New store samples for kids: Peacock Dress & Isadora Lopapeysa

Peacock Dress by Pernille Larson

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A sweet lace dress for your cherished little one designed by Pernille Larson. We love how the Peacock Dress manages to look both modern and worthy of traditional heirloom status at the same time. Knit with Julie Asselin’s exquisitely dyed Fino yarn (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk), this wee gem positively glows. A beautiful addition to the wardrobe of any little girl on the go! Available in sizes 6 months through 6 years.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Julie Asselin Fino in our webstore.

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Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn

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We loved the colours of the original design of the Isadora Lopapeysa sweater by Kate Gagnon Osborn so much we decided not to reinvent the wheel. A sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up with lovely colourwork at round yoke, sleeves and waist. Practical and stylish! Available in sizes 6 months through 10 years.

View additional photos and project details of our sample on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Fibre Company Acadia in our webstore.

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 – Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Chunky Cable Wrap by Cora Bowe

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Cora Bowe published this great wrap / scarf pattern to Ravelry last month and we’re loving the gigantic proportions and classic cable texture (and that colour!). The Chunky Cable Wrap is knit with super bulky yarn and makes another quick and cozy project for winter.  🙂

BROWSE Super Bulky yarns in our webstore.

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(Photo: Cora Bowe)

–  Melissa

A shout-out on the Ellen Show – Achievement ‘unlocked’ for the “Gleener Girls”!

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Our friends at Gleener came to us a couple of months ago with a special knitting project in mind. They chose Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn and we connected them with Jocelyne, one of our wonderful teachers and knitter extraordinaire, to create this one-of-a-kind sweater for Ellen Degeneres!! tWitch wore it on the ellen show today and gave the “Gleener Girls” a fun shout-out!

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The Gleener team also commissioned matching sweaters for Ellen’s dogs, designed and knit by our fabulous consultant, Amalia! How cute are they?

Such a fun project to be a part of  🙂

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 – Melissa

Two new store samples: Super Bulky (Insta-knit!) Cowls

Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter

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The Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter is a quick and beautiful accessory knit with just 1 skein of Freia’s stunning Ombré Super Bulky yarn. The colour transitions and texture create a soft, gorgeous cowl that will brighten up any winter day.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Freia Ombre Super Bulky in our webstore.

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LTYC Super Bulky Cowl Kelly Hechinger

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A fabulous last-minute-knitted-gift, either for yourself or a knit-worthy individual in your life. The LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger is another one-skein project that knits up in no time. Soft and invitingly squishy in Malabrigo’s superbulky Rasta (100% merino), this is perfect instant-gratification / emergency knitting  :-)

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Malabrigo Rasta in our webstore.

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–  Melissa 

New store sample: Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager

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Lisa and I first saw the Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager on the runway at the the National Needlearts Trade Show in the Spring and were smitten with the texture and generous scale of it. When we visited the Blue Sky Fibers booth we tumbled even further in love when we felt the Woolstok yarn – lofty and cozy and decidedly wooly. In the end, we decided to knit our version somewhat shorter than the original (we used six 50 g balls instead of nine) but it is still very generous in length!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Note: Woolstok is available in the full colour range in 50 g balls and in several neutrals in 150 g balls. Two 150 g balls would be enough to complete a version like ours.

SHOP Woolstok in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

New in store: Colour Bundles and Speckles from Artfil!

Yana at Artfil has been busy creating new colourways in the fingering weight Belle base and we’re happy to have added Colour Bundle collections and full skeins of gorgeous new speckled colourways to our shelves!


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Artfil COLOR BUNDLES comprise 6 corresponding or gradient colours of ARTFIL’s super-soft fingering weight yarn tied together in a beautiful braid. Each colour is approx. 20g. for a total of 406 m / 444 y per braid! From vibrant shades to soothing neutrals every taste is represented.

SHOP Artfil Colour Bundles in our webstore.

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Project Ideas for Artfil Colour Bundles

Ombre Infinity by Cynthia Parker

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The Ombre Infinity by Cynthia Parker calls for sport weight yarn but, since the Artfil Belle base is  a heavy fingering weight, we think it would create a wonderful version of this pattern. Very on trend and versatile, wear this scarf as a single or double loop or pull it up over your head for stylish protection from the elements.


