25 000 Tuques!


As many of you know, Canada will be accepting 25 000 Syrian Refugees within the next few months and thousands will settle here in Montreal and throughout Quebec. Danielle Létourneau, a Quebec Actor and Director was inspired to launch a campaign to knit hats to not only warm the heads of our new arrivals but to warm their hearts! Danielle was inspired by the welcoming gesture of placing a hat on a newborn right after birth and hopes to let our Syrian brothers and sisters know that we welcome them and care for their well being. The act of making something by hand and giving it to someone, for Danielle, is a gesture that symbolizes that you are part of our family.

Though the knitting of 25 000 hats is ambitious, Danielle says that, however many hats are collected, it will be a beautiful concrete action. Espace Tricot would like to help make this project a success and we invite you to knit a hat and attach a little handmade tag with washing instructions, fibre content and a note of welcome. Hats can be dropped off at the store, or if you are participating at a distance please send us a little care package!

We also invite you to join us during our Knit Nights every Thursday evening from 18h30 – 21h00 to knit your hat in community!

Click here to view the full article that appeared in the Journal de Montreal.
Click here to consult the 25 000 Tuques Facebook page.


–  Lisa & Melissa

Loqi Bags restocked + New designs

Our LOQI Bag collections have just been re-stocked. LOQI Bags are a strong, eco-friendly, water-resistant, and washable alternative to disposable totes. A fun and stylish on-the-go bag for all your knitting, crafting, and shopping needs! Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs!

We have 33 different styles in stock with three new ones from the MUSEUM Collection joining the party.

Shop all LOQI Bag collections online.

The Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh


Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue and Black – Piet Mondrian


The Great Wave – Hokusai


–  Melissa

New in store: Travel Gleener

The Gleener on the Gotravel_gleener1

We’ve made no secret of the fact that we are huge fans of the Gleener – The Ultimate Fuzz Remover. We’ve just added the Gleener’s spiffy new baby brother – the Gleener on the Go – to our inventory, a travel-size version of this indispensable product.

“Tackle fuzz on the fly with the new Gleener on the Go. Smaller than a glasses case, this travel fuzz remover is compact enough to take anywhere that last minute wardrobe touch-ups are needed. 3 fabric safe edges eliminate pilling while a built-in lint brush dusts away pet hair and dandruff. Keep one in your purse, car, briefcase or desk drawer.”

travel_gleener23 Fabric Safe Edges

Three fabric-sensitive edges remove pills and fuzz balls from any fabric, fiber or knit. Each carefully designed edge targets a different kind of fuzz ball — from big and bulky to super fine — reviving natural fibers, synthetics and blends. And they’re a cinch to attach and remove. Farewell, fuzz!

travel_gleener3Handy Lint brush

The Gleener on the Go is 2 clever products in one. The integrated lint brush picks up pesky pet hair in a flash, dusts away dandruff and can be used to beautifully finish any de-pilling job.

travel_gleene4Travel-Friendly Design

This pint sized fuzz remover is smaller than a glasses case and ready for travel. It fits in pockets, purses, glove compartments and carry-on luggage. It’s also ingeniously designed to store the interchangeable edges inside, along with quick Gleening instructions. Bon voyage!


Shop the Gleener on the Go online!

Free pattern Friday / New Espace Tricot Pattern!

Kigali Nights


Kigali Nights is a beautiful, vibrant wrap knit during Lisa’s recent trip to Rwanda. The shawl is a parallelogram with one end sloping more than the other. It begins with stockinette and short rows, which creates a gentle slope. Half-way through the pattern switches to reverse stockinette with short row shaping at the end creating a steeper slope. Knit with the incredibly soft and gorgeously hued Merletto laceweight yarn from the incomparable Julie Asselin, this shawl will wrap you in luxurious warmth and colour.

Click here for additional project details and to access pattern on Ravelry.

Pattern available in English and French.

Shop Julie Asselin Merletto yarn.


–  Melissa

New store samples: Entrelac Scarf & Cozy Ribbed Cowl

Entrelac Scarf


Allison LoCicero’s Entrelac Scarf is a perfect introduction to entrelac for beginners. Select your favourite Noro Silk Garden colourway and work up this gorgeous and intricate-looking scarf in no time – it truly is easier than it looks. There are great technique video tutorials out there and no reason to let fear get between you and this beautiful addition to your winter accessory wardrobe!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shop Noro Silk Garden online.


