it’s not a colour I would have chosen personally (let’s face it, I’m all about the neutrals) now that it’s finished I can’t tell you how much I love it! So much so, I’m actually very sad to be parting with it this afternoon.  As soon as I can finish up some of the WIPs piling up around me, I may have to cast on another for myself.  Mira’s Cowl is a perfectly simple halo of colour that is lofty and warm and light enough to be worn indoors. A gorgeous accessory ideally knit with a coveted skein of hand-dyed fingering-weight yarn paired with a coordinating strand of something soft and fuzzy. For this luxury version I paired Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Fingering (cashmere/silk/merino) with Rowan’s ever-popular Kidsilk Haze (silk/mohair).

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here and here to browse or purchase these yarns in our new online store!

- Melissa

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Stephen & Steven Tour: Wrap-up

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Stephen and Steven and the Espace Tricot team just before opening our doors for the first trunk show (L-R: Stephanie, Samantha, Giovanna (front), Stephen West, Lisa, Steven Berg, myself (Melissa), and Mona).

While in the final stages of launching our online store last week, blog posting (well, everything, really) necessarily took a back-seat. Things have slowed down somewhat (just a moderately frantic pace now) and I’ve managed to go through our photos and select a few to give you a sense of our whirlwind weekend with Stephen West and Steven Berg.  What a treat these guys were. As nice as they are talented and flamboyant, the Steph(v)ens delivered on their promise to inspire and motivate our knitters. Feedback on their trunk shows and classes was overwhelmingly positive and the message we heard again and again was that these events encouraged many to want to relax with their knitting and take new opportunities to express their own personal creativity.  We saw renewed interest in experimentation – playing with colour, needle sizes, and gauges – and in embracing new ideas and approaches. So many went home and looked at their stashes with new eyes and new ideas and told us that their heads were spinning with possibilities. And they were not alone. We, too, are feeling re-energized and are already thinking of ways to change up our current projects to create our own unique interpretations of existing patterns – we call it the “Stephen and Steven effect”.

Huge thanks  to the Steph(v)ens and to our wonderful customers who participated with interest, enthusiasm, and open minds. We had a ball!

- Melissa & Lisa

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The Steph(v)ens with Espace Tricot regulars and their gorgeous Silk ‘n Scribbles shawls!

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Sunday morning Top-Down Shawl Workshop.

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Wowing the crowd with gorgeous samples at one of two trunk shows.

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Education and entertainment :-)

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Stephen West modeling my current obsession – the Color Craving shawl (I’ve just chosen my SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine colours for this one) – and Steven Berg wearing / holding our Silk ‘n Scribbles store samples!

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Assistance from the Master.

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Stephen holding court.

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Samantha wearing her nearly-finished Fringed shawl – a pattern by Stephen West. Just missing the, um, fringe :-)

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Fondling the gorgeous tour yarns.

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- Melissa

 

 

New in store: Espace Tricot totes!

et_tote Oh, how we’d love it if you showed your love for Espace Tricot with one of our pretty new totes! These sturdy, 100% recycled cotton bags are the perfect companion for grocery shopping, daily errands and, most importantly, carrying your knitting and crochet projects. Seams and stress points are double stitched for durability and bags are printed in the USA.

Available in-store and here!

- Melissa

Pssst….it’s live!

When we opened our doors 5 years ago, we never anticipated that it would take so long to launch our online store. Really, how hard could it be?  The answer, we’ve learned, is ridiculously hard.  We’re so happy and relieved to send our baby out into the world now and would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to all the people who helped us along the way – our amazing photographer, Robert Viau, our programmer extraordinaire (on speed-dial!), Shyam Ramani, and Stephanie and Françoise who assisted with workflow management and translation. Apparently, it takes a village to raise a website too. :-)

Visit us at www.espacetricot.com and enjoy!!

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- Melissa 

Inspirationally Renewed

This is how I feel after a weekend with Stephen and Steven. It was much fun, if you were there I hope you enjoyed it also!

Looking with a fresh view at my stash, I got out some yarn I have had no plan for but found something to do with – and knitting something I wanted for a while now!

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It’s the Marshmallow Pouf by Drops.

I am using 5 strands of Lopi on a 15 mm (US 19) needle to get the gauge of 5 sts/4″. It is huge, it is getting heavy and I yet have to find something to stuff it with, but I am sure I’ll be very happy with the result. I do not have enough of any colour in my stash, so I’ll be varying the colour combo as I go. I might even have to use some Lett Lopi to fill in some gaps…

I am embracing the “YES Knitter” in me!!

