New store sample: Unicorn Stripes!


A beautiful and meditative project, Antonia Shankland’s stunning Unicorn Stripes scarf is perfect for TV and social knitting. Using all 30 colours of Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails (47 m / 52 y per skein) the finished scarf is soft and sleek with gorgeous weight and drape – and that colour! If a monochromatic or minimalist approach is more your thing, simply use full skeins of Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light (or other fingering weight yarn of choice) and modify the pattern to alternate just two or three colourways. There are no rules!

Pattern includes instructions for both scarf and cowl.

Note: Since publishing the original, Madelinetosh has replaced three of the colours called for in the pattern – Coquette has been replaced with Coquette-Deux, Purple Basil is replaced with Duchess, and Button Jar Blue is replaced with Glass Bottom Boat.

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

Shop Unicorn Tails in our online store!

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–  Melissa

New store sample: Livingston


Livingston by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne is a lovely unisex toddler sweater knit seamlessly from the top down. The sweet stitch motif on the front brings to mind the flight of little birds and adds a touch of whimsy. Knit here with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK, a soft luxury yarn developed specifically for babies (i.e it’s machine washable:-) ). A clear, well-written pattern.

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

Shop Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK in our online store.



–  Melissa

Easy breezy summer tanks

It always amazes us when customers mention that their knitting is a seasonal affair, a passion that they tuck away during the spring and summer, seemingly unaware that there is an alternate universe brimming with exquisite fibres and beautiful patterns designed specifically for the warmer months.  We derive so much pleasure from our knitting that we could never envision a scenario in which we didn’t have something (something!) on our needles, maintaining our equilibrium, at all times. That said, and because it is our duty to enable and inspire, we are sharing patterns over the next weeks perfect for keeping your needles moving from April through August!:-)

Today, a focus on tank tops…
Click images for project details on Ravelry.

SLOPE by Shellie Anderson


(Photo: Shibui Knits)

Cool to touch, fresh, and versatile — Slope features a high-low hem. Simple stockinette enhances the effortless drape of Shibui Twig.

Shop Shibui Twig in our online store!

VILLENEUVE by Espace Tricot


(Photo: Espace Tricot)

A racerback tee knit with Wrapped Silk (N-84) from Habu. Designed to layer over a tank top or t-shirt, Villeneuve is a chic addition to any summer wardrobe.

Shop Habu Wrapped Silk in our online store!

AURORA by Shellie Anderson


(Photo: Shibui Knits)

Aurora is a reversible vest with a button loop closure at the neck. Shibui Linen and Cima combine for a soft fabric while i-cord casings ground the edges for clean definition.

Shop Shibui Knits Linen and Cima in our online store!

OMBRE TANK by Espace Tricot


(Photo: Espace Tricot)

Knit with Habu Tsumugi Silk (100% silk) our Ombre Tank is perfect for hot summer days. If you can’t wait, layer it over a tee and you’re set for spring! Lower body is knit in the round from the bottom up.

Shop Habu Tsumugi Silk in our online store!



(Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

A fresh and pretty a-line linen tank- worked back and forth in two pieces from bottom edge to top. Shoulders and side edges are seamed. Armhole and neck edge are finished with a one round edging.

Shop Quince & Co. Sparrow in our online store!

TOGUE POND by Pam Allen


(Photo: Quince & Co.)

Togue Pond is a simple top with a curved hem that dips slightly in back. Simple and elegant.

Shop Quince & Co. Kestrel in our online store!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Spring Beanie by Katrine Hammer


(Photo: Katrine Hammer)

Spring Beanie by Katrine Hammer is a simple, stylish hat that is as straightforward to knit as it looks. Choose your favourite DK or light worsted weight yarn and work up this modern beanie in a weekend! A perfect accessory for cool spring days and nights.

Note: The beanie in the photo is knit with Malabrigo Arroyo (100 % merino wool) which, while classified as a sport weight yarn (by weight) is recommended to be worked at a DK or even worsted weight gauge (20 – 22 sts). The gauge of the hat is 20 stitches so, if you’re not using Arroyo, we recommend a DK or even light worsted yarn to achieve a similar look.

–  Melissa

Spring course schedule – now posted!

