New Madelinetosh! New Colours Too!

We have a new crop of Madelinetosh brightening up the shop. This 100% superwash, merino yarn in a worsted weight is much coveted for it’s sublime, hand dyed colour ways. Each time we order we like to experiment and get some colours we’ve never seen before. Madelinetosh also releases new colours each season – you will see a few of them here.




Fir Wreath

MadelinetoshRaspberry Cordial





A collection of our favourite not-quite-neutrals, clockwise from top left- Mare, Composition Book Grey, Paper, Smokestack. These are the colours we chose for our Fishin Cowl.

We are also enamoured with these spatter dyed colours – top is Cosmic Wonder Dust. middle is Optic, and bottom is Holi Festival


…and not to be underestimated…
Top – Maple Key, bottom left – Cousteau, bottom right – Mineral


…and last but not least by all means…
Clockwise from top left – Coquette, Fragrant, Georgia O’Keefe, Tart.

All of them are beauties and waiting to be knit into something lovable.
Craftily yours

a sneak peak of a new pattern

Thank you to all the TTC Knitalonger’s who dropped by yesterday. It was so good to see all the smiling faces and all the busy knitting needles.

We have fun thinking up things to amuse all those who might be coming through the Knit Café for this momentous event each year. Last year we began what we hope to be an annual event. We wrote a pattern to commemorate the TTC Knitalong – last year’s pattern was 504 King West. It was a winner!
This year we had another pattern all ready for the Knitalongers

It’s called “Trip to The Island”

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“Trip to The Island” is really two patterns in one with instructions to make two different lacy scarves. We will have it ready to share with the rest of the world real soon, but here is your sneak peak!

017I also wanted to share with you a pic of this Knit Café display. It showcases all the wonderful times we have had with Noro Yarn over the years.

Projects clockwise from top: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket, The Knit Cafe’s Kaleidoscope Blanket, The Knit Cafe’s Confetti Mittens, The Knit Cafe’s Woven Blanket, a good old pair of socks knit by me without a pattern. You can learn to do such a thing in our Custom Fit Knit Sock Class in the new year, or take the First Pair of Socks Class – you can use Noro to make your socks too!

Craftily yours



Self-Striping Yarn Heaven

It is a terrific day for those of us who love stripes. You know who you are.


turtlepurlWe have fantastical Turtlepurl Yarn nestled right where it should be in The Knit Café shelves. Striped Turtletoes yarn is a sock weight yarn that is hand dyed to be self patterning in happy go lucky stripes. Did I mention it is hand dyed, and in Canada no less! Amazing! This soft merino wool with a bit of nylon makes terrific socks. It comes bundle into two matching skeins so you can have your socks match stripe for stripe.

noronoroWe also have Noro.
Noro yarn is one of my first yarn loves. Noro yarn is a wonderful yarn company from Japan that has been making very original, blended striping yarns for ages and still does it better than anyone.
I recently made this ⇓ with Noro yarn.
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I almost died of hunger and thirst as I was glued to my chair in a knit frenzy unable to tear myself away from knitting with self striping Noro knit with self striping Noro in STRIPES! It was amazing.
We are teaching this project in a Beginner Class coming up in September.

We call it “The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop” after the seemingly magical qualities of Noro. The focus of this class is:
Learning to Purl!
Learning how to knit stripe patterns.
Adding elegant details to your projects like smooth selvedges and prettier cast ons and bind offs.
Reading knitting patterns.


Find out more about The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop HERE

Craftily yours

Check out The Knit Cafe’s Fall Classes 2015

We are so happy to announce that our class schedule for Fall 2015, Winter 2016 is ready to go! We have many new offerings for you. I have highlighted a few with pictures in this blog post but you may see and read all about every single class at www.
You can register for classes there too. 


