Free pattern Friday (+ new store sample): Boneyard

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The Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West is the simplest of triangle shawls featuring repeated sections of garter and stockinette stitch. A great project for beautiful hand-dyed yarns with subtle shading.  We knit our version with Manos del Ururguay’s Fino – a luscious blend of extra fine merino and silk in a lightweight yarn that’s ideal for accessories or luxurious garments. The combination of colour depth variations and stitch textures produces a minimalist shawl with a modern feel.

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

Manos Fino can be purchased in our online store here.

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– Melissa

New store sample: Tier

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Tier is a gorgeous summer scarf from Shellie Anderson knit with one of Shibui’s newest yarns – Twig (46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool). The sections of elongated rows of dropped stitches on either end create interest in this simple, light accessory. Elegant and versatile, Tier can be worn many ways and will play well with almost any outfit. A very basic pattern that knits up quickly for seriously high-impact results!

Twig can be purchased in our online store here!

Pattern available for free with yarn purchase (in-store or online).

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

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– Melissa

New store sample: Summer Tunic (Drops 87-2)

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This loose and comfortable summer tunic from Drops is a wonderfully quick and easy project. Wear it over a tank or t-shirt or take it along to the beach or pool as a breezy cover-up. The blend of cotton and linen make for a cool, dry fabric with great drape – ideal for hot summer days. Both rustic and elegant, this tunic will fit right in to your wardrobe!

(Mod: Omitted mohair cuffs – knit entire sleeve with Bomull-lin)

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

Bomull-Lin can be purchased in our online store here!

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Espace Tricot Summer Patterns

Many of you already know that we periodically design and offer our own patterns for free but, for those who may be new to our blog, I thought I would take today’s post to highlight several that make for great spring and summer knitting projects.

Enjoy!


 Villeneuve

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A racerback tee knit with Wrapped Silk (N-84) from Habu Textiles! Designed to layer over a tank top or t-shirt, Villeneuve is a chic addition to any summer wardrobe. This garment is meant to fit loosely at chest with minimum ease. Please select size accordingly. Body of garment is worked in the round from the bottom up then back and front are worked flat in Stockinette Stitch from the armhole bind-off.

Download PDF – [English] [French]
Click here to purchase yarn.


 Summer Fling

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Summer Fling is the perfect little summer bag for strolling around town, light shopping, or meeting friends for a cocktail on a terrace! The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Handles are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. Knit with Sparrow yarn from Quince & Co. this bag is both pretty and casual and the 100% linen content makes it strong and durable. Form and function!

Download PDF – [English] [Français]
Click here to purchase yarn.


 Aisé

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Both elegant and minimalist, our Aisé wrap is a lovely warm weather accessory.  It can be worn formally or casually depending on the occasion (think little black dress or jeans) and the laceweight blend of linen (42%) and cashmere (58%) make it ideal for use in air conditioned offices and on spring days and cool summer evenings. Knit with Sylph yarn from Jade Sapphire the fabric of this piece is soft and airy with a slight texture.

Download PDF – [English] [Français]
Click here to purchase yarn.


Firefly Tunic 

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Knit with Classic Elite Yarns Firefly (25% Linen / 75% Viscose), our Firefly Tunic combines a softly draping neckline, drop shoulders, and a longer a-line body in a relaxed summer pullover. The blend of linen and viscose produces a crisp fabric with beautiful drape and a slight sheen. A separate cowl adds flare and versatility! Like Léger (see below), this pattern includes directions for 11 sizes and can be easily adjusted in terms of body and sleeve length. Knit in the round from the bottom-up. Sleeves are knit flat and seamed.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn.


Léger

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Knit with Rowan Creative Linen (50% cotton / 50% linen), Léger combines a boat neck, drop shoulders, and nautical stripes in an easy-to-wear casual summer pullover. The pattern includes directions for 11 sizes and can be easily adjusted in terms of body and sleeve length. Knit in the round from the bottom-up.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn.