Are you looking at your stash with new eyes? Finding possibilities you haven’t seen before your Stephen and Steven experience?

Don’t forget, have something bright and something sparkly in your knitting bag for emergencies…  ;-)

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Are They Going To Freeze?

Indeed, that is the question that was and is running through my head whenever I am thinking about the big event this weekend with Stephen and Steven. Somehow I feel this winter has been extraordinarily harsh, and the snow that fell last night just enhances my conviction. Really, I wanted to crawl under my blanket and stay there all day when I heard that there was more snow.

You might be wondering why it feels like I am complaining about winter – I live in Montreal, after all. Well, every year about this time I am getting thoroughly sick of the snow, and also of the arctic air that seems to have made our lives miserable for so long this year. On the bright side: Look at the Maritimes. They got it way worse!

Did you see Melissa’s Silk’N Scribbles here and maybe you’ve been to the store and saw Lisa’s version? Here is my own – after seeing how it turned out I could not resist. And, after knitting a few of Stephen West designs I thought it only right to knit a StevenBe!

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I think I need to make tassels, don’t you agree that it really asks for tassels? BTW, there are some kits left should you feel tempted like I did!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for the events happening this weekend! Two days of entertainment, learning and lots of fun with Stephen and Steven – let’s just hope they are not going to freeze…

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Back in stock: Marblz & Knit Blockers

KNITTEr’s PRIDE MARBLZ INTERCHANGEABLE NEEDLE SET

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The Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Circular Needle Set is back in stock.  Marblz are lightweight and smooth yet exceptionally strong and durable. Acrylic is skillfully hand-mixed  to produce unique colors and patterns making each needle tip in this set a work of art.  The needles boast pointy tips, smooth joins, and a comfortable surface that provides just the right amount of ‘grab’ to allow for easy handling of slippery yarns.  Presented in a special black & white box which shows off the beauty of these needles, the set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11, (3.5 mm through 8.0 mm) four cables in lengths of 24”, (2) – 32” & 40”, a needle gauge, and a set of cord connectors.

KNIT BLOCKERS

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An original idea guaranteed to make blocking your knitted projects easier!  Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers significantly speed up the blocking process and help maintain even tension across a wider area than individual pins. Ideal for blocking on straight edges like sweaters, shawls and scarves.  Made using tough plastic with sturdy, rust resistant stainless steel pins embedded along one side. Designed by knitters for knitters!

- Melissa

Please note: Store will be closed during trunk shows this weekend

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Photo taken outside the Knitter’s Edge last week in Pennsylvania! :-)

As many of you know, we will be hosting Stephen (West) and StevenBe (Berg) this weekend as part of their winter tour and we couldn’t be more excited. We have tried to organize events outside store hours as much as possible but please be advised that we will need to be closed to the general public on Saturday, February 14th between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm and Sunday, February 15th between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm  (Note: trunk show begins at 12:30 on Sunday) to accommodate the ticket-holding trunk show audience. We will open promptly thereafter!

For class and trunk show participants, please try to arrive as close to your event starting times as possible – not too early. There will be wild amounts of set up and take-down going on as we prepare for each session and we will not be able to open our doors until just before events are scheduled to begin (i.e. 5 – 10 minutes).

We encourage you all to visit Stephen and Steven’s Facebook page dedicated to the tour to get an idea of the fun and creative weekend this promises to be!

- Melissa

New store sample: Early Autumn

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Early Autumn by Cello Knits is a beautiful infinity cowl which is knitted in the round and then finished with Kitchener stitch for a seamless, double layered, effect.  Despite the double-thickness of the Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk, this piece is light and lofty, and ever so soft – like a fluffy cloud has settled around your neck.  A straightforward and enjoyable pattern for a perfect cozy halo of warmth.

All 14 colours of Brushed Alpaca Silk currently in stock.

Visit our Ravelry page for additional photos and project details!