Cozy Ribbed Scarf


Classic rib meets dreamy baby alpaca in this easy, high-impact cowl. Exquisitely soft and heavenly to knit, Misti Alpaca Chunky works up quickly – especially on 8 mm (US 11 needles). Lady by the Bay’s Cozy Ribbed Scarf pattern couldn’t be simpler and begs to be knit over and over again in every colour of the rainbow. A perfect gift idea.

Note that we used a smaller needle size than called for to obtain a denser, more structured cowl.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shop Misti Alpaca Chunky online.


–  Melissa

New in store: Knitter’s Pride Royale Interchangeable Needle Set!


These arrived yesterday and are flying out of the store. Knitter’s Pride has outdone itself with their 2015 interchangeable needle gift set – available in limited in quantities for the holiday season!

Inspired by the City of Love, The Knitter’s Pride Royale Interchangeable Needle Set is a wonderful gift to give and receive.  This specially packaged set includes 9 colour-coded pairs of laminated birch wood interchangeable needles in sizes 3.5 mm/US 4, 3.75 mm/US 5, 4.0mm/ US 6, 4.5mm / US 7, 5.0 mm / US 8, 5.5mm / US 9, 6.0mm / US 10, 6.5 mm / US 10.5 and 8.0 mm / US 11, four color-coded cords in lengths of 24” (green), 32” (orange x 2) & 40” (red) and a set of cord connectors.  Each wooden needle has a striking striped pattern and is adorned with a shiny chrome-plated brass tip. All of the accessories are carefully packaged in a stylish Paris-themed silk fabric pouch that can be used for multiple purposes, and the set itself is presented in a specially designed box with pearly effect.

Available in store and on our website.

– Melissa

Restocked Pattern Books: Rowan Hemp Tweed & Magazine 58 en français

Hemp Tweed


A beautiful new collection of 14 designs by Lisa Richardson for men and women using Rowan’s New Yarn ‘Hemp Tweed’.

To view this collection as a video click here.

Magazine 58 – en Français


Winter 2015 is an exciting knitwear season with many catwalk collections showcasing knits as the main feature. The emphasis on yarns are brushed finishes, soft wools, mohairs and furs creating soft touch fabrics. To reflect the seasons trends Rowan are promoting Tranquil, Frost and the Essentials collection showcasing the key shapes for the season.

To view the collection as a video click here.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Father Cables


Father Cables by Veronika Jobe is a beautifully designed hat combining an allover textured stitch with interconnecting branches of cables.  Whether your tastes lean towards the fitted beanie or the hipster slouch, this pattern has you covered in multiple sizes.  A classic yet modern unisex hat perfect for the gift giving season.

Note: The designer indicates that the hat uses close to an entire skein (201 m) for the first two bracketed sizes. She recommends purchasing an extra skein, if you are concerned.


–  Melissa

Just added to online store: Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needle Sets!


I’m happy to report that the HiyaHiya interchangeable needle sets have now been added to our webstore. We also carry additional cables and individual tips available separately – these will be added soon!

HiyaHiya Bamboo Interchangeable SetS, LARGE & Small Sizes

Impregnated with resin for strength and flexibility, these needles feature keyless screw-on connections with flexible cases, near perfect joins and a smooth finish that is warm to the touch and light in your hand. The small sets include the following tips: 2US/2.75mm 3US/3.25mm 4US/3.5mm 5US/3.75mm 6US/4mm 7US/4.5mm 8US/5mm and 4 cables to make needles that are 16″, 24″ 32″ and 40″.  The large sets include the following tips: 9US/5.5mm, 10US/6mm, 10.5US/6.5mm, 11US/8mm, 13US/9mm, 15US/10mm and 4 cables (2 x 26″, 1 x 34″, and 1 x 42″).

Sets available in 4″ and 5″ tip lengths.

HiyaHiya STEEL Interchangeable SetS, LARGE & Small Sizes

Made of high quality stainless steel, these interchangeable sets feature keyless screw-on connections with flexible cases, near perfect joins, and a slick (but not too slick), smooth finish. The small sets include the following tips: 2US/2.75mm, 3US/3.25mm, 4US/3.5mm, 5US/3.75mm, 6US/4mm, 7US/4.5mm, 8US/5mm and 4 cables to make needles that are 16″, 24″, 32″ and 40″. The large sets include the following tips: US9/5.5mm, US10/6mm, US10.5/6.5mm, 11/8mm, US13/9mm, US15/10mm and 4 cables to make needles that are 16″, 24″, 32″ and 40″.