Double-Take Tee

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We love how this simple tee turned out with two colours of Habu Wrapped Merino. The back and front of the Double-Take Tee are identical so you can decide which colour to wear facing forward based on your mood or outfit! Simple, lightweight, and chic – perfect for spring and summer.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn


Simple Hemp Tote

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A great summer tote knit with Hemp for Knitting’s allHemp6LUX (100% Hemp) and finished with a pair of rolled leather handles from Greyson E. As the name implies, the Simple Hemp Tote is a super easy project that knits up in no time. It’s worked as a long rectangle with angled corners, folded in half and seamed to finish. Classic in style, the combination of brown, natural, and black makes this a great casual bag that will work with most outfits (and shoes!). Still, we can see this knit in a variety of colour combinations making the most of the beautiful shades available in allHemp6LUX and the various colours of Grayson E. handles (e.g. Brown, Amber, Buckskin, Olive, Red, Black).

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn.


Ombre Tank

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Knit with Habu Textiles Tsumugi Silk (100% silk) our Ombre Tank is ideal for hot summer days. If you can’t wait, layer it with a tee and you’re set for spring. We used the same technique as the Ombre cowl to achieve the gradation of colours. The fabric is crisp yet soft and supple at the same time and the A-line shaping is very flattering on most body types. Lower body is knit in the round and front and back neckline are kept the same – an easy knit with minimal finishing work.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn


Chevron Baby Blanket

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We modified our popular Chevron Colour-Block Blanket to create this cheerful and modern baby blanket using Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. One skein each of 5 colours. Easy-peasy and fun to knit!

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn


Shadow & Light

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This lengthwise scarf/wrap which is knit in-the-round and then “steeked”, uses two luxury yarns we couldn’t resist pairing. One skein each of Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cash Silk Single and Handmaiden Fine Yarn Maiden Hair along with this simple pattern are all you need to create this soft and luminescent wrap.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase TFA Red Label (Maiden Hair will be added to our web store shortly!)

Happy downloading!

– Melissa

New store sample: Summer Silk ‘n Scribbles

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Our third Silk ‘n Scribbles store sample just came off the needles – this time worked up in two beautiful summer yarns from Berroco. Espresso is a super bulky cotton blend with a vibrant hand-dyed look and Captiva is a lighter weight, smooth cotton blend with a satiny feel and subtle shine.  They work beautifully together in this easy shawl / wrap  from Stevenbe that lends itself well to yarn experimentation.  A quick and very satisfying knit that yields a beautiful summer accessory!

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

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– Melissa

Baby & Child Sophisticate class – starting tonight!

Do something spontaneous and join us for this brilliant baby garment class beginning at 6 pm today. The Baby & Child Sophisticate is a favourite pattern among our customers – for little girls and boys alike. Here’s your chance to learn the basics of sweater knitting with a small satisfying project and instructor support every step of the way.!

Call us at 514 486-5648 to reserve your spot!


BABY & CHILD SOPHISTICATE (Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6 pm – 8 pm, April 7, 14, 21 / 18h à 20h, les 7, 14, 21 avril

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In this class you will learn the basics of top-down sweater construction and traditional raglan shaping to knit the adorable Baby & Child Sophisticate by Linden Down. You will also learn how to pick up stitches for the collar and button band after the body is knitted and how to shape the collar using short rows. Required materials: Enough worsted weight yarn of your choice to knit desired size. Set of 24″, 5 mm circular needles and set of 5 mm double-pointed needles (or size required to obtain gauge). Level: Advanced beginner or experienced knitter.

Lors de ce cours, vous allez apprendre les caractéristiques d’un pull tricoté en « top down », sa construction, son façonnage traditionnel en raglan, ce qui vous permettra de tricoter l’adorable Baby & Child Sophisticate  de Linden Down. Vous apprendrez également à relever des mailles pour le col et la bordure après avoir tricoté le corps et comment utiliser les rangs raccourcis pour façonner le col. Matériel requis : Assez de fil moye (worsted weight) de votre choix pour tricoter la grandeur désirée. Aiguilles circulaires 5mm de 24” et aiguilles double pointes de 5mm (ou grandeur vous permettant d’obtenir l’échantillon). Niveau : Débutant avancé ou tricoteur expérimenté.

