What to Knit and Crochet with 3 weeks till Christmas

There is still time to craft some wonderful handmade gifts before Christmas.
You have 3 weeks!

starry night
Starry Night Toque by The Knit Café
Knit with Light Worsted or DK  4-4.5mm. Shown here knit in Riverside Studio Worsted or try Lichen and Lace Worsted. Both are Canadian made!
49 – 153 yards needed
To fit newborn, baby, toddler, child-adult small, adult medium, adult large.
It’s The Knit Cafe’s latest pattern! Because it’s a hat you will have it done in no time, especially if you are making the adorable baby size!


Knit Hedgehog Mittens by Andie Huber
Knit with Worsted Weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and 5mm needles
aprox 200 yards needed
The finished mittens measure 7½ in (19cm) from the base of the wrist to the tip and should fit an average size child of 7–10 years.
I am smitten with these mittens!


Oversized Sweater Knitting Pattern by Aleksandra
Knit with Bulky Weight yarn like Peruvia Quick or Brooklyn Tweed Quarry and 9mm needles
900 metres needed
Fits in one size only: Width 52 cm, Length 55 cm, Sleeves 42 cm
You might think I’m crazy to suggest knitting a sweater so late in the game, but look how thick and chunky this one is! It’s a very basic, easy peasy and free pattern too.
Parker Cable Socks by Lakeside Loops
Crocheted with DK yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash and 3.5mm hook
265 – 827 yards needed
To fit 11 different sizes ranging from baby all the way through to adult
These thick socks are more like slippers and could be made shorter if you fear you will run out of time. The pattern claims to include pictures and videos to keep you on track.
Lennon Cable Leg Warmers by Lakeside Loops
Crocheted with Worsted Weight yarn like Berroco Vintage and 5mm hook
Fits 10 sizes: – Baby (6-12 months) – Toddler (1-2 years) – Pre-K (2-4 years) – Child (4-7 years) – Child (7-11 years) – Teen – Small Adult – Medium Adult – Large Adult – XL Adult
You can make these legwarmers or the even quicker boot cuff version of this pattern in any size. Like the previous recommendation this pattern is by Lakeside Loops who have terrific deals on their patterns like buy 2 patterns get one free. Check them out!


Halus by Brooklyn Tweed
Knit with Bulky Yarn and 4.5mm -5.5mm needles. Designed and shown in Brooklyn Tweed Quarry
165 yards needed
To comfortably fit average adult head sizes 20–24″); 8¾” long
This stunner of a hat will take no time at all!

Urban Jungle Crocheted Slouchy Beanie by Vickie Howell
Crocheted with Worsted Weight yarn like Lichen and Lace Worsted and 5mm
To fit small, med, large adult
A pretty, bobbled stitch and a good deal of slouch are some of the features in this crocheted hat.


Pocket Ted by Frankie Brown
Knit with Fingering Weight yarn and 2-2.5mm needles. Use your sock scraps and throw in a few Koigu Mini Skeins for just the right colour combination for this project.
Only “small amounts of yarn” needed
Finished dimensions: 8 cm / 3” tall
This little bear fits in an Altoids tin. Once you knit the bear, instructions describe how to knit his bead cloths and tin decorations.


Boogie Earbuds by Bonnie Pruitt
Knit with Fingering Weight yarn and 2.25mm needles. Try Lichen and Lace 80/20 sock or Turtlepurl Self Striping Turtletoes.
0 – 50 yards needed
The designer says she was so sick and tired of the rubbery cords for her earbuds getting tangled, so she designed this cover which “completely solved the problem”. Throw in a new set of earbuds too for one terrific gift!



I highly recommend Turtlepurl yarn for all your self-striping needs. We just received a new batch of this Canadian made, hand dyed yarn. It is perfect for socks; bundled in twos for a matching pair and with a little nylon mixed with the merino for sock-strength. This would make a wonderful gift for any sock knitters on your Holiday shopping list.


Chain Reaction Shawlette by Nicki Hirsch
Crocheted with Fingering Weight like Julie Asselin Picollo and 3mm hook
350 – 400 yards needed
Mostly made of chains and single crochets this shawl can be made to any size from a quick kerchief to a blanket size wrap.

Maya Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska
Knit with Chunky yarn like Misti Alpaca Chunky and 6.5mm needle
328 yards needed
One size: approx. 150 cm/60” wide and 75 cm/30” long at center spine.

misti alpaca

We just got in some dreamy, soft Misti Alpaca Chunky which would be terrific for this shawl project but also any hat or scarf project. Alpaca is one of the warmest fibres. Use it for friends and family who are perpetually cold.


Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Z apasi
Knit with Worsted Weight yarn and 5.5-6.5mm needles. Especially suited for Noro yarns like Noro’s  Kureopatora.
330 yards needed
Finished dimensions: 70” x 22”
The slip knit pattern in this shawl gives it a pretty woven look. It looks stunning when knit in a colour changing, textured yarn like Noro’s Kureopatora which has a softer feel then many Noro blends and is comfortable to wear around the neck.

malabrigo rasta

Next time, with 2 weeks to go I will be focusing my recommendations on projects that take big and bulky yarn like the Malabrigo Rasta we received this week. Look at these ↑ beauties! Expect to see more and more super bulky yarns arrive at The Knit Café in the weeks to come for all your last minute gift ideas.
Till next time
Craftily yours

What to Knit and Crochet with 4 weeks till Christmas

Four weeks people!  If you have a long list of gifts to make or just one big idea for someone really special it is time to get those needles clicking. Here are some knit and crochet projects for those of you who are still searching for just the right thing.

High Pines Cowl by Brooklyn Tweed
Knit with DK yarn designed for Brooklyn Tweed Arbor and 4mm needles.
390 yards needed
Finished dimensions: 28½” [72.5 cm] circumference at bottom; 25¼” [64 cm] circumference at top; 11½” [29 cm] height
burnabyIf you are as curious as I am to knit up some of Brooklyn Tweed’s brand new product; the worsted spun, DK weight Arbor, then look no further for a project then this classic cowl or perhaps a hat like the Brooklyn Tweed’s Burnaby Hat.

Bobbly Hat by Justyna Lorkowska
Knit with Worsted Weight like Lichen and Lace hand dyed, worsted, merino and 5mm needles
To fit 2-4y (6-10y)
This hat has lots of lovely textures and would be a real special gift for a little someone. Especially if knit in their favourite colour.

Fair Isle Friday by Almost Saturday by Anna Maltz
Knit with DK weight, Brooklyn Tweed Arbor would suit it to a tee, and 3.75mm 246 – 328 yards needed
one size fits most
These charming hats are ripe with opportunity for colour combining fun. There are two different fair isle designs to choose from.


Winter Honey by Andrea Mowry
Knit with Worsted Weight yarn and 5.5mm needles. Sample shown in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
605 – 1050 yards needed
Can be made in two sizes with wingspan – 61 in/155 cm (84 in/213 cm), Center Depth – 26.5 in/67 cm (31 in/79 cm)
A nice textured shawl in a cozy medium weight yarn!

Ingeborg Slippers by Kristin Drysdale
Knit with DK weight yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash and  3mm needles
153 – 164 yards needed
Size is women’s medium
Another pattern for showing off your Fair Isle chops! These slippers and pretty and cozy.
Winter Wanderer Super Scarf by Jess Coppom
Crocheted with Chunky Weight Yarn like Berroco Vintage Chunky and 5.5mm
1000 – 1200 yards needed
One size: approximately 102 x 10.5”
A super cool, extra large, snowflake shawl. Follow the chart to create the snowflake design. The designer suggests you weave in your ends as you go, I concur.


Cat Baby Cocoon, Hat and Bootie Set by Chi Krneta
Crocheted with DK weight yarn such as Cascade 220 Superwash and 3.5mm
575 – 650 yards needed for booties, hat and sleep sack
To fit 0-3 months, or  3-6 months
Make this sleep sack, bootie and hat set to match your favourite kitty cat.

Little Fox Socks by North Star Knits
Knit with DK weight yarn like Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light and 3.5mm
284 – 568 yards needed
To fit Baby, toddler, kid, adult
Adorable slipper socks to make the ache of a cold winter floor a veritable picnic. So cute!

Forager’s Scarf by Nicola Hodges
Knit in Aran weight yarn like Madelinetosh Chunky and 5.5mm needles
383 – 416 yards needed
Finished measurements: 107” (272cm) along longest edge and 16” (41cm) at widest point
A lovely shawl! Knit long with lots of drape thanks to the bias shaping and the eyelets. It would look nice on a man or a lady and it is knit with a chunky yarn for faster knitting.


Cara by Kate Burge and Rachel Price
Knit with Aran or Worsted weight yarn such as Noro Kureopatora and 6mm needles
380 – 400 yards needed
Finished dimensions: Height: 11”, Circumference: 36”
This is a job for Noro! – the lovely Japanese company that makes the beautiful, all-the-colours-of-the-rainbow yarn. Grab two of your favourites and combine them for a similar effect to the sample pictured here. This looks like it would be a really fun knit!
For something with an equal amount of Noro yarn fun check out this Magical Striped Scarf Pattern. It is a good pattern for beginner knitters.

Fiery Dragon Scarf by Brook L Hanna
Knit with Worsted Weight Yarn like Berroco Vintage and 5mm needles.
197 yards needed
What little boy or girl would not go crazy for this? It’s a scarf! It’s a dragon! It’s both!

That’s it for this week!
Craftily yours

What to Knit and Crochet with 5 weeks till Christmas

You now have five solid weeks to craft-it-up till the gift giving day! There is no end to what you can do. Here are a few suggestions.


Blue Totoro Amigurumi by Lucy Collins
Crocheted with DK or worsted weight yarn like inexpensive and washable Berroco Vintage Worsted and  3.5mm hook
85 grams needed
Finished size: approximately 8” tall.
I feel like no explanation is needed for this recommendation.

sweet socks

Sweet Socks by The Knit Café
Knit with fingering weight yarn like Julie Asselin Piccolo and 2.5mm needles
199 – 468 yards needed
To fit 2-4y, 4-7y, 8-women’s small, women’s medium, women’s large-men’s medium, men’s large
This is The Knit Cafe’s basic sock recipe released just months ago. As you can see there are a plethora of sizes. Instructions are very detailed with lots of sock knitting tips. The heel is knit in a pleasing honeycomb texture and the calf is ribbed for a good fit. The contrast coloured toes make these socks extra special.

there's no place like home

There’s No Place Like Home by The Knit Café
Knit with fingering weight yarn like Lichen and Lace one-ply or 80/20 and 3.75mm needles
383 – 475 yards needed
Finished dimensions: length 167cm/66 inches, depth at largest point 48cm/19 inches for version shown. A smaller version without the border has these dimensions (length 167cm/66 inches, depth at largest point 33cm/13 inches).
Another new pattern from The Knit Café! A pretty shawl with an easy and open lace pattern and an interesting construction combining bias knitting and short row shaping for the border. The picot edge makes this shawl very feminine but without it this triangular scarf may suit a dude too.


Sportive Unisex Triangle Shawl by Nicki Hirsch
Crocheted with fingering weight yarn like Mineville Sock yarn and 3mm hook
663 – 884 yards needed
160-170cm on its longest side or adjustable
A crochet version of a triangular shawl with an easy repetitive stitch for a guy or a gal.


Copenhagen Calling by Isabell Kraemer
Knit with DK weight like Julie Asselin Leizu DK and 4-4.5mm needles
634 – 678 yards needed
Finished dimensions: 60″ x 12″ (152 cm x 30 cm), or adjustable
A pretty cowl with several different textures. Something really unique!


Starri by Helene Magnusson
Knit with light fingering or fingering and 2.5mm needles for a small size and 3mm needles for a medium size
150 – 170 yards needed
These mitten are so pretty especially with the added detail of the embroidery embellishment. The pattern boasts  step by step pictorial tutorials for special techniques and for the embroidery too.


Colorplay Dress by Lisa Chemery
Knit with Sport or DK weight such as Brooklyn Tweed Arbor and 3.5mm -4mm
345 – 775 yards needed
To fit 3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2years, 4years, 6years, 8years)

If you are inspired but a little bit intimidated by these Colour Knit Projects then check out the Knit Café’s  “knit in colour class” for fairisle learnin’.
It’s coming soon!

Knit in Colour Class
Friday December 2, 9, 7-9pm
Read all about it and register HERE


Sideline Beanie by Grace Ann
Knit with lace weight (held doubled) or fingering weight single stranded and  2.5mm needles
800 – 900 yards needed
This basic toque can be made, as the author suggests to match a favourite sports team colours, or it can be made in the favourite colours of the recipient, or with the coloured scraps you have about. I love the idea of doubling up a lace weight yarn for all sorts of interesting colour combinations for this hat but a fingering weight used on it’s own will do. I encourage yo to read the designers description of this hat. It is enticing!


Baby Duck Booties by Meagan Anderson
Knit with fingering weight yarn and 3.25mm for the baby version, and sport weight yarn and 3.5mm for the toddler version.
75 – 100 yards needed
Baby version: 3¼ (4)” [8.5 (10) cm] long and 2¾” [7 cm] tall; to fit size 0-6 (6-12) months / Toddler version: 4 (5)” [10 (12.5) cm] long and 3¼” [8.5 cm] tall; to fit size 18 (24) months
These adorable boots are sure to bring smiles to faces. If you try them note there is errata to check out mentioned on the ravelry page (looks like not a big deal).