Mad Mini Wrap by Sharyn Anhalt

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Although the Mad Mini Wrap by Sharyn Anhalt uses 5 colours and the Artfil Colour Bundles have 6, with a little tweak here and there in the colour usage / placement, the finished scarf will be fabulous!


Contravene by Lynn Di Cristina

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Simple stockinette and lace are alternated in the lovely colour changing Contravene scarf by Lynn Di Cristina. Simply knit to the end of each skein in Artfil’s colour bundle until the end!  I think for this one, we would suggest going up to a 4mm needles and casting on slightly fewer stitches.


Belle Speckles

Five new speckled colourways in Belle are also now available in store and online. Aren’t they amazing? ARTFIL Belle is an ideal sock blend of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. One skein is enough to complete a pair of socks, two will create a good sized lace shawl.
 Each skein is hand-painted using 80% less water than any other dyeing method.
 Machine washable and versatile, Belle is suitable for all fingering weight projects.

SHOP Belle in our webstore!

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–  Melissa

Murray is ready for winter!

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When I walked into Murray’s house this evening he couldn’t contain his excitement about having a new sweater🙂  I wanted to measure his legs to make sure that the opening was the right size for him, however it was quite obvious that I was not going to get a dress rehearsal!  I eyeballed the opening, sewed in my ends and left it to my sister-in-law to wrestle him into it.  It’s a perfect fit and I must say that the colour compliments his fur tone very well.  Sandi was beaming with pride, just like a new mom!  Sandi grew up on a farm with dogs her whole life and swore she would never dress-up her dog.  But, now in the city with a young son and a soft heart, she says, well… it’s different now, lol!!

A big thanks to all of you who sent your comments about Murray.  I shared them with with Sandi and she was very touched!

Cabled Dog Sweater by Linda Cyr knit here with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky yarn in Tart.

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–  Lisa

New store sample: Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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The Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry is a wonderfully entertaining knit due to the colour and technique changes throughout.  This project provides a perfect canvas for knitters to express their personality and creativity with colour and the fairisle section is a great opportunity for beginners to try out a little colourwork. We are big fans of Blue Sky Fiber’s new Woolstok yarn – it’s lofty and airy and a pleasure to knit with and after steam blocking the fabric softens but doesn’t lose body – exactly what one wants from a 100% wool yarn!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolstok yarn in our webstore.

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— Melissa

A few 21 Color Slouch Kits have arrived…

Only 5 in stock…

EDIT: Sorry these have now sold out.  Will post again as soon as we can get our hands on some more…

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Knit in all 21 Woolstok colors, this striped slouch hat from Blue Sky Fibers is light enough to be worn in any season. As fun to knit as it is to wear! Pattern is only available as a kit with all 21 Woolstok colors in 5 gram mini-hanks.

Get ’em while they’re hot, these are very hard to come by!

PURCHASE in our webstore.

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Free pattern Friday: Fannie Cap by Margeau Soboti

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(Photos: Margeau Soboti)

Margeau Soboti’s Fannie Cap is an easy and stylish hat that leans towards chic or whimsical depending on yarn choice and colour. Worked up with super bulky yarn and 10 mm needles, this is instant gratification knitting at it’s best! We’re thinking Malabrigo Rasta, Cascade Magnum, Cascade Lana Grande, or Freia Ombre Super Bulky

Need supplies? Shop super bulky yarns and pom pom makers in our webstore.

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(Photos: Margeau Soboti)

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Cocoknits Sweater Care and Blocking Kits!

Our first order flew out of the store so we’re happy to let you know these kits have now been re-stocked! They are currently only available in store but telephone orders are welcome – 514-486-5648.


THE SWEATER CARE KIT

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The Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit contains everything you need for handwashing and blocking your hand-knit items and all of your fine hand-washables. The kit is perfect for:

  • blocking seamless sweaters or accessories which do not require pinning
  • washing and drying seamed sweaters, either hand-knit or store-bought

If you knit mostly scarves, shawls, seamed sweaters and other pin-able items, the Knitter’s Block kit is probably best for you.

To protect surfaces from water, lay the Sweater Care Kit on the Knitter’s Block or other surface not susceptible to water damage. Wash super-absorbent towels in cold water and air dry.

