Free pattern Friday: 164-3 Falling Leaves

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Although it’s not a very summery pattern this gorgeous blanket-style sweater just popped up on Ravelry and I thought it worth sharing! Falling Leaves by Drops Design is one of those simple profiles worked in a square, this one from the top down. Armholes are created as you go, sleeves are knit separately, and then sewn in at the end.  Worked with one strand each of Drops Alpaca and Drops Kid-Silk held together on a 5 mm needle. The result is a very pretty and cozy asymmetrical cardigan great for easy winter layering.  Use a pin or shawl stick to cross over the fronts and hold it closed. Or use these great removeable leather closures from Jul Designs.

Pattern designed for size S through XXXL

We have lots of Drops Alpaca in stock and, although we don’t carry Drops Kid-Silk, Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a perfect substitute.

– Melissa

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Scrumptious Baby Hat – Free Pattern

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Keri McKiernan’s Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat is a perfect project for leftover fingering weight yarn – and is especially nice knit here with Scrumptiouspurl’s self-striping colourways. Fresh and sweet, this teeny tiny top-knot hat makes a quick yet thoughtful gift. The pattern is designed for a newborn and took just 60 yards of yarn but is easily upsized – simply use the gauge to calculate the size you want, and make sure that it’s a multiple of 10.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Purchase Scrumptiouspurl Stripe Me Up sock yarn.

– Melissa

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New store sample: Diagonal Lace Scarf

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Although originally designed with fingering and sport weight yarns, we thought the Diagonal Lace Wrap & Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas would make an elegant scarf with gorgeous texture in Handmaiden’s Lino laceweight yarn. The pattern is simple but the result is luxurious and sophisticated and very versatile. A lovely marriage of yarn and project. Dressy enough for summer weddings but equally at home worn with a t-shirt and jeans!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here to purchase Lino in our online store.

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– Melissa

On the needles: Traverso Due

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I have so many things on my needles right now! From baby hats, sweaters, and dresses to this  Fall coat especially for me, a Holey Square in Handmaiden Lino, and the Traverso Due scarf / wrap pictured above (free pattern can be downloaded here).  Although my attention is flitting from one to the other, I’m making steady, if not speedy, progress on them all. Each project is enjoyable for different reasons and, although a complete departure for me, I’m all over the pink/peach/orange colourways in this combination of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (California Sunrise) and Madelinetosh Prairie (Espadrilles). The fabric created by holding a strand of Kidsilk Haze (mohair + silk) and Prairie (merino) together is light, airy, and soft and the merino lace yarn adds a satisfying heft to the piece. Unfortunately, we’re sold out of both of these colourways in store but I’ve put together some alternatives below that would be equally stunning.

Note: Scarf requires 1 skein of Prairie and 2 balls of Kidsilk Haze Stripe.


Prairie in Vishnu + Kidsilk Haze in Cool


Prairie in ANTLER + Kidsilk Haze in SUGAR


Prairie in CHARCOAL + Kidsilk Haze in Chiaroscuro

– Melissa

New colours from Tanis Fiber Arts

All of Tanis Fiber Arts new colourways arrived in store last week. We adore every single one of these new additions to the TFA palette and can’t wait to see them knit up.  All are now available in store and online but can only be viewed by name on our website until we can get photos from our photographer. In the meantime, here are some images borrowed from the TFA website.

We currently have the new colours in Green Label Aran, Yellow Label DK, and Red Label Cashmere/Silk Single.

Click here to order online.

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Free pattern Friday: Le Petit Parisien

Lisa put this little pattern together weeks ago and somehow we haven’t managed to get it up on Ravelry yet. We’ll have it up there soon but, in the meantime, here it is for your simple summer knitting pleasure :-) Knit with Habu Wrapped Silk, Le Petit Parisien is a light, stylish little accessory with gorgeous texture and Parisian flair!

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Le Petit Parisien

Yarn: 2 x 28 gm skeins of Habu Textiles Wrapped Silk 6p N-84 (color 9, light grey)
Needles: 6.0 mm

Gauge: 13 sts per 10cm / 4″
Dimensions: 95 cm x 43 cm (38” x 17”)

Notes:

This scarf is knit from the bottom up with a one stitch garter border and an increase at each end of every right side row. On the last row an increase is done every 3 stitches in order to gain more width at the top edge.

Pattern:

Cast on 3 sts and purl first row

Row 1 (RS): K1, M1R, Knit until 1 st remains, M1L, K1
Row 2 (WS): K1, Purl until 1 st remains, K1

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approximately 16 1/2 leaving enough yarn for last increase row plus bind-off.

Next Row: *K3, M1L*, repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

Bind off loosely knitwise on WS.

Weave in ends, block and tie!

