The Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2016 gets underway next Friday, October 7th. Will you be casting on? Are you still searching for just the right yarn combination? If so, we’ve got you covered with a new delivery from Hedgehog Fibres.
So, calling this a pattern may be stretching things a little but we received so many requests for specifics after Lisa blogged about knitting it for her home that we had to share this very simple recipe. A modern colour-block throw works in just about any space, and soft and squishy garter stitch always brings warmth and comfort. Lisa decided on a 1/3 to 2/3 split for her version but this is an opportunity to play with colour. Do equal halves or use more than two colours! It’s a mindless, soothing project that lends itself well to knitting in company or while watching TV. A perfect choice for calming frayed nerves.🙂
SHOP Madelinetosh Chunky in our webstore.
Our first delivery of Stephen West’s new book sold out instantly but we’re happy to report it’s back in stock today! Telephone orders welcome as these aren’t available in our online store yet – 514-486-5648.
Belle is a perfect sock blend (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon) but is also suitable for all your fingering-weight projects – from hats and cowls to shawls and garments. One skein is enough for a pair of socks while two will create a good sized lace shawl. Apart from the obvious quality and vibrant colourways, one of the reasons we love ARTFIL yarn so much is that it is dyed using an eco-friendly process that requires 80% less water than any other dyeing method! Machine washable and versatile, ARTFIL yarns are spun and coloured in Quebec, Canada.
Shop ARTFIL Belle in our online store.
More and more gorgeous projects knit with Belle are popping up on Ravelry every day.
Click here to browse!
Here are a few of our faves😉
Meet our newest pattern – just in time for Fall! Chevron Cloud combines wonderfully luxurious yarns and graphic texture in a light, versatile wrap that will make a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. Equally at home over a fancy dress or paired with jeans and a tee, this soft, modern rectangular wrap is an easy accessory choice for any occasion. The silk and mohair of Handmaiden’s Maiden Hair yarn and the lighter weight Silk Cloud from Shibui Knits lend the wrap both an exquisite sheen and a delicate halo – the stuff of dreams and clouds.
It seems that I’ve been on a bit of a blanket kick lately and there appears to be no stopping me at the moment! With every new yarn that comes into the store, visions of knitted blankets dance in my head! The only drawback to this new love affair is that my desire for wooly warmers far exceeds the time I have to produce them. Nonetheless I forge ahead and keep the dream alive!
A few weeks after I finished my Madelinetosh Chunky Blanket, I resurrected a cable blanket that I am designing as an Espace Tricot pattern with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. When I showed it to my husband he said it reminded him of an Aran sweater. Since my intention was to create a blanket that reminds you of a cozy knit that you want to wrap yourself in on a cold winter’s night – mission accomplished!
This then got me thinking that I could take my favourite scarf patterns and turn them into blankets as well. The first one that came to mind was Purl Soho’s Seafaring Scarf, which we knit up as a store sample, so as soon as our recent Garnstudio order came in, I jumped on a bag of Drops Cloud in Wheat and no sooner was I home than I cast on 111 sts on a 10.0 mm needle and I was on my way!
Lastly, Rivage by Julie Hoover has been in my queue for quite a while and might just become a throw for our home office. I’m thinking that Fine Donegal from Debbie Bliss would be a perfect match – if a marathon knit!
Do you have a favourite pattern or stitch motif that you’ve been coveting? If so, allow yourself to be inspired and take a stab at designing your own blanket, scarf, shawl or accessory! Choose a fabulous yarn, and let your heart sing, your mind dream, and your fingers fly🙂.
As we say in French, ‘Oser’! – have the courage to try something new, to put yourself out there. Be bold!
Better late than never, right?!🙂
It was an exciting mail day today! We received Stephen West‘s new book (just released September 12th) containing a stunning collection of 13 popular Westknits designs. Filled with inspiring photos and Stephen’s beautifully written patterns, you will want to knit every one of these. As many of you already know, Westknits shawls are seriously addictive and always fun! And, the bonus? The book is less than half of what it would cost to purchase all 13 patterns individually as PDF downloads.
BROWSE included patterns on Ravelry.
Askews Me Shawl
Knit ‘n Slide
E-book download code included with each copy.
Available in store only (sorry, books not available in our webstore yet).
Telephone orders welcome – 514-486-5648.