We’re offering classes for some of our favourite patterns beginning in May. In addition to a basic introduction to knitting course, we’ve got blanket, shawl, bag, summer sweater, and tank classes. Even a felted oven mitt course!

Call 514-486-5648 to register!

Chloe Gallagher-Smylie
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, May 10, 17, 24

Come join us and knit this modern and cheerful baby blanket by Espace Tricot. This is a simple pattern, ideal for a first blanket experience. You’ll learn how to create the chevron look (zigzag pattern) by using different types of increases and decreases. Personalize the blanket by choosing the yarn and colours you love. Size can easily be increased. Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Required Materials: 1 skein each of 5 colours of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton or worsted / aran weight yarn of your choice, 5.5 mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

SUMMER FLING (Bilingual Class)
Amalia Siontas
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, May 15, 22, 29

The ideal little accessory for any summer outing, the Summer Fling bag is the perfect size to carry any warm weather staple – a bathing suit, a book, sunglasses and a knitting project. In this workshop you will learn how to do provisional cast-ons, picking up stitches, and grafting. Prerequisites: intermediate. Required materials: yarn for project, knitting needles, 3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook.

Chloe Gallagher-Smylie
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, May 31, June 7, 14

Make your kitchen cozier with these quick, simple, customizable oven mitts from Purl Soho! You can knit the sweet simple version, or add stripes and patterns of colour as you like. This is a great project for expanding your knitting skills and learning how to felt – quick and satisfying! A perfect gift for the baker in your life. Required materials: You will need 150 yards of non-superwash chunky yarn, 9.0 mm needles and access to a washing machine. Rowan Cocoon, Cascade Eco Wool, Malabrigo Rasta, and Manos del Uruguay Maxima are some examples of great felting yarn! Prerequisites: Advanced beginner

SHIP TO SHORE (Bilingual Class)
Françoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, June 1, 8, 15

This crisp, asymmetrical summer shawl made made with linen is a perfect way to foray into lace knitting. The different patterns keep you interested in your knitting all along. You can knit the regular version with just one skein of Shibui Linen or a larger version like the one pictured above with three skeins of Quince & Co. SparrowRequired materials: the pattern, at least 246 yards of linen yarn (or alternative yarn of your choice), 5.5 mm / US 9 circular needles or needle size required to obtain gauge. Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl, BO

ON THE BEACH (Bilingual Class)
Amalia Siontas
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, June 5, 12, 19

On The Beach by Isabell Kraemer is the perfect summer top for walking on the sand or in the city. Simple, fun, and seamless. Prerequisites: beginner to intermediate. Required materials: pattern, yarn to complete the pattern (Shibui linen), 4.5 mm and 5 mm needles.

TRICOT 101 (Bilingual Class)
Chloe Gallagher-Smylie
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Mondays, 6 pm – 8 pm, June 6, 13, 20

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

OMBRE TANK (Bilingual Class)
Françoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, June 29, July 6, 13

In this class you will learn the basics of knitting a top to create the Ombré Tank by Espace tricot. The skills you will acquire in this class range from knitting in the round, putting stitches on hold, seaming, knitting with more then one strand at a time and much more.Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Required materials: Required yardage of Habu Tsumugi Silk yarn to complete the pattern in your size, set of 24″, 4.5 mm needles, darning needle.

Artfil Belle – just re-stocked!

We received a gorgeous shipment of 22 colours of ARTFIL Belle yesterday – including two new beautiful jewel tones – Sapphire and Bubblegum.



Even though Belle is a perfect sock blend (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon), it’s suitable for all your fingering-weight projects – from hats and cowls to shawls and garments. One skein is enough for a pair of socks while two will create a good sized lace shawl.
 Apart from the obvious quality and vibrant colourways, one of the reasons we love ARTFIL yarn so much is that it is dyed using an eco-friendly process that requires 80% less water than any other dyeing method! Machine washable and versatile, ARTFIL yarns are spun and coloured in Quebec, Canada.

Shop ARTFIL Belle in our online store.

–  Melissa

It’s Shawl Season!

Spring is in the air and that means perfect weather for pulling on a wrap or shawl as you head out the door. It’s time to pack away your coats, heavy cowls, and woollen sweaters for another year and dig out those light jackets and pretty accessories.  We don’t know about you, but we are heady with excitement at the prospect of casting on something light and new. That said, there are so many beautiful shawls / wraps popping up on the “Hot Right Now” pages of Ravelry right now, we are spoiled for choice.