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– Melissa

New store sample: Match & Move

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For meditative projects that are reliably satisfying and highly wearable, I’m a huge fan of Martina Behm’s designs. Match and Move is her latest and I immediately queued it as a good project to use up partial skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light I had leftover from several different projects. To really ensure it was a relaxing process in every way, I even saved myself the agony of decision-making about colour order by letting my 10-year-old son select the next colour whenever I finished one. This worked out so well, I might do it more often! I did run out of the Onyx (black) colourway on the very last repeat but just finished up the last 6 rows with Charcoal (grey) – no biggie, I think it looks great or, at least, not terrible. I’m not sure how much of each colour I used in the end but now that I’ve done this pattern once, I wouldn’t worry about having enough for each section if I were to do another one – I’d just put together a palette of yarns I liked and change colours as they ran out.

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

If you’re curious, photos of the projects the leftovers came from are at the end of this post.

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Below are the projects the leftover yarns came from:

Exploration Station

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Color Block Cardigan

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Happy Street

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22 Little Clouds

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Madelinetosh yarns are available in our online store.

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– Melissa

New store sample: Thistle

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Thistle by Lili Comme Tout is a simple boy’s sweater we couldn’t resist knitting in a classic, nautical style for summer. Though basic in form, thoughtful details like fake seams, slipped stitches, and waistband buttons add interest and keep this from being anything but boring.   We thought this would be a great project for Butterfly Super 10 – a high performing cotton yarn with a gorgeous sheen. Not only is it machine washable, but it won’t shrink or pill – an ideal choice for kid’s garments! Knitted seamlessly from the the bottom up.

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

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Pretty Enough Pullover

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The Pretty Enough Pullover by Alexander Nicholas is designed and knit with CoBaSi yarn – a cotton / bamboo / silk blend perfect for summer wear and a great all-season option for those allergic to wool. This stylish and simple sweater is knit sleeve-to-sleeve in two parts and then seamed together to create a relaxed top with plenty of ease (one size fits most). It uses less than two hanks each of two colors of CoBaSi and, at a gauge of 14 sts per 4″, can be finished in no time at all!

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– Melissa

…….and we’re back!

Lisa and I are home after our week away at TNNA – an exciting, exhausting, and incredibly rewarding week!  In addition to getting a first look at all of the new products on offer from industry suppliers, we also participated in some excellent business-focused courses that will help us to continue to grow Espace Tricot in all the right directions.  We learned so much and came back with so many ideas our heads are still buzzing a little! We were also treated to beautiful dinners among warm and generous company by Westminster Fibers, Estelle Yarns, and Kim Cole of Gleener fame, and enjoyed so many conversations with other retailers from across North America. The week flew by and, although we missed our husbands and sons, we could easily have spent another couple of days on “retreat” :-)

Rest assured that we will be reveal all of our new finds over the next little while – some sooner than later. In the meantime, a few things came in last week that we need to share…!

New Boxy Bags from ZigZagStitches

All of these are now available in store and online here.

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SweetGeorgia Re-stocked!

A fresh delivery of three of our faves from SweetGeorgia Yarns also arrived while we were away – two fingering (sock) weight yarns (CashLuxe Fine and Tough Love Sock) and one luscious lace weight (Cash Silk Lace). I’ll post project ideas for these shortly but, in the meantime, click on the links below the images to browse projects on Ravelry for inspiration – there are so many beautiful ones…

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Cashluxe FineProject inspiration | Purchase online

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Tough Love Sock – Project inspiration Purchase online

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CashSilk Lace – Project inspiration | Purchase online

– Melissa

We’re off to TNNA!

Lisa and I are off on our annual shopping trip to TNNA in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow where we’ll order mountains of yarn, notions, and accessories for the fall and winter seasons. TNNA is one of the largest industry trade shows of the year where retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, publishers, and designers all come together to show and discover new products, designs, trends, and techniques. It’s our mission to bring the latest and greatest on the knit and crochet scene back to Espace Tricot – new yarns, must-have gadgets, unique accessories, and more!

Blogging will be quiet through next Wednesday but stay tuned for exciting updates after the show.

:-)

– Melissa

New store samples

Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by CYNTHIA CUSHING

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We love the simple construction of the Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by Cynthia Cushing. Although this is essentially a rectangle (folded in half and then partially seamed along one edge), the designer thoughtfully addressed the tendency of stockinette to roll by knitting it  on the bias and incorporating an I-cord edge. Our version combines a glowing strand of Berroco Captiva with a strand of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk and mohair) for a luxurious wrap  that is open and airy and so very soft.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shibui Silk Cloud and Berroco Captiva can be purchased in our online store here and here.

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 Ship to Shore Shawl by Katie Rempie

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The Ship to Shore Shawl by Katie Rempie combines different stitch patterns and a larger needle size for a beautifully textured and lightweight accessory. This is our second version of this shawl; our first was knit with cashmere but we were curious to see how this would work with Sparrow from Quince & Co. As expected, the linen gives the shawl a crisp structure, lovely drape, and a cool, dry hand – all wonderful qualities in a summertime accessory.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Quince & Co. Sparrow can be purchased in our online store here.