– Melissa

Easter Bonnets, of a sort

Four “Big Easy” hats came off the needles this week for my son and some of his friends. I’ve knit this pattern from Vivian Aubrey more than a dozen times now and the more I knit it, the more the circle widens and the requests roll in. Adults and kids alike love the combination of head-hugging rib and stockinette slouch. After seeing one or another of my son’s hats, all of these kids asked me for a version in their chosen colours and this weekend’s egg-hunt provided a motivating deadline. They loved them!

I began with the smaller hat size (casting on 84 sts) but, for added slouch factor, knit to the length of the larger version (8 inches) before beginning the decreases.  All are made with Madelinetosh Vintage in Tern, Betty Draper’s Blues, and Onyx.

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And because I was uber-Mom this week, I also crafted another little surprise for the day – hard-boiled eggheads. This was a super fun and simple project from A Subtle Revelry. Be sure to bookmark it for next year. :-)

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– Melissa

Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails!

Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails are magical mini versions of the ever-popular Tosh Merino Light. With just 47 m / 52 yd per skein, these are ideal for hexipuffs, granny squares, fairisle work, or any projects that require multiple colours but not a lot of yardage.

Unicorn Tails are now available in our online store but we don’t yet have individual photos for each skein so we’ve included the colour names below to help you choose.

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Colours (top to bottom): Antler, Edison bulb, Pop Rocks, Neon Peach, Torchere, Coquette, Tart, Purple Basil, Cathedral, Flashdance, Celadon, Big Sur, Button Jar Blue, Cousteau, Jade

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Colours (top to bottom): Amber Trinket, Firewood, Glazed Pecan, Bettine, Antique Lace, Dust Bowl, Ink, Mandala, Rain Water, Silver Fox, Onyx, Dirty Panther, Fathom, Worn Denim

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Beauty shot – Unicorn Tails are hand-dyed in 30 of Madelinetosh’s brilliantly glazed signature colorways!

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Perfect for combining with larger skeins of Tosh Merino Light for contrast or when you need just that last little bit to finish your project! Please note that there are no dye lots for Unicorn Tails so we cannot guarantee 100% consistency.

The possibilities are endless for using Unicorn Tails – here are just a few ideas:

Unicorn Stripes by Antonia Shankland

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(Photos: Madelinetosh)

Brighton Plaid by Eclectic Gipsyland

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(Photo: TheUncommonThread)

 Colorblock Handwarmers by Purl Soho (free pattern)

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(Photo: CatReading)

Madeline Shawl by Kate Jackson (free pattern until April 30, 2015)

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(Photo: Kate Jackson Knits)

Bee Keeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits

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(Photo: Tiny Owl Knits)

Essential Hats by Jenn Nevitt

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(Photo: Madelinetosh)

Bracelet001 by michiyo (free pattern)

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(Photo: Betseysen)

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Mia

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(Photos: Jennifer Wood)

Mia by Jennifer Wood is a flattering a-line top knit with Shibui’s newest yarn, Twig – a great choice for spring knitting. The blend of linen and recycled silk creates a soft, lightly textured fabric with beautiful swing and drape.  The seed stitch and crochet edging around the neck add feminine interest to the simple shape of this casual yet elegant tank. Constructed from the top down in one piece with short-row shoulder shaping and short rows in the back for added length. Body shaping is created by a gather in the back.

A must-have for your spring and summer wardrobe!

Twig is now available in our online store. :-)

– Melissa

New store sample: Sweet Pleat

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Aptly named, Sweet Pleat by Hannah Fettig is an adorable pullover tunic perfect for little girls busy at summer time play. It’s knit with Quince & Co’s Kestrel, a 100% organic linen yarn which is spun in a unique ribbon structure.  The slightly textured fabric and “raw” edges give this simple, no-fuss dress a relaxed feel that’s just right for days on the beach or in the sandbox.  And like all things linen, it will get softer with washing and wearing.

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

Kestrel is available in our online store here.

