New free pattern: Fast Track!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fast-track

We have another free pattern for you this week! Fast Track is a striking scarf that, as its name suggests, works up gratifyingly quickly with superbulky Madelinetosh ASAP on large needles. The “racing” stripe along one side adds some edge to the simple design. Our version is super long for maximum Dr Who-like impact. However, if you prefer a shorter length, two skeins (instead of 3) of the main colour will yield a scarf of about 70” (not including the fab fringe!).

Get all the details, exact yardages, and more photos on Ravelry.

SHOP Madelinetosh ASAP in our webstore.

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New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Cozy Up

As the cold weather winds its way towards us, this thick and squishy throw in Cascade Yarns Mondo is just the right partner to cozy up to! Knit on 25.0 mm (US 50) needles, it works up in a flash and makes a great statement piece draped over a sofa or your favourite armchair! The superfine alpaca and wool blend of Mondo gives it an airy yet substantial fabric that makes you want nothing more than to cuddle up with it on cool evenings. Choose four different colours, knit it all in one colour, or choose three skeins of one colour and then work a contrasting stripe. Any combination will be fabulous!

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

New free pattern: Flying Solo

We have another new free pattern for you this week!

FLYING SOLO is a chic and minimalist unisex ribbed cowl knit with three colours of Artfil Solo.  Two strands are held together throughout the project with one strand being changed at a time to create a series of ombre stripes. The cowl is knit from the bottom up with the front and back flap knit separately and then joined to knit in the round.

While we chose a neutral palette, we think this cowl would be stunning worked up with a series of saturated and/or speckled hand-dyed Solo colourways in brights and jewel tones.

Artfil Solo is a lusciously soft fingering weight single-ply merino – a perfect choice for accessories and garments that will be worn next to the skin.

Designed by Yana Petrova of ARTFIL for Espace Tricot.

Click here for additional project details and to download the free pattern on Ravelry.

SHOP Artfil Solo in our webstore.

–  Melissa

 

New (free) pattern from Espace Tricot: Getting Warmer

Simple and stylish, GETTING WARMER is a light and cozy cowl worked from the bottom up, transitioning from 2×2 rib to garter stitch in the round with regular decreases. It can be pulled down over one or both shoulders and the neck will remain snug and close without gaping. Knit with Woolfolk LUFT, a luscious and ultra-soft blend of Ultimate Merino and cotton. Chic, modern, functional, and easy-peasy.

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

SHOP Woolfolk Luft in our webstore!

–  Melissa

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

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!


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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.

Pattern sneak peek / Upcoming Class!

Espace Tricot has a new linen laceweight shawl pattern in the works! We’re just adding the final touches and having it translated before we share it with the world. Jocelyn Malric, the designer, will be teaching a class focused on this beauty beginning June 6th.  See her course description below.

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Call us at 514-486-5648 to register if you’re interested in joining in!


PETIT LIN SHAWL (Bilingual Class)
Jocelyne Malric
$96
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30, June 6, 13, 20

I designed this light and airy shawl especially for Espace Tricot and their new exclusive line of lace weight linen yarn. The design of the shawl is a fun introduction to lace knitting and features a creative construction and binding off of two similar triangles. It can be done in one or two colors. The sizing is easily adjustable to accommodate yardages from 1200 yds to 2000 yds. Required materials: pattern (free), solid color lace weight linen yarn (2 skeins of 600 yds each), 3mm (24” or 32”) circular needles. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. You should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class.

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Summer Commitment

Lisa’s Summer Commitment bag has just been added to Ravelry! This is a larger version of our Summer Fling Bag. It is the perfect bag for strolling around town, going to market, or a day at the beach (yes, believe it or not, those days are just around the corner). The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Straps are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. If you wish to knit a cross-body style bag then an extra skein of Kilim yarn will be required.

Click here to access the free pattern!

–  Melissa

Mayu – A new free pattern from Espace Tricot

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Mayu is an easy to wear pullover that is perhaps best described as a stylish poncho with sleeves. The tweediness of the Fine Donegal and the soft halo of the Silk Cloud combine to create a beautiful fabric that is both slightly rustic and decidedly sophisticated. Cozy and chic!

The left back of sweater is knit first, stitches for right half are picked up from cast on edge. Front is knit separately. After sewing up the sweater, the turtleneck is added by picking up stitches around the neck opening.

Click here to access pattern on our Ravely project page.

SHOP Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

On the C Train Cowl – a new free pattern from Espace Tricot!

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A modern and luxurious cowl to go with our “On the C Train” hat. Knit with a blend of exquisitely soft yarns, you’ll want to live in this. The ribbed structure makes the cowl quite versatile – loop it once or twice around your neck or wear it as a shoulder warmer. An easy stylish project that is sure to become a staple in your winter accessory wardrobe.

