New store sample: Lil’ Rosebud Dress / Tunic by OGE Knitwear Designs

We have another new store sample for you this week! How sweet is the Lil’ Rosebud Dress / Tunic by OGE Knitwear Designs knit up with Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK in the Rose Grey colourway? This a well-written pattern with round-by-round instructions and very simple construction. The yoke section is easy to memorize, but be sure to read carefully when moving to the body section as the rate of increase changes ;-). The Purewash DK is a dream to knit with – so soft and with great stitch definition. This organic, machine-washable merino is a perfect choice for kids knits! Note that the 12-month size left us with quite a bit left of the second skein – enough for a matching hat, bonnet, or even little legwarmers.

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

SHOP Purewash DK in our webstore.

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New store sample: Veronika by Shannon Cook

We’ve been itching to knit the Veronika up as a store sample since designer Shannon Cook first launched the pattern on Ravelry last July.  It just has so much going for it!  It’s cozy, casual, and stylish with rustic flare. We opted to knit ours with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and couldn’t be happier with this marriage of yarn and pattern. Veronika is a great choice if you’re looking for simple knitting – just ribbing followed by knit and purl rows. The back section is large, but once it’s done, you are so close to being finished. The pattern is very clear, with links to tutorials for techniques such as seaming and cable cast on. And, worked at this gauge, Shelter really shines – it softens up and blooms beautifully after blocking!

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

SHOP Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in our webstore!

Join us for an afternoon with JULIE ASSELIN!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2 PM – 5PM

In our continuing series featuring incredibly talented and successful local hand-dyers, please join us in welcoming the incomparable Julie Asselin to the shop on Saturday, October 14th, 2 pm – 5 pm.  Julie’s yarns are among the most sought after in our store and we have been excited to watch the growth and development of her company over the last few years.

We’re looking forward to hosting Julie and her husband, Jean-Francois, for the afternoon and are keen to hear about their approach to this industry and recent changes they’ve made in their dyeing process.  We will have samples of Julie’s various lines available for “tasting” and Julie will share with us a collection of samples knit up with her yarns. There will also be an informal Q & A session and you will be able to purchase two of Julie’s yarns not usually available at Espace Tricot.  NOMADE – the newest addition to Julie Asselin’s lineup – is a beautiful fingering weight (80% merino, 20% nylon) with a high twist and springy construction and comes in a generous put up of 500 yards per 4 oz. skein.  NURTURED is a wonderfully rustic worsted weight blend of Rambouillet, Targhee, and Merino wools.  We are so excited to see both of these ourselves!

And, of course, there will be door-prizes 🙂

Finally, on top of all this, Julie will also be running a dyeing workshop in-store from 6 pm – 10 pm. This 4-hour class requires registration and has an associated fee (see details below). If you’ve always wanted to know what the process of hand-dyeing was all about, here is your chance! Please note that this particular workshop will be offered in French only.

Yay – another perfectly yarn-y afternoon is on the horizon!


ATELIER: INTRODUCTION À LA TEINTURE AVEC DES TEINTURES ACIDES (Cours en français)
Julie Asselin
115 $
Samedi, 18h à 22h, le 14 octobre

Venez joindre Julie Asselin pour cet atelier de teinture. Elle va discuter avec vous des différents types de fibres, de leur impact sur le résultat final, ainsi que sur l’agencement des couleurs. Puis vous serez introduits à la teinture avec des teintures acides et les applications de la méthode à effet « peint à la main ». Le matériel nécessaire pour cet atelier sera fourni.


 

Podcast – Episode #12

Podcast Episode #12 is now up on YouTube! In this installment we talk about new and re-stocked yarns, our matching Oraefi sweaters, new store samples, our personal WIPs and FOs, and we take a little time to discuss our approach to deciding on sweater patterns to knit for ourselves.

We hope you enjoy 🙂 !

Remember, show notes can be found in our Ravelry discussion group HERE.

Click HERE to watch!

New and re-stocked: Scrumptiouspurl!

We’re so happy to let you know that we’ve just received a huge delivery of Scrumptiouspurl Stripe Me Up sock yarn along with the complete line of Scrumtiouspurl’s new full-skein coordinating solids!  Dyed on the same base, both are comprised of an 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon blend with a lovely tight spin and gorgeous sheen (400 yd / 365 m).  The solids have a beautiful and consistent tonal quality while the striped yarn is precision dyed to yield 6 rows per stripe on an average 64 stitch sock (some variation by knitter gauge is to be expected).  The solids are available in skeins while the stripes are each hand-wound into a beautiful work of art.

