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What to Knit and Crochet with 2 weeks till Christmas

Can you believe there is only two weeks of prep time before Christmas? Me either! Still time to get some gifts done. Pick small things or really, really fat yarn. Here are some suggestions.


Lattice Brioche Scarf by Purl Soho
Knit with Super Bulky Merino like Malabrigo Rasta or Cascade Spuntaneous and 12mm needles
192 yards needed
Finished Dimensions: 8 inches wide x 84 inches long

malabrigo rasta

Malabrigo Rasta ↑

spuntaneous cascade

Spuntaneous by Cascade ↑ is new in the store. Super Bulky, 100% extra fine merino, 109 yards.  So soft!

Chunky Crochet Cowl by Just Be Crafty
Crocheted with bulky or super bulky yarn like the Malabrigo Rasta or the Cascade Spuntaneous or Brown Sheep Burly Spun and a 9mm hook
431 yards needed
Finished Dimensions: 7 inches by 76 inches long


Knitted Friends by Suzy Wool
Knit with Sport Weight yarn like Ultra Alpaca Light and 2.5mm needles
Makes toys sized: 15 cm/ 6 inch tall
The pattern includes instructions for all three of these adorable friends.


lalylala  4Seasons IV Winter by Lydia Tresselt
Crocheted with Sport Weight yarn and 2.25mm hook
only 55 – 142 yards needed
Simon is 9 cm high,  Woody is 10,5 cm. Heinz is 12 cm
All of Lydia  Tresselt’s  patterns are so cute. These guys are seasonal though and would look nice on a tree.


Crochet Galilee Booties posted on thewhoot.com
For 0 – 3 months use a 4mm crochet hook
For 3 – 6 months use a 4.5mm crochet hook
For 6 – 9 months use a 5mm crochet hook
and yarn to match!
There is a lovely video that you can watch and stitch along to. Find it HERE
or buy the pattern HERE


Slippies by Jessica Owen Day
Knit with super bulky yarn and 9mm needles
60-90 yards needed
To fit: adult – custom length/one width fits most
Knit in linen stitch and really fat yarn these slippers should be done in no time and will be extra thick and cushy.


Conversationalist by The Plucky Knitter
Knit with worsted weight yarn like Lichen and Lace Worsted and 3.75-4mm needles
230 yards (210 m) needed
pattern is one size (adult)  but says it is easily adjustable.
The key to making this simple hat a real show stopper is to use really nice yarn. A pretty hand dyed merino like Lichen and Lace Worsted will give you a similar effect to the hats pictured here.
lichen and lace

Craftily yours

Chunkerific Yarn Update

Some knitters like to maximize their knitting time with fat yarns. To them, I say look no further then Brown Sheep Burly Spun. We adore this yarn for how speedy it is to knit but also how glamorously chunky it looks in simple stitches like garter stitch.
We just got our first shipment (of many no doubt) of this indispensable yarn.

burly spun

This oatmeal colour is the one we picked to knit our sample of The Mondo Cowl.

mondo cowl

We have many other colours of Brown Sheep Burly Spun in the shop to admire, and there are a few available in our webshop too, so even if you live far away you can order some of this yarn to try.

burly spun

More news from the webshop!


Turtlepurl Self Striping Turtletoes yarn is one of our featured yarns this month. You can see all the colours HERE.


With the arrival of Madelinetosh Merino Light we are able to offer some of our favourite colour combinations for the Soho Scarf Knit Kit. You can see them HERE.

Fall is in the air everyone!fall

Craftily yours

Burly is Back!

The fattest yarn in the shop is Burly Spun by Brown Sheep.  It’s 100% wool and knits 2-2.5 stitches per inch.  Get out your broomstick needles, 15mm, 20mm, even 25mm is ok.  You will have your project done in no time.
Come by The Knit Cafe and we can pull out sample after knit sample made from this yarn.  Some of it is knit extra tight like the Chunky Cardi which is knit with a 10mm needle.  Our Martin Scarf pattern is knit with a 15mm needle and our Mondo Neck Cozy pattern uses a 20mm. Apparently we can’t stop knitting with this wool and who can blame us – it knits-up so darn fast!

burly spun

We have a wonderful autumnal selection of colours now.   Above is Grey Heather, Jack Plum, Spring Bluebell, and Charcoal Heather.

burly spun

Prairie Fire, Bing Cherry, Sable, Oatmeal, and Oregano

burly spun

Aztec Turquoise, Cream. Deep Charcoal and Ruby Red.

chunky cardi
Chunky Cardi

martin scarf mondo cowl
Martin Scarf and Mondo Neck Cozy

You could even use the Burly Spun to make an extra big size stuffy, like an owl in our upcoming Crochet Critter Class.

Our AMIGURUMI CLASS is this Thursday!
Make a Crocheted Owl!
To Register click HERE


Craftily yours,

go big!

This week we received a package of Outer by Spud and Chloe – it’s an extra bulky yarn.


Colours from top: Sandbox, Peat, Fearless, LeapFrog, Mermaid, Bayou, Carbon, Rhino, Rocket.

With this auspicious arrival we have a collection of 3 quite different extra bulky yarns to choose from, and therefore a good time to do a little comparing and contrasting.  Are you with me?

extra bulky yarn

From left to right: Madelinetosh ASAP in Silver Fox, Spud and Chloe Outer in Rhino, Brown Sheep Burly Spun in Grey Heather.

Extra chunky knits are still really popular knits! They look great – combining drama with coziness! They are also fast knits and are perfect for new knitters, or hurried ones.  The 3 types of extra bulky yarn shown here would all do the trick for your extra bulky projects – but which one do you choose?


ASAP by Madelinetosh is:
– hand dyed
– one ply
– 100% merino wool
– machine washable, lay flat to dry
– 8-10 stitches per 10 cm with a 9mm-12mm needle.
– each skeins has 82 metres for $23
That’s the grocery list, but what else?
ASAP pulses with Madelinetosh’s infamous colour prowess; it is decadently soft as only merino wool can be, and has a slight sheen.
Here’s something you may not know – one ply yarns are usually softer in feel due to their soft spin.  They are also more likely to pill.  To mitigate this, knit your projects tighter.  The softness of the merino will allow for a tight knit without stiffness.
The first finished project I have seen with the Madelinetosh ASAP was a Mondo Cowl made with two strands of ASAP held together to bulk up the weight and make a tighter knit.  It was off-the-charts-gorgeous! A tightly knit hat would also be a great project in this yarn, Jane Richmond’s Autumn for example!
Hand dyed colours give interesting depth and character and accentuate the one-of-a-kind nature of the hand knits.

spud and chloe outer

Outer by Spud and Chloe is:
– uniform in colour
– 2 ply
– 65% superwash wool and 35% organic cotton
– machine washable and tumble dry
– 8-12 stitches per 10 cm with a 8mm-10mm needle.
– each skeins has 55 metres for $17
Wool blended with cotton makes a really soft yarn. Despite the girth of this yarn it is not as warm as the ASAP or the Burly Spun due to the cotton content. It is a better choice for folks who run hot but still love the bulky knits, and not so great for those of us who want the warmest possible knit.
This is also the “easiest care yarn” of all three.  You can wash it and dry it in a machine!  That makes it a terrific choice for projects that need this kind of consideration.  Parents for example really like getting garments and blankets for their wee ones that don’t require hand washing. Spud and Chloe have a wonderful pattern called Leaf Blanket, that is pretty much too cute to be true.

edie's cardi in outer

I love this guy ↑.  It’s a baby sized sweater, knit by Edie in Spud and Chloe Outer.  I love how she combined the colours.  Outer comes in colours that are especially suited to children’s wear – the bright and cheerful kind! This is an adaptation of the Baby Sophisticated Pattern  which is really for a much lighter weight of yarn , but Edie is so clever she MacGyvered it.  If you would like to try the same, she suggests casting on the same number of stitches as the pattern indicates and then increase as suggested till the shoulder width seems baby sized. The rest of the sweater is knit to the bottom without shaping.