Here are a few of our current faves. Tell us which ones you love…:-)

(BTW, Joji Locatelli is on fire!)

–  Melissa

Click on titles or images below to go directly to project detail pages on Ravelry.

WAITING FOR RAIN by Sylvia Bo Bilvia


(Photo credit: softsweater)

FALLING by Joji Locatelli


(Photo credit: Jonna Jolkin)

AMBERLE by Shannon Cook


(Photo credit: Janina Kallio)

3 COLOR CASHMERE SHAWL by Joji Locatelli


(Photo credit: Joji Locatelli)

JUJUY by Joji Locatelli


(Photo credit: Rafael Delceggio)

PEACHY by Susanne Sommer


(Photo credit: sosu)

SOUTHERN SPIRIT by Joji Locatelli


(Photo credit: Rafael Delceggio)

ANTARKTIS by Janina Kallio


(Photo credit: Janina Kallio)



(Photo credit: sosu)

Free pattern Friday: Jenny by Veronika Jobe


Jenny by Veronika Jobe  is “an asymmetrical beauty that has interestingly placed buttons and an eyelet cast on and bind off edge to allow a multitude of options for wearing. This simple knit uses short rows to create a tilted kite like shape that is refreshing and unusual.”

We love the versatility of this little shawl and the opportunity it provides for playing with colour. Pair a solid tone with a speckled colourway (e.g.Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Singles) or select complimentary colourways of any light fingering or fingering weight yarns to create an accessory that is uniquely “you”.

finished dimensions
60” wingspan tip to tip
21” tall at widest point (blocked)

Shop Fingering weight yarns in our online store.


–  Melissa

New store samples: Sweet Peasy & Fiona’s Top

Spring has sprung and we’ve been working on new store samples!


Sweet Peasy by Heidi Kirrmaier is a child-sized version of the original Peasy pattern – a simple cardigan with just enough lace to make it pretty and interesting. Like it’s grown-up counterpart, Sweet Peasy is knit from the top-down making it very easy to customize in terms of sleeve and body length.  We knit our version with one of Rowan’s newest yarns – Softyak DK, an ultrasoft transeasonal blend of cotton and yak. Bonus: It’s machine washable!

Shop Softyak DK in our online store.


Fionas Top by Sanne Bjerregaard is a versatile top/tunic/dress which would be a lovely addition to any little girl’s wardrobe – just work it from the top down to desired length.  We’ve knit this little top before in a combination of Koigu KPPPM and SweetGeorgia Yarns Cashluxe Fine but we thought a cotton version in springtime hues would be a bright addition to our collection of store samples. We used Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit (100% Egyptian cotton), a soft, easy-to-knit, high quality yarn, perfect for baby, child, and adult warm-weather garments.

Shop Mandarin Petit in our online store.


– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Self-Important Socks


(Photos: Deborah Kemball)

These gorgeous socks were just published to Ravelry this week and are designed by one of our very own customers! Self-Important Socks by the lovely Deborah Kemball are knit with ARTFIL Belle and feature a two-colour rib, a simple fair isle motif, and the use of high-contrast hues to create socks that beg to be noticed! The pattern provides instructions for Ladies Medium but notes are given for Small and Large.

ARTFIL Belle is the perfect sock blend of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. 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. ARTFIL yarns are spun and dyed in Quebec, Canada.

Shop ARTFIL Belle in our online store.




–  Melissa

Knitscene Summer 2016 – now in!


Click here to preview projects.

Knitscene Summer 2016 travels the depths of the rainforest and the oceans blue to bring you 19 incredible knitting patterns. Featured designer Heather Zoppetti explores feminine ruffles in unique ways; we get tropical with six designs in bright colors; and we give a knitterly spin to the longtime partnership of indigo and cotton fibers. Sarah Solomon explains decrease stitches in depth, while Corrina Ferguson chats with Heather Zoppetti about her design collection.

New in store: Montoya Beach from Punta Yarns

We have a beautiful new yarn in stock for spring and summer! Montoya Beach from Punta Yarns is 100% linen and offers the luxury of a natural fibre with excellent yardage. Knitted up, this yarn produces stunning garments and accessories with beautiful drape – perfect for wearing in warmer weather.

