Have you seen our latest free patterns?

We have two new patterns for you! Both are available as FREE downloads on Ravelry ūüôā One is perfect for warmer weather while the other will keep you cozy all winter long…


European Road Trip Shawl By Lisa Di Fruscia

A beautiful warm-weather accessory, our European Road Trip shawl is a simple parallelogram. It’s delicate yet rustic aesthetic was achieved by knitting¬†Jade Sapphire SYLPH,¬†a light fingering¬†weight blend of cashmere (52%) and linen (48%), on¬†4 mm needles. Basic increases and decreases are used to obtain the sloped points at either end.

Finished dimensions are 80 inches x 24 inches (point to point).

DOWNLOAD pattern from Ravelry.

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Gateway to Rustic by Melissa Clulow

Our Gateway to Rustic cowl pattern has just been added to Ravelry!¬† As the name implies, this pattern serves as a gentle introduction to a more rustic yarn (Tukuwool), especially for those who love working with softer hand-dyed superwash yarns. While the Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and Shibui Knits Silk Cloud provide softness and luxury, this pattern is a great way to test-drive woolier, less processed yarns in combination to discover their unique properties. In this case, the Tukuwoo Fingeringl lends lovely structure, gorgeous colour, and lofty warmth. Before you know it, you’ll be chatting breed-specific qualities while you dash off stranded mittens and yoked sweaters ūüėÄ!

DOWNLOAD pattern from Ravelry.

 

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CROCHETED BASKET WORKSHOP

CROCHETED BASKET WORKSHOP (Bilingual)
Amalia Siontas & Françoise Richard-Devereaux
$75 (yarn, pattern, crochet hook included)

Friday, May 11, 6 pm to 9 pm

Come join Amalia and Francoise for this fun evening workshop and learn to crochet these versatile little baskets from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas! From yarn bowl, to jewelry holder, to catch-all, these charming baskets are addictive to make Рyou won’t be able to stop at just one! You might even finish a basket in time for Mothers’ Day! The class includes all necessary supplies to make at least two baskets. Maximum 12 participants. No knowledge of crochet necessary, absolute beginners welcome!

Please feel free to call in and reserve your spot by credit card – (514) 486-5648.


ATELIER DE PANIERS AU CROCHET  (Bilingue)
Amalia Siontas et Françoise Richard-Devereaux
Co√Ľt: 75$ (fil, patron et crochet sont inclus)
Vendredi 11 mai de 18h00 à 21h00

Venez vous joindre à nous pour une soirée amusante passée à faire des paniers au crochet. Grands ou petits, ces paniers versatiles peuvent abriter votre laine, vos bijoux, vos accessoires, attention vous pourriez en devenir accro et vous n’allez certainement pas vous arrêter après un J. Vous pourriez même en finir un pour la fête des mères! Ce cours comprend tout le matériel nécessaire pour faire au moins deux paniers. Le patron est en anglais, mais les explications seront aussi données en français. Maximum 12 participants. Pas de connaissances du crochet nécessaire, les débutants sont les bienvenus.

N‚Äôh√©sitez pas √† nous t√©l√©phoner pour la r√©server par carte de cr√©dit –¬†(514) 486-5648.

Podcast Episode #17!

Our 17th podcast episode is now live on YouTube! In this episode we talk about our recent trip to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, London, and the H+H Trade Show in Cologne. We also show some of our finished projects and WIPS, talk about dream knitting projects, and show a few new and re-stocked products in the store. Be sure to stay tuned for a slideshow of our trip at the end of the episode!

Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/q5wx1FTZ8G4

New Espace Tricot pattern: The Cooler Side of Warm

We have a new FREE pattern for you this week!¬†The Cooler Side of Warm is a cozy cowl knit from the bottom up. It begins with 1×1 ribbing knit flat and then is joined to be worked in the round. As a result, it has a split-hem on one side that allows it to sit comfortably on the shoulder and lie flat against the back and chest. It is finished with 1×1 rib on a smaller needle to prevent gaping at the neck.