We currently have 34 Stripe Me Up colourways (6 new ones!) in stock along with 20 solids. Have fun picking your combinations! Below are a few of our faves. 🙂

SHOP all Scrumptiouspurl yarns in our webstore!






–  Melissa

New store sample: Entwine Scarf by Jane Richmond

A gorgeous pattern from designer Jane Richmond, Entwine is a breeze to knit and makes for a quick, fun, and satisfying project. Although casual in style, the scale of the yarn and stitch pattern lend dramatic flare and make it a high-impact addition to any winter accessory wardrobe! Knit with just two skeins of Cascade Magnum.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry project page!

SHOP Cascade Magnum in our webstore.

–  Melissa

JOIN US FOR AN AFTERNOON WITH TANIS OF TANIS FIBER ARTS!

Saturday, September 30th, 2 pm – 5pm

Join us in welcoming hand-dyer extraordinaireTanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts, on Saturday, September 30th from 2 pm – 5pm!

To say that we are thrilled to now be carrying Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash yarns (in Fingering, DK, and Worsted weights) would be an understatement! We’ve long considered ourselves very lucky to be the only retail store stocking TFA yarns and we are especially excited now to have this new, environmentally conscious, collection on our shelves. TFA PureWash yarns are sourced from organic farmers and then treated with a GOTS certified organic descaling process that makes it washable without the use of any chemical or polymer coatings. The fiber is then spun locally and dyed by TFA in their stunning signature colourways.  The result is soft, bouncy, and wooly yarn which retains its loftiness and merino memory.

We are so looking forward to hosting Tanis at Espace Tricot and can’t wait to learn more about how she and her husband (and main TFA dyer) went about researching and developing the PureWash line!

Join us in store beginning at 2 pm on September 30th for a TFA PureWash yarn tasting – experience the pleasure of knitting with this beautiful yarn first-hand!  At 3 pm, Tanis will talk to us about the development and unique nature of PureWash yarns as well as her dyeing process. And for a little inspiration, she will also bring several knitted items for show and tell. There will be an informal Q & A session and you will be able to purchase TFA colourways not normally available at Espace Tricot (yes, SPECKLES!!!).

There will also be door-prizes – three lucky visitors will win a complete set of TFA accessories including scissors, markers, a tape measure, gauge ruler, notebook, and a tote!

We can’t think of a better way for a fiber lover to spend a Saturday afternoon!

We hope to see you there 🙂

– Melissa, Lisa, and the ET Team

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New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Au Chalet

We have a new free pattern for you today, just in time for the cooler weather! Au Chalet is a simple and cozy blanket featuring large and small cables interspersed with squishy garter stitch and framed with a border of easy ribbing and garter stitch ridges. We designed this throw (finished measurements: 54″ x 66″) with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted – a superwash yarn – for easy care and maintenance. Snuggle up with this beauty as the days get colder and shorter and stay toasty warm all winter long!

Download pattern – [English][French]

SHOP Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in our webstore!

–  Melissa

Inventory 2017 is in the books!

Whew! We completed our annual inventory this past Sunday and Monday and it was all hands on deck to count, organize, and tidy 42,000 + items! There were 10 of us working 12 hours on Sunday and 15 hours on Monday and when Lisa, Francoise, and I closed the door at two in the morning on Day 2 we were equal parts exhausted and elated.  We don’t know about you, but there are few things that make our hearts sing more than a clean and shiny yarn store! Every single member of the Espace Tricot team brought their A-game to the daunting, and sometimes overwhelming, inventory process and we can’t thank them enough for their conscientiousness, attention to detail, and straight-up work ethic. Not to mention their good humour!

Bring on Fall and cooler temperatures – we’re ready for the new knitting season and hope you are too! There are new yarns arriving daily and things are getting super-exciting around here.

A few (okay, a lot) of pretty photos below to give you a sense of how things are looking in-store at the moment. Enjoy the eye-candy / yarnporn.

🙂

–  Melissa


 

New in store: Interchangeable Needle Kits and Crochet Sets from TULIP!

As we mentioned after our visit to the Needle Arts Trade Show in June, Lisa and I have fallen in LOVE with products by the Japanese company TULIP.  We promptly purchased ourselves interchangeable needle sets on the spot and have enjoyed working with them all summer. From the finely honed tips to the swivel joins and flexible cords, these are pure joy – and this from two die-hard metal needle users! We are excited to have these on our store shelves now and know that many of you will be as smitten as we are with these compact yet incredibly complete sets (Tulip has thought of everything!). And if crochet is your thing, we have Tulip sets for that too 🙂 .


