New Shawl Pattern from The Knit Cafe

We have just published our latest pattern to Ravelry. It is called “There’s No Place Like Home”. You can find it HERE

there's no place like home

This project was designed for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club and was knit in a custom made colour just for yarn club members. The colour is dyed by the fabulous hand dyer Lichen and Lace. The colour is called “Emerald City” so of course we had to name this shawlette after Dorothy’s most famous line in the Wizzard of Oz, “there’s no place like home”.

there's no place like home

The shawl has an interesting construction. First,  it is knit on the bias in an easy open lace stitch. The border stitches are picked up and shaped with short rows into wedges so the corners of the shawl stay pointed and easy to tie.  The whole thing is finished with a flourish in the form of a picot bind off. You can make the whole shawl in one skein of fingering weight if your skein holds 475 yards. If you have less yarn you can make a version without the border which is a lovely kerchief size.

Check it out HERE!

Craftily yours



Start Your Fall Knit-Dreaming Now

We’ve been busy here at The Knit Café. Busy – designing patterns, busy – getting out the class schedule which is now ready for your inspection HERE, and busy – stocking up on delicious yarn so we will be all ready for the Fall Knitting Season. It’s coming!

brooklyn tweed shelter

We are stuffed to the gills with Brooklyn Tweed thanks to a nice big order that came in over the last few weeks. Both Loft (fingering) and Shelter (worsted) are resplendent in the shop and fully stocked in the webshop.
Our new batch of Shelter includes Brooklyn Tweed’s new marled colours. They are pictured above.

Madelinetosh chunky

We also received an order of Madelinetosh. Hooray! See above all the pretty colours of Madelinetosh Chunky; many of which were chosen from Madelinetosh’s Fall Seasonal Colours 2016.

Madelinetosh Prairie

We also received lace weight from Madelinetosh – Prairie.

shibui silk cloud

and Silk Cloud from Shibui.

Mix these two beauties together and what do you get? Sashiko!sashiko

This amazing shawl designed by Iwona really shows off what Prairie and Silk Cloud can do when they are combined. Make up your own colour combinations or knit it up in the original colour pallet. Check out the Sashiko pattern HERE.

Are you excited about Fall knitting yet?

Craftily yours


Fall/Winter 2016 Class Schedule is Here!

Let’s plan for Autumn and Winter Knitting!
Here are this season’s classes.

Click on any link in this post to take you to the class description with dates and prices. All the classes are now available in the webshop where you can browse them all together and register too. Or come by 55 Roncesvalles or call to register 416 533 5648

Absolute Beginner Classes

Knit 101
knit 101

Crochet 101
crochet 101 class

Knitter’s Crash Course
knit crash

Crochet Crash Course
crochet crash class

Learn to Knit Headbands
knit 101 headband

Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners
crochet blanket with lloyd

Learn to Crochet Toys

Beginner Classes

Crochet Blanket Class
crochet blanket

Baby Blanket Workshop
baby blanket

The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop (Learn to Purl Class)
noro scarf

Hat Workshop
knit 101 hat

ZigZag Blanket Workshop
zigzag blanket

Cable Cowl Workshop
simply twisted

Project Class (for beginners to advanced students)
project class

Yoga Socks or Fingerless Mitten Class
yoga socks

Knit Halloween Costume Class
halloween costume

Intermediate Classes

Thrum Mitten Class
thrum mittens

Crochet Baby Slipper Class
baby slippers

Sweater Class
sweater class

Amigurumi (Crochet Toy Robot)
crochet robot

Introduction to Lace Stitching
lace class

Advanced Classes

First Pair of Socks Class

Custom Fit Socks (Knit Toe Up)
custom fit socks class

Knit in Colour
knitting in colour class

Sweater Design Class
sweater design

Other Crafty Classes

Tapestry Loom Weaving

Introduction to Rug Hooking
rug hooking

Drop Spindle Class (Introduction to Spinning)

Needlepoint Workshop
needlepoint class

Needle Felting Workshop
needle felt birds

Craftily yours

Pst! Lichen and Lace is here.

lichen and lace

You love it, we love it and it’s here!!
It’s two fingering weight yarns from Lichen and Lace.

Lichen and Lace

One is a delicate, one-ply, superwash merino for shawls, scarves and sweaters, and the other is 80/20; a blend of superwash merino and nylon (in that order) for sock knitting.

Lichen and Lace


Craftily yours

Knit Café Summer Sale Ends Tomorrow


Last chance to get 20% off all the stuff here at the Knit Café. Our Sale Ends on Sunday July 24th at 6pm. It’s a great time to register for a class. Knit and Crochet Classes are 20% off too. See them in our webshop HERE

Craftily yours

Sale Continues in-store and online too!

Take advantage of The Knit Cafe’s Summer Sale in our webshop! We are back to business after a bit of a disappointing beginning when our website crashed for the first day of our annual sale. Everything is tickety boo now – see for yourself HERE 

Everything in the shop remains 20% off until Sunday July 24,SummerSale2016

and now you may also purchase from our WEBSHOP Classes. Knit Kits  and Brooklyn Tweed too. Remember to add the discount code Summer2016 when you check out so that the discount will be applied.

Craftily yours


Our webshop is down on the first day of our sale!

Of course this would happen on the first day of our summer sale.  We are attempting to solve the mystery of our disappearing webshop but until we do please come by the shop to take advantage of our 20% off sale.

If you would like to register for a class at 20% off the price you can call and register over the phone. 416 533 5648

crochet blanket with lloyd

Crochet Blanket for Absolute Beginners
Wednesday July 27, August 3, 10, 6:30-8:30, $56 Sale $44.80

yoga socks

Yoga Socks or Fingerless Mitten Class
Wednesday July 20, 27, 7-9pm, $56 Sale $44.80

knit 101

Knit 101 (our learn to knit class)
Wednesday August 3, 10, 17, 24, or Thursday September 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-9pm, $110 Sale $88

crochet 101 classCrochet 101 (our learn to crochet class)
Thursday August 4, 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm, $110 Sale $88

baby slippers
Crochet Baby Slipper Workshop
Wednesday August 10, 6-9pm, $47, fee includes leather for soles Sale $37.60

baby blanket

Baby Blanket Workshop
Monday September 12, 6:30-9pm $35 Sale $28

Knitter’s Crash Course (one night learn to knit class)
Wednesday August 31, 6:30-9pm, $35 Sale $28

Call Us To Register 416 533 5648



Our Sale is from Saturday July 16 to Sunday July 24.
Everything is 20% off


Craftily yours