Knitting 101
4 sessions, $110
Fri Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 7-9pm/ Thurs Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 7-9/ Sun Sept 27, Oct 4, break, 18, 25, 3-5pm/ Thurs Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 1-3pm/ Fri Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 7-9pm/ Mon Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 7-9pm/ Thurs Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 1-3pm/ Thurs Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, 7-9pm/ Sun Nov 8, 15, 22, 29, 3-5pm/ Wed Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 7-9pm/ Sun Dec 6, 13, 20, break, Jan 3, 3-5pm/ Thurs Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-9pm/

Knitter’s Crash Course (Scarf Workshop)
1 session, $35
Mon Sept 28, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Nov 23, 6:30-9pm

Beginners Knit Headbands!
2 sessions, $56
Thurs Dec 10, 17, 7-9pm

Knit 101 Baby!
4 sessions, $110
Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 1-3 /Fri Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-9

knit criitters

Knit Critter Class for Absolute Beginners
Learn to knit and make a cute toy in this 3-week class. This class is designed to instill basic knit knowledge. Students will learn how to knit and purl, how to follow a knit pattern, how to create basic shapes, and change colours. Stuffing and seaming up your toy, as well as adding on facial features and paws will be covered in class too. You can customize your knit critter to be any sort of creature
3 sessions, $84
Fri Dec 4, 11, 18, 7-9pm

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Arm Knitting
When you arm knit you replace traditional knitting needles with your own two arms and use very, very chunky yarn to create huge loopy stitches that have a great modern look. It’s very entertaining to do and a scarf or cowl can be created in a matter of minutes to a few hours. Those who have never knit before will see the charm in something that can be produced so fast and experienced knitters may be curious how it’s all done. Arm knitting is definitely more fun in a group so come and join in on the fun!
1 session, $35
Wed Sept 9, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Dec 7, 6:30-9pm

twinkle toque

New Knitter’s Slouchy Toque
A toque is less of a commitment in yarn and time so it is a great project for a new knitter to start with. We designed this sweet and slouchy knit hat so that it would be an accessible pattern for a new knitter. In this class you will learn basic techniques including casting on and off stitches, the knitting stitch, pattern reading, a shaping technique called “short row shaping”, and seaming. Pompom making will be covered too!
2 sessions, $56
Thurs Jan 14, 21, 1-3pm


Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session, $35
Wed Oct 28, 1-3:30pm/ Mon Nov 16, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Jan 18, 6:30-9pm

noro scarf

The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop (learn to purl)
In this class you will get to try out magical Noro yarn. You will also learn how to purl. When you add purl to your knit repertoire you can suddenly infuse your knitting pieces with a whole world of texture.  Changing colours in a striping pattern, finishing and weaving in stray ends, and reading knitting patterns will also be covered in this workshop.
1 session: $32
Thurs Sept 17, 7-9pm

Hat Class
1 session, $35
Mon Sept 21, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs Dec 3,7-9:30pm

Holiday Bear
1 session, $35
Mon Dec 14, 6:30-9pm

ZigZag Blanket Workshop
This wonderful project is the chance to create a one of a kind piece with a multitude of colours and all the charms of a blanket made by hand. The chevron pattern design in this blanket is a classic one. This workshop will focus on pattern reading skills, knit and purl textures, and the shaping techniques that create the zigzag pattern. We will also practice colour changing and weaving in ends.
1 session, $32
Materials: at least 2 colours worsted weight, 5mm circulars, 60-80cm, available at The Knit Café.
Wed Oct 28, 7-9pm

Knit Slipper Class
2 sessions, $56
Wed Oct 14, 21, 1-3pm/ Wed Jan 6, 13, 1-3pm

Cable Cowl Workshop
1 session, $35
Mon Nov 30, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
3 sessions, $84
Wed Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 1-3pm


Mitten Class
2 sessions, $56
Thurs Nov 26, Dec 3, 1-3pm

thrum mittens

Thrum Mitten Class
This pattern comes from icy Newfoundland where they know a thing or two about keeping the cold out. These mittens are extra warm due to a layer of wool roving knitted right into them creating a fluffy fleece lining. In this class we will get you acquainted with all the tricks of the trade for regular mitten making. You will learn 3D shaping, thumb tricks and how to add the warm thrum into your extra cushy mits.
2 sessions:$56
Thurs Oct 22, 29, 7-9pm

