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What to knit with a month till Christmas!

Have you made your Christmas knitting plans yet? Or did you wake up one day and realize it’s almost December. That’s what I did. So, now that I truly believe Christmas is coming I have started to knit in earnest. I am making socks. In fact I am making these socks ↓

Sweet Sock by The Knit Café. This is our basic sock pattern, with a difference. Difference #1: you can make any size from child size to man size. Difference #2: these socks have a really cool looking reinforced heel that has a beautiful honey comb texture. Difference #3: these socks fit great because of the ribbing. Difference #4: a knitters could have a lot of fun switching up the toe colours. Difference #5: this pattern does not assume you are an expert sock knitter and is very detailed – there are even pictures!
PS: I started the day before yesterday and I am half way through sock number one!

Socks make a great gift. There are some real serious fans of hand knitted socks out there and that is who you should reserve your sock knitting for. For a sock with extra personality try The Knit Cafe’s Maud Sock Pattern. These socks have a textured stitch and an “after thought heel” knit in a contrast colour. These socks are sure to wow! This slip-stitch looks excellent with hand dyed yarn. The socks in the pic were knit with Zen Yarn Garden. Coincidentally we just got an amazing batch of this terrific sock yarn in stock.

This is not a sock ↓  – It’s a sock monkey! So, even better!

Curious by The Knit Café, is knit like a sock – that is – all in one piece (except for the ears). We knit this sample with a self-striping yarn made by Turtlepurl but they look smashing in plain colours too. At the Knit Café we also stock the stuffing, and the safety eyes and the 100% wool felt for the face. Everything you need!

Mittens are the cutest! Iwona is making these adorable pint size mits in multiples because little folks are known for losing their mittens.  The pattern is by Tin Can Knits. It is called The World’s Simplest Mittens . It is a free pattern and mittens can be made in all sizes. Iwona’s versions are made with Noro Kureopatora. It’s a gorgeous yarn that has a gradual colour change. If you knit with it in stripes you will end up with a practically endless colour variety.

The best mittens ever were designed right here in Canada. They are called thrum mittens! Thrum Mitten are super warm because a fleece lining in knit right into them making them thick and cushioned and wind stopping. The colourful heart shaped stitches on the outside are pretty wonderful too. The Knit Café has their own Thrum Mitten pattern with lots of sizes available. You can find the pattern HERE


If you have never made thrum or any other kind of mittens before you can join our Thrum Mitten Class this Friday!

Thrum Mitten Class
Friday December 1, 8, 7-9pm
Register for this class HERE

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 with 4 Weeks Till Christmas

Four weeks till Christmas! I can’t believe it! If you have not yet begun your holiday knitting or crocheting then seize the day, perhaps with one of these projects.

Garter Gaiter by Purl Soho
garter garter

This is a nice and easy pattern, just knit and purl, with one colour and then the Madelinetosh ASAPnext. It’s free too!

You will need:  87 yards (79 meters) of a bulky weight yarn. This cowl would be stunning in Madelinetosh ASAP. 10mm circular needle 40cm.

Karusellen Hat by Erica Knits

This toque with the traditional Swedish folk art design of a horse is pretty great. brooklyn tweedIt is shown here – knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. The hat is from Pom Pom Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2015 which has a lot of really nice patterns. The next suggestion (a crochet hat called North Toque) is from the same issue. You can download the whole magazine for only $12.36 CAD.

You will need: 350 – 384 yards (320 – 351 m) of a worsted weight yarn like the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in two colours. The pattern calls for 3.25mm, 3.5mm, and 4.5mm needles. The 3.25mm needles are for a tubular cast on.

North Toque by Maria Valles
north toque

I found this pattern in the Pom Pom Quarterly Autumn 2015 in amongst some other pretty great patterns. This one is for the crocheters! It involves chunky yarn so you could start a production line of these and make one for every one on the list.

You will need: 273 – 328 yards (250 – 300 m) of bulky yarn like Cascade 128, or Peruvia Quick, and a 6.5 and 7mm hook.

Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood
noro striped scarf

Jared Flood admits he didn’t make up this pattern but he sure spread the joy norowhen he published this pattern for FREE on his blog. Two colours of delightful Noro yarn (a colour-blending, self-patterning yarn from Japan) is knit in stripes to make an incredibly beautiful scarf. Also, a really fun knit! We made a version at The Knit Café using Noro Kureopatora which is a merino blend and more comfortable to wear then many Noro yarns.

You will need: 436 yards (399 m) of Noro in a worsted weight. We used two balls of the Kureopatora and still had lots left over. 4.5mm needles

Campside by Alicia Plummer

This popular shawl project with the simple eyelet texture was originally knit withindigo dragonfly Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK. Julie was just in the store this past weekend for a visit! I am so excited to say that we are expecting some of her beautiful, hand dyed yarns to arrive soon.  Untill then you can always make this shawl in one of our other lovely DK weight yarns. Note: this pattern has some errata which is on the patterns ravelry page. It is also Free!

You will need: 700 – 780 yards (640 – 713 m) of DK/sport weight yarn. For a really divine shawl I recommend the Indigodragonfly Mergoat Sport. There is a colour that looks quite a lot like the one in the picture that is called “Ooooo Shiney!”  4.5mm needles.

Infant Mittens by Purl Soho
infant mittens

Do you need to knit for any new humans this year? If you do, you could knit a pair of these in a hurry. It is a free pattern from the Purl Bee. They are sized 3-9 months. No thumbs – makes a quick knit mitt!

You will need: 200 yards of fingering weight yarn held double or 100 yards DK/sport weight single stranded.  A yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash should do the trick. The contrast colours have Koigu Mini Skein’s name written all over them. 3.25mm double pointed needles too.

Irish Hiking Mittens by Karen Michelle
irish hiking mittens

This arm warmer pattern is free to try. Decorated with a very straightforward cable design this would be a good first cable project for those who know how to knit on double pointed needles.

You will need: 150 – 220 yards (137 – 201 m) worsted or DK weight yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Superwash and 4mm needles

Azul Pullover by Heidi May

This cozy cover up looks so great on this small person but the pattern is sized tomalabrigo rasta fit a two year old all the way to large adult sizes. Better yet – it is made with Super Bulky yarn so it will be extra warm and extra fast to knit.

You will need: 300 – 860 yards (274 – 786 m) of super bulky yarn like Malabrigo Rasta or Brown Sheep Burly Spun and 9mm needles.

Fishin Cowl by The Knit Café

This cowl by The Knit Café can be knit in two sizes. Shown here, is a cozy single wrap, but you could also make a decadent double wrap cowl. Both are knit in a fisherman’s rib stitch for extra stretch and coziness. We made ours with Madelinetosh Vintage, which is a soft hand dyed merino. You can pick up a knit-kit in these colours or pick  your own colours at The Knit Café. You can find the pattern HERE.

You will need: 400 – 800 yards (366 – 732 m)of worsted weight like Madelinetosh Vintage in two colours and a 5mm circular needle

 Craftily yours

4 weeks till Christmas

4 weeks till Christmas

We now have 4 weeks of knit time before Christmas, a whole month! Much can be accomplished in a month.  Pick a thicker yarn and a smaller project and you will be done in no time, and ready to do more.  Below are some examples of projects that are knit with worsted weight yarn.

