Free pattern Friday x 2: For the babies!

Hosenmatz by Mayumi Kaliciak And Antje Litzmann


(Photos: Mayumi Kaliciak)

Hosenmatz by Mayumi Kaliciak and Antje Litzmann is a sweet pattern for relaxed baby pants in fingering weight yarn. The ribbing and structure  through the derriere offer a lot of room to move and the designer notes that these will easily accommodate cloth as well as regular diapers. Knitted in the round from the top down the legs are ended with long cuffs that can be folded at first and then left open as baby grows to increase the lifespan of the garment. Clever :-).

When you click on the link to access this pattern from Ravelry you will be taken to the designer’s blog which is in German. Simply scroll down the page and click on “Anleitung „Hosenmatz“ auf Englisch” in order to access the English version of the pattern.

Sweet Pea Baby Blanket by Suzanne Middlebrooks


(Photo: Hill Country Weavers)

The Sweet Pea Baby Blanket by Suzanne Middlebrooks features a simple, easy-to-memorize four-row repeat that works up into a fresh yet classic addition to any baby’s nursery.  Knit in Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton (4 skeins) or Worsted Cotton Multi (6 skeins) this little gem is a soft and snuggly “hug for your sweet pea”. Finished dimensions 30″ wide x 40″ long

Shop Worsted Cotton or Worsted Cotton Multi in our online store!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Champagne Cowl


(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

The Champagne Cowl by Chandi Agee is as beautiful and elegant as it is functional. The reversible texture pattern is easy to memorize and the larger needle size (5.5 mm) with DK weight yarn creates a lovely, comfortable drape. It can be worn multiple ways making it a versatile addition to your wardrobe and a great transition piece as the weather moves from frigid to spring-like.  Knit with solid or semi-solid yarn,  this cowl will add sophistication to your outfit but if you’re looking for something with a little more funk, why not try a variegated?

Easy and gorgeous.

This pattern is available as a free download from the designer’s website, Expression Fiber Arts.


(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)


(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday x2! Siksak Hat + Mohawk Wool Sweatshirt

I missed posting a free pattern last Friday while I was on holiday so today you get two 🙂

Siksak Hat


I’ve committed to doing more colourwork this year and the lovely Siksak pattern by Hanna Leväniemi caught my eye on Ravelry this morning. The clean design satisfies my preference for minimalism while the doubled brim and slouchy style keep it casual and cozy. Designed to fit a medium to large adult head – hat circumference measures 50 cm (20 in).


(Photos: Hanna Leväniemi)

Mohawl Wool Sweatshirt


I love the modern shape and simple but effective details of the Mohawk Wool Sweatshirt pattern from Classic Elite Yarns!  The oversized, boxy silhouette is taken up a notch with unique ribbing, a side slit, and a faux-button detail down the back. As the designer notes, dressed up or down, this little gem can be worn with anything!


(Photos: Classic Elite Yarns)

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Phoebe


(Photos: Josée Paquin)

Phoebe by Josée Paquin is a gorgeous and chic new scarf / wrap pattern perfect for stash-busting or for incorporating those beautiful mini-skeins you may have been collecting (because they’re irresistible!) without a specific project in mind.  The designer used two skeins in two different shades of gray and 6 gradient mini-skeins for this sample but, as she notes, the colour combinations are truly endless!

To complete this project, you will need approximately 550 metres of fingering (or Sport weight) yarn in 2 colours (275 metres per colour) and approximately 38 metres each in six different contrasting colours.

For a colourful version, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light + Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails would be stunning. If you prefer something more along the lines of the original monochromatic version shown above, why not ARTFIL Belle or SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine or Tough Love Sock paired with Julie Asselin’s Leizu Gradient Kits?

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Bosc Pear (+ Leizu Nuances from Julie Asselin!)


The lovely Bosc Pear shawl by Tetiana Otruta is an asymmetric triangular shawl / scarf worked sideways with eyelet stripes and textured edge. The subtle colour changes enhance the texture and lend a sophisticated flare. The pattern is provided in one size but is easily adjustable – finished measurements: 59” (150 cm) wingspan and 20” (50 cm) deep at the widest point. Pattern is written and charted.

Julie Asselin’s popular Leizu base (90% merino, 10% silk) is now available in a fingering weight yarn and we’ve just received a beautiful collection of luminous Leizu Nuances gradient kits in this quality (total yardage = 485 m / 525 y). We think the pairing of the Bosc Pear pattern and these kits are a match made in knitter heaven… 🙂

SHOP Leizu Nuances in our online store!













–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan


I love every single panel of Norah’s Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan. This pattern began as a block of the month club but is now entirely available as a free PDF download. The blanket is made up of 20 different blocks worked in 5 beautiful colors creating a stunning autumnal ode to cables. Being a minimalist at heart, I envision knitting this up in a single colour and letting the texture speak for itself. And just like that, she added another project to her queue…. 🙂

Shop Berroco Vintage in our online store.

–  Melissa


(Photos: Berroco)

Free pattern Friday: Mr. Fish and Miss Fox


New sock and mitten patterns from DROPS Design! These adorable fish and fox accessories are knit with DROPS Alpaca, an extremely soft and versatile yarn that will keep tiny fingers and toes warm and cosy all winter long.  Irresistible 🙂

Download Mr. Fish patterns on the DROPS Design website.
Download Miss Fox patterns on the DROPS Design website.

Shop DROPS Alpaca in our online store.

–  Melissa

Free Pattern Friday: Flax Light

Happy New Year! What better way to ring in 2016 than with a free knitting pattern?

FLAX LIGHT by Tin Can Knits


(Photo: Tin Can Knits)

Flax Light is a fingering weight version of the original Flax from The Simple Collection by Tin Can Knits. As with the original, this sweater is knit seamlessly from the collar to cuffs and makes a perfect first sweater project. The designers have generously provided knitting instructions for sizes 0-6 mo through 4XL and note that this versatile pullover is “adorable on babies, great for guys and cute on the ladies too!” We agree 🙂

Here are links to worsted weight versions of this sweater (the original Flax) we’ve knit in the past – one for my son in size XS (to fit a 10-year old) and our store sample in size 4-6 years.


(Photo: Tin Can Knits)

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday (on Saturday): Sunburnt

Yesterday was Tristan’s last day of school before the holiday and it was early dismissal and then, of course, there was the Star Wars movie and tree decorating! Things got away from me 🙂
Here’s your Free Pattern Friday – a day late…

SUNBURNT by Nidhi Kansal


(Photo: Nidhi Kansal)

Sunburnt by Nidhi Kansal is just so pretty!  Knit with 100% alpaca this light crescent-shaped shawlette also looks cozy and warm.  The pattern calls for 2 skeins of Drops Alpaca which makes this an incredibly economical little accessory. Win-Win!

Knit from the bottom-up, things just get faster as you go. Directions are written out and charted.

Wouldn’t the pattern and accompanying yarn for this project make a great gift for a lucky knitter on your list?

Shop for Drops Alpaca.


(Photo: Nidhi Kansal)

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday x 4!

I couldn’t decide which pattern to highlight for Free pattern Friday today so I’m posting an eclectic mix of four. Enjoy!

–  Melissa

BAA-BLE HAT by Donna Smith


(Photos: Donna Smith)

A great introduction Fair Isle / colour work, this sweet hat is knitted with 4 colours of aran weight yarn.



(Photos: Purl Soho)

A simple and stylish project using just one skein (226 m) of sport weight yarn. Who doesn’t love a one-skein project?!

CONVERSATIONALIST by Plucky Knitter Design


(Photos: Plucky Knitter)

A great project for social (i.e. mindless) knitting, this easy hat uses 3 colours of worsted weight yarn. If your skeins are at least 210 m each, you should be able to get 3 hats from the 3 skeins at the suggested gauge!



(Photos: xandypeters)

This fun psychedelic scarf is a perfect introduction to stacked increases and decreases, a technique which creates extreme waves of colour. Knit with super bulky yarn on 9.0 mm needles, it’s also a quick and satisfying project!

Free pattern Friday: Calzetta Hat


(Project photos (clockwise): Marcin Duda, LauraPNWMySweetSabinaLauraPNW)

We’re full steam ahead over here on knitting hats for donation to the 25,000 Tuques campaign! Here’s one of the patterns we’re using for colourful, cozy toppers that can be knit up in 2 hours with just 80 m super bulky yarn. Easy, warm, and cheerful!

Download Justyna Lorkowska’s free Calzetta pattern on Ravelry.

Shop super bulky yarns on our online store here – Malabrigo Rasta, Madelinetosh ASAP, Cascade Lana Grande, Cascade Magnum!

– Melissa


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

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

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

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

Free pattern Friday: A blanket for seriously cold people


(Photos: by softsweater)

A Blanket for Seriously Cold People by Silvia Bo Bilvia is a gorgeously lush and cozy throw knit quickly with 8 skeins of Cascade Magnum (a super bulky yarn) on large needles.  I’m in need of a new blanket for my sofa and this one checks everything on my wish list – it’s large and stretchy, simple yet stunning in design, and oh, so warm. Perfect for evenings spent knitting through the winter.  As usual, the biggest dilemma at this point is settling on a colour! Stay tuned…

Shop Cascade Magnum in our online store here!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Baby Pom Scarf


(Photos: Sheep & Stitch)

A sweet new pattern from Davina Choy, The Baby Pom Scarf is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. The simple 2-row repeat with super-bulky yarn makes for a quick knit – a great weekend project.  For absolute beginners, the pattern links to a 36-minute HD video tutorial that guides you through all steps of the pattern – like having your own private knitting instructor.

From variegated to solid colourways, brights to neutrals, we have several yarns in stock perfect for this including Madelinetosh ASAP, Malabrigo Rasta, and Cascade Magnum.

Shop / browse all Super Bulky yarns on our website.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Candygram


(Photo: tanisfiberarts)

Candygram Cowl by Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts  is a fun, and surprisingly easy, colour work cowl perfect for right now!  No stranded knitting here – just a simple 4 round repeat that produces this  great reversible pattern through the use of slipped stitches. Stylish and funky!

