Re-stocked: Digital Row Counters & Jumbo Snap ‘n Go Cases



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.

Purchase in store or online here.



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.

Purchase in store or online here.

- Melissa

Project idea: Mira’s Cowl


After seeing a version of this cowl that  I had knit for myself in a very predictable (for me) shade of brown, a friend requested one for her birthday in this stunning plum / ultraviolet colourway. Although it’s not a colour I would have chosen personally (let’s face it, I’m all about the neutrals) now that it’s finished I can’t tell you how much I love it! So much so, I’m actually very sad to be parting with it this afternoon.  As soon as I can finish up some of the WIPs piling up around me, I may have to cast on another for myself.  Mira’s Cowl is a perfectly simple halo of colour that is lofty and warm and light enough to be worn indoors. A gorgeous accessory ideally knit with a coveted skein of hand-dyed fingering-weight yarn paired with a coordinating strand of something soft and fuzzy. For this luxury version I paired Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Fingering (cashmere/silk/merino) with Rowan’s ever-popular Kidsilk Haze (silk/mohair).

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here and here to browse or purchase these yarns in our new online store!

- Melissa


Stephen & Steven Tour: Wrap-up


Stephen and Steven and the Espace Tricot team just before opening our doors for the first trunk show (L-R: Stephanie, Samantha, Giovanna (front), Stephen West, Lisa, Steven Berg, myself (Melissa), and Mona).

While in the final stages of launching our online store last week, blog posting (well, everything, really) necessarily took a back-seat. Things have slowed down somewhat (just a moderately frantic pace now) and I’ve managed to go through our photos and select a few to give you a sense of our whirlwind weekend with Stephen West and Steven Berg.  What a treat these guys were. As nice as they are talented and flamboyant, the Steph(v)ens delivered on their promise to inspire and motivate our knitters. Feedback on their trunk shows and classes was overwhelmingly positive and the message we heard again and again was that these events encouraged many to want to relax with their knitting and take new opportunities to express their own personal creativity.  We saw renewed interest in experimentation – playing with colour, needle sizes, and gauges – and in embracing new ideas and approaches. So many went home and looked at their stashes with new eyes and new ideas and told us that their heads were spinning with possibilities. And they were not alone. We, too, are feeling re-energized and are already thinking of ways to change up our current projects to create our own unique interpretations of existing patterns – we call it the “Stephen and Steven effect”.

Huge thanks  to the Steph(v)ens and to our wonderful customers who participated with interest, enthusiasm, and open minds. We had a ball!

- Melissa & Lisa


The Steph(v)ens with Espace Tricot regulars and their gorgeous Silk ‘n Scribbles shawls!


Sunday morning Top-Down Shawl Workshop.


Wowing the crowd with gorgeous samples at one of two trunk shows.



Education and entertainment :-)



Stephen West modeling my current obsession – the Color Craving shawl (I’ve just chosen my SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine colours for this one) – and Steven Berg wearing / holding our Silk ‘n Scribbles store samples!


Assistance from the Master.



Stephen holding court.




Samantha wearing her nearly-finished Fringed shawl – a pattern by Stephen West. Just missing the, um, fringe :-)






Fondling the gorgeous tour yarns.



- Melissa



New in store: Espace Tricot totes!

et_tote Oh, how we’d love it if you showed your love for Espace Tricot with one of our pretty new totes! These sturdy, 100% recycled cotton bags are the perfect companion for grocery shopping, daily errands and, most importantly, carrying your knitting and crochet projects. Seams and stress points are double stitched for durability and bags are printed in the USA.

Available in-store and here!

- Melissa

Pssst….it’s live!

When we opened our doors 5 years ago, we never anticipated that it would take so long to launch our online store. Really, how hard could it be?  The answer, we’ve learned, is ridiculously hard.  We’re so happy and relieved to send our baby out into the world now and would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to all the people who helped us along the way – our amazing photographer, Robert Viau, our programmer extraordinaire (on speed-dial!), Shyam Ramani, and Stephanie and Françoise who assisted with workflow management and translation. Apparently, it takes a village to raise a website too. :-)

Visit us at and enjoy!!