Sets available in 4″ and 5″ tip lengths.

HiyaHiya SHARP STEEL Interchangeable SetS, LARGE & Small Sizes

Like the regular steel sets, the SHARP sets are made of high quality stainless steel and feature keyless screw-on connections with flexible cases, near perfect joins, and a slick (but not too slick), smooth finish. The SHARP tips are especially great for increasing, decreasing, and intricate stitch patterns. The small sets include the following tips: 2US/2.75mm, 3US/3.25mm, 4US/3.5mm, 5US/3.75mm, 6US/4mm, 7US/4.5mm, 8US/5mm and 4 cables to make needles that are 16″, 24″, 32″ and 40″. The large sets include the following tips: US9/5.5mm, US10/6mm, US10.5/6.5mm, 11/8mm, US13/9mm, US15/10mm and 4 cables to make needles that are 18″, 26″, 34″ and 42″.

Sets available in 4″ and 5″ tip lengths.

– Melissa

New store samples: Cozy Hats

Fairy Snow Cap


Unlike most hats, the Fairy SnowCap by Rosemary (Romi) Hill is knit from the top down which makes for a great opportunity to learn a new technique! The whimsical lace is balanced by warm and cozy ribbing that gives the hat great structure. The giant pompom finishes the whole thing off beautifully.  Perfect in Quince & Co’s Osprey.

View additional photos and project details on Ravelry.
Shop Quince & Co. Osprey on our website.

Simple Pleasures Hat


The Simple Pleasures Hat by Purl Soho is one of the easiest hat patterns going, not even requiring DPNs or magic-loop to close the top. We opted to knit this version with Rowan’s Mohair Haze held double throughout for a slightly more substantial (and affordable :-)) alternative to the silk and cashmere original. The result is a deliciously soft and fluffy hat that is both warm and light to wear.

View additional photos and project details on Ravelry.
Shop Rowan Mohair Haze on our website.

– Melissa

Have you heard?

Espace Tricot now stocking Noro!


We are thrilled to finally be stocking these stunning yarns from Japan! Noro produces incredibly unique yarns, seeking to “harmonize natural unevenness, asymmetric patterns and complex color to portray the beauty of nature. Noro garments are art!”.

Noro is dedicated to carefully selecting materials to produce yarn that doesn’t lose its natural properties. Impurities in the raw wool are carefully removed by hand without the use of chemicals or machines. While this process prevents damage to the fiber, it is impossible to remove impurities as completely as chemicals and machines. That said, please don’t be alarmed if you find it necessary to remove the occasional piece of plant material from your yarn as you’re knitting along.

Noro’s colours are rich and strong and expertly worked together in gorgeous and, often unexpected, combinations. High quality dyes are used to ensure colourfastness and minimal discoloration, staining, or fading. The beauty of Noro is in its imperfection. Unlike other yarn, Noro is handmade and cannot be continuously spun without knots.  You may find a knot or two in your ball or hank. Don’t be upset, just go with it :-)

New store samples in Noro yarns coming soon. In the meantime, find some project inspiration below!

Shop Noro yarns on our website.

Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood (Free pattern!)


(Project photo: jared flood)

Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White


(Project photo: Sian Price-White)

Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson


(Project photo: susan b anderson)

Entrelac Scarf by Allison LoCicero (Free pattern!)


(Project photo: Heidi Pitre)

Spectra by Stephen West


(Project photo: westknits)

Windward by Heidi Kirrmaier


(Project photo: knitabulous)

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm


(Project photo: TangledYarns)

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig


(Project photo: LesserFrigatebird)

Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur


(Project photo: MagdalenaEska)

Baktus Scarf by Strikkelise


(Project photo: fanalaine)

–  Melissa

On the needles: Noro Taiyo scarf


Working up a fun, striped tube scarf in Noro Taiyo this weekend. Cast on 64 stitches on 5.5 mm needles and joied to knit in the round. Alternating yarns from two different colours (#66 and #76) every 4 rows, carrying yarns up on the inside. I figure 2 balls of each colour will give me ample length. Taking a break from my Doodler: Mystery Knit-Along project because I don’t like the way my colours are looking knit up and can’t decide on which one(s) to change…(maybe all of them?) :-(

Shop Noro Taiyo online.


– Melissa

The Knit Kit – Just re-stocked in time for the holidays


The Knit Kit is equipped with the eight most essential knitting accessories needed to accompany a set of needles and yarn in your project bag.

THE FRONT: The front of The Knit Kit contains a durable row counter and a smooth retracting 5ft. tape measure. The left side of The Knit Kit has a fully removable crochet hook for picking up that dropped stitch or weaving in an end.

THE BACK: The back compartment of The Knit Kit nicely houses sturdy, TSA Compliant, collapsible scissors as well as point protectors and three different sized stitch markers. On the back flap is a needle gauge.

Note: The Knit Kit is released in new colours every year. This year’s colours are Rose and Sky Blue.

Shop the Sky Blue Knit Kit online.
Shop the Rose Knit Kit online.

–  Melissa

Upcoming event: A CustomFit Party!


Join us on Friday, November 27th from 6 pm to 9 pm for a CustomFit Party!

Are you reluctant to knit sweaters because you’re just not convinced your finished garment is going to fit you properly? CustomFit is a custom sweater pattern generator from well known knitwear designer Amy Herzog that takes your choices, your body, and your specific hand-knit gauge and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you, so you get to make all the fun choices (“I want a long-sleeved scoop neck!”), without worrying about the hard ones (“How much ease do I need in my waist?”).  With CustomFit we can build you a pattern that fits beautifully – from hem to neck, and everywhere in between.

At this event we will take your measurements, put them into the system, and assist with all the steps needed to get you started. We will look at different yarn choices and help you to choose one that will give you exactly the garment you’re looking for. We will also start working on swatches and help with any questions you may have about selecting the pattern options that will work best for you.

It’s always nice to see what other people are working on and we hope that this event will inspire both new and seasoned sweater knitters to create their perfect garment!

There is a non-refundable $40.00 fee for the event which includes the taking of your measurements (in 15-minute private sessions), help with yarn choices, and the generation of a personalized pattern. The fee also entitles you to an individual follow-up appointment to have your swatch measured and your pattern finalized. Participants will also benefit from a 10% discount on yarn purchased for their sweater at the event!

Please note that this event is limited to 12 participants. Call 514 486-5648 to register.

We look forward to supporting you on your CustomFit sweater journey :-)


Free pattern Friday: Wheat and Chaff

This gorgeous pattern is only free until tomorrow – Saturday, November 7th. Hurry over to Ravelry and download it today!!!


(Photos: Matthias Stolzenburg)

WheatandChaff by Katrin Schubert is an amazing cowl created with two colours and just a single brioche pattern round! Knit with a heavy worsted weight (aran) yarn, instructions are provided for small (black and white) and medium (red and white) sizes  requiring 330 and 411 metres of yarn, respectively.

A spectacular gift idea!

Don’t delay, visit Ravelry now to download the pattern while it’s still free.

–  Melissa

New store sample: The Linde Shift



A simple and chic layering piece, The Linde Shift by Vladimira Ilkovicova for Blue Sky Alpacas looks great over everything from a buttoned-up shirt / blouse to a fitted tank or tee. Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight lends just the right amount of structure and drape and is a luxurious pleasure to knit. Worked in one long panel from end to end. Casual sophistication!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shop BSA Sport Weight and BSA Melange (same yarn in heathered colour ways).



–  Melissa

12 new Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. colourways!

Twelve gorgeous new Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. colourways landed in store this week – just in time for winter accessory knitting. A.S.A.P. is a 100% superwash merino wool, available in all of Madelinetosh’s luscious glazed solid colorways. Working up at a super bulky weight, A.S.A.P is perfect for last minute hats, mittens, scarves, and cowls as well as quick-knit sweaters and cozy wraps.

Shop all 48 of our A.S.A.P colourways online.
Browse project ideas on Ravelry!



Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire

Coquette Deux

Coquette Deux



Neon Peach

Neon Peach



Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl

Fallen Cloud

Fallen Cloud














–  Melissa

New in store: Hemp Tweed from Rowan


We’re excited to now be stocking one of Rowan’s newest yarns, Hemp Tweed, both in the shop and in our online store. Hemp Tweed is a blend of 75% wool and 25% hemp, the result of which is a modern tweed effect. The yarn is soft to the touch and a joy to knit. Wool and hemp create ‘breathable’ knitted fabrics which are cool to wear in warm weather and warm in colder temperatures. Hemp fiber is resistant to stretching so does not distort with use and naturally softens with wear – hemp does not wear out it wears in! Great for all of your worsted weight projects!