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New store sample: Botanical Cowl(s)

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The Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre is a lovely warm-weather project featuring an airy double-eyelet pattern bordered by 4×4 rib at top and bottom. We knit both of our samples with Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk (Above: Salt Spray / Below: Turkish Delight) which is soft and cool with beautiful drape.  The designer provides instructions for either a single or double loop size – we opted to knit the longer versions for both but doubled the height of the grey / blue one above to create a more substantial piece and to maximize our yarn usage (1 full skein).  These make gorgeous summer accessories!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here to purchase Handmaiden Sea Silk in our online store.

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Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here to purchase Handmaiden Sea Silk in our online store.

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Outline

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(Photos: Hedgehog Fibres)

Outline by Beata Jezek is a brilliant pattern for showcasing your coveted, hand-dyed skeins of fingering (sock) weight yarns. Use up leftovers, use all new skeins, or combine remnants with new indulgences to knit this simple but stunning wrap. As the designer says “this wrap lets your yarns shine and your mind rest. It’s a very easy, enjoyable knit, with a great knitting rhythm”.

The pattern can be easily customized in terms of length and width and the sky’s the limit where colour is concerned. Try using yarns that are of similar weight for best results.

– Melissa

Chevron Baby Blanket Class

Still a few spots left in our Chevron Baby Blanket class beginning this Sunday evening – call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot!


CHEVRON BABY BLANKET (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Sundays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: May 24, 31, June 7

Chevron Baby Blanket

Come join us and knit our beautiful Chevron Baby Blanket. This simple pattern is ideal for a first time blanket experience; you will learn several skills while  creating a fun and modern project. Required materials: Worsted weight yarn – 5 colours at 140 meters each (or more if you wish to make a larger version) and needles required to obtain gauge (usually 5 – 5.5mm circular needles). Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off

– Melissa

New store sample: Davis

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Davis by Pam Allen is a simple, boxy pullover which perfectly blends stockinette stitch and Quince and Co’s beautiful Kestrel yarn (100% linen) in a modern silhouette . We love the fact that the nature of this yarn keeps the edges from rolling, allowing for an unstructured yet pulled-together look. An incredibly comfortable piece with great drape and a cool textureAlthough the wide profile is balanced by very fitted sleeves for esthetic balance, we felt they were a little too narrow for the average gal and increased them a little in size. All modifications are listed on our Ravelry page.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Buy Quince & Co. Kestrel on our website here.

– Melissa

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New store sample: Spring Lace Infinity Scarf

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The Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach is a lovely spring / summer project with a light, crisp structure. Knit with 2.5 skeins of Shibui Linen (20 colours currently in stock), the fabric is light and breathable – ideal for warm-weather wear. Although some will find it a little rough at first, be assured that this will become softer with every wear. The combination of leafy lace borders with stockinette and elongated stockinette sections creates a delicately textured loop that makes a pretty addition to any outfit!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shibui Linen is available in our online store here!

– Melissa

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Free pattern Friday: Sunray Shawl

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The Sunray Shawl by designer Dunkelgrün is one of those easily customizable patterns that lends itself well to adjustments in size as well as just about any yarn weight. Although the one pictured is knit with a fingering to sport weight yarn (370m / wingspan 65″), you can use any other weight (be sure to adjust your needle size) and / or knit additional repeats for a larger shawl. With a semicircular shape, decorative yarn-overs arranged like sunrays, and a picot edge, this shawl is pretty and feminine and beautifully textured.

The designer includes a link to a video tutorial for the picot-edge bind-off and notes that this pattern is suitable for beginners – including first-time shawl knitters, first-time lace knitters, and first-time picot-edge bind-off knitters – so, if you’ve been putting off trying out these types of projects, no more excuses. It’s time to take the leap :-)

– Melissa

Re-stocked: Woolfolk!

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The launch of Woolfolk last year by Kristin Ford took the knitting community by storm.  And after a stellar review of Woolfolk’s Får by Clara Parke’s on Knitter’s Review it sold out at many retailers within weeks. Thankfully, Kristin has increased production and we are happy to report that we are again fully stocked with all colours of both Tynd and Får.

Exquisitely soft and lustrous, Woolfolk yarn is made from Ultimate Merino®, an ecologically sourced and produced yarn which has been developed as part of a partnership between the Ovis 21 biodiversity and grasslands regeneration project and Patagonian farmers, the Nature Conservancy, and outdoor retailer Patagonia Inc. Ultimate Merino® has a micron count of 17.5, and combines the hand of cashmere with the wear of merino.

Woolfolk yarns are available exclusively at only a small number of hand-selected retail partners and we are honoured to be one of them.

Available in store and online here.

– Melissa