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!
SHOP all addi Needles and Accessories in our webstore!
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 :-)
Briochevron cowl & scarf by Stephen West
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!
Wheat and Chaff Cowl by Katrin Schubert
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)
Begins October 7th!
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!
Cloaked in Clouds Poncho by Alexandra Tavel
(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 )
Pia Vest by Deborah Kemball
(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!
Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager
Trimont Snood by Sylvia Hager
Cromwell Pullover by Bobbi Intveld
Coming soon – 21 Colour Slouch Kits!
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.
Beech Hill by Leah McGlone
Beatrix by Courtney Kelley
Crop Top by Lori Versaci
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! 🙂
SHOP all Cocoknits knitting tools in our online store!
COLOURED OPENING STITCH MARKERS
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.
COLOURED STITCH MARKERS
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.
ASSORTED NICKEL STITCH MARKERS
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.
- 20 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)
- 20 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)
- 20 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)
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
We are so excited to be bringing in Natacha Castonguay (Nanoukiko & Triko), an amazing local artist, to teach our first beginners weaving workshop on October 23rd! Please note that while this workshop will be conducted in French, since weaving is very visual, we are confident that non-French speakers will be able to participate without too much trouble🙂
ATELIER D’INITIATION AU TISSAGE
(pour débutant(e)s , aucune expérience requise)
Le dimanche 23 octobre de 9h00 à 13h00*
Venez apprendre à réaliser vos propres petits tissages sur cadre et repartez avec tout le nécessaire pour en réaliser d’autres à la maison.
Durant le cours d’une durée de quatre heures, vous apprendrez les techniques de base du tissage sur cadre (tissage à plat, ligne droite, ligne diagonale, franges, tresse et finition simple).
Tout le matériel requis est fourni pour la réalisation de 2 tissages:
- cadre à tisser de 8″ x 10 ” / 20cm x 25.5cm
- 2 goujons
- 2 aiguilles
- environ 100g de fibres diverses (coton, laine, mèche de merinos, soie, jersey, fibres vintage, alpaga, acrylique)
- fil résistant (nylon robuste ou coton mercerie pour monter la trame de votre tissage)
bâtonnet et fourchette de bois
* Comme le cours est d’une durée de quatre heures, il est conseillé d’amener avec vous collation & boisson.
Dépêchez-vous! Seulement 10 places disponibles. N’hésitez pas à nous téléphoner pour la réserver par carte de crédit – (514) 486-5648.
Sunday, October 23rd, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Join us to create your own small weaving and leave this workshop with another weaving kit to make a second creation at home.
Over the course of this four hour workshop, you will learn the basic techniques of frame weaving (flat weaving, straight line, diagonal line, fringes, braids, and simple finish).
All of the materials necessary to create two weaving projects will be provided:
- A frame loom (8 “x 10” / 20cm x 25.5cm)
- Two wood pins
- 2 tapestry needles
- Approximately 100g of mixed fibers (cotton, wool, merino roving, silk, jersey, vintage fiber, alpaca, acrylic)
- Strong yarn / string (sturdy nylon or cotton to warp the frame)
- Weaving stick and wooden fork
* As the course lasts four hours, you may want to bring along a snack and a drink.
Hurry! There are only 10 spots available. Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your space!
Back to school is right around the corner and that means that Fall knitting fever is slowly creeping back into my mind and my fingers! After all the wonderful comments and advice I received about my “Coming Clean” blog post I was inspired to finish some of those summer projects so that I could begin the Fall season renewed, inspired, and guilt free! It felt great to knock off a few projects and to be able to share the fruits of my labour with our customers.
The Itaca was my first accomplishment and I am still so in love with Jade Sapphire Sylph. I have come to understand that I really appreciate yarn that is soft and luxurious yet has structure and good bones behind it!
My second, and I would say biggest accomplishment, was the Wrapped in Lino Shawl that I designed. It is similar to Kigali Nights, however it is all in stockinette with equally sloped edges and is wider and longer. With this project I ended up on such a roll that I knit too much to be able to finish my short row section and had to back track! Two skeins of Handmaiden Lino later, our latest Espace Tricot design is available in both English and French as a free pattern for all to enjoy!
Lastly, I took my Madelinetosh Chunky blanket on our family summer camping trip as I knew I needed to be trapped in the passenger side of our car in order to finish the miles of garter stitch that I needed to do! Our car was packed with all of our gear yet I found a way to squeeze in my large project bag! Low and behold I bound off just as we were crossing the Champlain bridge back into Montreal two weeks later! It has now found a cozy place on our sofa waiting for cold winter nights to return😉
With a great feeling of satisfaction and a renewed desire to create I am ready to launch myself into new Fall projects. I am once again inspired by colour and texture and just might dive into one of Stephen West’s briochevron patterns just for me! Though I am also toying with the idea of making a blanket version of the Seafaring Scarf by Purl Soho that we knit in Drops Cloud…
In the meantime, I am just about ready to publish a new baby blanket pattern knit with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and am working on a square shawl using Anzula Cloud. Thanks to Mona, who graciously agreed to knit the baby blanket and work out the kinks of the pattern, it will be available sooner rather than later. As for my square shawl pattern, let’s hope that it will not go the way of the dodo bird and that I will have the stamina to make it to the end, lol😉
Upon reflection it seems that I am destined to knit long, simple, and luxurious projects!!!
Lace Ball is an airy pick for any lace knitting project. With vibrant, long-repeat colorways and a soft, floaty feel, this yarn will bring fun to your finest projects.
100% merino wool / 100g / 800 m / 875 y
11 colourways in stock!
Project Inspiration from Ravelry
(Project photo: Trizia57)
(Project photo: shannin)
We are huge fans of Laura Bellows and her beautiful collection of functional art. Laura originally trained as an anthropologist and her relationships with the people and culture of Bali led her to found JUL Designs in 2007. We have been carrying Laura’s exquisite closures, shawl pins, and shawl sticks since opening our doors in 2010.
We’ve just re-stocked many of Laura’s designs, including her wildly popular leather screw-in pedestal button closures in both black and brown.
SHOP all JUL Designs in our webstore!
Malabrigo Lace has just been re-stocked including 9 new colours!
Spun from the finest merino wool, the softness and squish of this yarn is extraordinary. A delicate lace-weight single, it blocks like a dream and creates a fabric that is the very definition of comfort. Great for lace, shawls, scarves, lightweight garments. Works well double-stranded for accessories, garments, and colour work.
100% baby merino / 50g / 430 m / 470 y
SHOP Malabrigo Lace in our webstore!
a little Project Inspiration from Ravelry
Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn
(Project photo: knittimo)
Nuvem by Martina Behm
(Project photo: enugu)
Amiga by Mags Kandis
(Project photo: hambo)
For more project inspiration view Malabrigo Lace projects on Ravelry HERE.
As hopefully most of you know, our “Make Room for Fall” sale began this week and we are saying goodbye to some of our favourite yarns (at 30% off!). We are sad to see these go, but go they must or we will surely burst at the seams!
Currently on sale are:
ALL Noro yarns
Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe
Jade Sapphire Cashmere 2-ply
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport & Melange
Lang Malou Light
SHOP all sale yarns.
Here are some of the store samples we’ve made with many of these beauties! Click images for pattern and required materials details on our Ravelry page. You can find links to the yarns in our webstore below each picture.
On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
Knit with SHIBUI LINEN
L 1 by Antonia Shankland
Knit with SHIBUI LINEN
Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White
Gretel by Julie Weisenberger
Knit with LOUET EUROFLAX
Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by Cynthia Cushing
Windward by Heidi Kirrmaier
Knit with NORO TAIYO LACE
Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein
Knit with LOUET EUROFLAX
Traverso Due by Regina Moessmer
Knit with ROWAN KIDSILK HAZE STRIPE and MADELINETOSH PRAIRIE (we’re currently sold out of Prairie but one could easily substitute SHIBUI CIMA in this pattern – note, Prairie and Cima are not on sale).
Crazy Magic Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft
Knit with NORO TAIYO SOCK
Silk ‘n Scribbles by StevenBe
Whirligig by Melissa Clulow / Espace Tricot
Knit with NORO TAIYO
Clayoquot Toque by Tin Can Knits
Knit with MANOS DEL URUGUAY SILK BLEND
Storm Door by Plucky Knitter Design
Knit with MANOS DEL URUGUAY SILK BLEND