For the love of linen: Summer store sample round-up!

Lisa and I have been talking a lot about summer knitting over the last weeks and are looking forward to showing you more of what we have in store in an upcoming podcast.  In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a quick reference here for a few of our favourites knit up with linen or linen-blend yarns (there are many more samples in store!).  Underneath the pictures you’ll see a numbered list with links to each of the project pages on Ravelry where you can find links to the patterns and details about the yarns used, etc. While we don’t still carry all of the yarns indicated, we can certainly recommend many perfect substitutes.

There are so many beautiful things to knit for warmer weather – just switch up your fibers and continue enjoying your favourite hobby through the spring and summer!

Note:  All of the samples shown are available for viewing in-store.


–  Melissa

  1. On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
  2. L.1 by Antonia Shankland
  3. Slope by Shellie Anderson
  4. Westbourne by Isabell Kraemer
  5. Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein
  6. Ship to Shore by Katie Rempe
  7. Tier by Shellie Anderson
  8. Davis by Pam Allen
  9. Wrapped in Lino by Espace Tricot
  10. Vested Interest by Jamie Thomas
  11. Gemini by Jane Richmond
  12. Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White
  13. Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen
  14. Aise by Espace Tricot
  15. Gretel by Julie Weisenberger
  16. Summer Fling by Espace Tricot
  17. Sweet Pleat by Hanna Fettig


New store sample: Scarfy Thing

The Scarfy Thing is quite possibly one of the most fun projects you’ll knit this year! This recipe by Beata Jezek gives enough detail to get you started and keep you on track yet offers enough flexibility to add your own stamp.  Lisa used Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colourways for pops of colour throughout. She finished the whole thing with a deeper speckled neutral for the i-cord edge.  The scarf can be made as long or as wide as you wish, simply study the structure before you begin to understand which sections will define your width and length.  And, note, this is a great stash-busting project. No need to purchase 7 new skeins (unless you want to!) – fingering weight minis and leftovers can be easily integrated as you like.

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

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore!

–  Melissa

New store sample: Find your Fade Shawl

My “Find your Fade” shawl is finally finished! I fell hard for this pattern by Andrea Mowry but just couldn’t “find my fade” with speckled yarns so opted for a colour-block approach with more solid tonals in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. They say big is beautiful and this is certainly a shawl with very generous proportions. While some may find this a challenge, we think it adds great versatility, making it wearable in so many different ways.  As usual, Andrea’s pattern is well-written and, once you’re through the first section, it’s easily memorized.  Just remember, things change slightly when you switch to colour number 4 (ask me how I know to warn you about this) 🙂

Although I knit this for myself, I think it will head back to Montreal with Lisa after this weekend (she’s coming for another visit – yay!) for a month or two in the store.

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

SHOP Tosh Merino Light in our webstore.

–  Melissa

New project: Light Turtleneck Sweater


Although this project isn’t a store sample (it’s all mine), it ranks high on the “favourite things I’ve knit for myself” list and so I feel its worth blogging 🙂 The pattern is the Light Turtleneck Sweater by Anna & Heidi Pickles – a straighforward raglan style that is quick and simple to knit and easily customizable. The turtleneck, extra long sleeves, and fluffy halo of the fabric all appealed to me and, after a little process of weighing all my options, I decided to knit this with the very affordable Drops Alpaca (colour #7895) stranded with the very luxurious Shibui Silk Cloud (colour Field). The fabric created by the blend of alpaca with silk and mohair is deliciously warm and light with enough structure that I have confidence the sweater will retain its shape over time.  I opted for a much shorter body length than called for in the pattern and love the juxtaposition of this length with the longer sleeves which actually come partway down the hand. Modern, casual, and chic – I look forward to making another one or two of these in different colours to round out my turtleneck wardrobe!

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

SHOP Drops Alpaca in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

–  Melissa



New store sample: Copenhagen Calling


We adapted Isabell Kraemer’s beautiful Copenhagen Cowl to be knit with a worsted weight yarn. Woolfolk Far in two high contrast colourways makes this an exquisitely soft and cozy cowl with seriously modern style. The three stitch motifs play wonderfully together and keep the knitting fun and interesting. A perfect January project!

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

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.



–  Melissa


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


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

Access pattern and additional project details on our Ravelry page.

