Podcast episode #16 is now up on YouTube ✨! We hope you enjoy. Remember, show notes are always posted to our Ravelry Group – you’ll find the link under the video 😊.
Podcast episode #15 is now up on YouTube! We are very definitely out of practice. We hope, at the very least, it provides some project inspiration ✨! In this episode we talk WIPs, FOs, store samples, new products, Espace Tricot patterns, and discuss the joys of adding silk/mohair to (all) your projects 😊.
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 🙂 . 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!
SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.
Rockin’ Rows by Martina Behm
Our version of Martina Behm’s Rockin’ 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’s 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
View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
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We have another free pattern for you this week! Fast Track is a striking scarf that, as its name suggests, works up gratifyingly quickly with superbulky Madelinetosh ASAP on large needles. The “racing” stripe along one side adds some edge to the simple design. Our version is super long for maximum Dr Who-like impact. However, if you prefer a shorter length, two skeins (instead of 3) of the main colour will yield a scarf of about 70” (not including the fab fringe!).
SHOP Madelinetosh ASAP in our webstore.
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!
SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK
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!
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 🙂
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 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 – a traditional garter stitch scarf with a modern twist. Gorgeous, easy, and yes, quick to knit. The Madeline Tosh Chunky yarn we used just glows!
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.
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 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 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.
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.
SHOP Artfil Solo in our webstore.
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 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 – November 16, 23, 30, and December 7 – 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 🙂 .
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’ll 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 🙂
We hope you’ll join us!
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.
SHOP Woolfolk Luft in our webstore!
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!
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 🙂
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.
SHOP Purewash DK in our webstore.
We’ve been itching to knit the Veronika up as a store sample since designer Shannon Cook first launched the pattern on Ravelry last July. It just has so much going for it! It’s cozy, casual, and stylish with rustic flare. We opted to knit ours with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and couldn’t be happier with this marriage of yarn and pattern. Veronika is a great choice if you’re looking for simple knitting – just ribbing followed by knit and purl rows. The back section is large, but once it’s done, you are so close to being finished. The pattern is very clear, with links to tutorials for techniques such as seaming and cable cast on. And, worked at this gauge, Shelter really shines – it softens up and blooms beautifully after blocking!
SHOP Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in our webstore!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2 PM – 5PM
In our continuing series featuring incredibly talented and successful local hand-dyers, please join us in welcoming the incomparable Julie Asselin to the shop on Saturday, October 14th, 2 pm – 5 pm. Julie’s yarns are among the most sought after in our store and we have been excited to watch the growth and development of her company over the last few years.
We’re looking forward to hosting Julie and her husband, Jean-Francois, for the afternoon and are keen to hear about their approach to this industry and recent changes they’ve made in their dyeing process. We will have samples of Julie’s various lines available for “tasting” and Julie will share with us a collection of samples knit up with her yarns. There will also be an informal Q & A session and you will be able to purchase two of Julie’s yarns not usually available at Espace Tricot. NOMADE – the newest addition to Julie Asselin’s lineup – is a beautiful fingering weight (80% merino, 20% nylon) with a high twist and springy construction and comes in a generous put up of 500 yards per 4 oz. skein. NURTURED is a wonderfully rustic worsted weight blend of Rambouillet, Targhee, and Merino wools. We are so excited to see both of these ourselves!
And, of course, there will be door-prizes 🙂
Finally, on top of all this, Julie will also be running a dyeing workshop in-store from 6 pm – 10 pm. This 4-hour class requires registration and has an associated fee (see details below). If you’ve always wanted to know what the process of hand-dyeing was all about, here is your chance! Please note that this particular workshop will be offered in French only.
Yay – another perfectly yarn-y afternoon is on the horizon!
ATELIER: INTRODUCTION À LA TEINTURE AVEC DES TEINTURES ACIDES (Cours en français)
Samedi, 18h à 22h, le 14 octobre
Venez joindre Julie Asselin pour cet atelier de teinture. Elle va discuter avec vous des différents types de fibres, de leur impact sur le résultat final, ainsi que sur l’agencement des couleurs. Puis vous serez introduits à la teinture avec des teintures acides et les applications de la méthode à effet « peint à la main ». Le matériel nécessaire pour cet atelier sera fourni.
Podcast Episode #12 is now up on YouTube! In this installment we talk about new and re-stocked yarns, our matching Oraefi sweaters, new store samples, our personal WIPs and FOs, and we take a little time to discuss our approach to deciding on sweater patterns to knit for ourselves.
We hope you enjoy 🙂 !
Remember, show notes can be found in our Ravelry discussion group HERE.
Click HERE to watch!
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.
SHOP Cascade Magnum in our webstore.
We have a new free pattern for you today, just in time for the cooler weather! Au Chalet is a simple and cozy blanket featuring large and small cables interspersed with squishy garter stitch and framed with a border of easy ribbing and garter stitch ridges. We designed this throw (finished measurements: 54″ x 66″) with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted – a superwash yarn – for easy care and maintenance. Snuggle up with this beauty as the days get colder and shorter and stay toasty warm all winter long!
SHOP Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in our webstore!
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.
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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! 🙂
SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore.
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!).
The first in our series of clin d’oeil episodes is now up on YouTube! Clin d’oeil means “wink” in French and that’s what these focused episodes are meant to be – a briefer look at a specific topic. In this episode we focus on laceweight projects that are perfect for knitting and wearing in the warmer months but which transition easily to Fall and Winter.
Remember, show notes can always be found in our Ravelry discussion group HERE.
We hope you enjoy!
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.
SHOP Sparrow yarn in our webstore.
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.
TWINLEAF by Grace Anna Farrow
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.
(You may have noticed Lisa was wearing this wrap in some of our TNNA pictures!)
SHOP Meadow in our webstore!
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)
LIZZIE by Julie Weisenberger
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!
SHOP Acadia in our webstore!