Picture this!

Truth be told I am one of the general masses that has a pinterest addiction.  I love being a collector of inspiration, a manager of the virtual, an organizer of images.
The Knit Café has pinterest account too. Here, we curate under banners such as “knitting patterns we love”, “knit and crochet art”,  “yummy yarn”, “techniques for knitters and crocheters” etc etc.

pinterest

We are also on instagram.

instagram

Taking pics hither and thither is a great way to get updates and daily details out in a hurry. Plus – a picture – she’s worth a thousand words – non?

If you are also a contributor to these platforms please come and find us! We would love to see all your pins and pics and know what’s striking your fancy.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Skinny Cotton Tales

Here is another wonderful cotton yarn from Blue Sky Alpaca. It’s called Skinny! Skinny is it’s name, but hey we’ve probably all seen skinnier. This yarn weighs in as a Double Knit so grab your 3.5 or 4mm needles and dig in.
Unlike her fatter cousin; the beautifully bodacious Blue Sky Worsted Cotton that I showcased here a few days ago, this cotton is less fluffy, more trim, with a sturdy core. It makes for knits that have more body, but are still cotton comfortable.

blue sky skinny cotton

Check out this colour selection ↑

tee

To get an idea of how Skinny Cotton knits-up. come into The Knit Café and feel it up in the flesh! We have a terrific sample.  It’s called Tee.

Tee – as the name suggests is a T-shirt. It is sized to fit 12 months, 18-24 months, or 2-3 years. This simple cotton shirt get’s seriously fun with polka dots. Yeah!
If you have never done colour-knitting before, please don’t let this stop you from making this adorable project. The polka dots are added on after the knitting with a very easy technique called “duplicate stitch”. You can see how easy it is in our duplicate stitch tutorial HERE.

You can find the Tee pattern HERE

or purchase the Tee Knit Kit HERE.

We just introduced the Tee Kit in our web shop today.
The Knit Kit comes with the Tee pattern, Blue Sky Skinny Organic Cotton and a selection of mini skeins to make the polka dots.

Craftily yours
Kristin
 

Cotton Tales

A big box of Blue Sky Cotton just walked through the doors.  Blue Sky Alpaca has devised the prettiest colours for their soft, lofty, organic cotton. This is a wonderful yarn for summer knitting, or really any time you want a butter soft yarn.

blue sky cotton

blue sky cotton

Iwona is loving up this yarn for wash cloths, but there is so much more you can do with cotton. Here are a few suggestions.

Que Sera

que sera

Baby Hoodie

baby hoody

Presto Chango

presto chango

Eyelet Cardigan

eyelet sweater

Chevron Baby Blanket

chevron baby blanket

Your First Baby Blanket

baby blanket

“Your First Baby Blanket” is a Knit Café pattern, and we also run a class which teaches how it’s done. Next one is June 15th, more info can be found about the class HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Look at my Crochet Shawl!

I think I deserve a pat on the back. I set out to undertake a more “advanced” crochet project and lived to tell the tale. Not only did I survive but look at this kick-ass shawl I made. I must say I love it!

crochet shawl

If  I can make such a thing. you can too.
I consider my crochet skills up to this point to be more of the basic variety and was nervous at beginner a project that required more of me then some singles and some doubles and what the heck a half-double crochet is ok too.

crochet shawl

crochet shawl
It was because I really fell in love with this shawl ↓ made by Jennifer Chandler that I decided now was the time to get hooking and attempt to make the sample for our upcoming Crochet Shawl Class

crochet shawl

Jennifer will be teaching this exact shawl pattern this July. You can’t have my shawl so you’ll have to make your own. If you think you will need some back up from an expert crocheter, then join the class!

Crochet Lace – Summer Shawl Class
Thursday July 9 and 23, 7-8:30pm
$50, materials not included
call us to register 416 533 5648
or register online HERE.

crochet shawl

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Join the Crochet Blanket Class and meet Lloyd

Meet Lloyd.
He loves blankets of all sorts but he prefers hand knit and crocheted ones.

crochet blanket with lloyd

Lloyd is the latest addition to my household. As you can see, he is a sweet little black kitten. Along with blankets Lloyd’s other interests include
stealing yarn
chasing and retrieving crinkle balls
chewing and sleeping in cardboard boxes
tormenting pigeons
and running as fast as he can around the house for no apparent reason.

crochet blanket with lloyd

He also doesn’t seem to mind looking cute for photos to showcase the sample for our upcoming Absolute Beginner Crochet Blanket Class. Thanks Lloyd!

crochet blanket

There are only a few spots left in this learn to crochet class, but if you act fast you just might snag them.

Absolute Beginner Crochet Blanket Class
Monday May 25, June 1, 7-9pm
$56, materials not included
call to register 416 533 5648
or register online HERE

rowan

We have lovely shades of Rowan Superwash Wool that have arrived just in time for this class. Hooray!

Unfortunately Lloyd is unable to attend the class,  but we hope to see you there.
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Crochet a Robot

Act fast! You still have a few days to register for our very first crochet robot class!
crochet robot

Amigurumi (Crochet Robot Class)
Thurs May 21 and 28, 7-9pm
$66 includes pattern by Stacey Trock, safety eyes and polyfil stuffing,
other materials not included.
Register by calling us at 416 533 5648
or register online HERE

sweater

On the same night – May 21rst – begins our Knit Sweater Class!
Knit your first sweater! Make it any size, cardigan or pullover!
This sweater is knit in rounds from the top down, all in one piece, no seaming required.

Sweater Class
Thursday May 21, 28, June 4, 11. 7:15-9:15
$110 materials not included
Register by calling us at 416 533 5648
or register online HERE

You can read all about The Knit Cafe’s upcoming classes in our webshop!
Craftily yours
Kristin

Going Fishin’ – Another New Knit Café Pattern

 

We are really happy to introduce you to this new Knit Café Pattern.
Start it now and you’ll have it ready to wear for the Fall, although I could have used it this morning,….brrrrrr…..

The Fishin Cowl gets its namesake from the deliciously cushy stitch known as the Fisherman’s Rib. This is not your standard rib but a variation that incorporates more elasticity, drape and extra warmth that is perfect for our Canadian winters.

This is an excellent project for anyone tired of plain knit and purl and wants to experiment with something different.

fishinfishin

This pattern contains instructions for the single wrap cowl and the double wrap cowl pictured.

fishin

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The two colour striping is particularly striking in this design. Each side of the cowl has a slightly different look, but both are equally appealing.
We used Madelinetosh Vintage for this project, which is a hand dyed worsted weight yarn.
The subtlety in the colour variation adds extra dimension to the fabric. This lovely merino wool is fishintruly comfortable to wear
on the neck.

You can find the Fishin Cowl Pattern on Ravelry HERE.

The Fishin Cowl is available as a Knit Café Knit Kit with the yarn and pattern together HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin