Great pattern books – just re-stocked

We love these pattern books and they are constant favourites with our customers – fresh and modern and so beautiful to look at!  All, newly re-stocked. Only available in store.


Home and Away by Hannah Fettig features nine versatile patterns, designed for knitters of all skill levels. Each sweater pattern includes two sets of instructions: you can choose to knit seamless or with seams. In addition, Home & Away is full of information to help you increase your knowledge and skill, with articles on gauge, fit, understanding a pattern, yarn substitution, and MORE! Beautifully photographed along the coast of Maine, this book will serve you both inspirationally and practically in your endeavors to grow as a knitter. 

Click here to preview.


Knit With Me is a collection of 12 designs by Gudrun Johnston in collaboration with Quince & Co. A mother & daughter collection. 

Click here to preview.


Knitbot Essentials is a collection of six popular Hannah Fettig designs paired with three of her must have accessories.

Click here to preview.


Knitbot Linen features six unstructured knits designed and knit in Quince & Co. Sparrow.  Inside the book you’ll find five garment and one accessory patterns.  I share my tips on knitting with linen, and Pam talks about the Sparrow color palette. 

Click here to preview.


Knitbot Yoked is a collection of four modern round-yoke sweater patterns and two accessories. Hannah Fettig provides valuable tips and techniques for knitting round-yokes from the top down. This book also serves as an introduction to Fair Isle knitting.

Click here to preview.



Knitwear designers Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig are two friends living on opposite ends of the United States. They have come together to produce Coastal Knits, a compilation of ten fresh designs inspired by Alana’s California and Hannah’s Maine coastlines. Each design captures the essence of their favorite local destinations, and is accompanied by photographs and essays on the location’s special meaning to the designer. It is a personal, inspiration-based collection of sweaters and accessories that knitters of all levels will appreciate.

Click here to preview.

– Melissa

Tanis Fiber Arts – Green Label Aran & Yellow Label DK re-stocked!

We just received a delivery of Yellow Label and Green Label from Tanis Fiber Arts and everything is now up on our shelves and available in our online store!


Yellow Label – A true double knitting weight yarn. Super soft and easy to care for. Ideal for colour work, cables or lace, really suitable for just about anything. Machine washable and dryable.


Green Label – A wonderful 100% superwash merino aran weight yarn with a soft, bouncy quality. Great for winter accessories and kids clothes that see lots of wear! Machine washable and dryable.

SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts yarns in our online store!

–  Melissa

How cool is this?! New in store – the Gleener FURniture Brush


Many of you, like us, are huge fans of the The Gleener – a highly effective weapon against unsightly pills, lint and pet hair.  So what do all of you pet-lovers think of this great new add-on feature? The Gleener FURniture Brush retrieves surface & embedded pet hair from furniture, car interiors and other upholstered surfaces. It also doubles as a pet groomer; give your cat or dog a gentle rub down to remove excess fur and minimize its transfer to upholstered surfaces in the first place.

Simply pop it on your Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover* and kiss fluff, fuzz, and fur goodbye.

  • Electrostatic brush with textured bristles withdraws embedded pet hair, like a magnet.
  • Ingenious design attaches to the Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover, with a built-in lint brush to finish up the job.
  • The system’s ergonomic handle and angled brush ensure fast & efficient fur removal.
  • Clean up is a cinch; the FURniture Brush is top-rack dishwasher-safe, or just rinse it with warm soapy water to remove dander and pet hair build-up.
  • The FURniture Brush works great on pets too! Use it to groom and massage your favorite furry friend.

* Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover sold separately.

SHOP the Gleener FURniture Brush in our online store!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Bosc Pear (+ Leizu Nuances from Julie Asselin!)


The lovely Bosc Pear shawl by Tetiana Otruta is an asymmetric triangular shawl / scarf worked sideways with eyelet stripes and textured edge. The subtle colour changes enhance the texture and lend a sophisticated flare. The pattern is provided in one size but is easily adjustable – finished measurements: 59” (150 cm) wingspan and 20” (50 cm) deep at the widest point. Pattern is written and charted.

Julie Asselin’s popular Leizu base (90% merino, 10% silk) is now available in a fingering weight yarn and we’ve just received a beautiful collection of luminous Leizu Nuances gradient kits in this quality (total yardage = 485 m / 525 y). We think the pairing of the Bosc Pear pattern and these kits are a match made in knitter heaven… :-)

SHOP Leizu Nuances in our online store!













–  Melissa

Now in store: Funky Chunky from The Third Piece!

Funky Chunky from The Third Piece is a premium ultra soft chunky merino wool perfect for stunning (and quick!) hand-knit accessories.  We discovered this yarn and the dramatic supporting patterns a few weeks ago at Vogue Knitting Live and are thrilled to now be carrying it in store. I’ve already knit the Kendall Hat and the Bowery Cowl and both are available in store to try on. Next up is the Bowery Vest!  We will be offering workshops for the Bowery Vest and Cowl as well as the Carina sweater soon – stay tuned for details!

Shop Funky Chunky yarn in our online store.


Free Patterns

The following patterns are available as FREE downloads from the Ravelry website. Click images to access.

The Beacon


The Kendall


The Beacon Mitts


The Soho Hat


The Soho Headpiece


Paid Patterns

The following are paid patterns and are only available as hard-copies through the store. Please call us if you’d like to purchase and we’ll pop it in the mail right away – 514 486-5648.

The New Yorker Scarf


The Carina Sweater


The Bowery Vest



The Bowery Cowl



–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan


I love every single panel of Norah’s Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan. This pattern began as a block of the month club but is now entirely available as a free PDF download. The blanket is made up of 20 different blocks worked in 5 beautiful colors creating a stunning autumnal ode to cables. Being a minimalist at heart, I envision knitting this up in a single colour and letting the texture speak for itself. And just like that, she added another project to her queue…. :-)

Shop Berroco Vintage in our online store.

–  Melissa


(Photos: Berroco)

Current obsession…Chasing Rainbows


(Photos: Beatka)

We’ve just placed an order for Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibers (yes! more on that soon), an Irish artisan yarn and fibre dyeing studio located in Co. Cork, Ireland. As I was perusing owner / hand-dyer Beata Jezek’s projects on Ravelry, I saw this stunning shawl and was instantly smitten.  The pattern is Chasing Rainbows by Boo Knits; Beata knit it with a laceweight silk and mohair blend. Needless to say, I will be casting this on with Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in Candy Girl tout de suite, ’cause I’m a copycat like that. :-)

Shop Kidsilk Haze.

–  Melissa

Scarves, etc. 5 from Quince & Co.

Quince & Co. has just released a beautiful new collection of scarf, cowl, and shawl patterns!


From the Quince & Co. wesbsite:

Scarves, etc 5 is here! This year, our annual collection of scarves, cowls, and shawls features 10 patterns from designers Noriko Ho, Peg Blechman, Ann Klimpert, Bethany Hick, Angela Tong, Jennine Birrell, Ela Torrente, Lesley Anne Robinson, and Andrea Mowry. Showcasing a variety of yarns, weights and styles—from Piper to Owl, lace to colorwork—Scarves, etc 5 has an accessory for any occasion.

Individual patterns are available for $5.50 US each or purchase entire 10 pattern collection for just $19 US.

View pattern collection.
Shop Quince & Co. yarns in our online store.





(All photos: Quince & Co.)

–  Melissa

Julie Asselin Merletto – re-stocked


We know many of you have been waiting for this special yarn to be restocked so we’re happy to let you know that we recently received a new delivery of Julie Asselin’s dreamy Merletto lace weight yarn. This luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and silk is both strong and incredibly beautiful.  Julie’s range of stunning colourways are perfectly pitched – balancing sophisticated neutrals with exuberant brights. Although just one skein is needed to complete a generously sized shawl or accessory, deciding on a single colour will be a challenge!

Fiber: 75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk
Amount: 115g
Yardage: 740 m / 800 y
Knitting Weight: Lace

Shop Merletto
Browse projects knit with Merletto on Ravelry.

Kigali Nights (Free Pattern!)


Our free Kigali Nights pattern is a beautiful, vibrant asymmetric wrap that will envelop you in luxurious warmth and colour. Knit with the incredibly soft and gorgeously hued Merletto laceweight yarn in Coraline.

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

Pattern available in English and French.

–  Melissa

Weekend Round-up + The Third Piece

Lisa just spent five days with me here in New York on an “Espace Tricot Planning Retreat”. We’ve hatched some big plans for 2016 and needed some dedicated time together to develop and fine-tune our ideas for the coming year. Needless to say, some of our “research” took place on the streets of the city – from soaking up the merchandising at John Derian and ABC Carpet and Home to browsing the shops in Soho and then spending a fabulous day among fellow-knitters and retailers at Vogue Knitting Live. Ridiculously, we took very few photos – here are some I found on my camera this morning… :-)




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The Third Piece

Among  several “discoveries” at Vogue Knitting Live, we were very happy to meet Carina Denoso and Kristen Lambert, Co-Founders of The Third Piece – “a coveted accessory company that specializes in hand-knit statement pieces”. Until recently, Carina and Kristen have been selling their high-end finished accessories (knit by a team of piecemakers) exclusively at retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and TNT. Luckily for us knitters, however, they have begun wholesaling their Funky Chunky yarn and patterns so we can create these fabulous looks for ourselves. We won’t have these in stock for a few weeks yet but, in the meantime, feast your eyes on a few of the pieces Lisa and I fell in love with. We’re working up samples right now and should have some finished accessories in the store soon!

The Bowery Cowl




The Bowery Vest

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The New Yorker



The Carina


Local Event: Knit with Love!

Valentine’s Scarf Workshop, Display, and Gift Giving

Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Knitters and crocheters are invited to bring a finished or almost finished handmade scarf in Valentine’s colours (reds, pinks, purples) to the Atwater Library.

Expert knitter Arlene Lund will be on hand to show finishing touches, e.g. how to make pom poms, tassels, fringes, etc… Gift tags will be provided for you to write an encouraging message for the recipient.

The completed scarves will be displayed in the Library’s atrium until Thursday, February 11th and then given to clients of a Montreal charity for Valentine’s Day.

Please note that it is preferable that the yarn be wool or a wool blend in order to provide much needed warmth to the recipients.

For more information, please email Arlene at

The Lovely Ribbed Cowl…

makes a great neck warmer for men! My husband requested a cowl for Christmas and, after considering several styles (cables, double-infinity, etc.), I settled on Purl Soho’s Lovely Ribbed Cowl for it’s classic simplicity. Not at all fussy and totally unisex, this cowl makes a great manly accessory when knit in neutral tones and deeper colours.

Pictured here knit with worsted weight yarn on 4.5 mm needles.  This is some Anzula For Better or Worsted I had stashed, but Madelinetosh Vintage and Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label would knit up very similarly!

–  Melissa


Free pattern Friday: Mr. Fish and Miss Fox


New sock and mitten patterns from DROPS Design! These adorable fish and fox accessories are knit with DROPS Alpaca, an extremely soft and versatile yarn that will keep tiny fingers and toes warm and cosy all winter long.  Irresistible :-)

Download Mr. Fish patterns on the DROPS Design website.
Download Miss Fox patterns on the DROPS Design website.

Shop DROPS Alpaca in our online store.

–  Melissa

Mark your Calendars: Mitered Square Patchwork Blanket Workshop – January 29th


Ah, Koigu! From the very first time I set foot in a knitting store I fell in love with the Koigu wall. Such beautiful colours, such a strong yet supple texture, such a perfect yarn for so many projects!  Needless to say, when Melissa and I opened our shop, Koigu was the first must-have yarn on both of our lists. Our budget was tight, however, so when placing our first order we kept our heads and asked the company to send us just 16 assorted Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) colourways. Our husbands built a pegboard wall, which was completed just in time to receive our first shipment. We then spent an agonizing evening deciding where to place each of those 16 precious colourways! Fast forward to our new location and our Koigu wall has grown to accommodate more than 160 (!) KPPPM and KPM colourways. At this point, in order to preserve our sanity, we no longer worry about placement, that wall is a thing of beauty no matter the order of the colours. :-)

Wall of Koigu

From my first Koigu KPPPM project (Barb’s Koigu Ruffle) I have been collecting my leftovers as well as those of friends who have been willing to part with theirs, knowing that one day I would find the perfect project to fulfill all of my Koigu dreams. That day has come!

Browsing Ravelry one evening not long ago I came across the Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis. I had tested a few mitered square blanket patterns before, but this one seemed to have the smoothest seams and the squares were the perfect size. I jumped out of bed, grabbed my stash of Koigu bits, and started knitting! And knitting. I couldn’t stop! One square led to a another and another until it was so late that I could no longer pick-up stitches properly and had to give in to sleep.

The next night, with as much enthusiasm, I continued to pick-up and knit, pick-up and knit, pick-up and knit, until I realized that I might want to stop and sew in those pesky little ends once in a while to avoid having a monster job at the end! My ends are still not quite as sewn-in as I would like them to be because, honestly, knitting a square is so much more fun.

As I continued to knit along I thought surely there must be others like me who would enjoy transforming their new or leftover yarns into this beautiful blanket.

If you are one of these knitters, then please join us for the:

Friday January 29th, 6 pm – 9 pm  
Cost $45
Call 514-486-5648 to register.

With your registration you will receive a grab bag containing 10 mini-skeins of fingering weight yarn to get you started and during the workshop we will guide you through this wonderfully creative process.  We will teach you how to make each of the squares and how to pick up the stitches to attach them all together as you go. We will look at color choices and help you decide what colors will tie everything together and make your blanket pop!


There will also be additional grab bags for sale during the event.

If you would prefer to knit this up in something heavier, this ‘recipe’ will work with any weight of yarn, you can even mix and match textures as long as your yarns are all of the same weight (i.e. sport, dk, worsted, etc.).  You are welcome to bring your leftover yarn to the workshop along with a few possible needle sizes so that you can play with gauge.  I am using a 4.0 mm needle (two 8” dpns since there are, at most, 32 stitches on the needle at any time) for my fingering weight version since I am a tight knitter and this is the texture that I like best with Koigu.

The Knitted Patchwork Recipe is available in both English and French and can be downloaded from Ravelry for free.

As a last note it is worth mentioning that this project does not have to become a blanket! You can stop at a cushion cover, a table runner, a baby blanket, a lap blanket, a shawl … you just keep motoring along until you decide that you are done!

Looking forward to sharing this process with you!

Pictures of my blanket in progress below.

– Lisa




New store sample: Tolovana


Tolovana by cabinfour is a beautiful, structured cowl boasting rich texture and classic appeal. An easy, comforting knit. We knit a strand of Filatura di Crosa Superior (cashmere + silk) along with Quince & Co. Osprey for a little added softness. The perfect length for wrapping twice but oh, so pretty when worn as a single loop.

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

Shop Quince & Co. Osprey and Filatura di Crosa Superior in our online store!


–  Melissa

Changes in store

Dear Espace Tricot Community –

It’s a new year and with it come a few changes in store.  We’ve grown in leaps and bounds since opening our doors in our first tiny space five years ago and we’ve been thinking a lot lately about how best to ensure that our business is a viable and sustainable one for many years to come.  After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided to re-jig things a little to make sure that we can continue to meet the needs of all of our customers – from those requiring assistance with yarn selection to those needing regular knitting help – in the best way possible.

Please note that as of January 5th there will no longer be a work table at the back of the store, nor Knit Nights on Thursday evenings. Instead, we will be hosting a Knitting Circle / Clinic every Friday afternoon from 1 pm to 5 pm with a dedicated consultant available to help you with your knitting questions. This will be the perfect time to come with queries or problems and to share with others in an informal knitting community. We will also remain available throughout the week to all customers needing help with issues that can be resolved within a few minutes. Our new closing time on Thursday evenings will be 7 pm.

We appreciate your understanding and apologize to all who have become attached to the knitting table!  We’ll miss it too!

–  Melissa & Lisa

Your Knitting Year in Review

In the end, 2015 did not prove to be my most productive knitting year to date. I found myself casting things on, changing my mind, and putting things aside to hibernate more than usual.  I felt a little scattered and distracted, not quite on my game – it was a crazy year on multiple fronts. That said, I was always knitting something (true knitters need to knit – no matter what!), despite the false starts and occasional project disenchantment… I spent a little time picking my personal favourites in the PROJECTS section of our Ravelry account this morning; this is where we post all of our store samples which are either knit by myself or Lisa or which we commission various of our consultants to knit for us.  After review, I must say I did feel better about my 2015 track record. Considering your finished projects as a collection can be gratifying and can be an especially helpful exercise if you want to set specific goals for the coming year. In 2015, I can see I gravitated towards projects that were soothing to knit and not hugely challenging. As I look forward to 2016, however, I see more colourwork (fair isle), cabled texture, and an increased focus on garments in my future. What about you? Do you keep a “favourites” list? Do you set annual goals? Let us know what you’re planning for 2016 – we’d love to hear!

–  Melissa

Click images for project details on Ravelry.

Traverso Due


Simple Lines


Garter Gaiter


Exploration Station


Hamlin Peak




Linier Top


Match & Move


Color Craving


Fancy Zebra


Melissa Scarf


Free Pattern Friday: Flax Light

Happy New Year! What better way to ring in 2016 than with a free knitting pattern?

FLAX LIGHT by Tin Can Knits


(Photo: Tin Can Knits)

Flax Light is a fingering weight version of the original Flax from The Simple Collection by Tin Can Knits. As with the original, this sweater is knit seamlessly from the collar to cuffs and makes a perfect first sweater project. The designers have generously provided knitting instructions for sizes 0-6 mo through 4XL and note that this versatile pullover is “adorable on babies, great for guys and cute on the ladies too!” We agree :-)

Here are links to worsted weight versions of this sweater (the original Flax) we’ve knit in the past – one for my son in size XS (to fit a 10-year old) and our store sample in size 4-6 years.