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- Melissa 

Back in stock: Marblz & Knit Blockers



The Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Circular Needle Set is back in stock.  Marblz are lightweight and smooth yet exceptionally strong and durable. Acrylic is skillfully hand-mixed  to produce unique colors and patterns making each needle tip in this set a work of art.  The needles boast pointy tips, smooth joins, and a comfortable surface that provides just the right amount of ‘grab’ to allow for easy handling of slippery yarns.  Presented in a special black & white box which shows off the beauty of these needles, the set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11, (3.5 mm through 8.0 mm) four cables in lengths of 24”, (2) – 32” & 40”, a needle gauge, and a set of cord connectors.



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. Designed by knitters for knitters!

- Melissa

Please note: Store will be closed during trunk shows this weekend


Photo taken outside the Knitter’s Edge last week in Pennsylvania! :-)

As many of you know, we will be hosting Stephen (West) and StevenBe (Berg) this weekend as part of their winter tour and we couldn’t be more excited. We have tried to organize events outside store hours as much as possible but please be advised that we will need to be closed to the general public on Saturday, February 14th between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm and Sunday, February 15th between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm  (Note: trunk show begins at 12:30 on Sunday) to accommodate the ticket-holding trunk show audience. We will open promptly thereafter!

For class and trunk show participants, please try to arrive as close to your event starting times as possible – not too early. There will be wild amounts of set up and take-down going on as we prepare for each session and we will not be able to open our doors until just before events are scheduled to begin (i.e. 5 – 10 minutes).

We encourage you all to visit Stephen and Steven’s Facebook page dedicated to the tour to get an idea of the fun and creative weekend this promises to be!

- Melissa

New store sample: Early Autumn


Early Autumn by Cello Knits is a beautiful infinity cowl which is knitted in the round and then finished with Kitchener stitch for a seamless, double layered, effect.  Despite the double-thickness of the Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk, this piece is light and lofty, and ever so soft – like a fluffy cloud has settled around your neck.  A straightforward and enjoyable pattern for a perfect cozy halo of warmth.

All 14 colours of Brushed Alpaca Silk currently in stock.

Visit our Ravelry page for additional photos and project details!


- Melissa

New store sample: Silk ‘N Scribbles


Silk ‘ N Scribbles by StevenBe (Steven Berg) is a fabulously easy and effective wrap / scarf that can be paired with anything from a light sweater to a blouse or t-shirt  for a little added wardrobe drama.  Knit with 10 mm needles, this works up quickly alternating a superbulky yarn with a thinner sport weight equivalent for contrast. I knit this one on the weekend using Madelinetosh ASAP and Maiden Hair from Handmaiden Fine Yarns but last week Lisa knit up a gorgeous version combining ASAP with Alchemy Yarn’s Tweedy and Silken Straw held together.  Her version has been so popular with customers we decided to create several kits for easy shopping!  Apart from it’s stunning good looks, the true beauty of this pattern lies in the fact that it lends itself well to a wide range of yarn substitutions provided that the relative weights are more or less the same.  Think stash-busting!

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

If you’re joining us this weekend for a class or trunk show with Steven Berg and Stephen West and decide to knit one of these up – be sure to bring it along. I’m sure StevenBe will be thrilled to see all your versions :-)


- Melissa

Learn to make a hat!

Class begins tomorrow – still a few spaces left!  Call us 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot.

Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6 pm – 8 pm, February 8, 15, 22 / 18h à 20h, les 8, 15, 22 février


The Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho is the perfect project for anyone who has never knit a hat but would like to learn.  In this class you will learn to cast on and join in the round, knit in the round with circular and double pointed needles (or with the magic loop method), two ways to decrease, and how to make a pom-pom. You can also choose to use a fur pom-pom instead. If you have some time to knit at home between the classes, you will easily have a finished product at the end of the course. Required materials:  164 (baby version) – 328 (adult version) yards of worsted weight yarn, 3.75mm/US5 circular 16inch needles, 4mm/US7 circular 16 inch needles and 4mm/US7 double pointed needles (or sizes needed to obtain gauge). Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl.

Free pattern Friday: Heirloom Chevron Throw


(Photo: Fancy Tiger Crafts)

This gorgeous graphic Heirloom Chevron Throw by Jocelyn Tunney is the perfect decorative (and functional!) addition to any living room or bedroom. Simply knit in garter stitch using a series of decreases and increases, it works up surprisingly quickly on 6 mm needles. The throw is an ample size for two (52″ x 74″) but is easily downsized for a smaller lap blanket.  We think this is a perfect project for Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted (62 colours in stock!) – choose 6 of your favourite coordinating colours to blend or add punch to your decor and then settle in for some true comfort knitting.