Ideally knit with two high-contrast colourways of worsted weight yarn – shown here in TFA Natural and Pink Grapefruit.

Shop / Browse TFA Green Label online here!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Barn Swallow Socks


(Photo: Little Church Knits)

A lovely and challenging pattern for the motivated sock knitter this week from Little Church Knits!

From the designer: “Inspired by early American quilts, Barn Swallow Socks reflect a vintage, heirloom look. The simple moss diamonds are reminiscent of antique patchwork while the swallow-tail lace side panels mimic the intricate embroidery of many log cabin quilts. These elegantly rustic socks are worked in Qunice & Co. Tern, a gentle blend of tussah silk and pure wool that produces delicate stitch definition with an aged, laundered appearance. These top-down socks are worked in the round in your preferred method and feature a patterned, short-row heel. This pattern is offered in both charted and written form and in three sizes.”

All sizes require 2 skeins of Quince & Co. Tern.

Shop / browse Tern online.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Ottavio


Ottavio by Corrina Ferguson was posted to Ravelry this month and has been holding its own among the top ten most popular patterns on the site. And it’s easy to see why. This is ‘immediate-gratification’ knitting at its best – a simple pattern, a bulky, quick-knitting yarn, and an eye-catching palette all combine to create a high-impact, highly wearable accessory.  The cowl is worked flat with an easy to follow chevron pattern that adds interest and texture.  It can be worn long or looped once as a cozy neck warmer. Only charted instructions are provided for the chevron pattern but, as the designer notes, this provides a great opportunity to learn how to use charts if you haven’t done so before…

Just 2 skeins of your favourite bulky yarn required!

Here are some yarn options we think would be perfect:

Cascade 128:  For cozy washability (100% superwash merino).
Misti Alpaca Chunky: For extra soft luxury (100% baby alpaca)
Rowan Cocoon: For casual sophistication (80% merino, 20% mohair)
Rowan Brushed Fleece: For lightweight warmth (65% wool, 30% alpaca, 5% polyamide)


–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Scottish Ale

Note: This pattern is only free until September 30th, 2015.


I don’t often post patterns for men, although I really should considering that we knitters often knit for our loved ones and many of those happen to be of the male persuasion. And, there are many men who knit! Scottish Ale by Cheryl Beckerich is an extremely handsome cabled sweater that is sure to be treasured for many years by its wearer (just look how happy that guy is!). Knit in four pieces and then seamed, this Aran sweater is traditional in both style and structure. Though cabling itself is not difficult, the multiple patterns running on different rows in this design make it an intermediate level undertaking. That said, the pattern is clear and well-written and the beautiful finished sweater will make it more than worth facing your fears 🙂

This sweater is knit with Cascade Eco Wool. Click below to browse /purchase this yarn in our online store…

Cascade Eco Wool (neutrals)
Cascade Eco Wool+ (colours)

The designer is generously offering this beautiful pattern free of charge until the end of September. Download it soon to avoid disappointment.


Free pattern Friday: My Favorite Cardigan


(Photos: Cascade Yarns)

My Favorite Cardigan by Cheryl Bekerich was just posted to Ravelry this week and it’s a great addition to the Fall lineup of new patterns!  As far as sweater patterns go, this is a very straightforward one that covers a lot of basic skills essential to every knitter’s repertoire. Knit from the top-down with minimal finishing, it’s a great project if you’ve never knit a sweater before. The style is very flattering on most body types and the vibe is casual yet chic.  Knit with a worsted weight yarn at a gauge of 17.25 it’ll knit up quicker than you think 🙂

Click here to browse worsted weight yarn options we carry in store!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Nick Cowl


“A sleek and sporty unisex cowl, which can be easily personalized. Keep it minimalist, or add pom-poms, tassels, a toggle or beads for some fun!”

The Nick cowl by Heidi Kirrmaier uses just 400 yards / 366 m of DK weight yarn to create a simple, stylish, cold-weather accessory. The designer notes that you can make a twisted cord, a crochet chain, or an i-cord in a matching or contrasting yarn for your tie. You could even re-purpose a drawstring from an old pair of sweatpants or hoodie! Instructions to adjust the size are noted in the pattern.

We think this would be great in Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend, Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK, or Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino!

–  Melissa




Free pattern Friday: SoftCables


(All photos: LaMaisonRililie)

I know it seems way too soon to be talking about arm-warmers but, if you’re really smart, you’ll cast these on now so they’re all ready when the weather turns cold.  SoftCables by La Maison Rililie are nice and long which makes them wearable like unattached sleeves but they also work well down low on the hands as fingerless gloves. Knit in the round, these are simple tubes combining stockinette and ribbing with a single, crisp-looking cable up the center.  The designer recommends 100% merino yarn and we can’t think of anything cozier than a set of these knit up with the exquisitely soft Wookfolk Far. I am not exaggerating even a tiny bit when I say that Far is as soft as cashmere (softer maybe?). Treat yourself or someone you love!  I’m already thinking holiday gifts, are you…?

–  Melissa