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

Re-stocked: Digital Row Counters and Knitterella Gift Tags

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Our last batch sold out in record time! Eleven colours now re-stocked :-) Get ‘em while they’re hot. Available online here.

Knitterella Gift Tags

With their fun, bold, original designs on the front of the tag and a special place on the back to mark fiber, size and proper care instructions, these unique gift tags are the perfect finishing touch to all your handmade gift-giving! 6 tags per pack, 2.5″ x 5″

Available online here.

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The back of each tag:

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- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Campside

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Campside by Alicia Plummer is a beautiful triangle shawl knit in a DK-weight yarn.  The shape lends a classic feel while the colour and texture lend a beach-y, casual vibe. We love the feeling this shawl evokes and can imagine keeping it close and reaching for it all summer long – a perfect carry-everywhere accessory for cool evenings and cold offices.  The version shown is knit with Julie Asselin’s Leizu (a merino and silk blend). We think this would also be great knit with Butterfly Super 10 Cotton, Rowan Creative Linen, or Hemp for Knitting allhemp6Lux.

- Melissa

New store sample: Simple Lines II

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I blogged our version of Simple Lines knit with Isager Tvinni back on March 12th and mentioned that we had two more versions of this lovely shawl in the works. I finished this one up yesterday. It’s knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (color = Vermillion) and, unsurprisingly, the look is completely different. While our first version feels decidedly rustic and casual, this one shimmers with rich colour and looks more “dressed up” than it’s Tvinni twin.  Both are so pretty. Always amazing to see what a difference yarn choice makes!

See additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Simple Lines is a free pattern.
Tosh Merino Light is a available in our online store here.

- Melissa

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Re-stocked: Euroflax and allhemp6LUX

The last couple of weeks have seen the arrival of many new summer yarns along with the topping up of existing favourites. Today we had deliveries of Louet Euroflax and Hemp for Knitting allhemp6LUX . We’ve been stocking these two yarns since we opened over four years ago and we never get tired of their crisp sheen and versatility!

Euroflax and allhemp6LUX can be purchased in our online store here and here.

LOUET EUROFLAX

Louet’s long line linen yarn is made from custom wet spun flax-fiber. A superior quality, fine linen, Euroflax is double boiled and then steamed to ensure maximum softness. We’ve knit several summer projects with this and can’t say enough about it’s drape, texture, and durability.   Machine washable and dryable.

Here are some projects we’ve knit with this yarn:

A SLICE OF LINEN

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A Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein is an ingenious combination of a square and two rectangles and, voila, a cool and breezy summer top. The colour blocks are knitted in stockinette and are seamed together sideways. A simple 3-needle bind off down the front adds interest. A great pattern to experiment with colour.

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

MARGOT

Margot, by Linden Down, was published in Knitty in 2009. The look of this sweater is classic and simple and the boatneck, combined with three-quarter-length sleeves and subtle waist shaping make it a flattering style for many body types.  In order to create a summer version of the original design, we opted for Euroflax linen instead of merino, and added length to create more of a tunic style with a slight A-line. The top-down construction of this sweater makes it an easy, relaxing knit and has the added bonus of allowing you to try it on as you go to ensure the right fit and desired length.  Note – this is a free pattern accessible on the Knitty website.

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

Dangling Conversation

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Dangling Conversation by Mindy Ross is a  simple little crescent shaped summer shawl / kerchief. A great warm-weather accessory that plays nicely with a tank top or tee. Basic charts and written instructions are included in the pattern along with a tutorial for optional beading embellishment.

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

GRETEL

Gretel, by Julie Weisenberger of cocoknits is a seamless, A-line tank with a flattering cowl neck. We knit this one up with Euroflax for a little less transparency than the original design. A quick project with lots of possibilities – we’ve seen it worn over a tank or t-shirt or under a summer jacket / blazer.

