FAIR & SQUARE
Fair & Square is a happy little baby blanket knit in the round from the center out. The fun stripes provide an opportunity to play with colour and the transitional knit/purl row between each stripe lends lovely texture and dimension. Knit with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK, a machine washable blend of merino wool and silk, this blanket is squishy and soft and easy to care for – a perfect choice for the little ones in your life. Our sample is a generous 41″ square but the blanket can be easily reduced by eliminating colours. Modification instructions for a 32” square are provided in the pattern.
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SIMPLE MODERN THROW
So, calling this a pattern may be stretching things a little but we received so many requests for specifics after Lisa blogged about knitting it for her home that we had to share this very simple recipe. A modern colour-block throw works in just about any space, and soft and squishy garter stitch always brings warmth and comfort. Lisa decided on a 1/3 to 2/3 split for her version but this is an opportunity to play with colour. Do equal halves or use more than two colours! It’s a mindless, soothing project that lends itself well to knitting in company or while watching TV. A perfect choice for calming frayed nerves.🙂
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Chevron Cloud combines wonderfully luxurious yarns and graphic texture in a light, versatile wrap that will make a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. Equally at home over a fancy dress or paired with jeans and a tee, this soft, modern rectangular wrap is an easy accessory choice for any occasion. The silk and mohair of Handmaiden’s Maiden Hair yarn and the lighter weight Silk Cloud from Shibui Knits lend the wrap both an exquisite sheen and a delicate halo – the stuff of dreams and clouds.
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Wrapped in Lino
Wrapped in Lino is similar to our Kigali Nights Shawl but is much wider and larger, and the
whole piece is knit in stockinette. It remains a parallelogram with both ends knit using short rows to create sloped lines. The pattern is easily modified by casting on more or less stitches and changing the length of the stockinette section. This, however, will affect the required yardage.
Pashmina Stripes is an easy, high-impact wrap worked in alternating 30-row stripes of four coordinating colours. Madelinetosh Pashmina is knit at a loose gauge for maximum drape and drama. While simple and straightforward, the gorgeous interplay of hand-dyed colourways makes this wrap anything but boring!
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LE PETIT PARISIEN
Le Petit Parisien is a light, stylish accessory with gorgeous texture and Parisian flair! It’s knit from the bottom up with a one stitch garter border and an increase at each end of every right row. On the last row an increase is done every 3 stitches in order to gain more width at the top edge.
Whirligig is a light-hearted and whimsical scarf knit with alternating colours of Noro Taiyo yarn. Knit in the round as a long tube, “resting” yarns are carried up along the inside of the scarf so there are, miraculously, just a few ends to sew in at the end of all those stripes. The profusion of colour will soothe your eyes and brighten your mood on bleak winter days and the double-thickness fabric will keep you warm and toasty.
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Kigali Nights is a beautiful, vibrant wrap knit during a recent trip to Rwanda. The shawl is a parallelogram with one end sloping more than the other. It begins with stockinette and short rows, which creates a gentle slope. Half-way through the pattern switches to reverse stockinette with short row shaping at the end creating a steeper slope.
A fun and cozy cowl knit in the round from the top down. Warm and snug around the neck with increasing circumference towards the bottom for ample coverage around the chest and shoulders. The dark and light stripes create a modern, graphic look while the bold pops of colour at both ends keep it lighthearted. Functional and chic!
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LE MONT ROYAL
A lovely, cozy shrug that can also be worn as a scarf. A simple rectangle, with buttonholes on one side. When the knitting is finished, simply fold it in half lengthwise, sew on your buttons et voila! Le Mont Royal is knit with Rowan’s Brushed Fleece, a super soft blend of extra fine merino wool and baby alpaca, making it warm but very lightweight. Easy to knit. Easy to wear.
A shawl / scarf in the form of a sail! L’Escargot Bleu begins at the narrowest point and widens by increasing 2 stitches every 6 rows. Each stripe is 6 rows. On the 3rd row of each stripe, there is an increase at each end of the row. Yarn is carried up throughout the scarf. Finished with a wide band of accent colour! Knit with Madelinetosh Pashmina.
SCRUMPTIOUS STRIPES SOCKS
Super fun socks knit with Stripe Me Up from Scrumptious Purl! A simple cuff-down design for multiple sizes, the Scrumptious Stripes Socks pattern provides a perfect canvas for showing off the precision of this carefully dyed yarn. Bold and bright in unexpected colour combinations, these are sure to make you smile every time you look down at your feet.
Chevron Baby Blanket
We modified our popular Chevron Colour-Block Blanket (see below) to create this cheerful and modern baby blanket using Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. One skein each of 5 colours. Easy-peasy and fun to knit!
A racerback tee knit with Wrapped Silk (N-84) from Habu Textiles! Designed to layer over a tank top or t-shirt, Villeneuve is a chic addition to any summer wardrobe. This garment is meant to fit loosely at chest with minimum ease. Please select size accordingly. Body of garment is worked in the round from the bottom up then back and front are worked flat in Stockinette Stitch from the armhole bind-off.
Pattern updated April 28, 2014
Last instructions before Finishing section now read:
“Work until piece measures 10 (10, 10, 10, 11, 12)” from neckline then place stitches on hold.”
Pattern update May 2014:
Under BODY section:
Knit 49 sts has been changed to k41 (45, 47, 49, 53, 57)
Le PETIT PARISIEN
Pattern available in English and French.
The perfect little summer bag for strolling around town, light shopping, or meeting friends for a cocktail on a terrace! The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Handles are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. Knit with Sparrow yarn from Quince & Co. this bag is both pretty and casual and the 100% linen content makes it strong and durable. Form and function!