TULIP Carry C Long Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Set

Never be caught without the right size knitting needle again! Tulip’s Carry C Long Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Sets include 11 needle tips, from size 3.5 mm to 9 mm (US4 – US13), and three lengths of cord. The bamboo tips are warm and ultra-smooth. Carry C Sets also feature a unique swivel cable join equipped with a rubber ring that requires no tools for connecting and which will not loosen while knitting. This set features longer tips (12 cm / 4.75 inch) perfect for those preferring a longer grip.  An elegant, compact, faux leather carrying case completes this beautiful and thoughtfully produced knitting needle kit!

11 Needle Tips:
3.5 mm (US 4) to 9 mm (US 13)

3 Cables:
20 inches (51 cm) with needles
24 inches (60 cm) with needles
32 inches (80 cm) with needles

Accessories:
An adapter to connect two cables to create a longer one
6 end stoppers to secure your knitting while using needle tips for another project
2 tapestry needles for various weights of yarn
A needle gauge with built-in yarn cutter
A soft grey, faux leather carrying case with polka dot interior and zipper closure
Closed case measures 5 x 6¾ x 1 inches (13 x 17 x 2.5 cm)

SHOP the Tulip Carry C Long Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Set in our webstore.


TULIP Carry C Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Set

The Tulip Carry C Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Set is the same as the Carry C Long set except that it has shorter-length tips (9.5 cm / 3.75 inches) and includes a 16″ cord in lieu of the 20″ cord included in the long set – this makes it a very versatile kit option – a perfect choice for smaller in-the-round projects as well anything else your heart desires 🙂

11 Needle Tips:
3.5 mm (US 4) to 9 mm (US 13)

3 Cables:
16 inches (40 cm) with needles
24 inches (60 cm) with needles
32 inches (80 cm) with needles

Accessories:
An adapter to connect two cables to create a longer one
6 end stoppers to secure your knitting while using needle tips for another project
2 tapestry needles for various weights of yarn
A needle gauge with built-in yarn cutter
A soft metallic bronze, faux leather carrying case with purple felt interior and zipper closure
Closed case measures 5 x 6¾ x 1 inches (13 x 17 x 2.5 cm)

SHOP the Tulip Carry C Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Set in our webstore.


Limited Edition Tulip ETIMO Bouquet Lace Crochet Hook Set

The Limited Edition Tulip ETIMO Bouquet Lace Crochet Hook Set from Tulip features silver hooks with gold tips and pink cushion grip handles.

Hook sizes included:

No.0 – 1.75mm
No.2 – 1.50mm
No.4 – 1.25mm
No.6 – 1.00mm
No.8 – 0.90mm
No.10 – 0.75mm
No.12 – 0.60mm
No.14 – 0.50mm.

The set also contains nickel plated scissors made in Italy and and three tapestry needles. The case is made with a with a revival French antique fabric made of cotton linen and includes space for 5 additional hooks!

SHOP Limited Edition Tulip ETIMO Bouquet Lace Crochet Hook Sets in our webstore.


TULIP ETIMO Rose Crochet Hook Set

Tulip’s ETIMO Rose Crochet Hook Set with cushion grip features 10 beautifully crafted ergonomic hooks with smooth polished aluminum hooks. The Set includes a two different sized tapestry needles for weaving in ends and Italian made scissors with pink gold plating. An elegant faux leather ostrich style case will keep your set safe and organized.

Hook sizes included in this set:

2.0 mm
2.2 mm
3.5 mm
3.0 mm
3.5 mm (Size E)
4.0 mm (Size G)
4.5 mm
5.0 mm (Size H)
5.5 mm (Size I)
6.0 mm (Size J)

SHOP the TULIP ETIMO Rose Crochet Hook Set in our webstore.

–  Melissa

New and re-stocked: Bookhou, Brooklyn Tweed, Freia, JesabelleB, Katrinkles, Lykke, Cocoknits!

If you’ve been following us on Instagram lately, then you’ll know we’ve enjoyed a super-busy summer full of travel and change!  As a result, our blog has suffered some neglect over the last months and we’ve not been posting updates here as frequently as we have on Instagram and Facebook. If our blog is your primary way of keeping up with what’s new in store, below is a round-up of new and re-stocked products you may have missed hearing about. 🙂


Espace Tricot Enamel Pin

Bling ✨for your project bag! Show your love for Espace Tricot with one of our new enamel pins on gold metal. Oooh La La! Pins measure 1.25” x 1.25”.


