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


Craftily yours,

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

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!


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

Craftily yours


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.


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


Delicious DK from Sweet Georgia

Gorgeous gem-coloured skeins of yarn to suit pretty near anyone’s fancy – it’s Sweet Georgia!  Each Sweet Georgia tag says “passionate + relentless + unapologetic colour”, and I think I have the proof of this statement right here in these pictures.
We received a lovely shipment of Superwash Merino DK, each skein sporting 234m/256yds, each hand dyed delectable, and priced at $24.
The variegated colours are particularly joyful and would make wonderful kids gear.  The tone on tone hand dyes have ceaseless possibilities but I predict more then a few Honey Cowls might be made from this yarn.

sweet georgia dk

Summer Dusk

sweet georgia dk


sweet georgia dk

Lakeshore Drive

sweet georgia dk

Blood Orange

sweet georgia dk

From Top Left, clockwise: Pistachio, Saffron, Lawn, Lucky

sweet georgia dk


sweet georgia dk

Midnight Graden

sweet georgia dk


sweet georgia dk


sweet georgia dk

Left: Tumbled Stone, Right: Hush

sweet georgia dk

Violet Hill

sweet georgia dk

Top: Riptide. Bottom Left: Nightshade. Bottom Right: Charcoal

sweet georgia dk

Coral Rose

sweet georgia dk


sweet georgia dk

Top: Orchid. Bottom Left:Mist, Bottom Right: Grape Jelly

sweet georgia dk


Craftily yours


Bunting for Beginners and other new patterns!

We are excited to announce that we have 4 new Knit Cafe patterns!

#1 Bunting for Beginners is available right here, right now and for FREE!!

The rest you can download through the Knit Cafe’s Ravelry Page.
#2 Baby Harem
#3 Tremblant Baby Blanket
#4 Tee

Check them out! You might see a theme emerge.  Yes – all these patterns are of the cute variety meant for small people. Comfy-cozy, diaper-fitting pants, a happy, happy baby blanket, and a shirt to ooh and ahh over. More will be mentioned about these in times to come but for now, have a look-see at Bunting For Beginners! It’s ready to gussy up your world!



A go-to recipe for dressing up a room or preparing for a party – just add bunting! Colourful flags are so cheerful and easy to make too. This pattern combines a little bit of knitting with a little bit of crochet, but you’ll only need the basics for both.

Materials: worsted weight yarn in as many colours as you like (we used 4 flag colours and 1 connecting colour). One 100 gr, 200m/220yd skein makes approximately 30 flags.

4.5mm/US7 straight needles, 4 mm/US6 crochet hook, darning needle, scissors.

Gauge: 20sts per 10cm/4” on 4.5mm/US7 needle

Flag size: W 8cm/3.25”, H 5.5cm/2.25”

To make flag:

CO 3 sts and K 1 row.

Next row: *SL1, M1, K to end of row*, repeat till 15 sts on the needle.

Bind off and weave in ends.

Continue to make flags till desired number is reached.

Connecting flags:
Using crochet hook and connecting colour CH 5, * 1SC into each bound off stitch of a flag, CH 20*, repeat until all the flags are connected, end last repeat with CH5.

sts: stitches
K: knit
SL1: slip one
M1: make one
CH: chain (crochet)
SC: single crochet

Level: Knitters must know how to cast on, knit, bind off, how to increase with “make one” and how to both chain and single crochet with a crochet hook.



Craftily yours

Just beginning, or just finished? What are you knitting?

Iwona just stopped by to show me her new hand-knit sweater, fresh off the blocking board! It is spectacular!
You might be surprised to here that even though Iwona and I are both knitting fairly constantly, it is still a rare event for us to make a sweater meant for keeps. A sweater is a pretty big commitment after all.  It takes time it takes lots of yarn, and sometimes it takes trial and error to get the perfect size and shape, or the perfect combo of needles, yarn, and pattern. It is for the love of these challenges that I wish I had time to make more sweaters, that and so I would have more cozy things to wear.

You know what does not take a long time to knit?

A hat!

Have you ever made one before? More experienced knitters know it is one of the fastest projects around.  Knitters who have only made scarves before have a pleasant surprise in store when they make their first hat.
A hat project is also a great way to learn how to knit in circles and use the pesky double pointed needles for the first time.  The Knit Cafe has a workshop that teaches exactly that coming up real soon.  It’s on Oct 2!  Wow!- it’ almost October!

hat class

Hat Workshop
Thursday October 2, 6:30-9pm, $32, materials not included

For more details and to register online go HERE
you may also register by dropping by 55 Roncesvalles Ave
or calling us at 416 533 5648

If you are wondering what Iwona’s sweater looks like – I did take some pictures of course.

pomme de pin

The pattern is called Pomme de Pin, and it’s designed by Amy Christoffers.  It is a popular pattern on Ravelry and for good reason.  The pretty lace work and comfy over sized construction make it a lovely combo of comfort and elegance. Iwona made her version with wonderful Pashmina by Madelinetosh yarns. It’s a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk.

pomme de pin

You can find the Pomme de Pin pattern HERE

pomme de pin

I also finished a sweater recently.
Many of you have seen me wearing it, no doubt.  It was a good layer during this coolish summer season. Still looks good though. I made it with sock yarn, so that probably helps keep the wear and tear at bay.  It’s Madelinetosh Sock yarn in a colour called Coquette.


The pattern is called Lobelia and it is from Pom Pom Magazine which is an online knit magazine that is published quarterly.  I was attracted to the crop fit in this sweater, the cable ribbing on the cuffs and bottom and especially the unusual lace patterning along the raglan increases.


You can find the Lobelia pattern on Ravelry HERE
and check out Pom Pom Quarterly HERE

What’s next I wonder, maybe I’ll knit a hat.
Craftily yours