December 27 to December 30 is our Boxing Day Sale!
15% off EVERYTHING!
See ya there!
December 27 to December 30 is our Boxing Day Sale!
15% off EVERYTHING!
See ya there!
The Knit Cafe Holiday Hours
December 24 – 10am -3pm
December 25 – closed
December 26 – closed
December 27 to December 30 – Boxing Day Sale!
Only one week to Christmas!
So much time to make instant gratification gifts. Here are some goodies that take less than 100 yards of yarn and will be done giffy-quick!
Momentum by Natalie Selles
Takes 90 yards of Extra Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun!
…and it looks so good! Natalie did a wonderful job designing this one-skein pattern. You can find it HERE for $5
Pinwheel Purse by Frankie Brown
Takes way under 100 yards and could be made of leftovers from sock projects past. It’s made with fingering weight yarn.
I love how sweet and sturdy this little fellow looks. Good for holding change or other itty bitty items, Stocking stuffer!!!! The pattern is free HERE
Marian by Jane Richmond,
Takes 83 yards of the Extra Bulky stuff.
Simple comme bonjour! ICI
Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Ehm
Takes 100 – 110 yards of worsted weight. I love how these mittens look in this colourful yarn. Get a similar look from Noro Silk Garden.
The pattern is free. HERE
Knit 101 Headband by The Knit Cafe
Takes 83 – 100 yards or Aran Weight held double or half that much Bulky Weight single stranded.
This is a brand new pattern just published this week! Read all about this easy-peasy knit and get the pattern for free HERE
Cable Braided Necklace by Olajazzy
Takes 15-20 grams of Fingering or Sport weight yarn – plenty under 100 yards.
I urge you to have a look at this pattern just to bear witness to the clever and simple construction. You may do so with no impediment as it is free HERE
Chaussons Mignon by Pruline
Takes 23 – 50 yards of worsted weight.
These super-sweet, little bootlets fit a new born and the pattern is free HERE
A Toddler’s Cowl by Carrie L McClain
Takes less than 100 yards of DK Weight yarn.
The designer says that this garment will fit most children between 12-24 months of age. A useful cozy for this time of the year. Again- It’s free! HERE
Quynn by Woolly Wormhead
Takes 73 – 132 yards of Worsted or Aran weight. To fit head sizes: 14 (16, 18, 20) inches/ 35.5 (40.75, 45.75, 51) cm. The smaller the head the smaller the yardage!
Iwona made a version of this hat for Charlie and it’s so darn cute on him. She says she likes how it fits over his ears. You can find the pattern HERE for 2.50GBP
Christmas Toadstools by Merrin Curley
Takes a small bit of yarn. The pattern suggests DK and 3.25mm needles but you can adjust your needle size to whatever yarns you have about.
These would make wonderful ornaments, the red caps adding a colourful pop to the evergreen tree!
The pattern is free and you can find it HERE
Sure do hope this last week till Christmas, is full of knit success! Remember to pick out your Holiday-Knitting Project Too! Once all the madness of knitting for others is accomplished, you will no doubt want to kick back with some eggnog and do some knitting meant for the knitter. You deserve it!
This is a super easy project. I made it in a few hours – really! It took me much longer to photograph the process then it did to knit it.
This project was inspired by a knit cafe student. Kat attended out Knit 101 class, and by the 4th class she came in with this little number that she invented herself. I was so impressed by her cleverness for figuring!
The project seemed like a great thing to teach a beginner. Fast to do with really only a few basics and not very many stitches to keep track of. I asked her if I could reinvent her pattern for our blog and spread the knit-joy! She agreed! Thank you Kat!
Kat figured out how to add the pretty cable twist into this pattern on her own gumption, but I have included a step-by-step here so you won’t have to go to the trouble. Knitter’s secret – cables are really easy! You’ll see!
Knit 101 Headband
Finished Dimensions: Width 10cm (4″), Circumference unstretched: 44cm (17″)
10mm needles, cable needle
1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky held two strands together.
Tosh Chunky is 100% Superwash Merino, 151m (165yds), 14-16sts/10cm (4″)
For my version I used exactly half the ball.
When you wind your ball, make sure you get a center pull so you can hold two yarn ends together to knit this project. Alternatively you can wind two separate balls.
