October is about the time I start wearing fingerless mittens. It is a small window of opportunity, when it gets a bit chilly, but not too chilly. They are great on the bike! We published our fingerless mitten pattern called Lickity Split Fingerless Mitts here on our blog many moons ago, but I thought it deserved an update. They were designed to be a good pattern to learn how to knit in rounds on double pointed needles. We taught this pattern for many years to our Knit 101 students. If you do not like double pointed needles you can also knit these mittens with the magic loop method or your favourite method for knitting a small circumference in rounds.
I have updated the pattern with some extra sizing, a few notes and details, a downloadable PDF of the pattern and a video tutorial on how to do the thumb opening, there were always lots of questions about that! You will see that it is easy if you watch the video.
Make head-toppers! Something for the head generally takes less time to make then something for the neck.
The Knit Café just released this pattern last month! It is called Fay Wray. Quite a glamourous headband made from The Knit Café in house yarn called Small Batch Number One !
Small Batch is a soft yarn produced entirely in southern Ontario, from farm, to mill to shop. You can only purchase it from us in-shop or from our webshop HERE.
Starry Night Chapeau is one of The Knit Cafe’s most popular hat patterns. It is a classic shape with a pretty twist-stitch pattern, Sizing is available for tiny tots and full grown folks too! Our version is knit with Riverside Studio’s Single Ply Worsted. This makes the hat super-soft, really pretty, and made in Canada!
Make sure to check out Brooklyn Tweeds new collection of Holiday Knits. It includes this fashionable hat they call Quincy. This hat is knit with chunky Quarry yarn and has a really interesting construction for a really unique hat. You can find the pattern HERE
Quarry is available in The Knit Café on Roncesvalles and also in our Webshop!
Also check out this lovely cabled hat by Brooklyn Tweed called Skiff. This hat can be knit into a tighter fitting beanie or (as shown) a slouchier version. Find the pattern HERE.
This hat is knit with Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed which is available here too!
Making presents is such fun!
Make scarves! They don’t have to be your regular old scarves they can be interesting shapes and textures in yarns of all shapes and sizes but make them quick to knit – yes please!
Try The Knit Cafe’s latest neck charmer pattern called Bonnie Bandit.
This bandana style cowl can also be worn by a tiny tyke as a poncho. Knit with the so inspiring Hedgehog Fibres you will really enjoy making this project and even though the yarn is fine this is still a one skein project. Choose three colours like we did and blend them together or just choose one – this bandana looks great either way!
Hedgehog Fibre Skinny Singles↓
This Magical Striped Scarf is brought to you thanks to Noro Yarn. Noro is the wonderful Japanese yarn that gently changes colours as it progresses. If you stripe it like we have in this scarf project you get a multicoloured wonder that is so fun to knit! We have a pattern and lots of lovely Noro Kureopatora wrapped up in a Knit-Kit here in shop for this project but you can also find the pattern HERE
Noro Kureopatora ↓
Both Sides is a cowl project by the Knit Café. The pattern includes instructions for the short neck warmer shown here and also a double wrap version. Whichever you choose pick a pretty soft yarn like a hand dyed merino. We have lots of beauties from Lichen and Lace that will fit the bill. Knit in a worsted weight in an easy knit-purl stitch this project should give you no trouble.
Lichen and Lace Merino Worsted ↓
Brooklyn Tweed has been producing some great knit accessory patterns as of late. Have you seen their Holiday Collection? Among the gems in this collection is this cowl called Fretwork. Such a good looking cowl which features pretty stitches on both sides!
Then there is Notch – also by Brooklyn Tweed. This lush scarf features a simple 2 row repeat with open stitches matched with cushy ribbing.
Both these Brooklyn Tweed Patterns are knit with Quarry, the fattest of the Brooklyn Tweed yarns, so a good choice for this time of year. Quarry comes in gorgeous colours and is so cozy to wear. You can check out Quarry colours at Thee Knit Café HERE but we have a few restocked that haven’t made it to the webshop yet – pretty Geode and stunning Lapis.
This is the time of year I like to think of as the knitter’s “selfish season”. We’ve been good and knit lots of warm and cozy knit gifts for our love ones and now it’s time to share some of that love with ourselves.
Big projects or small make something for YOU!
I’ve been following my own advice here.
I finally got a chance to return to a sweater I started in May! Now it is complete and I’m so happy with it. The pattern is called Pomme de Pin by Amy Christophers. I made it in Koigu KPM.
I have plans to switch yarn from teeny-tiny to big and meaty, hoping that the next sweater won’t take as long. I have some Brooklyn Tweed Quarry set aside to make one of the patterns from the Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter 2016 collection. It’s a sweater called Snoqualmie.
Iwona is well on her way to completing a sweater for herself too. She is making an older but still lovely pattern from Brooklyn Tweed called Levenwick. She is using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in a yummy colour called Homemade Jam.
Iwona has also just finished a pair of mittens for herself. She used The Knit Cafe’s Your First Mitten Pattern. She made her own yarn with a melange of beauties like Silk Cloud from Shibui, and Madelinetosh Prairie, and… the piece de resistance…she added a small hole. Now she can operate her phone and still keep her hands safe and warm in her mitten. Smart!