burly spun

Burly Spun by Brown Sheep is:
– heathered or uniform in colour
– 1 ply
– 100% wool
– hand wash
– 10 stitches per 10 cm with a 9mm needle.
– each skeins has 120 metres for $19.50
The Burly Spun is a staple yarn around The Knit Cafe.  We have found numerous applications for this yarn! It is the heaviest of the extra bulky yarns, in other words the biggest of the big! It is also the most cost-effective choice – if that is a concern – and when is it not?
It is not as soft as the ASAP merino, nor as soft as the Outer’s cotton blend, but has a squishy, wooly feel that is comforting and quite comfortable for many people, even around the sensitive neck area.

extra bulky yarn samples

Above, are three examples of the Burly Spun knit into garments.  The top is the Mondo Cowl which is knit on a 20mm needle, the middle is an example of a garter stitch scarf knit on a 15mm needle, the bottom is the Chunky Cardi which is knit on a 10mm needle. This illustrates how the same yarn can be knit to many different gauges from tight to loose to very different effect.
The Mondo Cowl is knit extra loose to make a fabric with enough drape to wear comfortably around the neck.  The large size stitches really emphasize the bulky qualities in the yarn. The 15mm project has a nice medium tension, that is neither tight nor loose. The Chunky Cardi is knit on the tight side.  It is a firm fabric which makes this sweater more like a coat; an appropriate application for such a heavy wool. The tighter knit will help the sweater keep it’s shape and will make it extra warm.
Burly Spun is a very elastic yarn thanks to it’s 100% wool fibre content, this allows for knitting at different tensions.

martin scarf

This is the Martin Scarf, modeled by Edie Kim. It’s one of our favourite projects made with the Brown Sheep Burly Spun yarn.  An easy projects that’s got panache, and is a little bit more interesting to knit then a straight scarf.  This project has a triangular shape and long ties that fasten it closed.  Pom poms are adorable finishes! This Deep Charcoal Heather colour makes the unusual design still look  classic.  The Martin Scarf is knit on a 15mm needle.

Now that all your bulky yarn needs are met, I will bid you farewell for now.
Craftily yours

Big News (Nuit Blanche 2013)

I don’t think I’ll be giving anything away if I show you this ↓

This giganto poster is a sure sign that Nuit Blanche is imminent.
Every year the Knit Cafe puts together an exhibit for this all night, arts event.  Then, we stay up all night and watch how the Nuit Blanche revelers react.  You can read a bit about this year’s installation here, or you can wait to be surprised and just show up the night of. Please come join us for some late night knitting.  Nuit Blanche is a sun set to sun up event this Saturday October 5th.
If you can’t make it for Nuit Blanche – don’t fret, the exhibit will be in the Knit Cafe’s window the entire month of October and of course I will post some pictures here on the blog.

I also wanted to show you this ↓

burly spun

Check out that giganto crochet hook!  It’s 15mm huge! and it’s sparkly and it’s pink! I am so happy to have this hook size to go with our Burly Spun yarn from Brown Sheep Company.  This is by far our favourite extra bulky yarn and now crocheters will be able to enjoy it with the kind of hook that suits it’s girth best.

burly spun balnket

Speaking of Burly Spun, isn’t this ↑ wonderful?
This chunky throw blanket was knit by Lyzbett during our Project Class that just finished today.  Lyzbette worked out the details of this pattern with the help of the wonderful Kate Atherley who was steering the knit-ship, but you can have a go yourself and make this blanket too.  The pattern is a free one and you can find it here.

See ya Saturday!
Craftily yours


burly 003
Have no fear- there is more Brown Sheep Burly Spun at the Knit Cafe.  With all those extra-bulky yarn projects I suggested in the last post this is fortunate indeed.  Choose from Aztec Turquoise, Bing Cherry, Black, Cream, Deep Charcoal, Fuchsia, Grey Heather, Jack Plum, Oregano, Ruby Red and Spring Blue too!