Cocoknits Books and Tools

Sweater Workshop Book

This is one of the best-selling books we’ve ever carried and for good reason! With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger has compiled nine sweater designs into the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. These patterns employ the same simple, seamless, top-down styling techniques we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits. More than just a collection, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized chart. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion. In addition to the patterns, Julie has dedicated a section of the book to an in-depth guide to choosing the right patterns for your figure type with considerations for colorwork, textured stitches, and hemlines all working in concert to create the right silhouette for you.

Sweater Worksheet Journal

A perfect companion to the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop book (although not required), the Cocoknits Sweater Worksheet Journal is part of a system for knitting seamless, tailored sweaters from the top down, called the Cocoknits Method. Cocoknits Sweater Worksheets make knitting sweaters using the color-coded Cocoknits Method virtually carefree, with very little counting required. Once you fill it in, it allows you to work the shaping of the yoke of any seamless, yoked sweater pattern easily and without referring to written-out instructions. These Worksheets can also be used with any seamless, yoked sweater pattern even if the pattern is not from Cocoknits. The Sweater Worksheet Journal contains 24 blank Worksheets and it becomes a diary of your sweater-knitting history. All the information – from date begun and finished, yarns used, gauge, pattern source – is recorded in its pages for future reference.

Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit

Use the Cocoknits Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit in lieu of scrap yarn whenever you need to hold live stitches. The threaded needles allow you to knit off of your leather cord – from whichever end you need to!

The kit contains:

  • two interior-threaded needles made of nickel plated steel
  • three lengths of leather cord
  • one long – for holding sts of sweater body (59 in/150 cm)
  • two short – for holding sts of sleeves (29.5 in /75 cm)
Precious Metal Stitch Markers

Not just silver anymore! Cocoknits Precious Metal Stitch Markers are finished with gold, silver and copper colouring! The stitch markers are steel based, so still attach to your Knitter’s Keep, Magnetic Concrete Tray or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 6 each of three sizes in each of three finishes, 54 markers total. They come in a cute-as-a-button kraft box secured with the click of a magnet!

SHOP all Cocoknits products!


Brooklyn Tweed Vale

Vale is the laceweight member of Brooklyn Tweed’s all-American, breed-specific core line. This yarn begins on the Wyoming plains with 100% Rambouillet fleece, grown by sheep that trace their lineage to medieval France, where this offshoot of the merino was prized as the king of breeds. Rambouillet is even loftier and bouncier than merino, and it’s spun worsted for a soft, springy, durable two-ply yarn that yields ethereal accessories.

Scoured and combed into buttery smooth, consistent top in South Carolina, the wool travels north to Maine for spinning at an historic mill and dyeing at an eco-friendly facility nearby. Vale’s custom palette of 14 shades shares some touchstone colors with the Arbor line and fills in with sophisticated softer tones.

Vale is a polished yarn with an even weight and twist, suitable for heirloom-quality lace projects. 100% Wyoming-grown Rambouillet wool / 50g / 411 m / 450 y

SHOP Vale and other Brooklyn Tweed yarns in our  webstore!


Lykke Interchangeable Needle Sets with 3.5″ Tips

Made of strong birch wood, the LYKKE Driftwood needles are smooth and light and are a true pleasure to work with. This “short” set includes includes 3.5 inch tips in 9 sizes – 3.25 mm through 6.5 mm (US3 – US10.5), and 4 cords to make 16″ (2), 20″ and 24″ inch circulars, plus connectors, keys and stoppers. Perfect for cowls, hats, and other small circumference projects knit in the round and for those who find shorter needle tips more comfortable to knit with generally. Packed in a beautiful, high quality grey waxed denim case. The perfect knitter’s gift!

SHOP all Lykke needle sets.


Prismatic ESSENTIAL COLOUR MINI Mini Skein Sets from SweetGeorgia

This very special “essential” colour mini-mini yarn set from SweetGeorgia Yarns contains 12 colours of Tough Love Sock, each approximately 50-52 yards for a total of at least 600 yards. What’s a “mini-mini skein”? It’s half the size of SweetGeorgia’s Party of Five mini-skeins! The colours in this set include Cherry, Cayenne, Pumpkin, Dutch, Saffron, Pistachio, Basil, Beach House, Sapphire, Empress, Grape Jelly and Raspberry. These will look great together in one big rainbow-coloured project or break them up to add accents to your other knit projects.

SHOP Prismatic Sets in our online store.


Needle Storage Cases from JesabelleB

Fixed Circular Needle Case

Have you seen JesabelleB’s new fixed circular needle cases made with either sturdy blue denim with striped cotton pockets or gray denim with checkered cotton? Perfect for wrangling your needle collection into submission! These feature 18 pockets to store your needles (they can be stored in their original package or loosely and can be placed with needle points up or down) but the pockets are large enough to store two needles each – increasing the capacity of this case to 36 circular needles!