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


 

HEMP FOR KNITTING – ALLHEMP6LUX

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This 100% hemp yarn from Hemp for Knitting is soft and surprisingly easy on the hands. One of our favourite choices for summer garments and bags, allhemp6LUX drapes beautifully and is incredibly strong.  It won’t pill, stretch, shrink, or fade and will only get softer with time and use. It can be machine washed and dried which makes it an easy care option for warm weather wear. Because each individual strand is dyed before plying, allhemp6LUX has a lovely saturated colour and luminescent sheen. A must try if you haven’t already!

Here are some projects we’ve knit with this yarn:

Cool Hemp Ponchette

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The Cool Hemp Ponchette by Lana Hames is an easy layering piece for summer. The hemp yarn lends a lovely cool heft to the piece and the combination of plain garter stitch and the wide lace border make this equally at home over jeans, a summer dress, or a bathing suit.

See additional photo and project details on our Ravelry page.

SIMPLE HEMP TOTE 

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The Simple Hemp Tote is an uncomplicated project that knits up quickly.  The bag is 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 works with most outfits. Still, we can see this knit in a variety of colour combinations – be creative! Note: Yarn is held double throughout.

Click here for additional project details and free pattern.

- Melissa

 

New in store: Butterfly Super 10 Cotton

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Although it’s been around for years, we’re sorry to admit that, until recently, we had not tried Butterfly Super 10 Cotton yarn and weren’t really sure what the fuss was about. After listening to many of our customers rave about its qualities, however, we decided to give this popular yarn a try and were so impressed, we immediately placed an order.  Although a little late to this particular yarn party, we try not to miss one and now have 33 colourways in stock with more on the way!

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.

A few project ideas below…

Groovy by Jumpercables Knitting

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(Photo: JumperCables)

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Groovy pattern (we’ve knit several in various fibers) and we’re looking forward to knitting up a version in Butterfly Super 10. The beautiful drape and sheen of the one pictured above has us sold – a perfect warm-weather accessory. Stay tuned for pictures of another Groovy store sample coming soon!

Zigzag Potholder by AimeeJessica

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(Photo: AimeeJessica)

I don’t crochet but, with so many fun and modern new patterns appearing on Ravelry, I’m feeling the urge to focus some energy on picking up this new skill.  I love the look of these Zigzag Potholders and envision them adorning my kitchen like little rays of sunshine.  Smaller versions for coasters!

Medano Beach by Heidi Kirrmaier

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We knit a store sample of Heidi Kirrmaier’s Medano Beach in allhemp6Lux a few years ago in black and white and it’s been a popular summer knit.  That said, a softer, more colourful version with Butterfly Super 10 like the one pictured above may now be in order :-)

- Melissa

Just added to our online store…

Knit Blockers

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An original idea guaranteed to make blocking your knitted projects easier!  Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers significantly speed up the blocking process and help maintain even tension across a wider area than individual pins. Ideal for blocking on straight edges like sweaters, shawls and scarves.  Made using tough plastic with sturdy, rust resistant stainless steel pins embedded along one side.

Purchase online here.

Camden Rose Knitting Tower

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The Camden Rose Knitting Tower enables young children, and even adult beginners, to practice the essentials of knitting. Children can begin to knit right away, as the birch wood tower holds the stitches while their fingers freely move the yarn. Best part of all is the choice between a tight stitch 6-pin knot or a stretchy stitch 4-pin knot. Includes small sample of yarn.

Purchase online here.

Louet Octo Drop Spindle

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A top whirl drop spindle with an octagonal shaped whirl – great for beginners or spinners on the go. Weighs approx 1.43oz (40gr).

Purchase online here.

- Melissa

New in store: Shibui Cima

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We recently added Shibui Knits Cima to our growing collection of lace weight yarns and we are in love with this gorgeous blend of fine baby alpaca and merino.  Cima combines sharp stitch definition with buttery softness and can be held single, double, or triple, to create smooth fabrics with clean lines, perfect for modern garments. Available in a palette ranging from vivid brights to calm neutrals (23 colours in stock). Try Cima on its own for airy lace pieces, or combine it with a coordinating Shibui yarn like Linen or Silk Cloud to create your own ultimate blend.