Length: 280m per 100g
Needle Size: 3.5 – 4mm
Gauge: 19 – 20 sts

Shop Montoya Beach in our online store.


A few projects for inspiration below…!

A Hint of Summer by Isabell Kraemer


(Photo: looneylisa)

Dangling Conversation by Mindy Ross


(Photo: beehivewoolshop)

Ilene Bag by Hannah Ingalls


(Photo: cleverknits)

–  Melissa

Leizu DK – photos just added to website

Leizu DK from Julie Asselin

I excitedly blogged the arrival of Leizu DK a few weeks ago so this is just a quick note to let you know that the images have come in from our photographer and you can now browse this gorgeous yarn in all it’s glory on our website.  Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK is lush blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk – supple and luminous with beautiful drape and excellent stitch definition. A workhorse yarn with a touch of luxury perfect for any of your garment or accessory projects requiring a gauge of 20 – 24 stitches.

Shop Leizu DK in our online store.


–  Melissa

Cocoknits stitch markers re-stocked (again)!

I know I blog about these a lot but they are very hot commodities around here and, no matter how many we order, we find ourselves running short on a surprisingly regular basis. So, just a note to let you know that these awesome stitch markers are back in store again in healthy quantities:-)



These colorful opening stitch markers help you mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Easily add or move the markers by putting them on your needle, crochet hook, or directly on stitches. These steel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 11 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 muted colors.



These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.



Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.

  • 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)

Shop Cocoknits knitting tools in our online store.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday x 2: For the babies!

Hosenmatz by Mayumi Kaliciak And Antje Litzmann


(Photos: Mayumi Kaliciak)

Hosenmatz by Mayumi Kaliciak and Antje Litzmann is a sweet pattern for relaxed baby pants in fingering weight yarn. The ribbing and structure  through the derriere offer a lot of room to move and the designer notes that these will easily accommodate cloth as well as regular diapers. Knitted in the round from the top down the legs are ended with long cuffs that can be folded at first and then left open as baby grows to increase the lifespan of the garment. Clever:-).

When you click on the link to access this pattern from Ravelry you will be taken to the designer’s blog which is in German. Simply scroll down the page and click on “Anleitung „Hosenmatz“ auf Englisch” in order to access the English version of the pattern.

Sweet Pea Baby Blanket by Suzanne Middlebrooks


(Photo: Hill Country Weavers)

The Sweet Pea Baby Blanket by Suzanne Middlebrooks features a simple, easy-to-memorize four-row repeat that works up into a fresh yet classic addition to any baby’s nursery.  Knit in Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton (4 skeins) or Worsted Cotton Multi (6 skeins) this little gem is a soft and snuggly “hug for your sweet pea”. Finished dimensions 30″ wide x 40″ long

Shop Worsted Cotton or Worsted Cotton Multi in our online store!

–  Melissa

Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibres!

Our first shipment of Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibres arrived a couple of weeks ago but we held off blogging until we could have it all photographed. Happily, we received the images from our photographer today and they have now been added to our website.  We’re loving this spectacularly vibrant and unique hand-dyed single-ply 100% merino yarn from Beata Jezek. It’s squishy and soft, with just the right amount of twist.  The colours shift beautifully from one to another and it is carefully dyed to prevent striping or pooling as much as possible. Skinny Singles create a variegated effect that looks great in plain stockinette or advanced stitch motifs.  A brilliant choice for shawls and accessories.

Shop Skinny Singles now in our online store!


If you follow Stephen West’s Mystery Knit-Alongs, you’ll know that this was the yarn called for in The Doodler Shawl pattern. A few photos for inspiration below:-)


(Project photo:  Stephen West)


(Project photo: anglebe)


(Project photo: sksksk)


(Project photo:  Hedgehog Fibres)

–  Melissa

Join us for a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stephen West Shawl Knit-Along!


Stephen West is a modern and innovative designer known for pushing the envelope when it comes to colour, texture, and construction. He is best known for his stunning shawl patterns and we at Espace Tricot have long been under his spell.