We have extra chunky needles too!

Craftily yours

martin scarf update

It was just a tease in the beginning. 
…but now The Martin Scarf is within your grasp.
We first featured this pattern as a Knit Cafe pattern of the month.  This extra bulky triangular shaped neck warmer with pompom finials is a super-fun and fast knit suitable for beginners.  Garter stitch (knitting every row) is employed along with an easy kind of an increase. These along with pom pom or tassel making skills are all the know-how you need to make this guy.

You can find The Martin Scarf for purchase on ravelry.  We hope to have a paper pattern in the store soon.
To make this project even more enticing I am pleased to recount that we have a new shipment of the extra bulky yarn that we used for our Martin Scarf project.  Look at these gorgeous colours of fat and wormy Burly Spun by Brown Sheep.  We have all these hues plus tried and true neutrals: 3 tones of grey, and black, cream and brown.

For a scarf-sublime you may want to substitute one of these yarns to make your project with.  On the left- Spud and Chloe Outer, which is a blend of cotton and wool, and on the right Blue Sky Bulky Alpaca Bulky, 50% alpaca, 50% wool.  Both are dreamy and soft and will make the scarf quite a decadent thing indeed.
That’s all there is for a Wednesday.
Craftily yours

Fat and Fast

Burly Spun in the house!
If the fast knitter in you needs a last minute gift use this extra bulky yarn and you will get results from an evenings toil.

To celebrate the fact that this yarn made it through the door before Christmas we will reissue our pattern of the month from last month ie. the Martin Scarf (the triangular beast pictured below) till Christmas Eve.  Come in and grab the pattern. Two skeins of yarn will do it. For the road runner of all gift-making try the Mondo Neck Cozy (also below).  One skein  of Burly spun and you are done!!

Also for last minute gifts!

Hand-printed ruckus totes for yarn and other what-nots.

Or ruckus wee bags! Suitable for a bag of knit notions and goodies or loose change, or lip gloss, or what-have-yous.  The larger ruckus project bags allow you to tow around your half finished socks in a contained kind of way.  Also found to be perfect for storing double pointed needles.

A surprise inside! The backsides and the insides of ruckus bags come all patterned up with fantastic vintage fabrics that make each bag unique.

Hand-stitched cards made with extra bits of printed fabrics are gifts in themselves or great gift companions.

Make a note in your notebooks that the Knit Cafe will be closing early on Christmas Eve at 3:00pm
Closed Christmas and Boxing Day
back to regular hours December 27th.

Happy Holidays tout le monde!

Craftily yours

the next big thing

Brown Sheep Burly Spun in Spring Blue and Monarch Butterfly.
Spud and Chloe in Giggle and Wave.

Sometimes bigger is just better.
As knitters we know that chunky yarns mean quick knits and sometimes that is just the thing.  Perhaps (for example) you need a break from your Beekeeper Quilt and just want to finish something already! and well, well, well, look what comes rolling along . Hello chunky friends, my my what pretty new colours! Knitting up at  2.5 sts  and 2-3sts respectively you will be finished with whatever you embark on before you have cause to wear it. Maybe something like this…
 chunky cardi                                                                 mondo neck cozy
state st. cowl                                                                  autumn  

Craftily Yours

Errata for Chunky Cardi Pattern
Materials: Brown Sheep Burly Spun 4(4, 5, 5) skeins

correction for size XS and S SLEEVE:

Continue knitting till sleeve measures 1″. Decrease by K2tog in last 2 sts of the rnd (the underside of the sleeve).

XS: repeat this decrease every 2″ 3 more times (28sts) and continue knitting till arm measures 12″ from arm pit.
S: repeat this decrease every 2″, 5 more times (28sts) and continue knitting till arm measures 12″ from arm pit.
Sizes M and L are correct.

We apologize for the error.