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– Melissa

 

New store sample: Taiyo Linier

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The Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White is an easy spring / summer top that is worked flat in two identical pieces and then put together with four short seams. The length of both the sleeves and the body are easily adjusted. We knit according to the pattern (casting on 150 stitches) but worked our two panels a little longer than the original for additional coverage. Great over a t-shirt, tank-top, or dress! Dress it up or down.

Our top pairs Shibui Linen and Silk Cloud (held together) for a soft and weightless version.

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

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– Melissa

New store sample: Granny’s Favourite

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Granny’s Favourite is a sweet, easy to follow, pattern from Georgie Hallam. This versatile little confection is knit from the top-down with several length options provided including bolero, dress, and cardigan. Three sleeve lengths are also included: short, middie and long. As such, this is actually several patterns in one! The easy lace pattern on the yoke is both written and charted and sizes are colour-coded (newborn to age 12). The Butterfly Super 10 Cotton was a perfect yarn choice and the finished cardigan is as beautiful as it is hard-wearing.

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This yarn is available in our online store here.

– Melissa

Kim Hargreaves books – just re-stocked

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Kim Hargreaves’ pattern books are perennial favourites and it’s clear why. Filled with stunning collections of modern yet classic designs, each one is more inspiring than the next. The patterns are clear and accessible and the layouts and photography makes these coffee-table worthy.  A key designer at Rowan for over twenty years, Kim now manages her own company from her home in Yorkshire England and delivers fresh ideas four times a year in book form.

Click here to browse these books on the Rowan website.

Note that several of these titles are now out of print so this may be your last chance to scoop them up!

– Melissa

The Granny Square is back!

Come and learn how to crochet this fun and addictive baby blanket.
Class begins Wednesday, April 8th!

CROCHET BABY BLANKET – GRANNY SMITH (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
6 pm – 8 pm, April 8, 15, 22

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Many topics will be covered in this 3-week course including: achieving neat colour changes, carrying yarn from row to row, tips on dealing with ends, how to determine how much yarn is required for another row. Required materials: worsted weight yarn in several colours, 4.5 and 5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors. Pre-requisites: participants must know how to crochet basic stitches such as: chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet.

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Funny Bunny Hat

This pattern will be free until Easter Monday, after which it will cost $5, so hurry over to Ravelry and get your free download!

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(Photos: Angie Watson)

The Funny Bunny Hat by Angie Watson is a very sweet little pattern which is knit with a solid or variegated main color for the hat and outer ears and a contrast colour for the inner ears. The pull over the head design provides lots of coverage to keep your bunny’s ears and neck warm too and saves the trouble of wrestling with a scarf or separate neck warmer.  Pattern includes directions for seven sizes from 3 months to 3 years.

– Melissa

New in store: Sock Stop

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We have a new product in store we’ve been meaning to tell you about. Sock Stop is a non-slip latex based paint that lets you transform your ordinary slippery socks into safe socks!  An especially good idea for kid’s socks and felted slippers. To use, simply cut a piece of card to the right size and insert into your sock. Apply the Sock Stop liquid onto the outside of the sock creating unique designs or patterns and leave to dry. When completely dry (after 10-12 hours) the socks are washable at 40C.

We currently have 3 colours in stock but will be adding more soon.
Available in 100 ml bottles.

Order online here.

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– Melissa

Quince & Co. Sparrow: New colours now in stock!

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Five gorgeous new colours of Sparrow have just arrived from Quince & Co.! From the top, are: Maize, Penny, Moon, Venice, and Fundi. Sparrow is spun in Italy from organic linen grown in Belgium. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it but after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief soft. One of our favourites for summer knitting projects.

Fiber: 100% organic linen
Amount: 50g
Yardage: 154 m / 168 y
Knitting Weight: Sport
Gauge: 24 sts per 10 cm / 4″Needles: 3.25 mm (US 3)

Sparrow is available in our online store here.

Project ideas for Sparrow:

(We’ve blogged these before but they’re as inspirational now as they were then!)

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Row 1

Surrounding Tank by Hannah Fettig (Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)
Hélène by Veronik Avery (Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Row 2

Dejeuner Bag by Pam Allem (Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)
Aria Cardi by Cecily Glowik MacDonald (Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Row 3

Leaves Shawl by Kristen TenDyke (Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)
Sparrow by Pam Allen (Photo: Jane Heller)

Row 4

Emma Shrug by Carrie Bostick Hoge (Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)
Lida Shawl by Bristol Ivy (Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

– Melissa

New in store from Berroco: Captiva, Karma, and Espresso

A shipment of warm-weather yarns arrived from Berroco last week! We’re excited to begin working with these as their composition and knitting weights promise to lend some interesting new textures to traditional shapes and styles which, for us, is so much of what summer knitting is all about. We’re in the process of narrowing down our choices to a manageable list but, in the meantime, a few project ideas are included for you below…

Captiva

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Captiva’s satiny feel and subtle shine give it an air of sophistication. Created by wrapping a shimmering filament around a smooth cotton blend, this machine washable yarn comes in a wide range of elegant shades.

Length: 98 yds – 90 m
Gauge: 18 sts & 25 rows = 4″ (10cm) on 8 (US) / 5 mm needles
Fiber:  60% Cotton, 23% Polyester, 17% Acrylic

Machine wash. Lay flat to dry.

Project ideas: 

Void by Norah Gaughan

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Void is an airy cropped pullover worked in an easy four-row lace pattern at an especially loose gauge.

A LA MODE by Versaci Knits

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A la mode is a classic V-neck pullover with couture detailing. The front is a little shorter than the back to create a gradual slope, and the back is a bit wider than the front, with a slight billow created by short rows.  If you love textured knits and have some experience with pattern stitches, you’ll find a la mode to be a fun project that will keep your interest. While the stitches themselves aren’t hard, they do demand that you pay attention, so this is not a mindless knit.

Seabrook by AMANDA KEEP WILLIAMS (FREE PATTERN!)

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Seabrook is a simple open vest is worked at a loose gauge, resulting in an airy textured fabric that drapes beautifully.


 Karma

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Dyed in a range of softly shaded hues, the intriguing mesh construction of this machine washable cotton tape gives it an airy quality.

Length: 66 yds – 60 m
Gauge: 12 sts & 18 rows = 4″ (10cm) on 11 (US) / 8 mm needles
Fiber:  100% Cotton

Machine wash on delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry.

Project idea:

Ladder Sleeve Pullover by Joann Rogers

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The Ladder Sleeve Pullover has a relaxed fit, boat-neck, shaped bottom and 3/4 length dolman sleeves. An openwork ‘ladder-like’ panel adorns the sleeves. Knit sideways (from cuff to cuff) in one piece.


 Espresso

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Espresso is a cotton blend with a vibrant hand-dyed look that knits up quickly, creating beautiful pieces that are machine washable and easy to care for.

Length: 148 yds / 135 m
Gauge: 12 sts & 15 rows = 4″ (10cm) on 11(US) / 8 mm needles
Fiber:  50% Cotton, 50%  Acrylic

Machine wash. Lay flat to dry.

Cimone by Amy Christoffers

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Knit from side to side, Cimone is a triangular, garter stitch scarf featuring a drop stitch fringe. A fun, colourful, layering piece!

Sibilla by Amy Christoffers

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Sibilla is a flattering cropped cardigan made with a simple, modular construction.

Maiella by Amy Christoffers

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Maiella is a  lovely stockinette, v-neck tank that is simple in design and quick to knit!

– Melissa 

New store sample: Groovy – Butterfly Cotton version

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Another Groovy shawl / wrap for our store sample collection – this time in cotton for spring and summer. The Butterfly Super 10 yarn from EL. D. Mouzakis is great to work with and the finished project is just beautiful after a good long soak.  Interestingly, because this yarn is mercerized it is less absorbent but this is also what helps it to retain its sheen and shape over time – even after repeated machine washing and drying.  We love the crisp, clean lines of the Groovy pattern combined with the easy drape of this cotton yarn.

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

Butterfly Super 10 Cotton is available in our online store here!

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– Melissa