Shop Hemp Tweed in our online store.
Preview the Hemp Tweed pattern book on Ravelry.

–  Melissa

Okay, Stephen, you convinced me!!

Despite loving Stephen West’s Exploration Station mystery knit-along experience, I was on the fence about participating in his upcoming 2015 Mystery Knit-Along which begins this Friday – “no time”, I told myself, “too many projects on my needles already”,  but then I watched this and, well, he had me at “You just gotta cast-on. Be strong. / Baby, you’re a knitter. Not a waffle or a quitter” :-) Thanks Stephen – looking forward to joining the party! I think Mona, Samantha, and Amalia are on board too. Now, to pick yarns / colours…

If you’ve been convinced to jump on Stephen’s mystery knit-along bus as well then visit The Doodler: Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 page on Ravelry for more information. We’ll start a thread in our discussion forum so we can discuss, compare, troubleshoot, and mingle…! And, of course, we’re here to help you make your yarn selections…

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Long Jacket


It goes without saying that Lisa and I love every single new yarn that we bring in to the store. That said, every season, there are one or two that fall firmly into our “favourites” category.  This Fall one of those yarns is Nova from Lang – a superlight, chainette yarn, consisting of fine merino and baby camel. The camel hair lends the yarn a wonderful softness, beautiful volume, and gorgeous mélange colours. Lisa and I saw several garments knit with Nova at the TNNA trade show in June (including the one above) and instantly added it to our “must-haves” list. Despite it’s soft and airy nature, this unassuming little yarn creates a wonderfully substantial fabric with impressive structure, the kind you know will look great for years to come.

Lang has just added the cardigan above to Ravelry as a free pattern. In fact, 224-016 Long Jacket comes as part of a free e-book containing 4 patterns for Nova. Bonus!  We saw this cardigan knit in both the striped version shown above and in a solid charcoal at TNNA. They were equally gorgeous. :-)

Shop Lang Nova in our online store.

– Melissa

Slowly but surely…


…I’m getting our needle inventory added to the website. I know many of you have been waiting for the addition of this section to our online store and we appreciate your patience! For reasons to do with our point-of-sale system too excruciatingly boring to go into, this is a slow and tedious project. I’m excited that we finally have a process in place, though, and I’ll be adding new products almost daily until our full inventory is up. I began earlier this week with our Addi line which can be viewed here.  There are still many more products to come under the Addi umbrella so do keep checking back if you’re looking for something specific – I promise it will pop up eventually. Also, please note that French translations are in the works and will be added as soon as we receive them.

For all the Hiya Hiya devotees out there, be assured these will be added next, followed by Knitter’s Pride :-)

– Melissa

Freia Refined Merino / Silk Ombre Fingering now re-stocked (+ 3 new colours)!

Freia_Fingering_Dirty Hippie

(Colour: Dirty Hippie)

Freia Refined Merino / Silk Ombre Fingering (70% merino, 30% silk) is a smooth 3-ply yarn with a luxurious soft hand beautifully dyed in Freia’s stunning long-line signature colourways. This particular quality has been specifically developed to be lofty without pilling. Merino brings structure while the silk adds just a hint of sheen.

Shop all 18 colourways of Freia Refined Merino / Silk Fingering online.

Browse projects knit with Freia Ombre Fingering here!


(Colour: Grapevine)


(Colour: Lucas)

–  Melissa

New store sample: Melissa Scarf


The Melissa Scarf (how could I not knit this?) by Marla Mutch is one of the easiest, prettiest, scarves you’ll knit this season. It begins with just 3 stitches and grows with 5 simple “e” cast on loops at the end of every row. The picot is created by casting off 3 of those 5 stitches at the beginning of every row. We love the light and lofty fabric created by Malou Light (just 2 skeins!) on a larger needle. A winsome and warm accessory wearable in many different ways. No matter how you twist and wrap it, this scarf will look beautiful. And, did we mention? It knits up in no time at all.

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

Shop Malou Light.



–  Melissa

Back in stock: Rowan Loves…Creative Focus Worsted & Pure Wool Superwash Worsted

Our first shipment sold out instantly so we’re happy to let you know that this pattern book is back in stock.  As we don’t yet have a pattern section set up on our website, feel free to make your order by telephone – 514 486-5648.

Click here to browse all patterns on Ravelry!
Shop 53 colours of Pure Wool Worsted in our online store.


–  Melissa