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The Sweater Care Kit includes:

  • two fine mesh, zippered laundry bags (small: 8″ × 12 × 8″, large: 8″ × 22″ × 8″)
  • one large super-absorbent towel (dimensions 36″ × 60″)
  • one super-absorbent grid towel, inches and centimeters on opposite sides (dimensions 40″ × 40″)
  • one mesh pop-up dryer (dimensions 28″ × 34″ opened, 11″ diameter folded)
  • a bottle of unscented Eucalan wash
  • jute bag (dimensions 15″ × 12″ × 5″)

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THE KNITTER’S BLOCK

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Everything you need to block your handknits.

  • 18 interlocking, fiber-topped EVA foam tiles, each measures 12″ × 12″ (tiles from the new kit are compatible with older Knitter’s Block tiles)
  • 40 stainless steel T-pins
  • 48″ square cotton cloth woven with 1″ square gingham to help measure your finished piece
  • A sturdy jute bag to contain the kit

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What makes Knitter’s Block special?

Very low, lightly barbed pile – fabric covering gently grips your knitting without pilling or leaving fibers

Versatile – can be assembled in a variety of sizes from a square for sweater pieces, a long rectangle for scarves or a triangle for shawls

Thick backing of waterproof EVA – suitable for use on any surface since moisture won’t seep through, holds pins firmly in place, blocked items dry faster than with towels because the tiles don’t absorb water

Heat resistant – essential for steam blocking

Compact – blocks are stored in a sturdy 14”x14” bag

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New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Big Merino Mitts

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We have a simple and handsome mitten pattern in a quick-knitting aran weight yarn for you today! These lovely mitts are knit in the round in one piece. Stitches for thumb are placed on hold and the thumb is knit after the mitten is finished. Easy-peasy. We used DROPS Big Merino – a soft, 100% extrafine merino yarn ideal for knitting patterns that require some structure.  Available in colours to suit everyone on your list.🙂

Click here for pattern!

SHOP Drops Big Merino in our webstore.

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– Melissa

Mark your calendars! Our festive Knit-Along begins December 8th

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Join us on for a 2-week festive Knit-Along in December. We’ve chosen two fun and appropriately colourful patterns for the occasion:  Christmas Baubles by Mona Schmidt and Knitted Christmas Stockings by Joy Green.  Both call for worsted weight yarns and we recommend any of the following: Cascade 220, Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, Madelinetosh Vintage, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label, or Spud & Chloe Sweater.

The Knit-Along will run for 2 consecutive Thursdays – December 8th and 15th – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come to the store on those dates ready to knit among friends.  We only request that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your ornaments or stocking.

We hope to see you there!

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Free pattern Friday: Peekaboo Mitts by Abi Gregorio

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(Photo: SpiderWomanKnits)

A quick and easy pair of warm and cozy fingerless mitts knit with your favourite worsted weight yarn and 4.5 mm (US 7) needles. Keep them simple with a single colour or personalize them with bright stripes or variegated yarn. There are so many options to choose from – everything from Rowan Pure Wool Worsted and Madelinetosh Vintage through Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok and Quince & Co. Owl.  For some colour changing fun, why not try Schoppelwolle Gradient or a variegated colourway in Manos del Uruguay Maxima.  For exquisite luxury – Woolfolk Far!  Abi Greogio’s Peekaboo Mitts are a great all-around pattern choice for festive gift-giving – no one can ever have too many pairs!

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(Photo: SpiderWomanKnits)

– Melissa

Have you heard? Madelinetosh has been re-stocked!

Boxes and boxes of Madelinetosh have been rolling in over the last few weeks and Prairie, Tosh Merino Light, Tosh DK, Tosh Vintage, Tosh Chunky, ASAP, and Unicorn Tails have all now been re-stocked. There are loads of new colours in the mix – including speckles! Click on each yarn quality below to browse the full selection on our website.  :-)

Note: We are still waiting on some photos from our photographer but they will all be up on the webstore by tomorrow afternoon! 


Prairie – 31 colours in stock

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Browse project inspiration for Prairie on Ravelry HERE!


Tosh Merino Light – 101 colours in stock

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Browse project inspiration for Tosh Merino Light on Ravelry HERE!


Tosh DK – 61 colours in stock

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Browse project inspiration for Tosh DK on Ravelry HERE!


