Tee

Today I would like to highlight the final pattern in The Knit Cafe’s Wee Collection Fall 2014. It’s called Tee!

It’s a small size t-shirt, to fit baby and up to 3-years in size. Knit in organic cotton it is meant to be casual and comfortable, the polka dot embellishment is meant to be a whole lot of fun!

tee front cropThis is the front!

tee back cropThis is the back!

teeYou may add the polka dots where you will as they are added on after with a marvelous and easy technique called duplicate stitch.

Duplicate Stitch is a wonderful way to add coloured embellishments to your knitted garments.  It is more akin to an embroidery than a knitting technique and is so simple and fun to do. I will demonstrate in the form of a tutorial!

DUPLICATE STITCH TUTORIAL

You will need: a darning needle, and contrast colour yarn in the same thickness as the yarn you used to knit your garment, and sharp scissors too.

Cut a piece of yarn. The length of which will depend on how large an area you intend to cover, tempered by how long a piece you can handle pulling up through your work repetitively without getting tangled up. It takes approximately 147cm length of yarn to make a polka dot but we made each polka dot with two separate lengths of yarn. We started with a piece of yarn about 80cm long.

duplicate st 1

Thread your yarn on your darning needle and thread it through your knit fabric just under the stitch you intend to cover. Duplicate stitch is always worked over stocking stitch so each stitch will resemble a V in shape.  The needle will come up at the base of the V, shown here with a  red dot!
Leave a length of yarn on the reverse side of the fabric which is long enough to darn into your work once you are finished the duplicate stitching.

duplicate st 2

Next, thread your yarn through the stitch above the stitch you intend to cover.  The needle goes under one arm of the V and through the other arm.  See illustration above.

duplicate st 3

Then insert your needle through the original spot where your yarn first appeared.  Pull just so that the yarn covers the stitch, not so tight that it puckers the fabric and shows the stitch underneath and not so loose that it looks untidy.

duplicate st 4

To place a duplicate stitch beside the one you just finished, bring your needle up under the base of the V beside the stitch you just covered (indicated with blue dot) and repeat the steps above.

duplicate st 5

Or you can place a stitch above the duplicate stitch you just completed by bringing your needle up under the base of the V above the completed duplicate stitch as shown by the blue dot in the diagram.

Repeat as necessary to finish your polka dot or whatever pattern you fancy.

tee

We used Anzula’s Mini Skeins in For Better or Worsted yarn to make our polka dots. One skein in each of the 3 colours was plenty to make the polka dots we required. Hooray for mini skeins!

Other patterns in the Wee Collection Fall 2014 are Baby Harem.  and Tremblant Blanket and Bunting for Beginners too. You can see all The Knit Cafe’s Pattern on our Ravelry Page HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Getting Misti

Some folks love their alpaca, and who can blame them? Not only are alpacas a very handsome species of animal, who by the way are not nearly the spitters that their cousins the llamas are, but they also produce remarkable fleece. Sinfully soft and light as a feather it is also one of the warmest fibres around. Garments made with alpaca will keep you cozy on the coldest of days.  Many of the unfortunates who are sensitive to wool have no skin irritation with alpaca.  Amazing!

The Knit Cafe carries Misti Alpaca Chunky, which is made from 100% baby alpaca, ie: even softer! Yesterday we received our Fall Order. It includes 9 colours, some solid dyes and heathered colour blends.

…and also, 4 hand painted colour-ways!

misti alpaca

 Treasure

misti alpaca

Faberge

misti alpaca

Winter Queen

misti alpaca

Midnight Sapphire.

Aren’t they pretty things?
Come in and check out the rest of the fine colours and give them a squeeze – you won’t believe how soft they are.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

A Red Carpet Premiere – A New Class

Our friend and Knit Cafe collaborator Andrea Dorfman has finished a new feature film. It is called Heartbeat and it will be opening at the Tiff Lightbox on November 21rst.  You should go!
I had the opportunity to see the film during the Toronto International Film Festival. It is a wonderful and charming film that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy – much like a pair of hand-made crocheted slippers like these ones do ⇓

Heartbeat Slipper

Heartbeat includes an inspired wardrobe choice in the form of some chunky, ruby-red slippers.  They make quite an impression! We’re pretty certain after watching the film you might want to make a pair of your own. So we are offering a class to teach you how!

hearbeat slipper

Even if you have never crocheted before you can take this class and learn to make these slippers.  It is an Absolute Beginner Class, and a great way to learn basic crochet skills.

heartbeat slipper 2

Heartbeat Slipper – A Beginner Crochet Class

Sunday November 30, 12:30-3pm
1 session, $32, materials not included
To register call us at 416 533 5648
Or register online right HERE

heartbeat poster2

You can watch a trailer for Andrea’s movie, Heartbeat HERE
I’ll see you at the Lightbox come November 21rst.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Burly is Back!