Winston the Walrus by Ashley Yousling

This is an imaginative toy that comes with his own knit cap.  The simplicity in shape of this fine fellow is splendid! Knit this walrus for someone you love and I predict you’ll get heaps of love thrown right back at you. You can purchase this pattern right HERE


O Christmas Tree by Julia Blake

This is not a trendy “ugly” Christmas sweater! The tannenbaum decoration on the front is a simple cable design that is quite subtle. This will be excellent at Christmas time but still very wearable in the chilly months ahead.  Sized 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 4, or 6 years, it might suit someone on your Christmas list. You can purchase this pattern HERE

Christmas Tree sweater

Bike Helmet Earmuffs by Kristin Briney

If you know any bikers who are hard-core enough to brave the winter and hit the streets on their bicycles, than you know someone who could use one of these!  Hats are usually too bulky to fit under helmets and ears get painfully numb when exposed to the chilly elements.  Wonderfully, this pattern is free, you can find it HERE

bike helmet ear warmers

Soft Cotton Knit Dishcloths by The Purl Bee

The Purl Bee is famous for it’s terrific patterns and they offer many of them for free. These dishcloths are no exceptions being both terrific and free to try. Knit with soft Blue Sky Organic Cotton these classic looking dishcloths will no doubt be put to good use by whoever receives them.  The Purl Bee has created many patterns to suit this soft cotton. Check out the Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern, it may be just the thing you are looking to knit for a new addition to your family or extended family. You can find both patterns for free on The Purl Bee, the dishcloths are HERE, the blanket is HERE

chevron blanketdish cloths

Leg Warmer and Sock by Leslie  Scanion

Knit chunky leg warmers or if you have the time make them socks! These look so great with their ribbed and cabled designs.  The pattern comes with sizing that includes child sizes, lady sizes and men sizes too so it is very versatile.  It’s a good time to pick out a thick sock pattern for anyone desiring socks on your list, with a month of knitting time left perhaps you can make two pairs! You can purchase this pattern HERE

leg warmers socks

Crochet Ribbed Beanie by deliacreates

It is wonderful that fabulous looking crochet patterns like this one are becoming more and more available.  This warm looking hat would be so soft crocheted with Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn, or if you wanted a machine washable alternative Madelinetosh Vintage would be so fetching! The pattern is free, Hooray! Find it HERE

crochet beanie

Crocheted Scarf by dottiangel

There is a nice shell-stitch texture in this crochet scarf.  The blocks of colour make it more fun to hook for the crocheter but this yarn would be lovely in a single colour too! The finished length is 234cm, so it’s a lovely, long one.  Find the pattern HERE for free

dotti crocheted scarf

Crocheted Vest from the vicarnosmama log
This sweet crocheted tee pattern only comes in one size, to fit a baby up to 1 year with the back width measurement of  is 27-28 cm.  The simple top down construction would make it easy to alter for larger sizes, or pick a larger yarn and hook size to increase the size.  I love the rainbow effect in this example! It is another free pattern, find it HERE
crochet vest
This elegant hat has pretty lace stitching.  It also has a matching cowl pattern that you can find HERE.  Both of these patterns are free. The hat has a stocking stitch brim that the designer says will not curl when blocked, it could easily be replaced with a ribbed brim to guard against curling. Find the hat pattern HERE


Easy Peasy Garter Stitch Arm Warmers by The Knit Cafe

This pattern was designed by The Knit Cafe for brand new knitters!  This could be your very first knitting project, or the very first knitting project for someone you know.  We have kits available at the cafe that contain a skein of lovely worsted weight yarn, a set of needles, the pattern for the Easy Peasy Garter Stitch Arm Warmers and an instruction booklet.  It would be a wonderful starter kit for a new knitter, or knitter wanna be. The arm warmers are all knit (no purl) rectangles that are folded and sewn together, just as easy as a first scarf project but much less yarn to buy. You can purchase just the pattern from The Knit Cafe’s Ravelry Store HERE

easy peasy garter stitch mitts

That’s it for the Worsted Weights projects! Come in and check out the new stock of worsted Pure Wool by Rowan.  This is a 100% superwash wool  that comes in 200m balls.  It is excellently priced at $11 each.  We have 30 fantastic colours to try!

Craftily yours

4 weeks till Christmas

4 weeks still to Christmas.  A whole month to make hand-made-extra-cozy-filled-with-love-gifts!  Here are some options.  All of them are more or less 400 yards of knitting.

