Pattern sneak peek / Upcoming Class!

Espace Tricot has a new linen laceweight shawl pattern in the works! We’re just adding the final touches and having it translated before we share it with the world. Jocelyn Malric, the designer, will be teaching a class focused on this beauty beginning June 6th.  See her course description below.

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Call us at 514-486-5648 to register if you’re interested in joining in!


PETIT LIN SHAWL (Bilingual Class)
Jocelyne Malric
$96
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30, June 6, 13, 20

I designed this light and airy shawl especially for Espace Tricot and their new exclusive line of lace weight linen yarn. The design of the shawl is a fun introduction to lace knitting and features a creative construction and binding off of two similar triangles. It can be done in one or two colors. The sizing is easily adjustable to accommodate yardages from 1200 yds to 2000 yds. Required materials: pattern (free), solid color lace weight linen yarn (2 skeins of 600 yds each), 3mm (24” or 32”) circular needles. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. You should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class.

Just in: Handmaiden National Parks Collection!

What better way for knitters to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday than with Handmaiden’s curated collection highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory! Each colourway stunningly captures the distinctive essence of these national treasures – see photos below.

The Handmaiden National Parks Collection is available at Espace Tricot in the Merino Slim base – a beautiful single-ply 100% superwash merino.

Limited quantities available.


SHOP the National Parks Collection in our webstore.


Aulavik, North West Territories – bright contrast sea coast of the Arctic Ocean

Kluane, Yukon – rippling curtains of the Aurora Borealis

Sirmilik, Nunavut – shimmering glaciers and ice fields

Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia – moss draped cedar, mist and memories of totems

Banff, Alberta  – Moraine Lake turquoise, rocky mountains and alpine forests

Grasslands, Saskatchewan  – summer fields under blue prairie sky

Riding Mountain, Manitoba  – wild buffalo and black bears

Thousand Islands, Ontario – Granite islands with pine and autumn foliage

Forillon, Québec – grey cliffs of Mont-Saint-Alban and meadows of fireweed

Fundy, New Brunswick – flowerpot cliffs, sandstone and roaring tides

Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador – majestic fjords, tabletop mountains, craggy forests

Greenwich Dunes, Prince Edward Island – parabolic dunes, marram grass, horizon sea

Sable Island, Nova Scotia – ponies, lonely beaches and shipwrecks

 

New and re-stocked: Leather Handles, Rinn Textiles, TSA Approved Scissors, Snap n’ Go Cases, Digital Row Counters!

Forager Flat Strap Screw-in Handles from Jul Designs

How genius are these? Removable leather bag handles!

Forager Screw-in Handles are a maker’s go-to handles to complete handmade bags in virtually any material. These handles are made in the USA from high-quality leather with rounded edges and edge-painting for a classy and sleek look. Forager handles screw-in for fast finishing and easy removal to launder handmade bags or move to a new project. The screw-holes may also be used for rivets if you prefer permanent attachment.

28 inches.
Sold in pairs.

Available in Black and Truffle.

SHOP Forager Handles in our webstore. 🙂


Brass Drop Stitch Markers from Rinn Textiles

We are in love with these new stitch markers from Rinn Textiles – so elegant but with an earthy, rustic feel!

Large Brass Drop Stitch Markers

The Large Brass Drop Stitch Markers are perfect for your heavier weight projects. Each marker is perfectly smooth and won’t snag your knitting. Use markers with a charm to mark the beginning of your round and plain markers for any other stitch/inc/dec you’ll need to remember.

Package includes 5 large markers with charm and 10 plain large markers
Set of 15 markers total
Brass finish
Fit up to 9mm/US13 needles

Small Brass Drop Stitch Markers

The Small Brass Drop Stitch Markers are perfect for your lighter weight projects like socks and shawls. Each marker is perfectly smooth and won’t snag your knitting. Use markers with a charm to indicate your beginning of round and plain markers to indicate any other stitch/increase/decrease you’ll need to remember.

Package includes 5 markers with charm and 15 plain markers
Set of 20 drops total
Brass finish
Fit up to 5mm/US8 needles

SHOP all Rinn Textiles products in our web store!


Fiskars Folding Travel Scissors

Fiskars folding travel scissors are made of stainless steel for long lasting durability and sharp accurate cutting. Folding handles make storage and transportation convenient. TSA Compliant.

SHOP Folding Travel Scissors in our webstore.


SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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

SHOP Snap n’Go Cases in our webstore.


DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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

SHOP Digital Row Counters in our webstore.

–  Melissa

Podcast – Episode #9!

Episode #9 of our podcast is up! We’re happy to be joined by our amazing store manager, Francoise, for a while at the beginning of this one. We then talk a little bit about a few new products, review our FOs and WIPS, and wrap up with an overview of more summer samples -garments and accessories knit with linen, cotton, and hemp this time. Grab your project and beverage of choice and come knit / crochet with us a while 🙂

 

Weaving Workshop: A perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Sunday is Mother’s Day and the wonderful Natasha Castonguay will be giving a weaving workshop for beginners at the store. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the creative mama in your life, there are still 3 spots left! Call 514-486-5648 to register.

Please note, this class will be conducted mainly in French but weaving is so visual it will be easy enough to follow-along even if you don’t speak it.

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– Melissa

May Classes

Still a few spots left in these upcoming classes happening this month.
Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot! 🙂


ATELIER DE TISSAGE (Classe français)
Natacha Castonguay
$115
Dimanche 14 Mai 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.


CULLUM (Bilingual Class)
Sasha Hyre
$96
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30, May 15, 22, 29

Learn to knit this light and breezy linen top for the spring/summer season. This tee is worked in the round. You will learn short row shaping and a simple elegant lace pattern as special techniques. Prerequisites: advanced intermediate. Required materials: Pattern (paid pattern available on Ravelry), Sport weight yarn in the quantity required to knit the size desired (840 yds – 1500yds), 16” and 32” circular needles in 3.5mm or the needle size required to achieve gauge, stitch markers and holders.


HAUSER – CROCHET BAG (English class)
Allie Vatcher
$96
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, May 21, 28, June 4


SUMMER COMMITMENT BAG (Bilingual Class)
Catherine Harvey
$96
Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm, May 23, 30, June 6

This bag is big sister to our “Summer Fling” bag pattern. Knit with Kilim, a bulky jute yarn perfect for summer accessories, the Summer Commitment bag will accompany you for a day at the beach or at the park! Various techniques make this project a great learning experience: picking up stitches, knitting in the round and grafting with Kitchener Stitch. Required materials: pattern (free, to be published by Espace Tricot), Filatura di Crosa, Kilim (5 skeins, 2 of one colour for the bottom and 3 of another colour for the top), 5.5 and 6 mm 24-inch circular needles, stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn, tape measure. Pre-requisites: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off.

Off the Needles: Trimont Snood

My version of Sylvia Hager’s Trimont Snood is off my needles and I couldn’t be happier. While I loved the look of this pattern in the original Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (and may very well do another version for winter in that yarn), I had my heart set on using Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK in the Jardin des Tuileries colourway. After calculating a few modifications to accommodate the lighter weight yarn (see our Ravelry project page for details), I cast this very simple project onto my 6 mm needles and was finished in flash. The result is an airy and comfortable shoulder warmer that I will keep with me all spring and summer, ready to pull out in overly air-conditioned spaces and on cool evenings!

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

PURCHASE Leizu DK in our webstore. 🙂

–  Melissa

For the love of linen: Summer store sample round-up!

Lisa and I have been talking a lot about summer knitting over the last weeks and are looking forward to showing you more of what we have in store in an upcoming podcast.  In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a quick reference here for a few of our favourites knit up with linen or linen-blend yarns (there are many more samples in store!).  Underneath the pictures you’ll see a numbered list with links to each of the project pages on Ravelry where you can find links to the patterns and details about the yarns used, etc. While we don’t still carry all of the yarns indicated, we can certainly recommend many perfect substitutes.

There are so many beautiful things to knit for warmer weather – just switch up your fibers and continue enjoying your favourite hobby through the spring and summer!

Note:  All of the samples shown are available for viewing in-store.

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–  Melissa

  1. On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
  2. L.1 by Antonia Shankland
  3. Slope by Shellie Anderson
  4. Westbourne by Isabell Kraemer
  5. Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein
  6. Ship to Shore by Katie Rempe
  7. Tier by Shellie Anderson
  8. Davis by Pam Allen
  9. Wrapped in Lino by Espace Tricot
  10. Vested Interest by Jamie Thomas
  11. Gemini by Jane Richmond
  12. Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White
  13. Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen
  14. Aise by Espace Tricot
  15. Gretel by Julie Weisenberger
  16. Summer Fling by Espace Tricot
  17. Sweet Pleat by Hanna Fettig

 

Podcast Episode #8 and JesabelleB Giveaway!

The 8th episode of the Espace Tricot Podcast is now up on YouTube!
We hope you enjoy 🙂

We’re also hosting a JesabelleB project bag giveaway on our Instagram page. We just added JesabelleB’s beautiful bags, notions pouches, and needle organizers to our inventory (you can see them in the podcast!) but they flew off our shelves this weekend and stock is low. Don’t worry though, a new order is on the way and when it arrives I’ll do a complete blog post. In the meantime, head over to Instagram and find out how you can win the project bag pictured below! (Deadline: April 26th.)

–  Melissa

New in store: Knitting Bling!

We LOVE these new pins and progress keepers from Rinn Textiles.  All made in Canada!


Pins

Join the club and show your love for knitting and all things fiber-related! Deck out your project bags.  🙂

Knit Club
1″ Black enamel with gold metal
Rubber backing
2mm thick

Soft Skein
1.25″ grey gradient enamel with black nickle
2 posts with rubber backings
2mm thick


Progress Keepers

Knitting becomes a little less enjoyable when it seems as though you’re not making any progress at all. These minimal progress markers will save your sanity while adding a bit of style. When you sit down to knit, clip your progress mark just below your needles and you’ll be happily aware of how much progress you’re making! 

Rose Drop Progress Keeper


Silver Drop Progress Keeper


SHOP all Rinn Textiles in our webstore.

Shibui Reed is here!

Supple and soft, Reed is a smooth linen chainette that flows easily across the needles for graceful garments and beautiful summer accessories.  Reed is a reworked version of the original Shibui Linen – it is identical in all respects except much softer to the touch!

100% Linen
246 yds / 225 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
26 sts = 4″ on 5 US / 3.75 mm

SHOP Shibui Reed in our webstore!
A few of the colours are currently backordered but we should be fully stocked my mid-April.

Project inspiration below (Note: the last four are actually our store samples if you’d like to see them in person)!

Click photos to see project details on Ravelry!


Octave by Erin Duffy


Athens by Shellie Anderson


L1 by Antonia Shankland


On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

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Linier Top by Sian Price-White
(We held the linen with Silk Cloud for our version of this easy-wear top)

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Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach

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–  Melissa

April Classes!

Here are some classes we have coming up this month that still have available spaces!
Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot 🙂


WORKSHOP: SEAMING (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$48
Wednesday, April 12 from 6 pm – 9 pm

Learn how to sew perfect seams in stockinette, garter and in ribbing. Students may bring completed projects waiting to be sewn up as well as samples. Required materials: 2 small samples (2” by 3”) of each of the stitches mentioned; tapestry needle; extra yarn (same as samples).


BLUE SAND CARDIGAN (Bilingual Class)
Sasha Hyre
$96
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30, April 19, 26, May 3

Learn to knit the gorgeous BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie – it will surely become your go-to sweater. You might love it so much you’ll want to knit it twice with the option to choose between two different yoke constructions. This sweater is knit top-down and features some short row shaping.  Prerequisites: Intermediate. Required materials: pattern, DK weight yarn in 3 colours in the quantity required to knit the size desired, main colour (852-1347 yds), contrast colour #1 (175-277yds), contrast colour #2 (259-409 yds), 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm 32” circular needles or needle sizes required to achieve gauge, stitch markers and holders, and a 2mm crochet hook.


TRICOT 101 (Bilingual Class)
Allie Vatcher
$96
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, April 23, 30, and May 7

Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Tricot 101 will introduce you to the basic techniques of knitting (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) and explain the fundamentals of knitting theory and terminology. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first project! Prerequisites: none


PEBBLE BEACH (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$96
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8pm,  April 25, May 2, 9

Come knit Helen Stewart’s beautiful Pebble Beach shawl with us! Depending on the yarn used, this can be a nice airy summer shawl or a warmer one for the winter. You will be introduced to basic lace knitting, which is written out row by row. Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl, BO. Required materials: pattern, lace or fingering weight yarn (437 to 800 yards depending on the size shawl you would like to knit), 4mm circular needles, darning needle.