The fattest yarn in the shop is Burly Spun by Brown Sheep.  It’s 100% wool and knits 2-2.5 stitches per inch.  Get out your broomstick needles, 15mm, 20mm, even 25mm is ok.  You will have your project done in no time.
Come by The Knit Cafe and we can pull out sample after knit sample made from this yarn.  Some of it is knit extra tight like the Chunky Cardi which is knit with a 10mm needle.  Our Martin Scarf pattern is knit with a 15mm needle and our Mondo Neck Cozy pattern uses a 20mm. Apparently we can’t stop knitting with this wool and who can blame us – it knits-up so darn fast!

burly spun

We have a wonderful autumnal selection of colours now.   Above is Grey Heather, Jack Plum, Spring Bluebell, and Charcoal Heather.

burly spun

Prairie Fire, Bing Cherry, Sable, Oatmeal, and Oregano

burly spun

Aztec Turquoise, Cream. Deep Charcoal and Ruby Red.

chunky cardi
Chunky Cardi

martin scarf mondo cowl
Martin Scarf and Mondo Neck Cozy

You could even use the Burly Spun to make an extra big size stuffy, like an owl in our upcoming Crochet Critter Class.

Our AMIGURUMI CLASS is this Thursday!
Make a Crocheted Owl!
To Register click HERE

owls

Craftily yours,
Kristin

Tremblant Baby Blanket

Last week there was some show and tell here concerning our new knit pattern Baby Harem. It’s  part of  The Knit Cafe’s recently released series of patterns – Wee Collection Fall 2014.  Today I would like to introduce the Tremblant Blanket from the same collection.

triangle blanket

This blanket was named for it’s geometric stitch pattern which resembles mountain peaks.  Knit in creamy white it brings to mind the snow covered ski runs in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

triangle blanket

The body of the blanket is knit all in one with knits and purls defining the triangle texture. The border is knit on after using a pick up and knit technique. triangle blanket schematic crop

Make the blanket your own in the picking and choosing of the four contrast colours that border the blanket.

tremblant blanket

The aran weight yarn makes this blanket thick and cushioned. We used Cascade128 which is a wonderfully soft merino that is machine washable too!

Check out the TREMBLANT BLANKET and the rest of our Wee Collection Fall 2014 and more Knit Cafe patterns to boot in our Ravelry store HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

New Knit 101 Dates

Our October Knit 101 Class has filled up fast! Ditto for the November 7, 14, 21, 28 Class – only one spot left! So what to do?  We must pass on the knit skills to all would be knitters as is our mandate.
In answer – we shuffled around the schedule and managed to carve out some new dates for our beginner knitting class we call Knit 101.

Knit 101
Monday October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 7-9pm
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Register HERE
or call us at 416 533 5648

knit 101

Learn to knit a cozy scarf!

scarf

Then learn to knit a hat!

knit 101 hat

With double pointed needles ↓

knit 101 hat

Reading knitting patterns too!

See you there.

Thanksgiving Hours – We will be closed on Monday October 13
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Baby Harem Pants

These roomy pantaloons we call Baby Harem are from our newly released series of knitting patterns. Along with Tremblant Blanket, Tee, and Bunting for Beginners they make up our Wee Collection Fall 2014.

harem pants

These pants are knit in one piece from the cuff up. The pocket is knit first and then knit into the pants, also with no seaming required. Extra room in the trunk for diapers is achieved with short row shaping. The elastic waist keeps everything in place for crawlers and walkers too.

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harem pants

We used sweet Koigu mini skeins for the accent colours. The delicate, stripe details that decorate the ribbed cuffs and the pocket lining are really the delicious, defining details in this garment. Have fun picking the colours!

koigu mini skeinsbaby harem

To make Baby Harem you will need:
2.5mm /US1.5 DPN, 2.75mm/US2 DPN, 2.75mm/US2 16” circular needle.
Yarn: 2(3,3) Koigu Kppm (160m/175yds each). 4 Koigu Skeinettes, 10m each

Sizes: 6-12, (12-18, 18-24) months
To fit: Waist measurement up to 20 (22, 24)cm/ 8 (8 3/4, 9.5)”

Skill Level: Knitters must know how to knit in rounds on circular and double pointed needles. Short row shaping, decreases including “knit two together” and “ slip, slip, knits”, as well as “make one” increases are used in this pattern

Find Baby Harem Pattern on Ravelry HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin