Getting Knitty for The Polish Festival

The Polish Festival on Roncesvalles in almost upon us, and we have been as busy as the beavers making a very special knit show to entertain the festival goers.

polish knit flowers
We have a regular knit-factory going on. This year’s Polish Festival we decided to dedicate our window to a smorgasbord of knit flowers inspired by Polish Folk Art motifs. Here ↑ they are resting before their debut this coming weekend. We sure hope you’ll come down to Roncesvalles Avenue, have some pierogies and take in our latest creations.

zigzag blanket

Just off my needles is this chevron blanket. It’s prep for our upcoming ZigZag Blanket Workshop.
I’ve always loved the chevron knit pattern, there is so many ways to vary the colours and textures and widths of the stripes to create different effect. It looks completely charming and whimsical knit into a baby blanket and then transforms into a chic accessory when knit into a scarf or wrap like fashion heavy-weights  Missoni. like to do it.

In the ZigZag Blanket Workshop we will learn how to augment basic knit and purl techniques to stitch the chevron pattern. We will spend a lot of time discussing how to keep track of our pattern so that mistakes are few. We will also discuss how to fix any mistakes should they impolitely crash the party.

Zig Zag Blanket Workshop (you can make a scarf too!)
Wednesday October 28, 7-9pm
Registration HERE
or call us at 416 533 5648

Craftily yours

Making It Stripe and Making It Fit

Iwona just finished up a full length example of the Noro Striped Scarf we are making in the Magical Striped Scarf Workshop and it is so awesome I think I might  steal it. I was wearing it around the shop yesterday and I can attest that it is supremo-cozy!noro 010 006_02

Two different colour-ways in Noro in a two row striped pattern makes this magic happen .


Judy is also wearing a very fine sweater made by Iwona with the CustomFit Sweater Program. It is a bit of a stretch on Judy but it fits Iwona perfectly as it was made with her measurements. It is a pattern generated in the bespoke manner and then you knit it up and you have tailor made knitwear.

We have just announced a new service. We will be helping whoever is desiring to make their own custom sweater pattern with the CustomFit pattern generating program. We’re pretty excited about it.

Here are all the details:

Book yourself a one-on-one CustomFit Sweater Tutorial at the Knit Café and…

  • meet us for a one-hour appointment at The Knit Café to discuss all your sweater particulars, decide on a yarn and discuss the style considerations for your new sweater.
  • get help to take and record accurate and detailed body measurements to ensure a good fit
  • learn how to make an accurate swatch and how to use it
  • then take your time with your swatching and book a follow up appointment when we will use the information gathered from your finished swatch to create your sweater pattern.
  • receive your own one of a kind knit pattern based on your measurements and your style, and get any questions answered about how to follow it.

Pick from two options when creating your CustomFit Sweater with The Knit Café

1.Sweater-makers who purchase all their yarn for their sweater at The Knit Café will get the CustomFit Sweater Tutorial described above for a fee of only $10. This goes to cover the cost of the pattern but the tutorial and follow-up appointment are gratis. In addition they will receive a discount of 10% off their yarn purchase for their sweater. Wow!

2.If you already have the yarn for the sweater of your dreams you may still join us for a CustomFit appointment. For a fee of $40 you will receive the CustomFit Sweater Pattern, the hour long consultation and tutorial, and the follow up appointment to generate the pattern.

More Info about our Perfect Sweater Program can be found HERE
Call or email The Knit Café to make your Sweater Making Appointment
416 533 5648(KNIT)

Can’t wait to see what sort of sweater you will make.
Craftily yours

When Labour is a Pleasure!

Happy Labour Day Weekend everyone! We are open today so come and visit but closed tomorrow on Monday September 7th.

Yesterday I had a visitor in the shop who blew my mind. On seeing our fine example of The Baby Surprise Jacket knit with Noro in our “stuff we made with Noro display” she let the bomb drop that she had MET ELIZABETH ZIMMERMANN!!!!!! Not only had she met her, she had taken classes with her at her knitting retreat in Wisconsin.

I was floored, and remain floored now. Here is a living breathing person who had met my knitting hero. If you do not know what the heck I am on about here is exhibit A – The Baby Surprise Jacket
baby surprise jacket

If you look on ravelry today and see how many folks have made this pattern you will find that 23645 people have. Of course this is probably just a sampling of the people who actually have. This pattern was born out of the genius mind of Elizabeth Zimmermann in 1968, and has been going strong ever since. The construction of this sweater is so unusual it changed knitting forever.
Also Elizabth Zimmermann’s approach to writing about, speaking about, and teaching knitting changed how we all knit today.
Sometimes when I need inspiration or when I’m feeling a little down I grab one of my Elizabth Zimmermann books and read a little bit. It does wonders – works even better then chocolate ice cream or whatever your poison might be.

Elizabeth Zimmermann

Full of enthusiasm and practical advice and a whole lot of humour you learn more then knitting when you read an Elizabeth Zimmermann book. Her openness to invention and her enthusiastic belief that anything imaginable is achievable is infectious.
This walking, talking human who had learned to steek from Elizabeth Zimmermann tells me that Elizabeth Zimmermann  live and in person was a lovely lady. Of this I have never had any doubts.

elizabeth zimmermann

We have a copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s book  Knitting Workshop in shop. It contains the pattern for the baby surprise jacket. You can also get the Baby Surprise Jacket and many of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s other patterns in singles from her legacy business Schoolhouse Press still run by her offspring. I do suggest you read some of her books in their entirety – I’ve found many in the Toronto Public Library.
The Baby Surprise Jacket or any Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern would be great to do in a Knit Café Project Class or in a one-on-one private class. We would love to accompany you on your first journey with EZ.

On this Labour Day I think we would do well to listen to the words of Elizabeth Zimmermann and instead of regarding our knitting as something we’re passing through in order to get to the next thing, we can love it up stitch by stitch.

EZ says:

“I can knit. I knit all year, day in, day out. It is my passion, and I rarely knit the same thing twice the same way.”

Craftily yours


Back to School!

Some kiddos have already made it back into a fresh school years. For others scholastic pursuits are quick approaching. Books with that brand new smell, pencil cases stocked with fully loaded pens and sharpened pencils are at the ready, it’s a new beginning.
At The Knit Café we are pretty excited about this new learnin’ season. We plan to teach a whole new crop of folks the insides and outs of a new craft like knitting or crocheting. We also have classes for knitters and crocheters who know their ABCs and need some mind expanding projects. So sharpen up your knitting needles (figuratively-not literally) and pick out an extra special yarn and join a class. You won’t regret it.
Here are a few of the classes coming up in the months of September and October.


The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop(learn to purl workshop)
Thursday September 17, 7-9pm

arm knit

Arm Knitting Workshop
Wednesday September 9, 6:30-9pm

knit 101 baby

Knit 101 Baby!
Wednesday September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 1-3pm

crochet crash class

Crochet Crash Course
Thursday September 17, 6:30-9pm

crochet robot

Amigurumi (crocheted toy robot class)
Thursday October 22, 29, 6:30-8:30pm


Sweater Class
Wednesday October 14, 21, November 4, 11, 7-9pm

slipper class

Knit Slipper Class
Wednesday Oct 14, 21, 1-3pm

thrum mittens

Thrum Mitten Class
Thursday October 22, 29, 7-9pm

knit 101 hat

Hat Workshop
Monday September 21, 6:30-9pm


baby slippers-mukluks

Baby Slipper Workshop
Saturday December 5, 10:30am-1:30pm

Click on any class to register online. To have a look at all the classes – cause we’ve got LOTS – have a look in the webshop HERE. You may call 416 533 5648, or come by the shop to register too.

Craftily yours Kristin

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.
noro scarf
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