–  Melissa

Free Pattern Friday: Stratus Wrap by Alexandra Tavel

(Photo: Two of Wands)

The Stratus Wrap by Andrea Tavel just popped up on Ravelry and, can I just say, this has my name written all. over. it.  Gorgeous neutrals, tassels, stripes – it’s all fantastic!  Alexandra indicates that the design is inspired by “low-hanging, multi-layered stratus clouds that blanket the earth in grey fog”. Cozy and warm, this is a shawl / blanket combo if ever there was one. Stratus is an easy pattern requiring basic skills and is bound to knit up quickly as it calls for worsted / aran weight yarn on 8 mm (US 11) needles.  Now to decide on the yarn…

(Photo: Two of Wands)

–  Melissa

Join us for a Scarfy Thing Knit-Along – begins April 13th!

Lisa says that the Scarfy Thing by Beata Jezek is one of the most fun projects she’s knit in a while and the speed with which she completed it attests to this fact!  Beata provides just enough detail in this free pattern “recipe” to provide good direction but builds enough flexibility into the process to encourage knitters to make it creatively their own. Lisa chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colours for pops of colour throughout. She finished it off with a speckle for the i-cord edge. All yarns were Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles but any fingering weight yarn will do. So pretty!

We will be running our Scarfy Thing Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning April 13th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for three consecutive Thursdays – April 13th, 20th, and 27th – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come in on those dates ready to cast on and knit the Scarfy Thing with friends 🙂 .

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group. We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to chat and share photos of works in progress!

If you complete your Scarfy Thing by May 15th and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win A LOQI Backpack from the Metallic Collection, a Needle Keeper, and a Digital Row Counter. The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

We hope you’ll join us!

The Scarfy Thing pattern can be downloaded for free from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and Sock in our webstore!

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Summer Commitment

Lisa’s Summer Commitment bag has just been added to Ravelry! This is a larger version of our Summer Fling Bag. It is the perfect bag for strolling around town, going to market, or a day at the beach (yes, believe it or not, those days are just around the corner). The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Straps are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. If you wish to knit a cross-body style bag then an extra skein of Kilim yarn will be required.

Click here to access the free pattern!

–  Melissa

Another “Meet & Greet” with Julie Asselin – this Friday!

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Lovely hand-dyer, Julie Asselin, will be in the store again this Friday (March 24th) to teach a dyeing workshop and will be arriving early for a general “meet & greet” from 1 pm – 5 pm.  Julie’s passion and energy is infectious and chatting with her is always a delight. You will also have a chance to purchase many of her yarns not normally available at Espace Tricot. Don’t be shy, come and join us in welcoming Julie to the store. 🙂

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New store sample: Scarfy Thing

The Scarfy Thing is quite possibly one of the most fun projects you’ll knit this year! This recipe by Beata Jezek gives enough detail to get you started and keep you on track yet offers enough flexibility to add your own stamp.  Lisa used Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colourways for pops of colour throughout. She finished the whole thing with a deeper speckled neutral for the i-cord edge.  The scarf can be made as long or as wide as you wish, simply study the structure before you begin to understand which sections will define your width and length.  And, note, this is a great stash-busting project. No need to purchase 7 new skeins (unless you want to!) – fingering weight minis and leftovers can be easily integrated as you like.

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

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore!

–  Melissa

Hedgehog Fibres: New colourways!

Lots of gorgeous new colourways from Hedghehog Fibres – in both Skinny Singles (48 colourways in stock) and Sock (43 colourways in stock) – have just been added to our website.

Click HERE to view them all!

I’ve posted the newest colours below for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Concrete

Down by the River

Dragonfly

Fly

Glacier

Hey Day

Kid You Not

Pinky Swear

Pistachio

Salty Tales

Wish

Zephyr

–  Melissa

New store sample: Find your Fade Shawl

My “Find your Fade” shawl is finally finished! I fell hard for this pattern by Andrea Mowry but just couldn’t “find my fade” with speckled yarns so opted for a colour-block approach with more solid tonals in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. They say big is beautiful and this is certainly a shawl with very generous proportions. While some may find this a challenge, we think it adds great versatility, making it wearable in so many different ways.  As usual, Andrea’s pattern is well-written and, once you’re through the first section, it’s easily memorized.  Just remember, things change slightly when you switch to colour number 4 (ask me how I know to warn you about this) 🙂

Although I knit this for myself, I think it will head back to Montreal with Lisa after this weekend (she’s coming for another visit – yay!) for a month or two in the store.

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

SHOP Tosh Merino Light in our webstore.

–  Melissa