Twinklebaum  by Thea Eschliman

Is under 400 yards of bulky, aran, or dk weight.  The yarn selection will adjust the size to fit. This super festive hat is a classy stand-in for the very trendy “Christmas Sweater”, but better! It’s quicker, easier and sweeter to knit.  You can  purchase the pattern for $5 USD HERE


TaDaa by Hanne Katajamaki

Takes 380 – 400 yards of bulky yarn like Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep.

This is what the designer had to say about here pattern: “The idea with this scarf is that you are able to wear it just the way you like: as scarf, tube scarf, poncho or almost like sweater. I used drop stitches, so almost every stitch can be used as a buttonhole. To button up the scarf I used two buttons which are attached together. That way the buttons can be moved anywhere on the scarf”.

You can find this pattern for free HERE


Snag Snood by Newedist Handknits

Takes 132 – 396 yards of extra bulky yarn like Burly Spun by Brown Sheep.

There are two versions of this project, one is a big and snugly fit, and the other a big and generous one.  The double seed stitch pattern looks wonderfully textural in the thick yarn and it is easy to do.  This pattern is free and you can find it HERE

sag snood

sag snood 2

Hedgehog from the Purl Bee

Takes 314 yards of a combo of aran weight yarn like Cascade 128 and a worsted weight like Cascade 220 Superwash.

Who would not want a version of this fellow? The pattern is free! HERE


Rye by TinCan Knits

Takes 150 – 350 yards of dk weight yarn.

DK weight socks! What a fast knit! These chunky socks are sure to keep cold feet warm.  The pattern is written with new sock knitters in mind and comes with tutorials.  There are also sizes that range from baby to adult large.  In other words – socks for the whole family.  Kudos to Tin Can Knits on this pattern that they are offering for free HERE.


Ice Breaker Thermal Leg Warmers by Kalurah

Takes 410 – 430 yards of worsted, so it is just a wee bit over our 400 yard boundary, but what’s a Christmas knitting list without a pair of leg warmers?

This is what the designer has to say: “Break the ice! Knit up a pair of these toasty, wool legwarmers in one weekend. The thermal knit stitch creates a plush, thick and stretchy fabric, making these perfect for just about any size”.

You can download the pattern for $4 HERE

ice breaker

Puff Mama by Anna and Heidi Pickles

Takes 328 yards of extra bulky yarn.  Burly Spun!

A terrific gift choice for someone who wants to spruce up their digs.  You can find this charming pattern for free – right HERE.

puff mama

Mallory Cowl by Shannon Cook

Takes 220 – 440 yards of worsted weight yarn held doubled or a bulky weight yarn single.

It’s a chunky cowl that is sized for children and also adults.  How nice is that?  You can find the pattern for $1.99 CAD HERE.


Christopher by Jane Richmond

Takes 448 yards of worsted weight yarn like Madelinetosh Vintage or Berroco Ultra Alpaca. (So I’m a bit over 400 yards here – but I think it’s worth it)

This is how Jane Richmond describes her pattern: “Christopher is a reversible hat featuring solids and stripes. Knit in one continuous piece means there are no seams or picked up stitches. Generous in length, this hat is more than a beanie but less than a slouch and is flattering on both men and women”.

You can purchase the download for $4.95 HERE


christopher 2

Grand Central by Natalie Selles

Takes 380 – 400 yards of worsted weight like Anzula For Better or Worsted

Many a day during last years chilly season I saw lovely Natalie wearing her version of this cowl.  It looks great on her and it is sure to be equally lovely on someone you know.  The cowl  looks different but equally pretty  on both sides.  Buy the pattern for $5 from Natalie HERE

grand central

Through the Woods by Kalurah

Takes 350 – 380 yards of worsted weight yarn

This hand knitted hood could be for the romantic type who likes to romp in woodlands and pretend they are in a fairytale or for someone very practical who will appreciate that this item is both a head and a neck warmer in one garment.

You can purchase this pattern for $4 HERE

through the woods

Join me next week when I will present knitting patterns that take less then 3oo yards to complete.  See ya then.

Craftily yours