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



–   Melissa

New store samples for kids: Peacock Dress & Isadora Lopapeysa

Peacock Dress by Pernille Larson


A sweet lace dress for your cherished little one designed by Pernille Larson. We love how the Peacock Dress manages to look both modern and worthy of traditional heirloom status at the same time. Knit with Julie Asselin’s exquisitely dyed Fino yarn (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk), this wee gem positively glows. A beautiful addition to the wardrobe of any little girl on the go! Available in sizes 6 months through 6 years.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Julie Asselin Fino in our webstore.



Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn


We loved the colours of the original design of the Isadora Lopapeysa sweater by Kate Gagnon Osborn so much we decided not to reinvent the wheel. A sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up with lovely colourwork at round yoke, sleeves and waist. Practical and stylish! Available in sizes 6 months through 10 years.

View additional photos and project details of our sample on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Fibre Company Acadia in our webstore.



 – Melissa

Two new store samples: Super Bulky (Insta-knit!) Cowls

Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter


The Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter is a quick and beautiful accessory knit with just 1 skein of Freia’s stunning Ombré Super Bulky yarn. The colour transitions and texture create a soft, gorgeous cowl that will brighten up any winter day.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Freia Ombre Super Bulky in our webstore.


LTYC Super Bulky Cowl Kelly Hechinger


A fabulous last-minute-knitted-gift, either for yourself or a knit-worthy individual in your life. The LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger is another one-skein project that knits up in no time. Soft and invitingly squishy in Malabrigo’s superbulky Rasta (100% merino), this is perfect instant-gratification / emergency knitting  🙂

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Malabrigo Rasta in our webstore.


–  Melissa 

New store sample: Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager


Lisa and I first saw the Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager on the runway at the the National Needlearts Trade Show in the Spring and were smitten with the texture and generous scale of it. When we visited the Blue Sky Fibers booth we tumbled even further in love when we felt the Woolstok yarn – lofty and cozy and decidedly wooly. In the end, we decided to knit our version somewhat shorter than the original (we used six 50 g balls instead of nine) but it is still very generous in length!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Note: Woolstok is available in the full colour range in 50 g balls and in several neutrals in 150 g balls. Two 150 g balls would be enough to complete a version like ours.

SHOP Woolstok in our webstore.



–  Melissa

New store sample: Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry


The Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry is a wonderfully entertaining knit due to the colour and technique changes throughout.  This project provides a perfect canvas for knitters to express their personality and creativity with colour and the fairisle section is a great opportunity for beginners to try out a little colourwork. We are big fans of Blue Sky Fiber’s new Woolstok yarn – it’s lofty and airy and a pleasure to knit with and after steam blocking the fabric softens but doesn’t lose body – exactly what one wants from a 100% wool yarn!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolstok yarn in our webstore.

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— Melissa

New store sample: Wurm


With a double-thickness brim and the perfect amount of slouch, the Wurm hat, by Katharina Nopp, is funky and stylish and, above all, warm. We knit our version with 1 ball of Schoppel-Wolle Gradient, a soft 100% merino with gorgeous transitional colour changes.  We used a worsted weight yarn (instead of sport weight) so we cast on 82 stitches instead of 90 and used larger needles.

Additional photos and specific modifications are included on our Ravelry project page – click here to view.

SHOP Schoppel Wolle Gradient in our webstore!


–  Melissa

New store sample: Favorite Slouchy Hat


We blogged The Favorite Knit Slouchy Hat by Jamie Sande a few weeks ago as our Free Pattern Friday feature.  We fell in love with this stylish and highly wearable pattern and decided to knit it up as a store sample with Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the the Dahlia colourway.  Now that it’s finished, we can confirm this is a quick and easy-peasy unisex hat project – perfect for the whole family. Think holiday gift giving!

SHOP Madelinetosh Vintage in our webstore.

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


–  Melissa

New store samples: Brioche Cowls!

Briochevron cowl & scarf by Stephen West


We opted for the cowl version of Stephen West’s beautiful, squishy Briochevron Cowl & Scarf, which is achieved by simply sewing the I-cord CO and BO edges together with a half twist. The black Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn provides a perfect stage for the colour-changing Schoppel-Wolle Gradient to come out and play and the delicious allover texture means this cowl looks great no matter how you twist it. The easy to memorize pattern is a pleasure to knit and the finished piece will surely impress!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Schoppel Wolle Gradient.
SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.


Wheat and Chaff Cowl by Katrin Schubert


The WHEATandCHAFF Cowl by Katrin Schubert yields a perfectly reversible piece with different patterns on the right and “wrong” sides. The most surprising thing about this little gem? The pattern is achieved with straight two-colour brioche knitting and just one single pattern round. As the designer notes, this is a “one-round-wonder which gives you a two-in-one pattern”! We knit our store sample with Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima – 1 skein each of two contrasting colourways – and love the stunning effect. Soft and cozy with dramatic flare!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.


–  Melissa

New store sample: Hitchhiker



Hitchhiker, by Martina Behm, is a quick and simple project, ideal for showing off the beauty of the new mini-skein sets becoming available from many of our favourite hand-dyers. Just one Party of Five fingering weight set from SweetGeorgia Yarns is all you need to make this happy scarf – a perfect transitional accessory that will help you say adieu to summer and embrace the cooler days of autumn with style and equanimity. 🙂

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

SHOP Party of Five Mini-Skein Sets in our webstore. (Unfortunately, the colourway featured above [Jelly Bean] is currently out of stock but there are many other equally lovely options!).


–  Melissa

New store sample: Knit ‘n Slide


Knit ‘n Slide is yet another very fun pattern from Stephen West that’s a nice combination of both easy knitting and interesting technique.  We created our version with a combination of Hedgehog Fibres and Madelinetosh yarns and love the bright and colourful result. The first section uses a simple knit ‘n slide technique that requires only knitting (no purling) and the lacy border features yarn overs and shortcut rows that create beautiful scallops. The border is further accentuated with a picot-edge bind off that is time-consuming but worth the extra effort!

See additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Hedghehog Fibres and Madelinetosh Tosh Light in our webstore!





–  Melissa


New store samples: Falling and Vested Interest

FALLING by Joji Locatelli


Joji Locatelli’s Falling is a beautifully airy stole that is anything but ordinary. Charming eyelets and a knit-as-you-go frill give this wrap a distinctly feminine yet modern feel. Exquisitely soft and lightweight in Manos del Uruguay’s stunning Marina yarn, this elegant accessory will make a pretty and versatile addition to any wardrobe!

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

SHOP Manos del Uruguay Marina in our webstore!





We love the simple construction and beautiful drape of this quick and easy linen vest by Jamie Thomas. Vested Interest is knit with Quince & Co’s Kestrel yarn on a 9 mm needle and works up in no time!  Very chic over a tank or tee with your favourite necklace.

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

SHOP Quince & Co. Kestrel in our webstore!


–  Melissa

New store sample: Campside by Alicia Plummer


The gorgeous and popular Campside shawl by Alicia Plummer worked up with Julie Asselin’s luminous Leizu DK was a pleasure to knit from beginning to end. Pretty eyelets throughout the body bounded by tailored ribbing give this shawl a casual elegance that’s perfect for easy summertime wear but lovely all-year round.

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

SHOP Leizu DK in our online store.

Access this FREE pattern through Ravelry here.



–   Melissa

New store sample: Love & Lemons by Melanie Berg


The original Love and Lemons pattern by Melanie Berg calls for laceweight yarn but we opted to knit this up with a heavier weight linen and bigger needles for an even larger version. Crisp and light with gorgeous drape, we love the look of this shawl over sundresses and tanks. A pretty wrap that’s equally at home dressed up or down!

View additional photos and details on our Ravelry project page.

SHOP Montoya Beach yarn in our online store.



–  Melissa

New store sample: Bosc Pear


Tetiana Otruta’s Bosc Pear is beautiful asymmetric, triangular shawl which works wonderfully with Julie Asselin’s Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets.  Worked sideways with eyelet stripes and lacy texture, the size of this lovely accessory makes it quite versatile as a shawl or kerchief-scarf.

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

SHOP Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets (Leizu Nuances).



–  Melissa

New store sample: Allira Shawl by Ambah O’Brien


The Allira Shawl by Ambah O’Brien is a beautiful crescent shaped wrap knit with one skein of a solid main colour and 5 mini-skeins for the contrast edging. We loved the original so much, we used the same Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Set in Avalon to knit up our store sample, perfectly complemented by ARTFIL Belle in Wheat. Garter stitch enhanced by geometric lace gives this shawl a modern yet timeless look. An engaging project with gorgeous results!