Gauge in garter stitch – 13 sts/10cm (4″)
This is the tension that the project is knit to.
Gauge in stocking stitch – 12 sts/10cm (4″)
This will help you make substitutions, as all yarn labels have gauge knit with stocking stitch. If you find a yarn that knits 12 sts over 10cm it will be the right weight for this project without double stranding it.
Note: I made a slipped edge which is easy to do, but the headband will still look wonderful without this detail. If you feel like you’re inclined to try this kind of edge you can add it on like this:
The first stitch of every row, slip from one needle to the other, inserting your needle through the stitch like you would if you were purling. For those who have not purled this means insert the needle from left to right through the stitch and transfer it to the other needle. Before you knit your next stitch bring your yarn between the two needles so it sits behind your work. Repeat this on the first stitch of every row!
Cast on 12 stitches
Knit 23 cm (9″ ) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out some
To make Cable Twist:
Knit 1, Slip the next 5 stitches on a cable needle and hold behind the rest of your stitches
Knit the next 5 stitches from your original needles (not the ones on the cable)
Knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle
Knit the last stitch from your original needle.
Knit another 23cm (9″) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out.
Cast off. leaving a long tail for seaming and seam ends together.
Congratulate yourself on your sweet new headband!
Cabling Tutorial for Headband
Knit the last stitch
I tried a few different ways of seaming the headband together. One left a seamless join, but a bulky underside. The other is a little less perfect, but lies flat. I chose the latter for my headband. Here’s both versions – you can choose the way you like best!
Seamless join with bulky underside:
The pink triangles highlight the stitches. Insert your needle under a stitch on one side of your headband. This picture shows the cast off side. Make sure you get both sides of the triangle. Let the orange arrow be your guide!
Choose which method you prefer, or try both and compare your results. It doesn’t take too long with only 12 stitches.
2 weeks to Christmas!
Have you picked up your needles yet in pursuit of gift-knitting?
No troubles! I say skip the mall and get cozy with a cup of tea, some pretty yarn and a quick-knitting-pattern. If you replace a 4 hour shopping trip with 4 hours spent with the needles and yarn, the results could be the same. A few new presents under the tree; but these ones are the home-made kind.
Here are a few knitting patterns that take less than 200 yards of yarn to make and should be easily done for Christmas morning.
Lucy by Carina Spencer
Takes under 200 yards to complete. It is also shown in Madelinetosh Vintage, and yes we still have some here on the shelves.
This hat has grown steadily in popularity since it was first published, and why not? It is a chapeau with considerable panache. The cloche style is a classic. The contrast colour on the hat band, gives it extra character,
You can purchase this pattern for $5.50 HERE
Chouette by Ekaterina Blanchard
Takes 75 – 130 yards of bulky weight yarn like Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep or Berroco Peruvia Quick.
It is sized to fit Toddler, Child, Teen, or Adult. and let’s face it, it’s pretty cute! You can find the pattern for 4.50 EUR HERE
Bon Bon Mittens by Tin Can Knits
Takes 60-200 yds of worsted weight yarn.
I love Tin Can Knit patterns! Especially the ones that include sizing from wee to full grown. This mitten pattern is no exception. Make these simple cabled mittens for everyone you know – just because you can. We have paper copies here at the cafe for purchase for $5.
Little Fox Mittens by Birch Hollow Cottage
Takes 110 – 176 yards of worsted weight yarn. Cascade 220, or 220 Superwash, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Manos del Uruguay Maxima would all be great choices for this project. You could complete the mittens with just one skein of any of these with yarn to spare.
The mitten pattern comes with sizes to fit toddler, youth small, youth large. You can get the pattern for only $2 HERE
Your First Pair of Mittens, by The Knit Cafe
Takes less than 200 yards of worsted weight yarn. They are shown in Madelinetosh Vintage.
If you have never made a pair of mittens then these are the ones I suggest you try. They are a simple style and fit well to a ladies size. The instructions include a picture tutorial that explains how to add the thumb. This is also the mitten pattern we teach in our Mitten Class (the next one is Thurs Feb 20, 27).