- Melissa



(PhotoFancy Tiger Crafts)

Free pattern Friday: Traverso Due



(Project photos: Ilsebill309)

Traverso Due by Regina Moessmer is a gorgeous, wide scarf / shawl that’s a breeze to knit and will lend casual yet sophisticated style to all your outfits! Alternating diagonal panels of loosely knit stockinette and reverse stockinette provide luscious texture which will work well with just about any lighter weight yarn choice. The suggested gauge is 17sts with two laceweight yarns held together. You could also opt to knit this with fingering or sport weight, or like the version below, use a heavier mohair blend for a larger version.  I’m leaning towards Shibui Pebble stranded with Silk Cloud, Isager Tvinni stranded with Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or Drops Alpaca Silk. Decisions, decisions!

- Melissa


(Project photos: alexej)

Upcoming classes

We still have a few spots left in these two great classes beginning early February :-)
Feel free to call in and reserve your space by credit card – 514 486-5648.


Instructor: Giovanna Clementi
$150 for five 2-hour sessions / 150 $ pour cinq séances de 2 heures
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1
18h à 20h, les 4, 18
février, 4, 18 mars, 1 avril


Do you have a project you want to knit but are nervous to cast on because you feel it might be beyond you? Whether it’s a shrug, sweater, jacket, or wrap, this class is designed to support you from start to finish. You select your own pattern and yarn and the instructor will walk you through every step of your project from the perfect cast on to proper finishing. If you’ve already knit a garment, why not take this opportunity to take on a new, more difficult, challenge? Prerequisites: Must have completed some smaller projects such as hats or mittens. Required materials: Your choice of pattern, plus the appropriate yarn and needles.

Vous avez envie de tricoter un vêtement mais vous ne savez pas par où commencer? Ce cours vous permettra d’obtenir de l’aide du début jusqu’à la fin de votre projet, que ce soit un boléro, un pull, une veste, ou même un châle. Vous choisirez d’abord votre patron et votre laine, puis le professeur vous fournira l’aide nécessaire à chaque étape de votre projet. Si vous avez déjà réalisé un vêtement mais vous désirez vous perfectionner, voici une excellente occasion d’entreprendre un projet plus avancé. Prérequis : connaissances de base, avoir déjà terminé quelques projets de tricot (des tuques, des mitaines). Fournitures : choix personnelle de patron, laine et aiguilles à tricoter.

TRICOT 102 (Bilingual Class)

Instructor: Giovanna Clementi
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
9 am – 11 am, February 9, 16, 23
9h à 11h, les 9, 16, 23

In this class, you will be introduced to various knitting techniques and provided with tips and tricks used by advanced knitters e.g. different methods of increasing, decreasing, casting on, and binding off; buttonholes; picking up dropped stiches; working in the round, and much more. Required materials: Yarn of your choice (main color and at least one contrasting color), needles (dpns or circular, and one pair of regular needles), a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, a few stitch markers and a note pad. Pre-requisites: Tricot 101 / or you’re an advanced beginner

Dans ce cours, je vous présenterai différentes façons de tricoter et vous donnerai des petits trucs utilisés par les experts. Nous couvrirons : des méthodes variées pour faire les augmentations, les diminutions, pour monter et fermer les mailles; comment faire des boutonnières, reprendre des mailles, tricoter en rond, et plus encore. Matériel requis : Fil de votre choix (couleur de base et au moins une couleur contrastante), aiguilles à tricoter (aiguilles à double-pointe ou circulaire, et une paire d’aiguilles régulières), un crochet, une aiguille à tapisserie, des anneaux marqueurs et un calepin de notes. Pré requis : Tricot 101 / ou savoir tricoter

New store samples: Less is More & Garter Gaiter

Less is More


A simple, asymmetrical, sideways knit shawl just perfect for a lovely hand-dyed fingering weight yarn. We contemplated changing the moss stitch sections to garter but are so glad we didn’t. The moss stitch provides a more subtle texture which gives the fabric a beautiful sophistication and drape. As hoped, Freia’s new Refined Fingering Merino Silk yarn is a dream to knit with – incredibly soft with just the right amount of structure (18 colourways in stock).