Access pattern and additional project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

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–   Melissa

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Big Merino Mitts

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We have a simple and handsome mitten pattern in a quick-knitting aran weight yarn for you today! These lovely mitts are knit in the round in one piece. Stitches for thumb are placed on hold and the thumb is knit after the mitten is finished. Easy-peasy. We used DROPS Big Merino – a soft, 100% extrafine merino yarn ideal for knitting patterns that require some structure.  Available in colours to suit everyone on your list. 🙂

Click here for pattern!

SHOP Drops Big Merino in our webstore.

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– Melissa

New (free) pattern from Espace Tricot: Fair & Square Baby Blanket

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We have another new pattern for you this week!  Fair & Square is a happy little baby blanket knit in the round from the center out. The fun stripes provide an opportunity to play with colour and the transitional knit/purl row between each stripe lends lovely texture and dimension. Knit with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK, a machine washable blend of merino wool and silk, this blanket is squishy and soft and easy to care for – a perfect choice for the little ones in your life.  Our sample is a generous 41″ square but the blanket can be easily reduced by eliminating colours. Modification instructions for a  32” square are provided in the pattern.

Click here to access this free pattern through Ravelry!

SHOP Rowan Merino Silk DK in our webstore.

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New (free) pattern from Espace Tricot: Simple Modern Throw

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So, calling this a pattern may be stretching things a little but we received so many requests for specifics after Lisa blogged about knitting it for her home that we had to share this very simple recipe. A modern colour-block throw works in just about any space, and soft and squishy garter stitch always brings warmth and comfort. Lisa decided on a 1/3 to 2/3 split for her version but this is an opportunity to play with colour.  Do equal halves or use more than two colours! It’s a mindless, soothing project that lends itself well to knitting in company or while watching TV.  A perfect choice for calming frayed nerves. 🙂

Click here for pattern.

SHOP Madelinetosh Chunky in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

 

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Chevron Cloud

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Meet our newest pattern – just in time for Fall! Chevron Cloud combines wonderfully luxurious yarns and graphic texture in a light, versatile wrap that will make a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. Equally at home over a fancy dress or paired with jeans and a tee, this soft, modern rectangular wrap is an easy accessory choice for any occasion.   The silk and mohair of Handmaiden’s Maiden Hair yarn and the lighter weight Silk Cloud from Shibui Knits lend the wrap both an exquisite sheen and a delicate halo – the stuff of dreams and clouds.

Access free pattern here!

SHOP Maiden Hair in our webstore.
SHOP Silk Cloud in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Wrapped in Lino

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Wrapped in Lino is similar to our Kigali Nights Shawl but is much wider and larger, and the whole piece is knit in stockinette. It remains a parallelogram with both ends knit using short rows to create sloped lines. The pattern is easily modified by casting on more or less stitches and changing the length of the stockinette section. This, however, will affect the required yardage.

A lovely, elegant shawl that can be dressed up or down. Perfect on cool summer evenings or in air-conditioned spaces.

Pattern available in English and French!

SHOP Handmaiden Lino in our webstore.

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New (free) pattern from Espace Tricot: Pashmina Stripes

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Pashmina Stripes is an easy, high-impact wrap worked in alternating 30-row stripes of four coordinating colours. Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn is knit at a loose gauge for maximum drape and drama. While simple and straightforward, the gorgeous interplay of hand-dyed colourways makes this wrap anything but boring!

Click here for additional project details and to access this free pattern on our Ravelry page.

Shop Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn in our online store.

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–  Melissa

Easy breezy summer tanks

It always amazes us when customers mention that their knitting is a seasonal affair, a passion that they tuck away during the spring and summer, seemingly unaware that there is an alternate universe brimming with exquisite fibres and beautiful patterns designed specifically for the warmer months.  We derive so much pleasure from our knitting that we could never envision a scenario in which we didn’t have something (something!) on our needles, maintaining our equilibrium, at all times. That said, and because it is our duty to enable and inspire, we are sharing patterns over the next weeks perfect for keeping your needles moving from April through August! 🙂

Today, a focus on tank tops…
Click images for project details on Ravelry.


SLOPE by Shellie Anderson

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(Photo: Shibui Knits)

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

Shop Shibui Twig in our online store!


VILLENEUVE by Espace Tricot

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A racerback tee knit with Wrapped Silk (N-84) from Habu. Designed to layer over a tank top or t-shirt, Villeneuve is a chic addition to any summer wardrobe.

Shop Habu Wrapped Silk in our online store!


AURORA by Shellie Anderson

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(Photo: Shibui Knits)

Aurora is a reversible vest with a button loop closure at the neck. Shibui Linen and Cima combine for a soft fabric while i-cord casings ground the edges for clean definition.

Shop Shibui Knits Linen and Cima in our online store!


OMBRE TANK by Espace Tricot

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Knit with Habu Tsumugi Silk (100% silk) our Ombre Tank is perfect for hot summer days. If you can’t wait, layer it over a tee and you’re set for spring! Lower body is knit in the round from the bottom up.

Shop Habu Tsumugi Silk in our online store!


SACO STRIPES by Pam Allen

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(Photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

A fresh and pretty a-line linen tank- worked back and forth in two pieces from bottom edge to top. Shoulders and side edges are seamed. Armhole and neck edge are finished with a one round edging.

Shop Quince & Co. Sparrow in our online store!


TOGUE POND by Pam Allen

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(Photo: Quince & Co.)

Togue Pond is a simple top with a curved hem that dips slightly in back. Simple and elegant.

Shop Quince & Co. Kestrel in our online store!

–  Melissa

New Free Espace Tricot Pattern / Store Sample: Whirligig

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Whirligig is a light-hearted and whimsical scarf knit with alternating colours of Noro Taiyo yarn. Knit in the round as a long tube, “resting” yarns are carried up along the inside of the scarf so there are, miraculously, just a few ends to sew in at the end of all those stripes. The profusion of colour will soothe your eyes and brighten your mood on bleak winter days and the double-thickness fabric will keep you warm and toasty.

Please note, this is not an original pattern – various versions of tubular scarves abound on Ravelry. This is simply a summary of what we did to achieve this particular effect.

View additional photos and project details on Ravelry.

Purchase yarn here!

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–  Melissa

Comfort Cloud: Free pattern!

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Last weekend, in between knitting hats for 25,000 Tuques, I decided to cast on a cowl in one of my new favourite yarns. DROPS Cloud is a deliciously light blend of baby alpaca and cozy merino wool. It’s classified as a “blown yarn”, meaning that the alpaca and merino fibers are blown into a tube; items knit with yarns created in this way are about 30-35% lighter than those made with conventional spun yarns of the same thickness. DROPS Cloud feels perfectly soft and comfortable against the skin and is totally itch-free! Ideal for blankets, big scarves, shawls, and thick sweaters.

This is such a simple project, it’s hardly worth writing up as a formal pattern.
Here’s all you need to know:

COMFORT CLOUD COWL

Materials:
2 balls of DROPS Cloud
1 set of 9 mm, 16″ circular needles

Pattern:
Cast on 64 sts and join to knit in the round.
Every round: *k2, p2, repeat from * (in other words, 2×2 ribbing)
Work until cowl is 17″ tall (finished circumference is between 18″ and 19″)
Cast off loosely in pattern.

Enjoy!

Buy DROPS Cloud online.

–  Melissa

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Free pattern Friday / New Espace Tricot Pattern!

Kigali Nights

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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.

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–  Melissa

New pattern from Espace Tricot!

Fancy Zebra

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Fancy Zebra is a fun and cozy cowl knit in the round from the top down. Warm and snug around the neck with increasing circumference towards the bottom for ample coverage around the chest and shoulders. The light and dark stripes create a modern, graphic look while the bold pops of colour at both ends keep it lighthearted. Functional and chic! Deliciously soft and luxurious knit with Shibui Staccato and Silk Cloud.

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

French translation coming soon!

Shop / browse Shibui Silk Cloud and Staccato in our online store!

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–  Melissa

A new pattern from Espace Tricot!

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A lovely, cozy shrug that can also be worn as a scarf. A simple rectangle, with buttonholes on one side. When the knitting is finished, simply fold it in half lengthwise, sew on your buttons et voila! Le Mont Royal is knit with Rowan’s Brushed Fleece, a super soft blend of extra fine merino wool and baby alpaca, making it warm but very lightweight. Easy to knit. Easy to wear!

Click here to access pattern.
Shop / browse this yarn in our online store.

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–  Melissa

A new pattern from Espace Tricot!

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Now available as a free download! L’Escargot Bleu is a simple but effective scarf / wrap that can be worn in several different ways. Knit in the form of a sail,  it begins at the narrowest point and widens by increasing 2 stitches every 6 rows. Each stripe is 6 rows. On the 3rd row of each stripe, there is an increase at each end of the row. See, easy? The ‘resting’ yarn is carried up throughout so there are minimal ends to be sewn in at the end.

Chic and versatile!

Click here for additional project details. Free download; available in English and French!

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Held closed here with gorgeous screw-in buttons from Jul Designs.

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–  Melissa