Sweater Class
4 sessions, $110
Wed Oct 14, 21, break, Nov 4, 11, 7-9pm/ Wed Jan 6, 13, break, 27, Feb 3, 7-9pm

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Baby Tee Class
The knit pattern by The Knit Café called Tee is a real cutie! It’s a small sized knitted t-shirt with a delightful polka dot embellishment. It is sized to fit 12 months, 18-24 months, or 2-3 years old. In this class you will learn all the skills necessary to make a basic knit garment. This sweater pattern is made in pieces and then seamed, so this is the class for knitters who long to know more about seaming and finishing techniques. This class also covers shaping techniques, picking up stitches, and duplicate stitch for the polka dots.
3 sessions, $84
Wed Nov 4, 11, 18, 1-3pm


Sock Class
3 sessions, $84
Fri Nov 13, 20, 27, 7-9pm

Custom Fit Socks (Knit Toe Up)
3 sessions, $84
Sun Feb 21, 28, Mar 6, 12:30-2:30

polish flowers

Knit Amigurumi Class (Polish Festival Flowers)
It is not just crocheters who get to do Amigurumi. Knitters can do it too! “Amigurumi” is the Japanese term for hand crafted toys. Employ the 3D shaping principles of Amigurumi and you can make any cute stuffy you like. In September for the Polish Festival on Roncesvalles Avenue the Knit Café presents a special exhibition of hand knit flowers inspired by Polish Folk Art. We would like to share our flower pattern with you and the know-how to make knitted toys in general. In this 2-week class we will concentrate on developing skills in shaping with increases and decreases, picking up stitches to add on knit appendages like flower petals, changing colours, and knitted toy finishing techniques. We will also discus how to make slight alterations to a toy pattern to make it unique.  All these techniques should give you the confidence to tackle any toy project in the future. Knit Flowers make wonderful wall decorations especially in a nursery, or hung in a window or on a door like a welcoming wreath.
2 sessions, $56
Wed Sept 30, Oct 7, 7-9pm

Knit in Colour (Fair Isle Class)
2 sessions, $56
Wed Feb 10, 17, 7-9pm



Crochet 101
4 sessions, $110
Wed Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 6:30-8:30
Sun Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 12:30-2:30pm

Crochet for Kids!
4 sessions, $84
Sun Sept 27, Oct 4, break, 18, 25, 12:30-2pm

Crochet Crash Course
1 session, $35
Thurs Sept 17, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs Dec 3, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners
2 sessions, $56
Sun Nov 8, 15, 12:30-2:30pm/ Sun Jan 17, 24, 3-5pm

beginner crochet slipper

Crochet Slipper Class for Absolute Beginners
Your Granny may have made these slippers, and her Granny before her too. Now you can! Even if you have never-ever crocheted before you may join this slipper class and before you know it your tootsies will be a lot cozier. The slippers can be adapted with ease for any size feet. This is a great way to learn basic crochet stitches and constructions and a terrific confidence builder for the next project.
2 session,$56, materials not included
Mar 13, 20, 12:30-2:30pm


Crochet Blanket Class
2 sessions(5 hrs)$70, materials not included
Wed Jan 20, 27, 6:30-9pm

crochet snowflake

Crochet Snowflakes
Learn to crochet and make easy crochet snowflakes just in time for the holidays. In this 2.5 hour workshop designed for beginners you will learn basic crochet stitches and make one or two snowflake ornaments. Class includes a pattern to take home. Come join us and start work on your own winter wonderland. 1 session, $35
Thurs Dec 10, 6:30-9pm

Simply Beautiful Beginner Crochet Shawl Workshop
Lacy stitching is often a goal for new crocheters. If you have tried your hand stitching a washcloth, a scarf or a phone case in our Crochet Crash Course then expand your crafty skills with a pretty shawl with a lacy texture. Start now, it will be ready for Spring!
1 session, $35
Wed Feb 17, 1-3:30pm