Woolfolk Far makes this functional beauty exquisitely soft and decidedly sophisticated. Turn down part of the ribbing and attach a Latch Leather Closure from Jul Designs to add a little attitude ūüôā . We have lots of Far in stock at the moment (the pattern requires 3 skeins) and a new shipment of leather closures from Jul is on the way!

See additional photos and project details and access the free pattern on our Ravelry page!

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.

 

New store samples!

Rockin’ Rows by Martina Behm

Our version of¬†Martina Behm’s Rockin‚Äô Rows¬†combines a SweetGeorgia Prismatic Mini Set and¬†Artfil¬†Belle in the White Sands colourway to create a stunning finished object – if we say so ourselves! The colours are so beautiful and perfectly assembled in this kit from SweetGeorgia and soft and springy Belle is always a treat to work with. Chevron stripes and frequent colour changes make this project engaging from beginning to end – no boring middle parts here.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP SweetGeorgia Prismatic Mini Sets.
SHOP Artfil Belle.


Groovy by Annie Baker

We love the Groovy pattern by Annie Baker so much we’ve worked up several versions of it. This time, we knit it in SweetGeorgia‚Äôs luxurious CashLuxe Spark, for a decidedly glam evening look. The stellina is subtle, the cashmere is yummy. The shawl is perfection.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Spark.


Cross Hatch Shawl by Benjamin Matthews

The Crosshatch Shawl by Benjamin Matthews is a simple knit but the end result is beautiful and dramatic. The Lang Viva provides gorgeous dynamic colour changes while the Manos del Uruguay Maxima lends beautiful contrast. This is a perfect pattern for beginners ready to work with more than one yarn.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP Lang Yarns Viva Merino.
SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.


Crocheted Baskets by Churchmouse Yarns

These Crocheted Baskets by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas make for a fun, functional, and easy way to learn crochet! Just one ball of Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn makes several baskets of various sizes.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP Bernat Maker Home Dec yarns

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 ‚Äúracing‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĚ (not including the fab fringe!).

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

SHOP Madelinetosh ASAP in our webstore.

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

Р Melissa

 

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.

You still have time to knit these gifts!

We have lots of customers looking for quick knits for gifts these days (quelle surprise!) so I took some time to browse through our store samples on Ravelry this afternoon and put together this little post chock full of projects you still have time to pull off before the holidays!

Good luck everyone, the countdown is on! May the force be with you ūüôā

– Melissa


Swirling Cowl

Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter is a  quick and beautiful project. We knit ours with Freia’s stunning Ombre Super Bulky yarn. The colour transitions and texture create a soft, gorgeous accessory that will brighten up any winter day. This would also be beautiful in Malabrigo Rasta or Madelinetosh ASAP!


Garter Gaiter

Garter Gaiter by Purl Soho is a cozy cowl with a strong sense of style! A very simple, knit-in-the-round pattern with a dramatic two-tone effect. We knit ours up with Madelinetosh ASAP . Can be worn alone or, for a closer fit, with a shawl stick or pin.


Color Tipped Scarf

Color Tipped Scarf is another great pattern from Purl Soho Рa traditional garter stitch scarf with a modern twist. Gorgeous, easy, and yes, quick to knit.  The Madeline Tosh Chunky yarn we used just glows!


Kilmorey

We’re not lyin’ when we say that Kilmorey,¬†by Mrs Moon,¬†works up in no time!¬† Soft and cozy and classic,¬† we’d be hard-pressed to imagine anyone¬† who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this as a gift. Our original version was knit with Blue Sky Fibers Bulky but this would be equally impressive worked up with Cascade Spuntaneous (more coming tomorrow), Madelinetosh ASAP (more on the way!) or Cascade Magnum.


Wurm

With a double-thickness brim and the perfect amount of slouch, Wurm by katushika is funky and stylish and, above all, warm. We knit our version with Schoppel-Wolle Gradient which we are no longer stocking but this would be wonderful worked up in Lang Viva, a soft 100% merino with gorgeous transitional colour changes.


