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.

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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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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!

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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

 

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.

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Summer Dusk

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Cypress

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Lakeshore Drive

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Blood Orange

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

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Oceanside

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Midnight Graden

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Cherry

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Rogue

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Left: Tumbled Stone, Right: Hush

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Violet Hill

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

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Coral Rose

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Shipwreck

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

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Snapdragon

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

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!

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BUNTING FOR BEGINNERS

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.

Abbreviations:
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.

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EASY TO PRINT PATTERN PDF HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

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!

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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.

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You can find the Pomme de Pin pattern HERE

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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.

lobelia

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.

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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
Kristin

Rainbow connection

OMBRE yarn by Freia!
We received an order of this precious yarn in the spring and now it is back – but with a difference.  Our Springy version was a very  fine Lace Weight variety and this recent, Practically-Fall version is a meatier Sport Weight.  Each cake contains 234 metres of yarn that is dyed from stem to stern to knit up in a continuous colour-metamorphosising  pattern. It’s ombre!
These pics may give you an idea as to their beauty but what a picture won’t tell is how soft they are. These Sport Weight cakes score high on the soft scale with 30% silk blended in with the merino. Soft enough to go right next to the skin for hats and cowls and good enough for baby duds too!

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Vertigo

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Flare

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Atlantis

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Cloud

To take full advantage of the ombre style – one skein projects are best!  Try:

this shawlette pattern called ZuZu’s Petals

or this hat by Stephen West called Aurora Expanse

Aurora

or Victorian Gauntlets by Katherine Summer O’Neal

victorian gauntlets

Exciting stuff!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

NEW WEBSITE for The Knit Cafe!

It’s a banner day! Our brand new website is up and at ‘em.

Please give it a visit HERElearn to knit

We have joined the modern world by adding some ecommerce to our new virtual home.  You can now register for classes online!
You will be able to purchase yarn and patterns here too. We will let you know when we add these bits, it should be soon!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Polish Festival – it’s next week!

The Polish Festival on Roncesvalles Ave is coming up this coming weekend. Whoopee! It will be the Knit Cafe’s first time participating in the Polish festivities and we are so looking forward to it, and not just because of the Perogies (but we are looking forward to those too).
Busy preparations have brought us to knit some nifty samples.

arm warmer

We searched our lexicon to find the perfect beginner project to introduce to folks who might come to the festival.  The answer to this search – ARM WARMERS!
This fingerless mitten pattern is as easy to knit as any scarf and much quicker too!

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I spent part of today poking through our button jar for treasures to decorate this pair.

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Iwona unpacked her needle felting skills to embellish these guys.

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We hope to have a few more examples ready to inspire some new knitters come this September 13 and 14. If you-yourself are a brand new knitter who is in need of a new project, or if you know such a soul, you can find the Easy Peasy Garter Stitch Arm Warmers pattern HERE. The mitten is knit flat in good old garter stitch.  They are seamed up after the knitting is done and the pattern includes a tutorial for the seaming!

See you on Roncey!
Craftily yours
Kristin