Stephen is also known for creating Mystery Knit Along projects that are always fun and creatively inspiring.  Over the course of these knit alongs, new clues are sent out to participants on a weekly basis, providing the directions needed to complete the next part of the project.  While diving into a project without knowing what the final outcome will look like is delightful for some, many prefer to wait until the full project is revealed before committing their time and precious yarn.

If you are one of these people, we invite you to join us as we host a “choose your own adventure” Stephen West Knit-Along in-store! Knit-alongs provide camaraderie and great incentive to keep you on track with your progress. Select any Stephen West shawl pattern you would like to knit and join us for a 4 week knit-along beginning April 12th.

On the first night we will share all of the Stephen West patterns we’ve knit and invite participants to do the same.  This will help those who haven’t decided on a pattern to select one and provide added inspiration to those who’ve decided on a shawl but haven’t seen it in person. To save time, participants are also welcome to visit the store in advance to finalize their project selection and yarn choices so they’re ready to hit the ground running on the first night. Once projects are chosen, our consultants will provide help in selecting yarn and getting everyone started.  We will continue working on the projects throughout the month with consultants providing ongoing assistance with all of the techniques required for each project on a weekly basis. Participants are also invited to join our knitting clinics on Friday afternoons for additional help and trouble-shooting if desired.

Browse Stephen West shawl patterns on Ravelry.

Win a prize!

All participants who show us their completed shawl (either in person or via a photo e-mailed to the store) by May 17th (6-weeks from the knit-along start date) will have their name entered into a draw for a spectacular prize – 3 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles yarn for your next project, hand-picked by the winner!

Dates: Tuesdays – April 12th, 19th, 26th and May 3
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost: $120.00

Call 514-486-5648 to register!

New in store: Needle Nooks and Garment Labels

NEEDLE NOOKS – 6″ AND 8″needle_nook1

Lisa and I were introduced to these at Vogue Knitting Live in January and were instantly smitten by both their form and function. These lovely little cherry wood Needle Nooks provide safe haven for your double pointed needles when you’re working on socks, hats, sweater sleeves, etc.  In between knitting sessions, simply line up the needles, tuck them into the nook, and slide the magnetized ‘door’ into place – no more lost or broken DPNs!

Available in 6″ and 8″ lengths.

Shop Needle Nooks in our online store.





We’re always on the lookout for perfect little sew-in labels for our knitted garments and blankets but finding them printed in both English and French has always been a challenge. We decided to take matters into our own hands and had these eight versions printed (4 English, 4 French). Problem solved!

Shop Espace Tricot Garment Labels in our online store!








– Melissa

Re-stocked: Butterfly Super 10 Cotton


Butterfly Super 10 Cotton is a beautiful 100% mercerized cotton imported from Greece that comes in a wide range of stunning colourfast shades. A proven, high performing cotton with a gorgeous sheen, it wears well even after many machine washes and won’t shrink or pill. We highly recommend this yarn for spring and summer projects, for household items like potholders and washcloths, and as a substitute for anyone allergic to wool. Super 10 is adaptable to most DK or Worsted weight patterns.

Shop Butterfly Super 10 Cotton in our online store!

A few project ideas below…

Groovy by Jumpercables Knitting


Medano Beach by Heidi Kirrmaier


(Photo: rililie)

Toasty Plus Pot Holder by Hannah Maier


(Photo: jadeblade)

Thistle by Julie Partie


Zigzag Potholder by AimeeJessica


(Photo: AimeeJessica)

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Fiber Fantasy Long Flexible Blockers


Lace needs to be blocked in order to really showcase the beautiful stitch repeats and open work…. Our favourite tool for this task is the Fiber Fantasy Long Flexible Blocker Kit! These 60″ long, flexible stainless steel wires thread easily through the edge stitches of your shawl (or just the points if you’re knitting a decorative pointed edge), and use just a few pins to pin them to your blocking surface in the shape you need. If your garment is circular you can easily shape the wires and pin them down to the correct circumference. If you’re blocking a triangular piece you can pin them along a straight edge, but you’ll only have to use one wire to cover a whole side instead of using multiple straight wires end to end.

Each kit contains 3-60″ long stainless steel wires, 30 T-pins, and instructions.

Purchase the Long Flexible Blocker Kit in our online store!


–  Melissa