Here are a few project ideas to inspire!

June Bride Shawlette by Lidia Tsymbal

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(Photo: Lidia Tsymbal)

The June Bride Shawlette is a weightless and airy little wisp that is delicate and beautiful enough to gift to a bride or to wear as a guest to a summer wedding.  We can also see this paired with more casual outfits as a go-everywhere warm-weather accessory.

Arnhem Loop by Silke K.

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(Photos: Okei)

Arnhem Loop is a simple recipe for a very versatile infinity cowl which can be worn in many different ways. The original pattern uses an Isager lace-weight alpaca yarn but the version shown above uses 2 skeins of Cima in main colour (Ivory) and 1 skein of a contrasting colour (Fjord). We love the simple, nautical feeling of this one.

Monochrome | Aperture by Kirsten Johnstone

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 (Photos: Shibui Knits)

Focus in on this sophisticated cardigan from designer Kirsten Johnstone. Shibui Linen and Cima combine into a fabric with contrasting characteristics — crispness and drape. Wear this piece open, allowing the clean I-cord edges to ripple softly along the front, or wrap and fasten into a sleek, modern shape, complete with an asymmetrical collar.

Aviendha by Melanie Berg

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(Photo: mairlynd and MillieMilliani)

 Aviendha is an asymmetrical, two-colored shawl, worked entirely in garter stitch. Instructions are simple but the result is stunning. A great opportunity to experiment with colours and contrasts.

Mix No. 20 by Anotnia Shankland

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

Narrow stripes intersect at perpendicular angles in this striking cowl. An unexpected pop of color is right on trend. Cima and Silk Cloud held together give No. 20 its lightweight yet warm and incredibly soft fabric.

- Melissa

Learn to finish well!

Still a spot or two left in our Finishing class beginning on Monday morning!

FINISHING / FINITION DES TRICOTS (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
9 am – 11 am: March 16, 23, 30

Learn how to finish your project professionally. Different bind-offs, weaving in ends, seaming, picking up stitches for button bands and edgings, three-needle bind-off, sewing the underarm of a project knit in the round – all of these skills will be covered in this comprehensive finishing class.
Required materials: Two stockinette stitch swatches, approximately 6″ × 6″, a tapestry needle, enough yarn to work with in main colour and contrast colour, knitting needles in two sizes – the size used to work up the swatches and one size smaller. The third evening is reserved for helping participants with individual projects.

Call 514-486-5648 to register.

Free pattern Friday: Botanical Cowl

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(Photo: Megan Goodacre)

The Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre is a lovely springtime project ideal for featuring a special skein of hand-dyed or luxury blend yarn. It uses an airy double-eyelet pattern that provides beautiful drape and visual interest, and is edged by 4/4 ribbing. Instructions are provided for either a single or double loop size.  The cowl uses 247 – 274 m of fingering or sport weight yarn and the designer recommends Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk or Quince and Co. Tern.  We also think this would be gorgeous in Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cashmere/Silk Single, SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Fine, or Madelinetosh Pashmina.

- Melissa

Re-stocked: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton

A huge shipment of one of our favourite cotton yarns arrived last week just in time for baby blanket knitting season (something about the spring!). Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton is 100% certified organic and comes in a beautiful palette ranging from rich and creamy neutrals to intensely saturated hues. What better choice for babies?

Our cheerful and modern Chevron Baby Blanket is knit with this yarn – click here to download the free pattern!

Original version: 1 skein each of #617, #606, #615, #635, and #607

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Need a more boyish palette? How about: #607, #616, #615, #626, #634

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BSA Worsted Cotton is now available in our online store.

- Melissa

Look at us – getting all brand-y!