SHOP all JesabelleB products in our webstore.

Double Pointed Needle Case

And JesabelleB now also offers help for managing your DPN collection! These beautifully crafted double pointed knitting needle cases are in the shop and our webstore in blue denim with striped cotton pockets or grey denim with checkered cotton. Each case feastures 22 pockets to accommodate DPN sets from 1mm up to 10mm. Two leather straps help to hold needles in place. On the left side, there is a lined pocket separated in two to store little scissors, markers and finishing needles or other small notions. Brilliant!

SHOP all JesabelleB products in our webstore.


Freia Fibers Fingering Shawl Balls

Don’t they look amazing? Like candy 🍭! Freia Fingering Shawl Balls have just been re-stocked! A single-ply yarn with a luxurious soft hand beautifully dyed in Freia’s stunning signature colourways. Specifically developed to be lofty without pilling. Luscious, lovely 100% US merino. 100% merino / 100g / 393 m / 430 y

SHOP Freia Shawl Balls!


Bookhou Box Totes and Wedge Pouches

Box Totes

Beautiful box tote bags featuring Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints are back in stock! This tote can be left open or you can use the leather tie as a closure and to cinch in the sides. Makes a great project bag! 100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining and leather handles.

SHOP Bookhou Box Totes!

Wedge Pouches

New in store are Bookhou’s prints on a great companion pouch / clutch perfect for holding your essentials. Original drawings are printed on 100% linen. Pouches feature cotton canvas lining and brass metal zippers. Approximate dimensions: W 9.5″ x H 4.5″ x D 3.5″.

SHOP Bookhou Wedge Pouches.


TOOLS and Buttons from Katrinkles

This custom gauge ruler / keychain from Katrinkles for Espace Tricot makes a great gift for your best knitting friend and a useful tool for your own knitting bag! Right?! 💖💖💖

SHOP Gauge Ruler Keychain.

Kitchener Stitch Keychain

Who doesn’t need a little Kitchener stitch refresher now and again? With these lightweight, 2.5″ square, custom tools created for us by Katrinkles, you can have instructions for grafting live stitches at your fingertips at all times! Keep it on your keychain, inside your knitting bag, or hang it directly on your project bag.

SHOP Kitchener Keychain.

Buttons!

How sweet are these stitchable bamboo buttons from @katrinkles?! A great way to personalize garments, add color to baby and children’s items, or embellish your accessories with a special touch. Washer and dryer safe (although they will probably last longer with hand-washing). From sheep to sugar skulls, bees to owls, there’s something for everyone in this collection.

SHOP all Katrinkles products in our webstore!


Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles

Our inventory of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles was recently re-plenished with all the old favourites plus plenty of new colours. Squishy and soft, with just the right amount of twist, this yarn will work for any fingering weight pattern, especially Stephen West designs for lightweight yarns. Randomly dyed to prevent striping or pooling, as much as possible, this Skinny Singles create a variegated effect that looks good in plain stockinette or advanced stitch motifs. Go ahead, find your fade 🙂
100% merino / 100g / 366 m / 400 y

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our online store!

TRUNK SHOW: CAPSULE | Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed

We are thrilled to be hosting samples from Brooklyn Tweed’s recent collaboration with Michele Wang in the store this week! It will be with us through Sunday (August 13th), after which we will sadly need to send it on its travels. If you’re a fan of Brooklyn Tweed yarns, Michele Wang, and / or cables, then the patterns in this collection are a must-see. CAPSULE | Michele Wang is an exquisitely conceived and executed offering of designs that is sure to inspire and challenge all knitters – from the the advanced beginner to the truly adventurous. Skill level ratings for the patterns range from 2 / 5 to 5 / 5.

From Brooklyn Tweed…

“In the second volume of CAPSULE, a collection in which [Michele Wang] translates our woolen-spun American yarns into modern loungewear. From sleekly minimalist to opulently textured, Michele explores a range of possible fabrics and forms with strikingly chic results. The eight pieces in this collection will redefine cozy living and provide hours of satisfying knitting.”

While we are currently sold out of the CAPSULE book, as with all Brooklyn Tweed designs, patterns can be purchased as individual PDF downloads on Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Brooklyn Tweed yarns in our webstore.

 – Melissa

Off the needles: Lumpy Space by Stephen West

Oh, how we love Stephen West patterns!  Fun and engaging from beginning to end and there’s always something new to learn. I knit this version of Lumpy Space with Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles for a perfect marriage of yarn and project. Watching the interplay of the beautiful colourways (Pheasant, Stone, and Graphite) was pure pleasure as the piece grew – the luscious single-ply yarn seems to glow from the inside and the overall effect is warm and moody.  This turned out to be a surprisingly quick knit, considering the size, and the unique elongated shape makes it a versatile accessory that can be worn as a wrap or scarf.