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


 Garter Gaiter


A quick and cozy cowl with a strong sense of style! A very simple, knit-in-the-round pattern with a dramatic two-tone effect. We chose to knit this up with two skeins of  A.S.A.P. – a luscious new single-ply merino from Madelinetosh – and are very happy with the soft, lofty fabric. Can be worn alone or, for a closer fit, with a shawl stick or pin. We opted for a black leather closure from Jul Silver for some added “edge”.

We currently have a wide selection of Jul Silver closures and 38 colours of A.S.A.P. in stock!

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


- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Kiss Kiss Pouches


(Photos: Keeia Hicks)

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away but there’s still time to knit these sweet little Kiss Kiss pouches by Keeia Hicks designed to hold chocolate kisses or some other token of your affection! They’re knit in fingering weight yarn but are easily up-sized with heavier yarn and bigger needles.  These would be lovely in various combinations of Koigu, Freia, or Mille Colori Baby colourways.

- Melissa

The Ultimate Skill-Builder

Our Building Blocks Afghan course gets underway on Saturday, January 31st! This course provides an invaluable opportunity to develop your skills in a systematic and manageable way with 12 different block patterns, each designed to teach a new technique.  See details below.

Still some spaces available.  Call 514 486-5648 to reserve your spot with credit card.

BUILDING BLOCKS AFGHAN – INTENSIVE – (12-sessions / Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault
$336 for twelve 2-hour sessions /336 $ pour douze séances de 2 heures
9 am – 11 am, January 31 / February 7, 21, 28 / March 7, 28 / April 4, 11, 18, 25 / May 2, 9
9h à 11h, 31 janvier / 7, 21, 28 février / 7, 28 mars / 4, 11, 18, 25 avril / 2, 9 mai

class_building_blocksFor confident beginners and more experienced knitters seeking to improve and build on their skill levels
Building Blocks is designed to help knitters navigate through the major knitting skills, techniques and principles. Each of the 12 block patterns included in the course isolates a new skill. Knitters master each technique before moving to a more advanced concept. All of the techniques are supported with FREE online video instruction to guarantee success.  At the end of the series, the knitter is rewarded with an abundance of knitting know-how and 12 beautiful squares to assemble into a sampler afghan.
Required materials: Building Blocks pattern book (available in English only) and approximately 1400 yards of aran or worsted weight yarn
Minimum of 8 students required. Maximum of 12.

Pour débutants audacieux ou tricoteurs(euses) plus expérimenté(e)s désirant améliorer leurs habiletés.
Cet assemblage de carrés permet de se familiariser avec les principales habiletés, techniques et notions de tricot. Le patron de chacun des 12 carrés fourni dans le cours vise à développer une nouvelle habileté. Les élèves maîtrisent chaque technique avant de passer à une autre plus complexe. Une vidéo GRATUITE  sur chaque technique est également disponible. À la fin de la série, l’élève est récompensé par de vastes connaissances en tricot et 12 magnifiques carrés à assembler pour obtenir un plaid.
Matériel requis: manuel de patrons “Building Blocks” (disponible en anglais seulement) et environ 1 400 verges de fils de taille moyenne (“aran” ou “worsted”).
Minimum de 8 élèves requis, maximum de 12.

Free pattern Friday: Cozy Ribbed Cowl


(Photo: Lady by the Bay)

Sometimes simple is best. Worked in the round with super-soft Misti Alpaca Chunky (100% baby alpaca), this beautiful 2×2 ribbed cowl couldn’t be easier (or faster) to knit!  The Cozy Ribbed Scarf by Lady by the Bay is a great weekend project, ideal for TV watching or social knitting. Nothing complicated here but the look is both stylish and dramatic.

We currently have 22 colours of Misti Alpaca Chunky in stock :-)

- Melissa

Add socks to your repertoire!

There are still a couple of spots left in our next sock class beginning on Monday. Why not take this opportunity to build on your growing skill-set!


CUFF-DOWN SOCKS (English Class)
Mona Schmidt
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures de 1 heure
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: January 19, 26, February 2 / 18h 30 à 20h les 19, 26 janvier, 2 février

Learn about the construction of a sock, how to work from the cuff down to the heel, gusset and then toe. I will provide a simple pattern that can be adapted to your needs. If you feel comfortable doing so, you may use a pattern of your choice, just make sure it is cuff down. Required materials: Fingering weight yarn of your choice and needles required to obtain gauge (double pointed or circular for magic loop method). Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl, working in the round

Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot by credit card.

