New store sample: Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla

The Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla is a beautiful, graphic cowl with a botanical feel.  We used Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK for our store sample and love the soft yet structured hand of the finished fabric. The pattern is well-written and easy to follow and watching the gorgeous motifs develop quickly on the needles while you knit provides lovely motivation. We think these colours are vibrant and festive but the Pine Bough Cowl is a classic addition to your winter wardrobe in any colour!

Click here for additional photos and project details on Ravelry!

SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK

–  Melissa

 

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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 store sample: Icon by Shellie Anderson

Icon by Shellie Anderson is a stunning, high-fashion accessory perfectly in line with what we’ve come to expect of patterns from the Shibui Knits yarn company. Graphic and modern, the wrap is worked flat and uses short rows to create the striking wedges of colour.  We opted for a slightly looser gauge, and did short rows every five stitches instead of six, for a finished object that is a little wider and longer than the original. Knit with Shibui’s new Birch yarn, this wrap is not only stylish – it’s warm and heavenly soft! And it’s no wonder, Birch is spun in a single ply of extra fine merino with a micron count approaching cashmere’s!

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

SHOP Shibui Birch in our webstore.

The ICON pattern is free with yarn purchase so, if you order Birch yarn online, be sure to note that you would like us to include it 🙂

– Melissa

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Finished objects: One for me and one for the store – Lizzie and BlueSand Cardigan

After years of knitting store samples almost exclusively, Lisa and I have been knitting a few things for ourselves lately so, while BlueSand is a brand-spanking new cardigan now living in the shop, Lizzie has happily taken up residence in my own closet.  Complete details for both projects have now been added to our Ravelry project page. 🙂


Lizzie by Julie Weisenberg / Cocoknits

As many of you will know, Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – landed in store a couple of months ago and we were immediately smitten by the beautiful tailored, seamless, top-down sweater designs found within its pages.  Employing the Cocoknits Method, a system of tracking knitting progress in an easy to follow chart, each pattern features styling techniques that enhance the overall fit and customizability of the garment.

I decided to cast on the Lizzie pattern first and chose The Fibre Company’s luscious Acadia (a merino, alpaca, and silk blend) to allow this to function as a transitional spring to summer garment. Although I’ve knit several Cocoknits patterns before, there were several new-to-me techniques employed in shaping the neck, yoke, and shoulders involved here that were so interesting – like putting together a puzzle. I loved the learning process and am absolutely thrilled with the look those techniques gave the top of this sweater. More than that, the fit and the way this cardigan sits perfectly only my shoulders without slipping or shifting has made me a convert to this style of sweater construction!

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

SHOP Acadia yarn in our webstore.


BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie

The BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie has long been a pattern we thought would make a great store sample and, early this spring, we finally settled on the yarn and palette we wanted to use. Our Sasha knit this up for us in a flash and we couldn’t be happier with the result! Knit with ARTFIL Mericana DK, a 100% superwash 4-ply merino, the fabric of this sweater is soft and smooth but strong, springy, and pill-resistant.  ARTFIL yarns are “spray-painted” in an eco-friendly manner and the process of building up the dye in layers allows for the creation of  deep saturated colourways that are so beautiful knit up.  The pattern itself is easy to follow and there are so many unique details included in the process – texture, stripes, i-cord, etc. – that the knitting of this sweater never gets boring.

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

SHOP Artfil Mericana in our webstore.

–  Melissa

Off the Needles: Trimont Snood

My version of Sylvia Hager’s Trimont Snood is off my needles and I couldn’t be happier. While I loved the look of this pattern in the original Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (and may very well do another version for winter in that yarn), I had my heart set on using Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK in the Jardin des Tuileries colourway. After calculating a few modifications to accommodate the lighter weight yarn (see our Ravelry project page for details), I cast this very simple project onto my 6 mm needles and was finished in flash. The result is an airy and comfortable shoulder warmer that I will keep with me all spring and summer, ready to pull out in overly air-conditioned spaces and on cool evenings!

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

PURCHASE Leizu DK in our webstore. 🙂

–  Melissa

New in store: Knitting Bling!

We LOVE these new pins and progress keepers from Rinn Textiles.  All made in Canada!


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Join the club and show your love for knitting and all things fiber-related! Deck out your project bags.  🙂

Knit Club
1″ Black enamel with gold metal
Rubber backing
2mm thick

Soft Skein
1.25″ grey gradient enamel with black nickle
2 posts with rubber backings
2mm thick


Progress Keepers

Knitting becomes a little less enjoyable when it seems as though you’re not making any progress at all. These minimal progress markers will save your sanity while adding a bit of style. When you sit down to knit, clip your progress mark just below your needles and you’ll be happily aware of how much progress you’re making! 

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SHOP all Rinn Textiles in our webstore.

Shibui Reed is here!

Supple and soft, Reed is a smooth linen chainette that flows easily across the needles for graceful garments and beautiful summer accessories.  Reed is a reworked version of the original Shibui Linen – it is identical in all respects except much softer to the touch!

100% Linen
246 yds / 225 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
26 sts = 4″ on 5 US / 3.75 mm

SHOP Shibui Reed in our webstore!
A few of the colours are currently backordered but we should be fully stocked my mid-April.