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- Melissa

New store sample: Silk ‘N Scribbles

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Silk ‘ N Scribbles by StevenBe (Steven Berg) is a fabulously easy and effective wrap / scarf that can be paired with anything from a light sweater to a blouse or t-shirt  for a little added wardrobe drama.  Knit with 10 mm needles, this works up quickly alternating a superbulky yarn with a thinner sport weight equivalent for contrast. I knit this one on the weekend using Madelinetosh ASAP and Maiden Hair from Handmaiden Fine Yarns but last week Lisa knit up a gorgeous version combining ASAP with Alchemy Yarn’s Tweedy and Silken Straw held together.  Her version has been so popular with customers we decided to create several kits for easy shopping!  Apart from it’s stunning good looks, the true beauty of this pattern lies in the fact that it lends itself well to a wide range of yarn substitutions provided that the relative weights are more or less the same.  Think stash-busting!

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

If you’re joining us this weekend for a class or trunk show with Steven Berg and Stephen West and decide to knit one of these up – be sure to bring it along. I’m sure StevenBe will be thrilled to see all your versions :-)

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- Melissa

Learn to make a hat!

Class begins tomorrow – still a few spaces left!  Call us 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot.


CLASSIC CUFFED HAT WITH POM-POM (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6 pm – 8 pm, February 8, 15, 22 / 18h à 20h, les 8, 15, 22 février

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The Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho is the perfect project for anyone who has never knit a hat but would like to learn.  In this class you will learn to cast on and join in the round, knit in the round with circular and double pointed needles (or with the magic loop method), two ways to decrease, and how to make a pom-pom. You can also choose to use a fur pom-pom instead. If you have some time to knit at home between the classes, you will easily have a finished product at the end of the course. Required materials:  164 (baby version) – 328 (adult version) yards of worsted weight yarn, 3.75mm/US5 circular 16inch needles, 4mm/US7 circular 16 inch needles and 4mm/US7 double pointed needles (or sizes needed to obtain gauge). Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl.

Free pattern Friday: Heirloom Chevron Throw

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(Photo: Fancy Tiger Crafts)

This gorgeous graphic Heirloom Chevron Throw by Jocelyn Tunney is the perfect decorative (and functional!) addition to any living room or bedroom. Simply knit in garter stitch using a series of decreases and increases, it works up surprisingly quickly on 6 mm needles. The throw is an ample size for two (52″ x 74″) but is easily downsized for a smaller lap blanket.  We think this is a perfect project for Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted (62 colours in stock!) – choose 6 of your favourite coordinating colours to blend or add punch to your decor and then settle in for some true comfort knitting.

- Melissa

 

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Random on a cold Thursday

The mitten liners are growing slowly. I have been distracting myself with other projects, so it is my own fault that I still cannot line my mittens. One of my distractions was the Garter Gaiter – so squishy and cushy, I just could not resist knitting it up myself.

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Madelinetosh ASAP in Grasshopper and Silver Fox.

Have you heard of the big event next weekend yet? If your are a regular blog reader, it is not news to you, I am guessing. We are very excited to welcome Stephen and Steven to the shop and to have them teach as well as entertain us with two trunk shows! I think there are some spaces left in the trunk shows, so if you want to meet them give us a call for a ticket.

Which reminds me that I do want to block my “Exploration Station” before the big event, so I will be able to wear it.

You can imagine that I, as an avid sock knitter, possess a lot of double pointed needles. A lot in the same size even. Then we got the addi FlipStix in. Will you believe me when I confess that I am still pondering getting a set? I think I might like them a lot. A feeling that crept up on me after trying them on Sam’s knitting.

I have chosen my colors for the “3 Color Cashmere Cowl” I blogged about. I wanted to use yarn from my stash, and I managed to find a combo that I like.

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Madelinetosh Tosh Light in Grey Garden, Edison Bulb and Antler.

I haven’t started knitting yet, because I want to finish a few projects that have been lingering first. Soon!

Random, as promised.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Free pattern Friday: Traverso Due

 

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Traverso Due by Regina Moessmer is a gorgeous, wide scarf / shawl that’s a breeze to knit and will lend casual yet sophisticated style to all your outfits! Alternating diagonal panels of loosely knit stockinette and reverse stockinette provide luscious texture which will work well with just about any lighter weight yarn choice. The suggested gauge is 17sts with two laceweight yarns held together. You could also opt to knit this with fingering or sport weight, or like the version below, use a heavier mohair blend for a larger version.  I’m leaning towards Shibui Pebble stranded with Silk Cloud, Isager Tvinni stranded with Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or Drops Alpaca Silk. Decisions, decisions!

- Melissa

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