Amigurumi (crocheted toy robot)
2 sessions, $66, includes robot pattern safety eyes, polyfil.
Thurs Oct 22, 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Crochet Slipper Class
2 sessions, $60, includes leather soles
Wed April 6, 13, 6:30-8:30


crochet shawl

Crochet Lace – The Spring Shawl Class
In summertime thoughts turn to pretty lacy things. Crochet is a wonderful medium for creating lace stitches, and lace stitching is a wonderful way to improve your crochet skills; taking them from competent to expert. This class will explore the different techniques that go into creating elaborate open stitch patterns and motifs. Students will practice their skills while making this gorgeous shawl.
2 sessions, $50
Wed Jan 20, Feb 3, 7:00-8:30pm


Introduction to Rug Hooking
1 session, $32
Mon Jan 11, 7-9pm

Needlepoint Workshop
1 session, $35, includes needlepoint canvas.
Mon Mar 7, 7-9pm


Drop Spindle Class (Introduction to Spinning)
3 sessions, $84
Sun Jan 10, 17, 24, 12:30-2:30pm

Needle Felting Workshop
1 session, $32
Wed Nov 18, 7-9pm/ Wed Dec 16, 1-3pm

Register for classes online HERE, or by phone 416 533 5648, or come by The Knit Café in person – 55 Roncesvalles Ave.  Contact us with any qustions you have about classes, we are happy to chat about them

Craftily yours


The yarn is coming!

This is the time of year when the beginnings of the Fall yarns begin to trickle in. The first to arrive are some refills of good and practical basics.

100% Peruvian wool like Cascade 220 worsted and chunky Peruvia Quick
!00% merino superwash both in DK weight like Cascade 220 Superwash and thick and plush aran weight Cascade Merino 128.
Alpaca and wool combine is the wonderfully knittable Ultra Alpaca Light.
Super wearing Berroco Vintage Chunky is also in the house!

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Perhaps what we’re most excited about, is that we now have all the colours for a hand knit version of a Hudson Bay Blanket.


 Cascade 128 is a terrific yarn for a blanket as it is soft and squishy and washable too. It’s what we used for our Tremblant Baby Blanket Pattern and we think it would make a wonderful Hudson Bay Blanket too.

There is so much exciting yarn coming throughout the next weeks and months. We will keep you in the know.

Craftily yours

Summer Sale starts this weekend!


Here’s your reminder that our Summer Sale begins this Saturday.

Knit Café Summer Sale 2015

Saturday July 25, 10am- Sunday August 2, 6pm

20% off everything! Yarn, Needles, Books, Patterns, Knit Accessories

Sale Bins with up to 75% off  too – Wow!

See you there

Craftily yours


New Needlefelt Class for the Maker Festival

We just installed a new window display and we are pleased as punch! Punch!
For the past many weeks Iwona and I have been busy needle felting birdies. I must say it has rekindled my love of needle felting. We have combined our birds with felted balls made by our cohorts Maurie and Jennifer and made mobiles for the window. You can see a short video of the mobiles being mobile on Instagram HERE

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Hopefully these mobiles will get folks prepped and ready for our upcoming needle felting workshops. We have one on August 26th. You can find the details HERE.
We also have two other dates for a crash course in needle felting  which we designed in collaboration with Toronto’s Maker Festival coming up this month.

maker festival

The Maker Festival celebrates all types of inventive and creative endeavors over several weeks in July and August. The Toronto Public Library hosts a large market place where folks can try out a 3D printer, learn computer code, or make your own pop-up book.  There are also satellite events; workshops, demonstrations, and speakers all over the city that you can take advantage of.
Read all about it HERE

We chose to participate in the Maker Festival with a Needle Felting Workshop. Needle Felting in a craft that is easy to succeed at with no prior experience. Just watch out for the sharp needles -ouch!

We condensed our regular 2.5 hour workshop into a speedy 1.5 hour experience. You can register for the Needle Felting for The Maker Festival from our webshop HERE. Choose from two dates: Saturday July 25, 11am-12:30pm, or Friday July 31, 1-2:30pm.needle felt mobile by the knit cafeneedle felt mobile by the knit cafe

The mobiles are for sale too. In fact one ran out the door with a lucky lady only minutes after the display went up. Goodbye humming birds!

Craftily yours

needle felt birds