Oxbow by Brooklyn Tweed
Knit with bulky yarn and designed for Brooklyn Tweed Quarry and 8mm needles
525 yards needed
Finished Dimensions are 8½” wide; 75½” long (excluding fringe)
This excellent scarf is another great unisex project. Give it a go for any man or lady on your list.

That’s it for this week.
Craftily yours

What to Knit and Crochet with 6 weeks till Christmas

There are 6 weeks for knitting and crocheting and crafting before Christmas! Sneaks up on ya, doesn’t it?
If you plan to make seasons-greetings gifts for this year, then start the plans and list making and schemes.
Here is a list to get you started. Stuff you can make with only 6 weeks to do so. In fact next week and then the week after and so on… I will be releasing new lists and counting down the weeks and days till seasonal crafting time ends. I will begin with projects that might take a bit more time and end with fast and furious gifts. Are you with me? Here goes!


Avery by Quince and Co
Knit with Aran Weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Quarry and 6mm needles
510 yards needed
Finished Measurements: 54.5” in circumference, 7.75” depth.
I like that this cowl is made with only knits and purls and no other tricks. It is reversible as all good scarves should be and it will suit both ladies and gents.

Loki 2.0 by Ragga Eiriksdottir
Knit with Worsted weight yarn such as Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and  4.5mm
547 – 766 yards needed
To fits 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 years
It’s the classic Icelandic Sweater only pint sized! Brooklyn Tweed Shelter would be the perfect yarn for this little sweater. The pattern can be knit as a pullover or cardigan but warning, if you want a cardigan you will have to steek. Step by step instructions and videos are included

Authenticity by Sylvia McFadden
Knit with Aran Weight yarn like Madelinetosh Chunky and 5.5mm
550 – 610 yards needed
Can be made bigger or smaller. Sample shown as 80” along the wingspan and 40” from the very top to bottom tip.
A lovely lace shawl made with a chunky yarn for faster knitting and for fashions sake!

Crosshatch by Jared Flood
Knit with both Fingering and Worsted weight yarn and 4mm needles. Designed to combine both Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and Loft.
880 – 1620 yards
13¼ (25½)” [33.5 (65) cm] wide; 76¼” [193.5 cm] long
Brooklyn Tweed describes it thusly: “Two different yarns in contrasting colors combine to create a simple but intriguing scarf. Each pair of rows is worked alternately with Shelter and Loft in brioche stitch”.
This oversized version is gorgeous on the model but there is also a narrower scarf that would suit a man to a tee. Unisex!

Madewell by Joji Locatelli
Knit with Fingering weight yarn and 3.5mm like Julie Asselin’s Piccolo
1100 – 2200 yards
Fits Bust circumference: 30¾ (33½, 35¼, 36¾, 40¾, 44¾, 48¾, 52¾) inches
If you really, really like someone you might make them a sweater. If so this one with the excellent elbow patches might do the trick.


Halvvantene Små blomster / Small flowers Mitts by Pinneguri
Knit with Fingering weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Loft and 2.5mm
164 – 175 yards
It think these mittens look particularly charming in these vintage inspired colour choices. For this reason I recommend Brooklyn Tweed Loft which has a plethora of delicate colours to choose from well suited to these mittens.


Teahouse Wrap by Alexander Tavel
Crochet with Aran Weight yarn such as Berroco Vintage Chunky and  8mm hook
1200 yards
Dimensions of finished item: Width: 86”/218cm, Length from top to point: 40”/102cm
This wrap is crocheted intentionally loose to promote a comfortable drape. It will also work up faster that way!


Mitten Garland by Kat Lewinski
Knit with Fingering Weight yarn and 2.25mm
1050 – 1100 yards
This is meant to be a twenty-four week project to make a Mitten Garland Advent Calendar but I have faith in you, you can do it in six. Or don’t sweat it and make a dozen or just a few, or skip the fairisle business and make each solid in a rainbow of colours.


Rose Bowl Hat and Cowl by Veera Valimaki
Knit with Fingering Weight yarn like Lichen and Lace 80/20 and 3mm
720 yards [660 meters] total. 305 yards [280 meters] in both MC and CC1, 110 yards [100 meters] in CC2.
A pretty cowl and hat set that allows you to have fun with your colour pairings.

Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket by Purl Soho
Knit in Sport Weight yarn and 3.75mm
910 yards
30 inches wide x 30 inches long
I love the modern graphic design of this baby blanket. Imagine a new Mom or Dad’s joy at getting this beauty as a present on a Christmas morn.


Magical Rainbow Blanket by Tamara Kelly
Crocheted in DK or Worsted  Weight yarn such as Berroco Vintage and 5mm 1552 yards 36″ x 36″ or customizable
Crocheters can make this beauty! There are so many terrific baby blanket patterns to choose from for crocheters but I like this ones style.


Baby Humpback Whale by ChiWei Ranck
Crocheted in Aran or Worsted Weight and  4mm crochet hook
170 – 210 yards
17 inches long
So cute as a toy or dare I say – cushion? The whale is worked flat and then sewn together.

thrum mit
Thrum Mittens by The Knit Café
Knit with Worsted Weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and  3.5mm
150 – 250 yards
To fit 5-8 years, (9 years-small adult, medium ladies, largeladies/small mens, medium/large mens)
A classic and a favourite! These mittens keep even the coldest of hands warm. The Knit Café has a very detailed Thrum Mitten pattern including tips and pictures and lots of sizes.
Some folks have also expressed interest to me in finding a Thrum Slipper Pattern. I think these Thrum Slippers called  Fingge by OwlCat Designs are pretty cute.

fleece artist fleece

The Knit Cafe just received a beautiful order of fleece from The Fleece Artist. Hand dyed fleece can be used to make multicoloured polka dot patterns on your thrum mittens or you can felt with it, or you can spin it into yarn. If this idea intrigues you, you are in luck. The Knit Café has a yarn spinning class starting soon. Here are the details:

Drop Spindle Class Introduction to Spinning
Sunday December 4, 11, 18, 12:30-2:30pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours

The shop is bursting with Julie Asselin and Lichen and Lace Yarn

Bursting at the seams with beautiful yarn! There are worse problems.
This week we received two exciting shipments of hand dyed yarn. Yesterday was Julie Asselin Day! Our box full of goodies from Quebec included both the Piccolo Sock yarn that we know and love and also something new for The Knit Café. It’s Leizu DK. Like the name suggests it is a Double Knit weight yarn, but what the name doesn’t tell you is that it is a super shimmering blend of Superwash Merino and Silk.
Today, shipped from Sackville New Brunswick, we received some Lichen and Lace. It is gorgeous! More 80/20, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock weight yarn and some Worsted Weight too. Just in time to knit up hats and mits and scarves for gifts.

Check it out.

lichen and lace

top row: Lichen and Lace Worsted Weight, 100% Superwash Merino
bottom row: Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock, 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon

julie asselin

top row: Julie Asselin Leizu DK, 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Silk
bottom row: Julie Asselin Piccolo, 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon

Besides that we received more cheap and cheerful Berroco Vintage and Vintage Chunky in a plethora of colours. There could not be a better time to come by and witness our colour explosion installation.

Craftily yours

November is Blanket Making Month at The Knit Cafe

We have three, count ’em 1, 2, 3, blanket classes coming up in November. It is November the day after tomorrow.

zigzag blanket

The ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Sign up now! It is this Wednesday November 2nd, 7-9pm
$32 register HERE

crochet blanket

Absolute Beginner Crochet Blanket Class
No previous crochet experience is necessary to take this class!
Wednesday November 2nd and 9th, 6:30-8:30pm
$56, register HERE 
only 2 spots left!

baby blanket

Knit Baby Blanket Class
This is our beginner blanket class where you learn to purl and follow patterns.
Sunday November 13, 12:30-3pm
$35, register HERE

Happy Halloween! and Craftily yours

Stop the Presses! Discount Yarn from Mineville!

When I tell you that this yarn from Mineville Yarn Project is a discount yarn I don’t want you to get the wrong impression. The only thing lacking in this yarn is the standard pricing we have come to expect in a hand dyed yarn.
Mineville Yarn Project is an endeavor created in Nova Scotia from the exceptional hand dying team that you know and love – The Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden. They began the Mineville Yarn Project so they could take advantage of some of the lovely discounted yarns they were offered from the Mills they regularly work with. These yarns are beautiful quality but are odds and sods and ends of runs and not to be repeated so they are sold cheap. Mineville then hand dyes them expertly and passes the savings on to us and then, in turn,  we pass the savings down to you. ..and here we are!

It’s Sock Yarn !
80% superwash merino, 20% nylon
360 metres / 120 grams
machine washable
ONLY $16 a skein!

We have sweater quantity in each of the 14 colours so start making your plans. They describe this yarn as a heavy fingering so it could be knit to fingering or possibly sport tension up to 26 sts/ 10cm.  Or start making socks and get started on your holiday knitting. It’s a bargoon!

Craftily yours