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

EDIT: We knit this shawl at a gauge of 19 sts instead of the 18 specified in the pattern.  This allowed us to use just 1 skein of Artfil Belle despite it being less yardage than the original pattern indicates is required.

Shop Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets and ARTFIL Belle in our webstore.

–   Melissa



Shibui Twig, Linen, and Silk Cloud – just re-stocked!

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Those who know us, know we love all things Shibui Knits so it’s always a happy occasion around here when our stocks of these exquisite yarns are replenished. Twig, Linen, and Silk Cloud are among our favourites – just see some of our store samples below for proof 🙂



A unique combination of three fibers, Twig knits into a soft and cool fabric with the kind of drape that is simply effortless.

46% Linen / 42% Recycled Silk / 12% Wool
190 yds / 174 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
22 sts = 4″ on 4 US / 3.5 mm



Distinctive in its delicate, chain ply structure, Linen is a light and crisp yarn that grows softer over time.

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

Silk Cloud


This weightless yarn shines with radiance. Knit Silk Cloud solo for an ethereal fabric or combine for a glowing halo.

60% Kid Mohair / 40% Silk
330 yds / 300 m, 0.88 oz / 25 g
20 sts = 4″ on 7 US / 4.5 mm

Click on store sample images for project details on Ravelry.

22 Little Clouds by Martina Behm
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light


Color Block Cardigan by Chiaki Hayashi
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light


Color Craving by Stephen West
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light + Handmaiden Maiden Hair


Cirrus by Nancy O’Connell
Shibui Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud


Groovy by JumperCables
Shibui Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud


Solo / L1 by Antonia Shankland
Shibui Linen


Linier Top by Sian Price-White
Shibui Linen + Shibui Silk Cloud


On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
Shibui Linen


Slope by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Twig


Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach
Shibui Linen


SS15 | Tier by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Twig


FW15 | Volute by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Silk Cloud + Shibui Cima


Fancy Zebra by Melissa Clulow
Shibui Silk Cloud + Shibui Staccato


Simple Luxury Scarf by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Manos del Uruguay Maxima + Shibui Silk Cloud


Shibui yarns in our online store.


Customer Project Profile (+ New store sample!): Marie-Claude’s Gemini


What is the name of the pattern?   Gemini by Jane Richmond.

What yarn did you use?  A mix of recycled cotton and silk purchased from Espace Tricot several years ago. (ET Note: We believe it was Rowan Summer Tweed, now discontinued).

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern?  Yes – it was an easy project and I enjoyed the seamless, knit-in-the-round construction.

What do you like most about the finished project? The yarn was a beautiful summer blend and a perfect match for the pattern.

Would you knit this again?  Yes, but I think I would make it a little longer.

We’ve just finished the Gemini as a store sample using DROPS Belle, a wonderful mix of cotton, viscose and linen.  As the name suggests, this lovely, top-down pullover has two sides to its personality depending on whether the lace is worn to the back or front – choose between the dressier versus more casual look as your own mood dictates. Knit in the round with DK weight yarn at a loose gauge, Gemini works up quickly and fits beautifully. A great summer tee!

Shop DROPS Belle in our online store.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.




–  Melissa

New store sample: Puerperium by Kelly Brooker


The lovely and practical Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker is perfect for any little newborn. Knit with one skein of the extremely soft and versatile Borgo de’Pazzi Pima Cotton (including the coordinating hat) this makes a wonderful gift to welcome baby into the world. A simple and straightforward pattern. Available in newborn size only (3-4kg birthweight (7-9lb)).

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

Shop Borgo de’Pazzi Pima in our online store.

(Note: Coordinating hat is Top Knot by Lola-JoJo)


For a bold and colourful alternative, here is our sleeveless store sample knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label! Click image for details on our Ravelry project page.


New store sample: Fox Scarf by Gina Michele


Fox Scarf by Gina Michele is a sweet, cruelty-free 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 (in Citrus and Antler) on a 5 mm needle which gives the scarf great structure and stitch definition.

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

Shop Madelinetosh Chunky in our online store.


–  Melissa

New store sample: Slope by Shellie Anderson


Slope by Shellie Anderson is a beautiful tank featuring a high-low hem and easy a-line shape. Shibui Twig lends just the right amount of drape and structure making this a simple, lightweight, and highly wearable summer wardrobe staple. Fresh and very chic!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Shop Shibui Twig in our online store.



–  Melissa