Tosh Vintage – 64 colours in stock

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Browse project inspiration for Tosh Vintage on Ravelry HERE!


Tosh Chunky – 68 colours in stock

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Browse project inspiration for Tosh Chunky on Ravelry HERE!


ASAP – 44 colours in stock

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Browse project inspiration for ASAP on Ravelry HERE!


Unicorn Tails

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Browse project inspiration for Unicorn Tails on Ravelry HERE!

–  Melissa

New in store: Learn to Weave Kits from Nanoukiko & Triko

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The lovely Natacha Castonguay of Nanoukiko & Triko dropped off weaving kits at the store yesterday and, as expected, they’re beautiful! Each kit includes: a frame loom (8″ x 10”), two wooden dowls, 2 tapestry needles, a collection of mixed fibers, string to warp the frame, and a weaving stick. Once purchased, simply e-mail Natacha and she will send you the pdf booklet which provides instructions on how to weave the sample below.  Kit includes enough materials to create two pretty little tapestries.

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–  Melissa

Customer project profile: Alice’s Big Snowy Owl

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Meet Alice, who just turned 9, and her Snowy Owl! Her peers were so impressed that she followed a real pattern, in English nonetheless (it is her 4th language) and used dpns!

What is the name of the pattern?  Big Snowy Owl by Purl Soho.

What yarns did you use?  Cascade Lana Grande.

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? I really liked it. The hardest thing was using the dpns, it got confusing at times.

What do you like most about the finished project? Alice loves her owl and reported  that she was very proud after she did the kitchener stitch and saw that it was invisible. She also really enjoyed that there was a pattern on the body of the owl.

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Free pattern Friday: Pay it Forward Mittens by Joji Locatelli

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Joji Locatelli released a new free pattern and initiated a lovely and thoughtful initiative on Instagram this week to promote the spreading of hope, kindness, and generosity among knitters  and our various communities. You can join the movement on Instagram by using the hashtag #payitforwardmittens and #knitterspayitforward.

The Pay it Forward Mittens are knit using approximately 270 m of fingering weight yarn and the pattern is available in two sizes – women’s small and medium.

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(Photo: Jonna Hietala)

–  Melissa

Don’t forget – Our Pure Joy Knit-Along begins tonight!

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Our Pure Joy KAL begins in store tonight at 7 pm!  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s yarn and colour choices for this beautiful shawl by Joji Locatelli.  Come and knit in company – a small but positive antidote to the last few days….

You will need:  800 yards of fingering weight yarn in 2 colors. You will need approximately 430 yards for color A and 380 yards for color B.  Attention: The designer notes that many skeins of fingering weight yarn have only 400 yards, but most testers used more than that for color A.

Pure Joy can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

The Knit-Along will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays – November 10, 17, 24, and December 1 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity). All we ask is that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your shawl.  :-)

If you complete your Pure Joy shawl by December 8th and send us a photo, we’ll enter your name into a draw for a $25 Espace Tricot Gift Card!

–  Melissa

New in store: The Loome!

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The Loome has landed in store! This all-in-one, patent-pending tool can make pom poms, tassels, a variety of friendship bracelets, cords and small weavings and also convert into a slingshot. The “Slingshot” Loome comes with a carved in ruler to help you track the length of what you’ve made.

Stunningly simple and incredibly versatile. The perfect must-have fiber craft and DIY tool for all adults and kids (7+).

To learn how to use the Loome, go to http://www.theloome.com/videos.loome-slingshot-xl-model-in-pom-pom-bag-add-2

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A slightly different version of the Loome shown here with the Bookhou Box Tote in the Pepita print – also in store  :-)

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Shells & Tide by Veronika Jobe

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Designer Veronika Jobe released a lovely new free pattern on Ravelry this week! Shells & Tide combines broken rib and a traveling lace shell motif in a large and squishy rectangular wrap knit with worsted weight yarn. We think this would be beautiful worked up in Lark from Quince & Co., Madelinetosh Vintage, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Blue Sky Fibre Woolstok, or Woolfolk Far!

Find the Shells & Tide pattern on Ravelry HERE.
SHOP all worsted weight yarns in our webstore.

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(Photos: YOTH Yarns)

– Melissa