A gorgeous new delivery of Bookhou pouches (and a few bags) landed in store today! Bookhou, based in Toronto, emphasizes natural handmade materials and small production pieces. Each piece is a beautifully crafted work of art.
SHOP all Bookhou products in our webstore!
Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on a great little pouch to hold your notions and other essentials or to use alone as a small clutch. 100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining. Brass metal zipper with leather pull. Approximate dimensions: W 10.5 x H 7 x D 2 in.
Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on a smaller companion pouch. Also perfect for organizing your notions and supplies. 100% linen with 100% cotton lining. Approximate dimensions: W 6 x H 5 in. (15.24 x 12.7 cm)
This bag is printed with Bookhou’s original veld drawing in a putty grey solvent free ink on 100% black cotton canvas, with a dark oak waxed canvas bottom. A great everyday bag.
W 15 x H 13 (11in. to gusset) x D 4.5 in. (W 38.10 x H 33.02 D 11.43 cm)
As long-time addi-lovers, we’re always excited when new interchangeable needle sets appear on the scene. We’re particularly enamoured with these latest kits – the ingenious addiClick Mixed Set and the warm and soothing addiClick Olive Wood Set. We think you will be too!
What do you get when you combine an addiClick Turbo set with an addiClick Long Tip Rocket set? An addiClick Mixed Set, of course! Bringing you the best of both worlds, the addiClick Mixed set contains a single Turbo tip and a single Long Rocket tip, allowing users to truly customize their knitting experience. Each set contains 8 Click tips (3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm, and 8.0mm), one each of 24”, 32”, and 40” pliable blue nylon addiSOS cords, and a skacel needle gauge, all packed conveniently in a beautiful portable yellow Click case.
Created from the wood of non-fruit bearing olive trees, each tip of the addi® Click Olive Wood Set is finished with a plant-based oil to protect its unique look. The needles are quiet and comfortable to work with, as all tips and grips attain body temperature quickly – making them a great choice for arthritic hands.
The addi® Click Olive Wood Set provides 8 different sizes of addi® Olive Wood tips (3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm, and 8.0mm), three different lengths of the new, extremely pliable addiSOS cords (24”, 32” and 40”), and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords. The Click tips require no tools to change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release. The tips will remain secure until you change them!
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Our first shipment of Wrist Rulers sold out in record time so we’re happy to report that a new delivery landed today, and this time in the Medium Brown version as well!
The Wrist Ruler is a leather wristband with engraved inch and centimeter measurements. If you find yourself always needing to measure things (and what knitter / crafter doesn’t?!), then you’ll love this wearable addition to your toolkit.
Note that sizes are based on wrapping around your wrist twice. Give it extra length depending on how loosely you want to wear it. Please allow an extra 1/2 inch for the stud closure.
SHOP Wrist Rulers in our online store (available in 3 sizes and 2 colours).
What is the name of the pattern? Holey Chevrons by Stephen West.
What inspired you to knit this pattern? I saw some fun versions of this shawl on Instagram and I wanted to try another Westknits pattern.
Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? I loved this pattern. It was fun to play with colour and, aside from the chevrons, very easy to knit!
What do you like most about the finished project? The colours and the way the ends drape.
Would you knit this again? Yes, I would definitely knit this in a more subdued version for days when I’m feeling a little quieter.
So fun! Thanks Jill :-)
We opted for the cowl version of Stephen West’s beautiful, squishy Briochevron Cowl & Scarf, which is achieved by simply sewing the I-cord CO and BO edges together with a half twist. The black Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn provides a perfect stage for the colour-changing Schoppel-Wolle Gradient to come out and play and the delicious allover texture means this cowl looks great no matter how you twist it. The easy to memorize pattern is a pleasure to knit and the finished piece will surely impress!
The WHEATandCHAFF Cowl by Katrin Schubert yields a perfectly reversible piece with different patterns on the right and “wrong” sides. The most surprising thing about this little gem? The pattern is achieved with straight two-colour brioche knitting and just one single pattern round. As the designer notes, this is a “one-round-wonder which gives you a two-in-one pattern”! We knit our store sample with Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima – 1 skein each of two contrasting colourways – and love the stunning effect. Soft and cozy with dramatic flare!
SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.
