5 weeks till Christmas

Here we are with 5 weeks till Christmas.  Still lots of knitting time for fine and special projects.  Here are a few ideas in Sport/DK weight yarns.

Save the Baby Whales  by Sargantana Formenterenca

Who doesn’t like whales? This sweater will fit a new born to 18 month old. Skinny knitting is made faster with tiny projects like this.  Make it for the budding marine biologist in your life.  You can find it for free here. Yarn suggestion is Cascade 220 Sport, a completely washable 100% wool.

Triangles by Valerie Miller

This easy knit and purl pattern has terrific results.  The sport weight yarn is knit double stranded which you could say is cheating, but why would you.  Valerie used Madelinetosh Pashmina to knit her version and I see no reason not to do the same.  The blend of silk, merino and cashmere would make one luxurious cowl. The pattern is free too!

Naked Star Hat  by Irina Bil is also a free pattern

You can find the instructions for this simple toque here.  The auteur suggests a drapey yarn to give the hat it’s characteristic slough.  How bout Madelinetosh Merino DK?  That 100% merino should do the trick.

Easy Folded Poncho by Chrurchmouse Yarns and Teas

A very easy knit.  Really just a big rectangle. Better start now though, as it is a pretty big garment.  Yarn suggestion is Berroco Vintage DK.  This yarn is light on the wallet and will give you good drape for a slinky poncho.

Isla  by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Another simple textural pattern.  This would be nice for a man or a woman. For a lady I might choose dreamy Madelinetosh Merino DK which would add a bit of shine to the texture and comes in terrific colours. For a gentleman I would be tempted to use Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Worsted.  It is a little bit fatter yarn but this should make very little difference to the scarf pattern.  The softness, subtle halo and wonderful heathered and tweedy colours would compliment the design like nobodies business. While you’re checking out Isla have a look at Quince and Co’s other designs.  There are heaps of good ones to choose from.

Abra Alba Wrist Warmers by Matilde Skar

I love these.  They are so happy and offers lots of opportunity to play with colour combining, which is one of my favorite things. The pattern is free too and should knit up speedily. Try Cascade Sport

Cimidar by Melanie Berg

Boot toppers are one of this seasons most fashionable accessories.  Good news for knitters because these short style leg warmers are fast to knit.  This version would be terrific knit with Cascade 220 Sport which comes in smaller 50 gram balls more appropriate for adding on the accent colour, and you will be able  to throw them in the wash too.  The pattern is free and can be found here.

Pasha by Jane Richmond

Forget diamonds – nothing says I love you like cashmere! Make this pretty hat with Handmaiden 4 Ply 100% Cashmere.  The Knit Cafe has just received a bunch of Jane Richmond patterns including this one.

Spring Jumper and Beret by Hannah Fettig

We also carry many patterns from the talented Hannah Fettig.  This is a brand new one and a pretty darn cute one too. Sizes include new born to 24 months.  I think Cascade 220 Sport would be the perfect yarn for this duo.

Cerus Scarf by Hilary Smith Callis

This yarn is knit in linen stitch which has a very sophisticated look.  This is a terrific style for a man about town (or his lady friend).  It will take a while though so start it now.  I would make this project with Madelinetosh Merino DK. The pattern is free and can be found here.

Baby Bootie Moccasins

I ask you, how adorable are these?  We have some colours of the Berroco Vintage DK that would really suit.  The pattern is from the Purl Bee, and of course they have a fantastic tutorial. The colour details are added after the fact in a very easy method called duplicate stitch which is a lot like embroidery.  Nothing to be afraid of!

Honey Cowl

This was the most popular project from last year and I don’t know why it shouldn’t be again. I made a few my self.  It was so fast and easy and the Madelinetosh Tosh DK made each stitch a pleasure.  This cowl comes in a one skein and a two skein version and it is free!

If you are intrigued by the Save the Whales pattern or the Arbra Alba pattern but intimidated by the colour-work knitting.  Have a look at our upcoming Knit in Colour Class on Dec 2nd!

Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

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