Maize and Barley

The Maize mittens and Barley hat by tincanknits  are clear and well-written patterns with built-in tutorial links throughout. Ideal for beginners and fun for more experienced knitters these are quick and satisfying little projects.  We love the result with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky!


LTYC Super Bulky Cowl

LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger makes a fabulous last-minute-knitted-gift.  This one-skein project knits up in a jiffy and is invitingly squishy here in Malabrigo’s superbulky Rasta.  That said, any super-bulky yarn will do! Perfect instant-gratification knitting.


The Favorite Knit Slouchy

The Favorite Knit Slouchy by Jamie Sande is one of those great hat patterns you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over. Unisex in style and ultra-chic, it will surely become a cold-weather staple.  We chose Madelinetosh Vintage for our store sample but any soft worsted weight yarn will do the trick. Browse some here.


Arika Cowl

Arika Cowl by Jane Richmond is a stylish cowl with edgy flair. Worked up here with Brooklyn Tweed Quarry held together with a strand of Shibui Silk Cloud throughout. The silk/mohair blend lends the perfect soft halo to the beautiful structure of the wool. Needless to say, a quick project and wonderfully written pattern.


Fox Scarf

Fox Scarf by Gina Michele is a sweet play on the popular fur scarves of the 20’s and 30’s. Knit in a day, this is a fun, quick project for your little ones. Also available in adult size. We used Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky on a 5 mm needle which gives the scarf great structure and stitch definition.


Entwine Scarf

Entwine Scarf by Jane Richmond is a breeze to knit and the finished piece makes a high-impact addition to any winter accessory wardrobe! Perfect knit up with Cascade Magnum.

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

 

Join us for a Sunset Highway Knit-Along Beginning November 16th!

(Photo: boylandknitworks)

Along with so many others, we’ve been completely smitten with designer Caitlin Hunter’s¬†patterns over the last months. Several have been added to our queue but¬†Sunset Highway ¬†was the first to make it on to our needles. Now that the sweater is finished (see below), and had it’s first outing at Rhinebeck (!), we want to encourage you all to share in the fun of this unique and engaging pattern. The design provides a beautiful canvas for knitters to express themselves through yarn and colour choices and lends itself so well to knitting in company.

Sunset Highway can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

We used Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label for our version and opted to use three colours instead of four. To view additional photos and details, visit our Ravelry project page HERE.

We will be running our¬†Sunset Highway Knit-Along¬†as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning November 16th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for¬†four consecutive Thursdays ‚Äď November 16, 23, 30, and December 7 ‚Äď from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.¬†No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come¬†in¬†on those dates ready to cast on and knit the ¬†Sunset Highway with¬†friends¬†ūüôā¬†.

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group.  We invite everyone to introduce themselves, chat, and cheer each other on in that space space. And to share photos of all your beautiful works in progress!

If you complete your Sunset Highway¬†by December 22nd and submit a photo to the Finished Object thread (which will be created in our Ravelry group at the end of November), we‚Äôll enter your name into a draw to win a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label (cashmere, merino, and silk!) in an in-stock colourway of your choice and a set of Baggu 3D ZIP Set bags ūüôā

We hope you’ll join us!

–¬† 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 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‚Äôs new Birch yarn, this wrap is not only stylish – it‚Äôs 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‚Äôs!

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 ūüôā

– 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 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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 ūüôā

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 diff√©rents types de fibres, de leur impact sur le r√©sultat final, ainsi que sur l‚Äôagencement des couleurs. Puis vous serez introduits √† la teinture avec des teintures acides et les applications de la m√©thode √† effet ¬ę¬†peint √† la main¬†¬Ľ. Le mat√©riel n√©cessaire 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¬†ūüôā¬†!

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

Click HERE to watch!

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.

Р 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 ‚Äď a superwash yarn ‚Äď 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 ‚Äst[English][French]

SHOP Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in our webstore!

Р Melissa

TRUNK SHOW: CAPSULE | Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed

We are thrilled to be hosting samples from Brooklyn Tweed‚Äôs 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.

 РMelissa

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! ¬†ūüôā

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

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore.

Р Melissa

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.