(Photo: Jamie Sande)
The Favorite Knit Slouchy Hat 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, this hat will undoubtedly become a cold-weather staple. Select a soft merino worsted weight yarn and whip up the most comfortable hat you’ll own this winter! As the designer notes, the simple pattern is excellent for both new and experienced hat knitters.
BROWSE worsted weight yarns in our webstore!
(Photo: Jamie Sande)
It’s that time of year again, time of Stephen West’s annual Mystery Knit-Along! This one promises to be as beautiful and interesting as all of his previous mysteries and we are excited to cast on! As usual, sign up is by purchasing the pattern. You will receive an introductory PDF which you download into your Ravelry library. After that, you will receive each section of the pattern a week apart for four weeks beginning on October 7th.
So, are you in?🙂
In 2008 when I first learned to knit I had the good fortune of having the support and kindness of a lovely local yarn shop called Ariadne in the Saint Henri district of Montreal. After taking a Knitting 101 class and finishing my first scarf (a 2×2 rib that was so tight it practically stood up on its own), then moving on to a textured throw, I was ready for something more challenging! With the help of one of the shop owners, I chose the very famous Clapotis pattern by Kate Gilbert and a 100% silk fingering weight yarn.
(Photo: Kate Gilbert)
With my yarn all wound up, my addi Lace tip needles in tow, and a free afternoon ahead of me, I headed over to the shop so that Mary could help me get started on this very serious adventure! To my surprise, Kate, the pattern designer was in the store paying a visit. Little did I know that she was a fellow Montrealer and friends with Mary and Molly Ann! I felt a little nervous and intimidated starting my project with Kate next to me, however, she was generous with her advice and guidance, and gave me the confidence to understand how to read my knitting and fix my mistakes.
As a little side note – The Clapotis remains one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry, with 22 531 projects to date, and my Silky Clapotis has stood the test of time, continuing to be a popular sample in our store. I am actually toying with the idea of knitting another one in a new-to-us yarn, Findley from Juniper Moon, a silk laceweight, which shows that the Clapotis can be knit with any yarn that tugs at your heartstrings!
Sitting at the table with Kate, we began talking about her Twist Collective project, an online knitting magazine which had just launched and whose idea “came from a desire to bring talented designers and writers together, to give them a beautiful showcase for their work, and (to) pay them fairly”.
Often, we hear customers surprised that the pattern they wish to knit has a fee attached to it, however, we remind them that a designer spent many hours creating, knitting, correcting and reknitting the design, and by charging for a pattern the designer is then afforded the opportunity to continue to exercise their craft, make a living wage, and provide us with lovely designs which we ourselves could not produce.
Twist Collective is published 3 times a year (Winter, Spring, Fall) and provides the knitting community with stunning patterns for purchase and thoughtful articles about our craft. Twenty six issues later, it has succeeded in bringing original designs to our attention, and Kate Gilbert, the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, continues to be the guiding light and visionary behind this online magazine. We are always happy to see Kate when she pops into our store and to find out what she has in the pipeline and what’s on her needles! Twist Collective continues to inspire and inform and I encourage you to see what it is all about!
Our Free Pattern Friday posts were spotty over the summer but we’re back with two great patterns today to kick things off for Fall!
(Photo: Two of Wands )
Perhaps this one is pushing the definition of “vest” a little bit but I think it still qualifies. 🙂 The Cloaked in Clouds Poncho by Alexandra Tavel is a fabulous statement piece, perfect for wrapping yourself in snuggly warmth as the weather begins to cool. The textured thermal stitch makes this squishy and soft while the wide rib collar adds structure and drama. Knit in a bulky weight yarn on larger needles, this is a quick and easy project. If you can knit, purl, and pick up stitches, you’re golden!
One size fits all.
(Photo: Two of Wands )
(Photo: Deborah Kemball)
A truly fresh and modern take on a classic, the Pia Vest by Deborah Kemball (one of our lovely customers!) epitomizes minimalist flare. Knit entirely in stockinette (including neck and armholes) with a charming picot edge, this vest is an easy knit with DK weight yarn. Beautifully written pattern instructions are accompanied by helpful photos and a few useful tips and tricks.
Currently available in Small and Medium.
We have so many DK weight yarns that would be wonderful for this pattern, depending on your desired look and budget. Click here to browse DK WEIGHT yarns in our webstore.