Project inspiration below (Note: the last four are actually our store samples if you’d like to see them in person)!

Click photos to see project details on Ravelry!


Octave by Erin Duffy


Athens by Shellie Anderson


L1 by Antonia Shankland


On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

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Linier Top by Sian Price-White
(We held the linen with Silk Cloud for our version of this easy-wear top)

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Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach

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–  Melissa

Hedgehog Fibres: New colourways!

Lots of gorgeous new colourways from Hedghehog Fibres – in both Skinny Singles (48 colourways in stock) and Sock (43 colourways in stock) – have just been added to our website.

Click HERE to view them all!

I’ve posted the newest colours below for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Concrete

Down by the River

Dragonfly

Fly

Glacier

Hey Day

Kid You Not

Pinky Swear

Pistachio

Salty Tales

Wish

Zephyr

–  Melissa

Julie Asselin Leizu Nuances Fingering Sets: New colours!

Luscious new colourways in Leizu Nuances fingering weight sets from Julie Asselin have landed in store. These luminous gradient kits are a gorgeous blend of merino and silk – beautiful for shawls, garments, and accessories! Each set contains a total of 485 m / 525 y.

SHOP Leizu Nuances sets in our webstore.


Brunante

Midnight Mystery

Austen

Oresund

Goodnight Moon

Echeveria

Okanagan

 

–  Melissa

New in store: Sweater Workshop by Cocoknits, latest Pom Pom Quarterly

Cocoknits Sweater Workshop by Julie Weisenberger

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Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – has just landed in store and we are swooning!  Gorgeous, tailored, top-down sweater designs in a variety of flattering silhouettes. More projects just landed in our queues!

From the Cocoknits website:

With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger has compiled nine new sweater designs into her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. These new 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.

The innovative color-coded charting technique shows exactly where to work shaping elements without having to continually read and interpret pattern abbreviations, and at the same time allows the knitter complete control over customization to achieve a fantastic fit. All designs are worked from the neckline down, so once the neck and yoke area are established, the knitter can just cruise through generating the sweater and not worry about counting or losing track of their place in the pattern. Another advantage of knitting top-down is the ability to try on your garment as you work, to ensure the fit is right.

In addition to all new 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.

PURCHASE Sweater Workshop in our webstore!

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Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 20 – Spring 2017

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After the winter hibernation it’s always uplifting to see signs that the next season is on its way. So for this issue we’ve looked to those little things that signal the arrival of spring; longer days, buzzing insects with their delicate wings, and our favourite blooms that will soon start bursting through. Embrace the return of the sunshine with this issue’s collection of patterns, inspired by Mother Nature herself. You will find petals and wings aplenty in the form of nine gorgeous patterns, including cardigans, sweaters, a hat, a shawl, and a classy tote. Whatever spring throws at you, we’ve got you covered!

Featuring designs by

ANNA MALTZ // JENNIFER WEISSMAN // COURTNEY CEDARHOLM // GRACE GOUIN // MIRIAM JARRS // ELINE ALCOCER // NATALIE SELLES // RACHEL BROCKMAN // CAMILLE ROSSELLE

PURCHASE the latest Pom Pom Quarterly in our webstore!

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Lykke Needle Sets and Laine Magazine just re-stocked

It was a good mail day!


Lykke Driftwood Interchangeable Needle Sets

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Made of strong birch wood, the LYKKE Driftwood needles are smooth and light and a true pleasure to work with. With their warm character, these handsome sets are easy on the hands and the eyes Each interchangeable set includes 12 durable pairs of needle tips – sizes 3.5 mm through 12 mm (US4 – US 17). Each set also contains two cords for 24 in length, two cords for 32 in length, one cord for 40 in length, two connectors, two keys, and eight stoppers. Packed in a beautiful, high quality waxed denim case.

PURCHASE Lykke Needles in our webstore.


Laine Magazine – Issue 1

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LAINE MAGAZINE WELCOMES YOU INTO THE WORLD OF NORDIC KNIT LIFE. Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine for knit folks. We cherish natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship, and beautiful, simple things in life. Our intention is to inspire you to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.

Laine includes 11 patterns from leading knitwear designers such as Joji Locatelli, Stephen West, and Helga Isager, as well as insightful, long-format stories, interviews, exciting travel articles, seasonal recipes and strong, visual storytelling.

PURCHASE Laine Magazine in our webstore.

(All photos: Laine Magazine)

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–  Melissa

Family Slippers!

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I got it in my head recently that we all needed slippers.  A pair for Tristan had been on my list since before Christmas but all good intentions fell by the wayside in January as we enjoyed a mild winter here in New Jersey and more exciting projects jumped ahead in the queue.  One little snowfall last week, though, and it became imperative (at least in my mind) that we all have cozy new house “shoes”.  I wound up some Quince & Co. Osprey in Honey and cast on Simone A.’s brilliantly simple (and free) pattern appropriately titled “Simple House Slippers” and finished Tristan’s pair in no time.  I’m now halfway through my pair in the Audouin colourway and will wrap up this family project with a much larger pair for Johannes in Sabine. If I had been thinking, I would have knit his pair first and gifted them to him for Valentine’s Day but, well, nope.