You can purchase the pattern for $6.50 right HERE
Grey Gardens by Rachel Price and Kate Burge
Takes 110 – 120 yards of worsted weight.
For a similar effect to the headband pictured use Noro Silk Garden. This yarn knits with blended colour changes and looks fantastic when knit in this textural technique called “Entrelac”.
You can find the pattern HERE for free!
Pom Pom It by Stephen West
Takes 180 – 185 yards of worsted weight yarn
Pom poms are very popular additions to hats this season. I like the way Stephen West made his pom pom extra special by combining lots of different colours. You won’t find that at The Gap! The hat is pretty great too!
You can find the pattern for free HERE
Remember those striped arm warmers I featured back when it was 3 weeks till Christmas. I mentioned I had a new yarn in stock that would do the work of striping for you. Well here is the goods!
Self-striping sock weight yarn! and hand dyed no less! It comes from Quebec and a hand dyer that goes by Turtlepurl. Thank you goes to them for the beautiful yarn and the knit swatches that show just how the yarn knits up in all it’s striped glory.
Check it out!
Bah Humbug (that’s the name of the colour)
Somehow this swatch took a runner, so we’ll just have to use our imagination now to visualize the pattern. Sigh!
The skeins are bundled in twos so you can make two socks (or arm warmers, or mittens…) with matching stripes. How great is that. The 2 skein bundle goes for $27. The yarn is composed of 75% merino and 25% nylon, so they should make strong socks.
Some of you have been very patiently waiting for our Polar Bear Pattern to be ready to share. Today is the day your patience pays off.
This is the full array of polar bears that have been decorating our window this season.
Each one is a bit different.
Once you add the eyes and ears and noses they really come into their own.
The pattern comes with the directions to make a small and larger version of the bear, but you can widen the differential with your yarn and needle choice.
The bears are so easy and fast to make you could have a whole bunch ready for Christmas. Small ones would make great ornaments or present toppers, big ones are good for cuddles.
If you feel like you need a helping hand while making your bear – join a class! This 2.5 hour workshop is available Monday December 9th, 10am-12:30pm, or on Thursday December 12, 6:30-9pm. Call to register 416 533 5648.
these pics came from our new instagram account!
Polar Bear Pattern
by Maurie Todd for The Knit Cafe
This is an easy knit project! The bear is knit in garter stitch (that is knit every row). It is knit flat on regular old straight needles and then seamed up. Ears and eyes and noses are added once stuffed. Gauge is not very important for this bear, just make sure you knit tight so that the stuffing won’t show through. Different sized bears can be made by varying the weight of yarn and the needle size. If your tension is average, then we suggest that you choose a needle size a half size smaller than the recommended needle size on the yarn label.
Size: Small (Large)
We used 100 grams worsted weight yarn and 3.5mm needles for a bear with finished dimensions of approximately 10 (20) cm from nose to tail.
small amount of black embroidery thread for eyes and nose
row counter (optional)
Back Legs: CO 20 (40) sts and knit 10 (20) rows.
Next Row: Bind off the first 5 (10) sts at the beginning of the row, knit across.
Next Row: Bind off the first 5 (10) sts, knit to the end of the row. 10 (20) sts.
Body: Knit 9 (18) rows
Front Legs: Next Row: CO 5 (10) sts at the beginning of the row and knit across
Next Row: CO 5 (10) sts at the beginning of the row and knit across 20 (40) sts
Knit 10 (20) rows
Next Row: bind off the first 5 (10) sts of the row and knit across
Next Row: bind off the first 5 (10) sts of the row and knit across 10 (20) sts
Start of Head: Knit the next 1 (2) rows
Next Row: K2tog at the beginning and the end of the row 8 (18) sts
Next Row: knit
Repeat these 2 rows until 4 stitches remain
Ears: (make 2)
small : CO 4 stitches, bind off
large: CO 7 stitches. Knit one row. Bind off.
Both sizes: Fold ear in half and attach to head.
To Make up: see diagram
Seam legs first
Fold A to A and sew around. Repeat with B to B, C to C, D to D. These 4 wee pockets are the legs, Stuff all 4.
Fold bear in half along fold line and sew together. Stuff as you sew.
French knots work well for eyes. Satin Stitch can be used for the nose.