I opted to use three colours instead of four and three skeins of Skinny Singles was more than sufficient to finish the pattern to the full size. See project notes on Ravelry for information on my stripe sequence.

While we currently have lots of Stone and Pheasant in store, Graphite sold out during our recent sale. No worries, though, if this combination appeals to you, simply substitute any dark charcoal, black, or even dark brown yarn for a similar effect!  🙂

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

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore.

–  Melissa

New in store: Chevron Baby Blanket Kits!

We’ve been thrilled to see nearly 5000 versions of our Chevron Baby Blanket posted to Ravelry over the last few years and it makes us so happy to think of all of the little babies around the world wrapped in these cozy, graphic stripes.  We’ve long been planning to put together kits for this pattern and, a mere 4 years after publishing it, we’ve finally managed!  The four versions we’ve curated below are perfect for those who want a decidedly girl or boy blanket as well as for those seeking a more neutral palette.

Created with Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton, this blanket is a cheerful and modern addition to any baby’s collection. Easy-peasy and fun to knit, it’s a great size for strollers and car-seats and little ones will love the soft, cool feel of this environmentally friendly yarn.

Each kit contains the pattern and 1 skein each of 5 different colourways.
The finished blanket measures approximately 27.5″ x 36″.

SHOP the Chevron Baby Blanket Kits in our webstore!


Yin


Yang


Yin/Yang


Yin-Yang Modern


Video Tutorial

Although a very simple design, the Chevron Baby Blanket pattern uses one or two stitches that have confused some beginner knitters.  We’re happy to let you know that a video tutorial explaining all aspects of the blanket from long-tail cast-on to casting off and blocking has been published to YouTube by iKNITS. We hope many of you will find this helpful!

Watch it on YouTube HERE.

We’re 7! Our Anniversary Sale begins tomorrow…

We’re 7! Time to celebrate!

To say it has been an incredible year for Espace Tricot would be an understatement
and, as we reflect on how far we’ve come, we are feeling so much love and gratitude for
the generosity and support this community has shown us as we’ve grown our fledgeling enterprise. We are excited to see what the future holds and look forward to taking
our little venture to new heights as we move into the next year of business.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

Merci infiniment!

  – Melissa & Lisa

IN STORE ONLY

-25%
Spud and Chloe Sweater
Rowan Felted Tweed
Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed
Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow and Green label
Juniper Moon Findley
Schoppel Wolle Zauberball
Ella Rae Lace DK

-40%
HiKoo Simply Worsted
HiKoo Cobasi
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk
Habu Textiles Fine Merino
Jade Sapphire
Lang Nova


Sept ans déjà : c’est le temps de célébrer!

Le moins qu’on puisse dire, c’est que l’année qui se termine a été absolument extraordinaire pour Espace Tricot! En réfléchissant au chemin que nous avons parcouru, nous ressentons tellement d’amour et de gratitude pour la générosité et le soutien que nous a apportés
notre communauté pendant la croissance de notre entreprise naissante. Avec
cette nouvelle année qui commence, nous avons hâte de voir ce que l’avenir nous
réserve et comptons bien porter notre boutique vers de nouveaux sommets.

Sachez que nous n’aurions pu faire tout ça sans vous!

Merci infiniment!

 – Melissa et Lisa

EN BOUTIQUE SEULEMENT

-25%
Spud and Chloe Sweater
Rowan Felted Tweed
Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed
Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow and Green label
Juniper Moon Findley
Schoppel Wolle Zauberball
Ella Rae Lace DK

-40%
HiKoo Simply Worsted
HiKoo Cobasi
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk
Habu Textiles Fine Merino
Jade Sapphire
Lang Nova

New products from Cocoknits!

Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit

Use Cocoknits Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit in lieu of scrap yarn whenever you need to hold live stitches. The threaded needles allow you to knit off of your leather cord – from whichever end you need to!

The kit contains:

  • two interior-threaded needles made of nickel plated steel
  • three lengths of leather cord
  • one long – for holding sts of sweater body (59 in/150 cm)
  • two short – for holding sts of sleeves (29.5 in /75 cm)

Keep the contents of your kit in the reusable kraft drawer, lined with 100% wool felt. Please note you may need to occasionally snip the end of your leather cord at an angle to facilitate attaching the needle.


Precious Metal Stitch Markers

Not just silver anymore! Cocoknits Precious Metal Stitch Markers are finished with gold, silver and copper colouring! The stitch markers are steel based, so still attach to your Knitter’s Keep, Magnetic Concrete Tray or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 6 each of three sizes in each of three finishes, 54 markers total. They come in a cute-as-a-button kraft box secured with the click of a magnet!

  • 6 each gold, silver, copper large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)
  • 6 each gold, silver, copper small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)
  • 6 each gold, silver, copper opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)

Off the needles: Deschain by Leila Raabe

I posted my finished Deschain on Instagram back at the beginning of May but, with one thing and another (end of the school year, trade show attendance, etc.) it never made it to the Blog or our Ravelry project page.  I’m heading off on holiday later this week (yay!) and am currently working through a very daunting list of things to get done before I go – this is on the list, so, score one for me!

Deschain by Leila Raabe is one of the patterns in Quince & Co’s beautiful Linen Noir collection, published in the Spring.  I immediately loved the easy style of the sweater and knew that the chunky linen used in the design would give it a breezy drape perfect for layering over tank tops and tunics. I knit the second size which adds a fifth lace repeat and therefore extra overall length, something that may appeal to those who felt it looked a little too cropped in the smaller size  – each repeat adds 14 rows.  As expected, Quince & Co’s Kestrel yarn (100% linen), knit at this looser gauge, creates a swingy fabric with enough structure that I’m not at all concerned about the garment stretching out of shape.

Deschain is a super-quick and flattering knit with an interesting yet very simple lace motif – an ideal choice for a relaxed summer project!

SHOP Quince & Co. Kestrel in our webstore (just restocked!).

Visit our Ravelry page for additional photos and project details.

Our first “Clin d’Oeil” is now up on YouTube!

The first in our series of clin d’oeil episodes is now up on YouTube! Clin d’oeil means “wink” in French and that’s what these focused episodes are meant to be – a briefer look at a specific topic. In this episode we focus on laceweight projects that are perfect for knitting and wearing in the warmer months but which transition easily to Fall and Winter.

Click here to watch!

Remember, show notes can always be found in our Ravelry discussion group HERE.

We hope you enjoy!

– Melissa

New store sample: Cullum by Isabell Kraemer

This isn’t actually a “new” store sample – it’s been in the shop for at least a month now – but it’s finally making its way on to the blog today!

Cullum, by Isabell Kraemer, is a beautiful pattern knit with Quince & Co’s soft and supple Sparrow linen yarn.  It’s the second project we’ve knit up from Quince’s gorgeous Linen Noir collection released in the Spring (the first was Deschain) and we love how this one turned out as well. Worked seamlessly from the top-down, the pattern incorporates short rows at the neck for shaping and just enough lacy detail to add interest to this otherwise simple, breezy top. An easy-knitting pleasure from beginning to end.

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

SHOP Sparrow yarn in our webstore.

 – Melissa

Re-stocked: Meadow and Acadia from The Fibre Company!

MEADOW

Meadow, from the Fibre Company, is a delightful blend of four luxurious fibers which are spun together and kettle dyed. The merino, baby llama, silk, and linen fibers all take dyes to varying degrees resulting in a unique blend that is beautifully heathered with gorgeous colour depth.  The individual qualities of drape, softness, sheen, and crisp stitch definition brought by the different fibers makes this a “must-try” yarn for shawls, scarves, and lightweight garments! Each 100g skein is 549 m making just one enough for most accessory projects.

PROJECT INSPIRATION

TWINLEAF by Grace Anna Farrow

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Twinleaf is a stunning wrap by Grace Anna Farrow that Lisa made even larger (see mods on Ravelry) for maximum comfort and versatility! Minimalist in design, this design uses short row contrast colour stripes and an asymmetrical shape to create a modern and functional piece with dramatic effect.

Click here to see additional photos and project details (including modifications) on our Ravelry project page.

(You may have noticed Lisa was wearing this wrap in some of our TNNA pictures!)

SHOP Meadow in our webstore!


ACADIA

Acadia from The Fibre Company is an absolutely beautiful, completely original, and custom designed 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed in the duotones The Fibre Company is known for, creating incredible depth of color.

60% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk
50g / 132 m / 145 y
21 -23 sts per 10 cm / 4″
3.75 – 4 mm (US 5-6)

PROJECT INSPIRATION

LIZZIE by Julie Weisenberger

I recently knit Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) Lizzie cardigan in Acadia and love the light, comfortable, super-soft feel of the knitted fabric. A dream to knit and wear…

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

Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn

We did the Lopapeysa Isadora as a store sample to show how beautiful Acadia feels knit up and to demonstrate its suitability for colour work projects. This sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up is practical and stylish for all the little ones!