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First it was our Espace Tricot Eco Tote and now we’re on needle gauges! Not just any needle gauges, mind you. These customized little tools come from Nancy’s Knit Knacks, producers of the knitting industry’s most complete and accurate needle and hook gauge. They include metric and US needles sizes as well as crochet hook sizes. The lettering is clear and legible and will not wear off. Gauge won’t break or bend. Never again wonder what needle sizes you have in your stash should they become separated from their packaging or their markings wear off.  Also handy for measuring your needle and row gauges!

Now available in our online store.

- Melissa

New store sample: Simple Lines

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We’ve had our eye on the Simple Lines pattern by Maanel for ages and last month we decided to cast on a rustic interpretation of this shawl using Isager’s Tvinni yarn – a premier merino lamb’s wool that is soft and fine but with beautiful structure. The pure, natural look of this yarn works well with the spareness of the overall shawl design and the lace detailing on the edge adds just the right amount of interest and feminine flare.  Deep enough to be worn as a shawl and long enough to wrap around the neck and tied like a scarf.

View additional project details and photos on our Ravelry page.

Note: Simple Lines is a free pattern on Ravelry.

Stay tuned for two more versions of this project (some patterns just beg to be knit more than once) in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and Handmaiden Lino…!

- Melissa

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New in store: Kestrel from Quince & Co.

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We fell in love with  Quince & Co’s Sparrow last summer – a plain little fingering-weight linen yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. You may have seen the Westbourne sweater Lisa knit up or our popular (and free!) Summer Fling bag pattern designed for it.  This week we’re very happy to announce the addition of Sparrow’s big sister, Kestrel, to our inventory.  Kestrel is a new take on Quince’s simple Sparrow – still the same Belgium-grown organic linen but spun this time in a ribbon structure.  The yarn’s flat surface adds a slight texture to knit and purl stitches and the finished fabric has incredible drape.  And at at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch, Kestrel knits up quickly for satisfying projects that will surely be finished before summer is. Like all things linen, woven or knitted, items made with Sparrow and Kestrel only get better as you wash and wear them.

See project ideas below…

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Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen

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(Photos: Quince & Co.)

Hamlin Peak is a stylish and flattering cardigan that is worked from the top down. Swingy, fresh, and practical.

Sweet Pleat by HANNAH FETTIG

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(Photos: Hannah Fettig)

Sweet Pleat is an easy, no-fuss summer dress pattern with instructions for sizes 6 months through 12 years.  Note that all edges are “raw” because this garment is linen and edges can be ironed flat.

Sandshore by Alicia Plummer

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(Photos: Alicia Plummer)

Sandshore is a seamless cardigan worked from the top down. A clean mesh lace forms an intersection down the back, set slightly asymmetrically for interest.

Togue Pond by Pam Allen

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(Photos: Karen Templer)

Togue Pond is a simple top with a curved hem that dips slightly in back. A lovely uncomplicated shape with minimal embellishment.

Tolt by Veronika Jobe

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(Photos: Veronika Jobe)

Tolt is actually a simple rectangle that is magically seamed and folded to create a gorgeous summer tote with modern style. Brilliant!

Kestrel can now be purchased in our online store!

- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Binic

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(Photos: Solenn Couix-Loarer)

We have a sweet little boat-neck sweater pattern for you this week.  Binic, by Solenn Couix-Loarer, works equally well for boys and girls and makes an adorable everyday pullover for busy toddlers.  Knit with fingering weight yarn, Binic is lightweight and ideal over onesies and t-shirts for indoor coziness or as an outdoor layering piece.

Instructions are available in English, French, and Italian.

Size available: 18/24 months
Yarn requirement: 437 yards /400 m

A few yarns we recommend for this little gem are Lang Merino 150 (superwash merino), Koigu KPM (merino), Sweet Georgia Yarns ToughLove Sock (merino and nylon), and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (superwash merino).

- Melissa

Learn to Knit at Melons et Clémentines!

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Espace Tricot is teaming up with Melons et Clémentines to offer a special Tricot 101 class focused on preparing students to knit a simple baby project.  If you (or someone you know – spread the word) are interested in meeting other mothers and learning a new skill in a warm and supportive environment, then be sure to sign up for this 3-week class that 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 second class you will have all you need to begin a simple project and assistance will be provided in getting started during the third class.