– Melissa

New in store: Addi FlipStix & Hiya Hiya Single Point Adapter Sets

Addi FlipStix


Fabricated from high-grade aluminum, these colorful ultra-lightweight double-pointed needles feature dual tips (each needle features both a Turbo® tip and a Lace tip for added flexibility of use). A revolutionary design, FlipStix™ are available in store in 6” and 8” lengths, in every size from 2 mm through 8 mm (US 0 – 11).

Hiya Hiya Single Point Adapter SETS


(Uses interchangeable tips)

Add even more versatility to your HiyaHiya Interchangeables with HiyaHiya’s Single Point Adapter Set. Create single point needles in a variety of lengths.  Total length varies based on the combination of adapters and extenders and your needle tip length. Single point adapter sets are available in SMALL (to fit needle sizes 2-8 US (2.75-5mm) or LARGE to fit needles sizes 9-15 US (5.5-10mm).

Set includes:
Panda Stoppers
3.5″ Single Point Adapters
2″ Single Point Extenders
3.5″ Single Point Extenders

Interchangeable Tips are not included.

- Melissa

Stephen & Steven Inspirational Trunk Shows


Stephen & Steven’s classes scheduled for February 14th and 15th are now sold out but, fret not, we’ve arranged two more opportunities for you to meet them!


Saturday, February 14th 10:30 am – 12:00 pm OR Sunday, February 15th 12:30 – 2:00 pm 

Come in and meet Stephen & Steven and see many of their designs up close and in person.  Hear their stories and be inspired to find the perfect yarn combinations for your next projects – you may even be able to get personal guidance from the masters! Stephen and Steven will also be traveling with yarns and memorabilia designed exclusively for the tour so save the date(s) and don’t miss out! Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited. Please call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot with a credit card.

Don’t forget to:
Bring a notepad to document your favorite looks.
Wear or bring a project you have completed for show and tell!

About Stephen & Steven

Stephen West is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After moving to the Chicago area, he caught the knitting bug and started designing patterns while epic amounts of wool infiltrated into his life. There was no looking back. He now lives in Amsterdam and travels frequently teaching knitting workshops throughout the United States and Europe. He creates his own series of popular self-published pattern collections and also designs for Malabrigo Yarns and

Click here to check out Stephen’s designs on Ravelry

Steven Berg is a fiber artisan that is armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to all who are brave enough to push the boundaries.  Berg began his career early as a young boy, furiously knitting lines of sequin dresses for a discerning clientele of Barbies in Wisconsin.  This naturally led him to become a star student in fashion design at both Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Following graduation, Berg found inspiration in the beautiful, fashion capitals of the world for many years, as a VP of design at Perry Ellis. His creative work experiences brought him back to his favorite medium again, the one that always inspired him the most, the imaginative world of fiber arts. Steven’s knitwear designs of ‘chunky funky’ creations have caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and stylists.  Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: ‘The possibilities are endless.’ ‘There are no mistakes, only variations.’ And always remember to ‘Glam it up!’

Click here to check out Stevenbe’s designs on Ravelry.

Project idea: Giant Luxury Shawl


This is another giant version of the Simple Luxury Shawl (here’s our first one) based on modifications provided by Pickles on their website here.  For this version I again stranded Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima (100% Merino) and Shibui’s Silk Cloud (a match made in yarn-heaven) but used slightly smaller needles. Oh, how I love this incredibly warm yet light-as-air shawl / wrap / scarf! It was meant to be a store sample but I cannot part with it because it is too delicious… Will reconsider in a few weeks. :-)

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


- Melissa

Still some space…

…in these upcoming classes!  For more information, visit our Classes & Workshops page. To register, call 514 486-5648!

Giovanna Clementi

$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6 pm – 8 pm, January 14, 21, 28 / 18h à 20h, les 14, 21, 28 janvier


THRUM MITTENS (English Class)
Corinne Goss
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, January 16, 23, 30


Amalia Siontas
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
10 am – 12 pm, January 18, 25, February 1/ 10h à 12h, les 18, 25, janvier, 1 février


CROCHET 101 (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
9 am – 11 am, January 19, 26, February 2 / 09h à 11h, les 19, 26 janvier, 2 février