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

SHOP Acadia in our webstore!


–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: JesabelleB, Handmaiden National Parks Collection

Project Bags, Notions Cases, and Needle Organizers from JesabelleB

Handmade in Quebec,  Canada, JesabelleB products are beautifully crafted to last a lifetime. Unique project bags designed to slip over your forearm are perfect for on-the-go knitting (available in 4 sizes) while notions cases and needle sleeves will help to keep you organized. Casual yet sophisticated and totally functional!

Just a sample of available products shown below.

SHOP all JesabelleB products in our webstore!


Handmaiden National Parks Collection

Yippee! Our first order of this yarn flew out of the store in record time so we’re happy to report that it’s back in stock. What better way for knitters to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday than with Handmaiden’s curated collection highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory! Each colourway stunningly captures the distinctive essence of these national treasures – see photos below.

The Handmaiden National Parks Collection is available at Espace Tricot in the Merino Slim base – a beautiful single-ply 100% superwash merino.

Limited quantities available.


SHOP the National Parks Collection in our webstore.


Aulavik, North West Territories – bright contrast sea coast of the Arctic Ocean

Kluane, Yukon – rippling curtains of the Aurora Borealis

Sirmilik, Nunavut – shimmering glaciers and ice fields

Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia – moss draped cedar, mist and memories of totems

Banff, Alberta  – Moraine Lake turquoise, rocky mountains and alpine forests

Grasslands, Saskatchewan  – summer fields under blue prairie sky

Riding Mountain, Manitoba  – wild buffalo and black bears

Thousand Islands, Ontario – Granite islands with pine and autumn foliage

Forillon, Québec – grey cliffs of Mont-Saint-Alban and meadows of fireweed

Fundy, New Brunswick – flowerpot cliffs, sandstone and roaring tides

Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador – majestic fjords, tabletop mountains, craggy forests

Greenwich Dunes, Prince Edward Island – parabolic dunes, marram grass, horizon sea

Sable Island, Nova Scotia – ponies, lonely beaches and shipwrecks

New and re-stocked: Amirisu Magazine, Scrumptiouspurl, and leather handles from JUL Designs

Amirisu Summer 2017 /  Issue 13

From chic tank to airy shawl, the Summer 2017 issue of Amirisu magazine features relaxing yet stylish knitwear that we want to bring to our summer vacations. All of them are fairly simple and quick to knit, and great for traveling! The feature of this issue is natural dyeing – with stories from four modern dyers.

Feature: In Search of Natural Colors
Kristine Vejar / Rebecca Burgess – Fibershed / BUAISOU / Masaaki Aoki – Tezomeya / Meri Tanaka

Patterns: Vacance Style
Participating Designers: All 8 patterns are included in the printed magazine. Cecelia Campochiaro / itosaku / Kristin Jones / Anna Nikipirowicz / Josée Paquin / Paula Pereira / Suzanne Strachan … + a crochet pattern

Plus,
A lovely project by Lori Ann Graham
Photo + essay by Shari Altman

SHOP Amirisu Issue 13 in our webstore.


Scrumptiouspurl ‘Stripe Me Up’ and “Toes & Heels” Minis

Scrumptiouspurl is a family owned business based right here in Montreal, Canada producing beautiful, thoughtfully hand-dyed yarns and fibers in a modern palette. Stripe Me Up is a stunningly vibrant sock yarn that is sure to put fun into your sock knitting (and wearing!). This yarn produces a predictable 3 stripe repeat with approximately six rows of each color on a 64 stitch sock. The yarn is dyed using professional acid dyes free of heavy metals.

We are also very happy to announce that we have just added Scrumptiouspurl “Toes & Heels Minis” in 20 coordinating colourways (9 shown above)!  How will you coordinate your pairings – highlight or contrast? 🙂

SHOP Scrumptiouspurl sock yarn in our web store.


FORAGER FLAT STRAP SCREW-IN HANDLES FROM JUL DESIGNS

Removable leather bag handles? Genius!

Forager Screw-in Handles from JUL Designs are a maker’s go-to accessory to complete handmade bags in virtually any material. These handles are made in the USA from high-quality leather with rounded edges and edge-painting for a classy and sleek look. Forager handles screw-in for fast finishing and easy removal to launder handmade bags or move to a new project. The screw-holes may also be used for rivets if you prefer permanent attachment.

28 inches.
Sold in pairs.

Available in Black and Truffle.

SHOP Forager Handles in our webstore. 🙂


–  Melissa