(Photo: Deborah Kemball)
Hi everyone, Amalia here! I’m very happy to announce that Espace Tricot will once again be participating in Spinzilla this year. I’m thrilled to be our Team Captain and can’t wait to share my enthusiasm for this craft.
I have long been attracted to spinning as a craft – the idea of turning a tuft of roving into soft, even, thread seemed incredibly satisfying to me. For a long time, though, I put my interest on hold, waiting for the right moment to learn this new skill – until last year’s Spinzilla that is. It was Espace Tricot’s first time participating and I jumped at the chance to learn the basic techniques on a drop spindle and wheel. Needless to say, I took to it like a duck to water. Since then, I have become the proud owner of two drop spindles, a spinning wheel (Schacht Ladybug), and a growing stash of roving! In addition to the act of spinning itself, I have also become fascinated by the history and traditions associated with this craft and have been reading as much as I can on the subject. I have very much been looking forward to Spinzilla 2016!
Spinzilla is a global event that is held once a year in October to help promote spinning and the fiber arts. The goal of this friendly challenge is to see which team (or inidividual) can spin the most yarn, either on a spinning wheel or a drop spindle, in a week. While this event is a great opportunity to get our spinning friends together, Espace Tricot looks forward to continuing to support the spinning community with spinning nights throughout the year as well as increased stocking of tools and fibers.
Whether you are an experienced or novice spinner we encourage you to join us for Spinzilla. We will be here to teach and encourage you as well as provide you with useful tips and tricks.
We are very excited to build our team for Spinzilla 2016! The competition week itself runs from October 3rd through 9th. Spinner registration is from September 1st through the end of the month. If you are a spinner and would like to participate, please let us know! It is not necessary to be in Montreal or to be able to come into the shop, virtual members are also welcome. Teams fill up quickly, so be sure to let us know as soon as possible!
If you would like further information about this event or are keen to sign up for Team Espace Tricot, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or at 514-486-5648!
Blue Sky Fiber’s newest yarn has arrived! Rich in character with excellent stitch definition, Woolstok is a workhorse yarn that’s easy to love. A dream to knit with, this yarn is perfect for everything from accessories to sweaters. Available in a beautiful palette of slightly heathered colourways. Select colours also available in 150g skeins.
100% Fine Highland Wool
50g / 112 m / 123 y
150g / 338 m / 370 y
20-24 sts per 4″ on 4 – 8 mm (US 6-11) needles
SHOP Woolstok in our webstore!
Hitchhiker, by Martina Behm, is a quick and simple project, ideal for showing off the beauty of the new mini-skein sets becoming available from many of our favourite hand-dyers. Just one Party of Five fingering weight set from SweetGeorgia Yarns is all you need to make this happy scarf – a perfect transitional accessory that will help you say adieu to summer and embrace the cooler days of autumn with style and equanimity.🙂
SHOP Party of Five Mini-Skein Sets in our webstore. (Unfortunately, the colourway featured above [Jelly Bean] is currently out of stock but there are many other equally lovely options!).
Acadia from The Fibre Company is an absolutely beautiful, completely original, and custom designed 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed in the duotones The Fibre Company are known for, creating incredible depth of color.
60% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk
50g / 132 m / 145 y
21 -23 sts per 10 cm / 4″
3.75 – 4 mm (US 5-6)
14 colour ways now in stock.
SHOP Acadia in our webstore!
Below are just a few ideas to inspire you! Browse many more beautiful projects knit with Acadia on Ravelry here.
Jordan Pond by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Just another quick note to let you know that our stocks of Cocoknits stitch markers have once again been replenished! 🙂
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These colorful opening stitch markers help you mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Easily add or move the markers by putting them on your needle, crochet hook, or directly on stitches. These steel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 11 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 muted colors.
These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.
Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.
We’re excited to announce the arrival of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in store – a rich, soft and luxurious blend of wool, silk and cashmere. In addition to making beautiful garments, this textured Aran weight yarn with rich tweed highlights is ideal for gorgeous home accessories such as afghans and cushion covers.
85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere
50g / 95 m
18 sts per 10 cm / 4″
5 mm (8 US) needles
Currently available in 11 colourways…
SHOP Silkroad Aran Tweed in our webstore!
The patterns below, along with many others, are available as digital downloads from the Jo Sharp website.
TARTAN THATCH COWL