(Photo: Tin Can Knits)

–  Melissa

Knitscene – Spring 2016

Now in stock! Click here to preview.


New year, new knitting patterns! It’s time to plant the seeds of your 2016 knitted wardrobe, and the digital edition of Knitscene Spring 2016 is here to help. We’ve collected 21 fresh and fabulous knitting patterns that will jump start your knitting needles.

In this issue you’ll find:

  • 4 brand-new patterns from featured designer Andrea Rangel, including the Salcantay Cowl—you’ll want to cast on for this immediately!
  • 8 knitting patterns to show off your feminine side with retro-inspired fashion
  • 8 other patterns built around this season’s hot trend, plaid and gingham fabrics
  • A sneak peek at Alex Capshaw-Taylor’s couture knitting book, Dressed in Knits, with a sample sock pattern to knit
  • Kate Atherley highlights the importance of a well-packed notions case, while Amy Christoffers explains the difference between picking up stitches and picking up and knitting stitches
  • A super simple way to create vertical stripes in your knitting

What pleasure, to give and receive

As a knitter, I am usually on the giving end of handmade gifts (the steady stream of beautiful needlework pieces and art quilts from my mother, notwithstanding). I give these with love and absolute pleasure.  Twice a year, though, on Christmas and my birthday, I am the lucky recipient of a hand knit gift from Mona.  Usually gorgeous socks (Mona knows I would never knit these for myself) or lovely winter accessories.  Each and every time, I am filled with incredible gratitude but feel my happy exclamations never adequately convey my appreciation. There is something special about receiving a gift someone has taken the time to make just for you.  It inspires a reaction that can catch you by surprise. I wish this sweet experience on everyone, at least once in their lives.

Thanks again Mona!

I absolutely LOVE my Antler Mittens knit with Madelinetosh Chunky in one of my favourite colourways – Grasshopper. Aren’t they beautiful?


–  Melissa

New store samples: Farmhouse & Windward

Farmhouse by Cabinfour


Farmhouse by cabinfour is a big, soft shawl which is as simple to knit as it is to wear. Wrap yourself in its lightweight, warm embrace and let the winter winds howl on. The original pattern is designed with worsted weight yarn but we opted to hold a strand of sport weight yarn (Quince & Co’s Chickadee) together with a strand of fuzzy worsted weight yarn (Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk) for a larger, even cozier version.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on Ravelry.

Shop Quince & Co. Chickadee.
Shop Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk.


Windward by Heidi Kirrmaier


We’ve knit Heidi Kirrmaier’s Windward twice before with fingering weight yarn but this is our first version with a lace weight. The result is a light and dramatic accessory, stunning whichever way you wear it! The interesting construction of Heidi’s pattern is is accentuated by the changing colours of the Noro Taiyo Lace yarn and the cotton, linen, and silk blend creates irresistible texture.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on Ravelry.

Shop Noro Taiyo Lace.


–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday (on Saturday): Sunburnt

Yesterday was Tristan’s last day of school before the holiday and it was early dismissal and then, of course, there was the Star Wars movie and tree decorating! Things got away from me :-)
Here’s your Free Pattern Friday – a day late…

SUNBURNT by Nidhi Kansal


(Photo: Nidhi Kansal)

Sunburnt by Nidhi Kansal is just so pretty!  Knit with 100% alpaca this light crescent-shaped shawlette also looks cozy and warm.  The pattern calls for 2 skeins of Drops Alpaca which makes this an incredibly economical little accessory. Win-Win!

Knit from the bottom-up, things just get faster as you go. Directions are written out and charted.

Wouldn’t the pattern and accompanying yarn for this project make a great gift for a lucky knitter on your list?

Shop for Drops Alpaca.


(Photo: Nidhi Kansal)

–  Melissa

Holiday Hours

To help you plan, please consult our holiday hours below.  Although we’re usually closed on Mondays, note that we will be open next Monday, December 21st.

Monday, December 21st (OPEN!)
Tuesday, December 22nd
Wednesday, December 23rd
Thursday, December 24th
Friday, December 25th
Saturday, December 26th
Sunday, December 27th
Monday, December 28th
Tuesday, December 29th
Wednesday, December 30th
Thursday, December 31st
Friday, January 1st
Saturday, January 2nd
10:30 – 5:00
10:30 – 5:00
10:30 – 5:00
10:30 – 3:00
12:00 – 4:00
10:30 – 5:00
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10:30 – 3:00
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–  Melissa