Announcing The Holiday Edition Yarn Club from The Knit Cafe!

We have been thinking a lot about this gift giving time and filling the store with lots of cute knitter’s tools and gadgets and of course lovely yarn – all terrific gifts! But the best gift of all for any knitter is just more knitting. So, to that end we thought we could open up this year’s  Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club membership to some new knitters so the joy of knitting could be spread around.
In The Yarn Club – The Holiday Edition, members with receive 3 packages over a period of 6 months (one every 2 months). Each package will contain some beautiful yarn and an original knitting pattern designed for that yarn by The Knit Café. The yarns will feature the work of hand dyers from Canada and abroad  showcasing their lovely colours and wonderful natural fibres.

Yarn Club Members can choose from two subscription types.

Make Mine Custom Members will receive yarns that are dyed especially for The Knit Café. We will work with the contributing hand dyers to create limited edition colours available only for Make Mine Custom Members.

Picked Just For Me Members can let us know which colours they love and which they want nothing to do with and we will pick colours from the participating yarn dyers stocks to suit these preferences.

Both will receive 6 months of knitting fun!

To join the Holiday Edition Yarn Club or buy it for a knitter you know and love or to just read more about it, check it out in The Knit Café webshop right HERE

Craftily yours



Knit Cafe Yarn! What?

Yes, The rumors are true – The Knit Café has it’s own house yarn! It’s called Small Batch Number 1, and like the name suggests it is a limited edition yarn. It was created with the help of a local sheep farm, and a nearby mini mill. This yarn has a small footprint!
Spun with the Ontarian Sheep breed called Norbouillet, this is a soft wool, that resembles in feel to Rambouillet: the French merino

Colours from left to right: Night Swimming, Dream a little dream, Grass hopper, Gold rush, Sailor’s delight, Woolly Mammoth. The colours were created by combining three different colours of fleece resulting in heathered colour-ways.

You can find out more about our Small Batch Number 1 in our webshop. It’s for sale online Whoopee! and in the shop proper too of course.

Along with the arrival of our new Small Batch Number 1 yarn is a new pattern. It’s a stylish headband  knit with ribbing stitches and a cable placed asymmetrically in a flapper-esque style. This pattern is called Fay Wray. You can find it right HERE

Also new and exclusive to The Knit Café is this ↓

You may remember this yarn, it is a special custom colour made for The Knit Café from Riverside Studio called “firefly”. This colour was originally made for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2016 in a worsted weight but we loved it so much we could not let it go and have asked Kathryn to make it for us again but in a sock weight. Here it is on Riverside Studio’s Super Sock yarn base, a blend of 80% merino and 20% nylon.
This colour knits-up AMAZING! It looks like little copper coloured fireflies in a midnight sky. You can see how it looks knit up in worsted weight if you check out The Knit Cafe’s Starry Night Chapeau. Please note this is a thicker yarn then what we have in stock.

Riverside Studio Super Sock in Firefly is also available in The Knit Cafe’s webshop.

New in the Knit Café on Roncesvalles Ave only is more lovely Riverside Studio Worsted Singles! This is the stuff you should use for your Starry Night Chapeau.

Craftily yours

Strange Brew Knitalong 5

This will be my last post for our Strange Brew Knitalong. My sweater is all done! This is how that last few steps went.

The Strange Brew – design your own fairisle sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits is knit all in one piece from the bottom up. In my last post I showed how I knit my sleeves and body of my sweater together so that it was all in one piece. The last step is to knit the yoke of the sweater. This is also the part of the sweater that is the most fun to knit as it has all the colour-work patterns in it. Yahoo!

If you are new to fairisle knitting you might not recognize this as the back side of the sweater. All those long bits of yarn you see are called “floats” They are the bits of yarn that are carried with you across a row while you are knitting with another colour in the same row. The most crucial of tricks with fairisle knitting is to keep the tension of these floats relaxed. If they are too taut they will distort your knitting pattern and make you knitting projects too small. Try to make your floats a little loose. Your knitting should not look buckled, if it does you are too tight with your floats. If you swatched your fairisle knitting on a different size needle now is the time to switch to that needle size.

One thing to consider when you are using multiple colours in a fairisle project is whether you will “carry” your yarn colours up a row when you are not using it. It’s worth thinking about. How many rows will you carry? The more rows you carry the less ends you will have to weave in, but on the other hand the more rows you carry up will mean that your pattern may get distorted in that area or if you are carrying several colours if will add lots of extra bulk in that section. Me, personally, I will only carry a yarn over one row, and that’s why I have soooooo many ends to weave in.
This is quite a chore. Best to take a few breaths and make a cup of tea.

…and now the big reveal!

Volila! I just need to graft the underarm stitches and block this baby!

Thank you for knitting along with me. If you would like to make your own version of the Strange Brew Sweater you can find the pattern HERE.

The Knit Café has a fairisle knitting class
you can read all about it and register HERE

Craftily yours

Strange Brew Knitalong 4

I am finished to the armpits on my Strange Brew sweater pattern. The Strange Brew is a typical bottom up, all in one, (no seaming) sweater construction. The body of the sweater is knit up to the arm pits, leave these stitches on your circular needles and knit up your sleeves and leave these stitches on your needles too. The next step is to join it all together.

This can seem very daunting to the uninitiated but if you just follow the steps laid out in the pattern you will have no problem. The trick is to not to over think it – just do it!

One other trick:  make sure you are joining your stitches with the right sides facing.

As you can see in the picture I am joining the first sleeve with only knit stitches facing me. If you are knitting into purl stitches you are on the wrong side, turn the sleeve around!

First sleeve is on! Knit across the body stitches and attach the second sleeve. Knit across the second sleeve’s stitches.


Voila! Both sleeves attached!

Next time we will get to the part we’ve all been waiting for – the fairisle yoke!

Craftily yours

Julie Asselin is back in stock!

The Knit Café is just busting with hand dyed yarn and today we received even more from Quebecois artist Julie Asselin.  It’s so interesting how every hand dyer has a recognizable style. I would say that Julie’s style is sophisticated, both in her choices of yarn bases and in her colour application.

We have two yarns from Julie Asselin in the shop. One is called Leizu DK. We’ve had this one before and just loved seeing what you made with it. Boy, does this yarn knit up great! It’s a blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk and a  tight spin with a little sheen from the silk. It’s the yarn featured in the popular Campside Shawl. It knit’s to a standard DK tension 20-24 stitches per 10cm.

We also have a brand new yarn in the shop. It is a sock weight yarn called Nomad. It’s comprised of 80% superwash merino and a healthy amount of nylon; 20% for strong sock knitting. Each skein has a generous 412m (450 yards), a little extra for long socks or shawl or sweater projects . Perhaps the best thing about Nomad is it’s pedigree. Nomad is produced  ethically from American sheep’s wool and spun in the USA too. This yarn is spun with extra loft for light skeins that trap air and become soft and subtle with blocking. Julie has worked hard to develop dye methods that are less toxic and produce less water waste. Maybe most importantly this yarn is lovely and will look even better once you’ve knit it up!

Craftily yours

Show and Share from The Knit Cafe

Truth be told there is very little that will hold this blog post together theme-wise. I just have a bunch of yarns and projects and pics I have gathered from the last few weeks that just can’t wait to be out and proud!

Here’s one ↑. I know you may be wondering why I can’t wait to show you a skein of white yarn, but this is no ordinary plain-Jane-skein, it is virgin yarn full of potential.  An undyed, 80% merino 20% nylon, fingering weight yarn that we have purchased just so it can be hand dyed and become it’s true fabulous self. The Knit Café is hosting a Yarn Dyeing Class this weekend. This one is all full up, but look out for the next class on the schedule which is running on Sunday January 14, 12:30-4pm

The undyed yarn will be used in the class but is also available for purchase to anyone in need. Each 115g skein is $14.

If we practice, and hard, with our hand dyeing we may one day be able to make something as beautiful as the skeins that come from the dye kitchen of Lichen and Lace. If you haven’t already heard the news we have recently received a BIG order forom this fantastic Cannuk hand dyeing Co. We have a full selection of both sock weight and worsted weight yarns. Above – you can see the fingering weight skeins. So pretty!

Look here ↑. This is a picture of socks-in-progress by knitter-extraordinaire Vanessa Jost. She is making these fantasic stockings from Mondim by Retrosaria. Retrosaria is the yarn company from Portugal I was gushing about a while back. You can read the gushing HERE. I am so happy to have knitted evidence of how beautiful this yarn knits up. Look at those happy socks!

Vanessa is knitting two socks at once because she is a pro! Sock-making wannabes check out The Knit Cafe’s First Sock Class starting November 15. There are only a few spots left in this class!

…and here is the culprit! The yarn that made it all possible! It’s the very pretty Mondim!

Edie Kim came in the other day wearing this ↑. Edie is part of The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club. The Yarn Club releases 6 patterns with matching yarn throughout the year. Next Yarn Club subscription will begin in April so look out for it. The last release for The Yarn Club 2017 was this neck warmer we call the Bonnie Bandit. It is knit with three colours of Hedgehog Fibre. This version features colours Day Dream, Bramble, and Typewriter. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.

Here are some more colours of the Hedgehog Fibre that we received in our last order. Many of these are still warming our shelves and ready to become Bonnie Bandits and so many other things.

This is the original version of the Bonnie Bandit made with colours Oracle, and Zephyr and in the middle a Potluck colour available only to yarn club members.

Find the Bonnie Bandit Pattern right HERE

Craftily yours

Strange Brew Knitalong 3

It’s time for casting on! Starting a new project is so fun especially when you have done all that prep work, swatching and charting and plotting.

The Strange Brew Pattern where we can design our own fairisle sweater project leaves a lot of the decision making to us – the knitters! For example you can choose the ribbing stitch  for your bottom band and cuffs and neck band. Will it be 1×1, or 2×2 or 3×1? I chose a 1×1 ribbing stitch since I am knitting a small size and I thought the smaller rib would match the sweaters smaller stature.

If you like you can also add fairisle stitching to the body of your sweater and/or the sleeves. I have decided to do one motif just above the bottom band and a smaller version of the same just above the cuff.

Now it’s knit, knit, knit up to the arm pits!

Craftily yours