When: Fridays, March 13, 20, and 27 / 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Melons et Clémentines, 5659 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4A 1W6, Canada
Cost: 100$ plus taxes
Pre-requisites: None
Registration required: 514-482-5248
info@melonsetclementines.com
Limited space, a minimum of 10 participants will be required to run the class.

- Melissa

Could spring be in the air?

After the winter we’ve had, it seems impossible to believe that we’ll soon be packing up our coats and heavy sweaters and putting them away for the season.  A visit to the Ravelry site may help to convince you, however, that warmer weather is just around the corner. There are some beautiful new patterns lighting up the “Hot Right Now” pages, creating a vibe of optimism that is hard to ignore. Below are just a few that have caught my eye in the last couple of days.

Admittedly, the prevailing palette is decidedly neutral which suits me to a ‘T’ but  may leave some of you feeling uninspired. If so, I encourage you to envision each of these patterns in the colours of your choice – their simple shapes will ensure they remain gorgeous no matter the hue!

Slope by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

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

Farmhouse by Cabinfour

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(Photos: Cabinfour)

Farmhouse is a cosy, effortless shawl perfect for wrapping yourself in to ward off the chill of early mornings, cool offices, and breezy evenings. The pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter but we think this would be luscious in Quince & Co’s Owl or Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran.

Liv Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

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(Photos: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Aptly named, Liv Light is an airy top-down cardigan knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. A relaxed and flattering layering piece that’s easy to knit and easy to wear.  This would also be stunning in Madelinetosh Pashmina or Classic Elite Firefly.

Square by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

This statement piece features a classic square neckline that is high in the front and lower in the back. Off-set, sheer, side panels give unexpected yet sophisticated flair. Shibui gives two yarn mix options for Square: Option A – Linen and Pebble / Option B – Linen and Cima. Shown here in Option A.

Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

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(Photos: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Lila Light is a beautifully shaped minimalist pullover worked in one piece from the top down. Knit here with Swan’s Island Pure Blend Fingering, we can also see this in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Shibui Staccato, Quince & Co Tern, or Woolfolk’s Tynd.

Tier by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

Elongated rows of dropped stitches stack to create a layered effect in this light and thin accessory. Designed for a variety of Shibui yarns and at two lengths, Tier is the ideal scarf. This pattern offers two yarn options: Option A – Twig / Option B – Cima. Pattern is available for free with yarn purchase – just indicate you’d like a copy at checkout.

- Melissa

Re-stocked: Bigger Boxy Bags from ZigZag Stitches

We received a new shipment of our coveted Bigger Boxy Bags on Friday and we’ve just made them available online here (also available in-store).

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Boxy Bags are handmade using designer Japanese fabrics. Each one is fully lined and beautifully crafted with reinforced seams. Great for storing and transporting knitting or craft projects, the bigger boxy bag will easily accommodate a shawl or small sweater. An interior pocket can hold notions and the bag itself will fit knitting needles or crochet hooks up to 8 inches long.  Approximately 10.5 inches x 5 inches x 5 inches (26cm x 13 cm x 13 cm)

Here are just two that I have in permanent rotation…love them!

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- Melissa

 

Re-stocked: Sylph from Jade Sapphire

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Jade Sapphire’s exquisite Sylph yarn is a delectable blend of cashmere and linen. The unexpected combination creates a soft and airy fabric that is both rustic and delicate with interesting texture and beautiful drape.  A perfect choice for wraps, scarves, and light weight garments!

13 colourways available in-store and online here.

Why not try it with our free Aisé wrap pattern?

Aisé

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Elegant and minimalist,  Aisé is a lovely all-season accessory.  Equally at home in formal or casual settings, this luxurious wrap is ideal for use in air conditioned offices and out and about on early spring days and cool summer evenings.

Pattern available in both English and French.

Click here to access download.

- Melissa