Osprey is a cushy, comfy, 3-ply Aran-weight yarn spun from fluffy wool fleece. I’m knitting the yarn at quite a dense gauge on 4.5 mm(US 6) needles for a sturdy fabric that’s both comfortable and hard-wearing.  One skein is enough for a range of average foot sizes – Tristan wears a size 9 men’s and there was enough left for at least another size up. My husband wears a size 12, though, and his will need to be wider as well as longer so part of a second skein may be required. Watch this space for an update!

  Melissa

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Introducing Brooklyn Tweed at Espace Tricot

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If you’ve been following us on Facebook and Instagram lately then you will already have heard the good news. If not, then let me be the first to share with you that Brooklyn Tweed yarns are now available at Espace Tricot!

Brooklyn Tweed began offering it’s first 100% American made wool and yarn design collections in 2010 – the same year we opened our own doors.  Although we have been stocking Brooklyn Tweed patterns since the beginning, we have had to wait very patiently as the company slowly and thoughtfully expanded their retail network in line with supply and demand.  Needless to say, we were thrilled to learn just after Christmas that we would finally be able to add Brooklyn Tweed yarns to our inventory.  Since it’s arrival we have been beset by difficult decisions – what to knit first? what colours? which yarn quality? There are so many options to choose from, each more inspiring and beautiful than the next. I think the only thing to do is dive in and begin…. Stay tuned to hear more about our first choices. 🙂

In the meantime, let us introduce you to Shelter, Arbor, and Loft below and provide you with just a little visual inspiration. Be sure to browse projects knit with these yarns on Ravelry for more ideas!


Shelter

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From the Brooklyn Tweed website…  The distinctive character of Targhee-Columbia wool shines in Shelter, Brooklyn Tweed’s versatile medium-weight yarn. Shelter is woolen spun, meaning the fibers remain in a lofty jumble that traps air and offers remarkable warmth and lightness. Woolen-spun yarns are more adaptable in gauge, as they can compress to a dense sport weight or bloom to cohere as a gauzy fabric when worked on large needles. Shelter has a dry, soft hand and a faintly rustic nature. Garments knit from Shelter achieve their full beauty after a wet blocking. Shelter is designed to be a workhorse yarn that invites cables, ribbing, textured stitch motifs, open work, plain stockinette and garter stitch. Ideal for sweaters of every variety, winter accessories, and blankets.

100% American wool / 50g / 128 m / 140 y / 20 sts per 4″ / 4.5 mm (US 7) needles

SHOP Shelter in our webstore.

Shelter project inspiration below!

Winter Honey by Andrea Mowry

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(Photo: Andrea Mowry)

Rowe by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Truss by Melissa Wehrle

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Far Hills Scarf by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Ondawa by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Seacoast by Joji Locatelli

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Timber by Shannon Cook

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(Photo: K Good Photography)

Hugo by Veronik Avery

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Aspen by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Aquinnah by Kerry Robb

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Radmere by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)


Arbor

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From the Brooklyn Tweed website…  Arbor is Brooklyn Tweed’s DK-weight workhorse yarn, spun worsted for superior strength and stitch. It’s a round and springy 3-ply that loves to cable and shows textural stitchwork to maximum advantage. Thanks to its worsted construction, Arbor produces a denser, sturdier fabric than BT’s woolen-spun yarns. The fibers have been combed straight and carefully aligned before spinning, rather than jumbled to trap air. Garments knit from Arbor will weigh more and drape more heavily than those knit from Loft or Shelter.  Available in a nuanced palette of 30 solid colors.

100% American wool / 50g / 132 m / 145 y / 21-24 sts per 4″ / 3.75-4.5 mm (US 5-7) needles

SHOP Arbor in our webstore.

Arbor project inspiration below!

High Pines by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Foundry by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Proof Scarf by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)


Loft

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From the Brooklyn Tweed website… Fingering-weight Loft channels Targhee-Columbia wool’s airy bounce into feather-light lace, accessories, and garments. Like Shelter, Loft is a woolen-spun 2-ply yarn with delicate twist, specially designed for unique lightness of hand. It’s not a sock yarn, so treat it a little more gently when it’s on the winder and the needles. Once your garment is blocked, the stitches will cohere in a beautifully even and sturdy fabric. Lace garments should open up to reveal stitch motifs with relatively mild blocking. Loft has great flexibility of gauge; it can be knit on 2mm (US 0) needles for a dense and durable fabric or on 4mm (US 6) needles for ethereal open work. Two strands of Loft held together can substitute for Shelter in patterns where you’d like greater stitch definition or a marled fabric of two colors.

100% American wool / 50g / 251m / 275 y / 28 sts per 4″ / 2.75 mm (US 2) needles

SHOP Loft in our webstore.

Loft project inspiration below!

Wake by Veronik Avery

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Ludlow by Julie Hoover

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Redford by Julie Hoover

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Quill by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Crosshatch by Jared Flood

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Note: This pattern uses both Shelter and Loft.

(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Rivage by Julie Hoover

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

–  Melissa