Both elegant and minimalist, our Aisé wrap is the perfect warm weather accessory. It can be worn formally or casually depending on the occasion (think little black dress or jeans) and the laceweight blend of linen (42%) and cashmere (58%) make it ideal for use in air conditioned offices and on spring days and cool summer evenings. Knit with Sylph yarn from Jade Sapphire the fabric of this piece is soft and airy with a slight texture.
Pattern updated April 2, 2014 – extra eyelet removed at end of Row 2 in Eyelet Section
We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket
Happy and colourful, this wonderfully simple baby blanket perfectly matches the joy of welcoming a new arrival into the world. Knit with Koigu KPPPM (100% merino), the We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket is an easy garter stitch project – the first stitch of every row is slipped purlwise with the yarn in front to allow for easy picking up of stitches along each side to create a log cabin style border. With more than 100 colours of hand-painted Koigu KPPPM in stock the sky truly is the limit in terms of possible combinations.
Soft and cozy beyond measure! Knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% merino) and Filatura di Crosa Superior (70% Cashmere / 30% Silk), our Split Personality scarf is worked as a simple tube from end to end beginning and ending with 2×2 ribbing. The combination of Tosh Light and Superior and the use of larger needles makes this incredibly light and plush and, because it’s knit in the round, there’s no “wrong” side! A great project to have on the go for social knitting or as a respite from more challenging patterns. With more than 72 colours of Tosh Light in stock along with a full range of Superior, at least half the fun will be in creating your own split personality combo.
Hill & Dale Cowl
Knit with SweetGeorgia Yarns – Worsted (100% merino – hand-dyed / machine washable), our Hill & Dale Cowl integrates double-moss stitch and simple 2×2 ribbing in a gorgeous infinity cowl that looks equally handsome worn as a single loop or doubled for extra-warmth. Felicia Lo’s trademark hand-dyed colourways and the heavy 4-ply worsted yarn combine to make this a warm, stylish, high-impact knit that won’t shed on your favourite wool coat. Knit in the round beginning with double-moss stitch and ending with ribbing.
Knit with Classic Elite Yarns Firefly (25% Linen / 75% Viscose), our Firefly Tunic combines a softly draping neckline, drop shoulders, and a longer a-line body in a relaxed summer pullover. The blend of linen and viscose produces a crisp fabric with beautiful drape and a slight sheen. A separate cowl adds flare and versatility! Like Léger (see below), this pattern includes directions for 11 sizes and can be easily adjusted in terms of body and sleeve length. Knit in the round from the bottom-up. Sleeves are knit flat and seamed.
Knit with Rowan Creative Linen (50% cotton / 50% linen), Léger combines a boat neck, drop shoulders, and nautical stripes in an easy-to-wear casual summer pullover. Pattern includes directions for 11 sizes and can be easily adjusted in terms of body and sleeve length. Knit in the round from the bottom-up.
We love how this simple tee turned out. Back and front are identical so decide which colour to wear facing forward based on your mood or outfit! Simple, lightweight, chic – perfect for spring/summer.
Simple Hemp Tote
A great summer tote knit with Hemp for Knitting’s allHemp6LUX (100% Hemp) and finished with a pair of rolled leather handles from Greyson E. As the name implies, this is a super easy project that knits up in no time. It’s worked as a long rectangle with angled corners, folded in half and seamed to finish. Classic in style, the combination of brown, natural, and black makes this a great casual bag that will work with most outfits (and shoes!). Still, we can see this knit in a variety of colour combinations making the most of the beautiful shades available in allHemp6LUX and the various colours of Grayson E. handles (e.g. Brown, Amber, Buckskin, Olive, Red, Black).
Knit with Habu Textiles Tsumugi Silk (100% silk) our Ombre Tank is perfect for hot summer days. If you can’t wait, layer it with a tee and you’re set for spring! We used the same technique as the Ombre cowl to achieve the gradation of colours. The fabric is crisp yet soft and supple at the same time and the A-line shaping is very flattering on most body types. Lower body is knit in the round and front and back neckline are kept the same – an easy knit with minimal finishing work.
Shadow & Light
While not a unique design concept, this lengthwise scarf/wrap which is knit in-the-round and then “steeked”, uses two luxury yarns we couldn’t resist pairing.
One skein each of Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cash Silk Single and Handmaiden Fine Yarn Maiden Hair along with this simple pattern is all you need to create this soft and luminescent wrap.
Chevron Colour-Block Blanket
Adapting the pattern developed for our Missoni Inspired Scarf (see below), this luxurious throw is knit using 4 shades of Cascade Eco Cloud – a soft 30% alpaca, 70% merino blend with a chainette construction.
4 skeins 1810 – (Colour A)
4 skeins 1806 – (Colour B)
2 skeins 1801 – (Colour C)
2 skeins 1809 – (Colour D)
A perfect cozy blanket. This pattern is easily sized upwards / downwards.
Missoni Inspired Scarf
By Melissa Clulow for Espace Tricot
A high-impact Missoni-inspired scarf knit up in worsted weight yarn – guaranteed to lift your spirits through the grey days of winter! Uses 2 skeins of main colour and partial skeins of 5 other colours.
If you’re stash-busting, here are approximate yardages for the 5 colours used at each end:
Colour A – 120 yds / 110 m
Colour B – 70 yds / 64 m
Colour C – 55 yds / 50 m
Colour D – 95 yds / 87 m
Colour F – 75 yds / 69 m
By Mona Schmidt
Pip is a fun knit using only one skein of worsted weight yarn and knit up on rather large needles to get a very drapey fabric.
Knit in Stockinette Stitch Pip has an unfinished, almost deconstructed look, no blocking required!