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2 weeks till Christmas

There are 2 weeks till Christmas, but don’t panic! There is still time to get some wonderful knit projects done before the big day.  Big yarn and big needles will make the work go faster.  Below you will find ideas for knittables that use Bulky weight yarn.  You will also find some projects that use Super Bulky yarn.  There are so many wonderful projects that use the biggest of yarns that I couldn’t resist putting a few in this post.  There will be even more Super Bulky projects next week.yeti and sasquatch

Yeti and Sasquatch by Barabara Prime

These guys top my list of things I would most like to knit.  Adorable! Just look at those feet! The pattern comes with instructions for the knitted backpack and beret too.  I will say it again -Adorable! You can purchase this pattern right HERE


Sentiment by Andrea Rangel Knits

The extra bulky yarn makes the lace stitching in this shawl even more obvious so all your hard work will get the attention it deserves.  The sample in the picture is knit with soft Malabrigo Rasta yarn.  We just received a small shipment of this super bulky hand dyed merino.  It would be a great choice for this cuddly shawl as would Brown Sheep Burly Spun which is also back in stock in an abundance of colours.  You can purchase this pattern HERE

Willy the Wiley Fox

Willy the Wiley Fox by Kasia Smolak

This foxy coat will turn any wee one into an adorable wild child.  It fits toddlers 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years old.  Thick yarn will make this project a fast one and also keep the recipient snuggly warm. The instructions include photos and diagrams to help you out.  You can purchase it HERE

woodland fox baby

 Woodland Fox Baby by Kristen Cooper

What! Two fox projects!  It is the animal of the moment after all, everyone seems crazy about this woodland beastie.  This hat will be faster to knit then the full sweater version and an easier project for newer knitters.  The pattern also comes with instructions for making the fox tail.  Think Halloween costume for next year already covered! The hat is only available in one size, 3-12 months.  It is a free pattern right HERE

whipped blanket pattern

Whipped Blankets by Leslie Scanion

You might be shaking your head and wondering why I am suggesting you make a blanket with only two weeks to do so.  I firmly believe that this is not a pie in the sky suggestion.  This blanket can be knit at a fast and furious pace with the aid of bulky or even extra bulky yarn.  The pattern includes instructions for blankets in both weights and also three possible knit textures.  The edges of this lovely, chunky throw are whipped stitched (hence the name). This is where you can add a splash of colour to your blanket and make it extra darn special.  This blanket pattern takes 475 – 594 m which is a pretty small amount of yardage for a blanket and amounts to about 4 skeins of Brown Sheep Burly Spun. You can purchase this pattern right HERE

slipper boots

Slipper Boots by Bernat Design Studio

This free crochet pattern makes really sturdy looking slip on boots. The kind that would go on easy when your eyes are still blurred in the morning and keep your tootsies cozy as you shuffle about in your morning routine.  There are sizes for all ages – shoe sizes 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12.  If you are a crocheter have a look at this free pattern HERE

chickadee cowl

Chickadee Cowl by Kirsten Kapur

A linen-stitch cowl! Linen stitch is a very beautiful stitch pattern that looks almost like weaving. It is particularly lovely in multicoloured yarns but looks tailored and trim in plain colours.  This cowl pattern uses thicker yarn which makes up for the time that is usually required to make this dense stitch.  It is also a close fitting cowl, shorter than your average scarf and thus faster to knit. Good for a gal or a gent, if you make this cowl, please have fun with your colour selection.  It is a free one! Find it HERE

Baylie bear cowl

Baylie Bear Cowl by Heidi May

Last year I showcased this adorable cowl, but now there is a crochet version too.  The original knit pattern can be found HERE.  Crocheters can now make this cute, bear-eared hood and neck warmer for little ones 3/6 months, 6/12 months, 12/18 month, toddler, and older child sizes.  In fact  the sizing goes into adult sizes. Brown Sheep Burly Spun comes in so many bear friendly shades, browns and greys and black, so that would be my first choice for yarn.  You can purchase the crochet pattern HERE

twinkle toque

Twinkle Hat by The Knit Cafe

This hat is knit with a 8mm needle and 2 strands of soft Berroco Flicker held together to make it a chunky and fast knit hat.  You may also notice that the hat is knit side to side (not bottom to top).  It is knit flat and shaped with “short rows”.  This is a great project for knitters who are intimidated by double pointed needles but are itching to make a hat.  Flicker is an incredibly soft alpaca yarn with a small bit of  festive sparkly.  We just got some of this yarn on the shelves and to celebrate it’s arrival we thought we would offer the Twinkle Hat pattern free with purchase.  Sorry this offer is only for in-store purchases.  You can purchase the pattern that includes a picture tutorial on the short row shaping right HERE

Have fun with your gift knitting! Stay tuned for next week and more quick, Super Bulky knit and crochet projects.
Craftily yours

6 weeks till Christmas

Yes – today’s the day the countdown begins! If you are familiar with The Knit Cafe’s blog then you know that every year we throw out a few suggestions  for what you might knit or crochet for seasonal gifts.  We start with 6 weeks of knit time before December 25, and then every week we post more.
This post will make suggestions for stitchery in fingering (sock) weight yarn.  We still have a good amount of time to knit or crochet a fine project with time to spare before Christmas. Many of these patterns despite their call for fine yarn are decently small and should work up pretty fast. Here we go:

504 King West

504 King West by The Knit Cafe

This free Knit Cafe pattern was released this summer in conjunction with the TTC Knitalong. It is an asymmetrical scarf that explores fun with colour.  I have worn our scarf sample whilst in the shop and feeling a little chilly and I am a very big fan.  It is a lovely, light neck warmer with wonderful drape.  Terrific for Spring or Fall, great for an accessory piece worn indoors and wonderful to layer with bigger scarves when the world gets colder.  The pattern is free and you can find it HERE

mini mittens

Infant Mittens by The Purl Bee

Everything miniature is cute! It’s a fact! This will undoubtedly be a fast project, there are not even  thumbs to slow you down.  Use Koigu mini skeins as the accent colours and save on yarn costs, we have them here for $3 a skeinettte.
This pattern is free HERE

afterthought sock

After Thought Heel Socks by Juju

The “after thought” method is a wonderful way of knitting a sock and a really good way for a less experienced knitter to try.  You knit the sock tube, cuff to toe and then add on the heel after.  This is a great technique when using self patterning yarn like delightful Turtlepurl Turtletoes which is on it’s way to the Knit Cafe and should be on our doorstep soon. A toe-up pattern with great how-to pictures can be found HERE.  If you prefer a top down method then you can look at this pattern by Laura Linneman HERE.  Both are free!

unicorn stripes scarf

Unicorn Stripes by Antonia Shankland

A scarf in all the colours of the rainbow.  Thanks to our friends mini skeins you can get a bit of this colour with a bit of that colour to make this scarf.  Madelinetosh has just released a curated selection of colours of small skeins in her Merino Light yarn.  She calls them Unicorn Tails for obvious reasons.  Iwona has just unpacked them today!!!! You can purchase the pattern for this pretty scarf  HERE

splatterdash mittens

Spatterdash Wristwarmers by Dagmar Mora

These fancy mitts are bound to make any lovely ladies you know very happy. They are so pretty and elegant. Knit and wrapped around the hand the lacework is knit flat, and looks so great in hand dyed yarn! The pattern is free in Knitty Magazine HERE

rascal racoon mitts

Rascal Raccoon Mittens by Alison Stewart-Guinee

If the Spatterdash mittens are too fancy, how about a cute option for hand warmers, ones that look like raccoons maybe. These adorable mitts are sized from a 2 year old size to adult sizes. You can purchase the pattern HERE

simple garter stitch slippers

Simple Garter Stitch Slippers by handepande

This is a bit of a cheat because though the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn,  it is knit double stranded.  Alternatively you could use a single strand of worsted weight yarn. These simple cozy slippers have a crochet detail so the pattern is suitable for knitters who know a wee bit of crochet. This pattern is free and you can find it HERE


Spiders by Katya Novikova

Speaking of crochet, here’s one for the crocheters! This pretty scarf pattern has a lovely eyelet pattern .  You can purchase the pattern HERE


Nangou by Melanie Berg

I love this simple shawl.  It is almost all garter stitch with a subtle eyelet detail in a complimentary colour.  I really prefer shawl and scarf patterns to be reversible and this one is! You can purchase this pattern HERE

baby kimono

Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli

This very simple style looks so refined and is easy to take on and off baby.  It is sized newborn, 1-3 month. 0r 3-6 month. Perhaps you know a new Mom or Dad who needs something to warm their newborn. It is a free pattern too! Find it HERE

Next week we will showcase some projects with DK and sport weight yarns, until then get those needles working. You have 6 weeks to go!

Craftily yours



3 weeks till Christmas

Thats right! With only three weeks to go it is time to start putting the pedal to the metal.  Here are a few projects that work with Aran Weight Yarn and will knit up with time to spare.
For example:

Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier

This project will be fast and it will be loved! If you have several people who would like one of this seasons most fashionable knit accessories then make several, and throw in one for yourself. Did I mention that this is a fast project?  It is also a free pattern.  The original was knit with Manos del Uruguay Classica which we have in the most divine colours right now.  At least 35 to choose from, so no excuses.

Liv’s Play Rug from Pickles

This sweet crocheted rug will take you no time to make and you can use up odds and sods of leftovers if you care too.  Keep a little ones bottom warm and spread a little joy.  This pattern is also a free one. Hooray! If you don’t have any sods nor odds then try making it with Berroco Vintage Chunky which wears well and yes- washes well and it’s soft too!

Cupido Cowl by Hiroko Fukatsu

This lovely cowl is made with an easily done slip stitch repeat pattern and comes in a single wrap and a double wrap size.  Make it with Berroco Flicker!  This yarn is spun almost entirely out of baby alpaca fibre. The remainder is a bit of glimmer.  Yes shiny gold or silver bits adding sparkle to the knit. What a lovely cowl that would be!

Snug by Hinke Schreuders

This sweet jumper is bound to be a favorite.  Knit from side to side in good old garter stitch.  Knit in one piece with very little seaming to slow you down.  Only fits new borns to 6 months old, which is  a shame but will make for a faster knitting time.  Make it in Cascade Ecological Wool as shown in the picture.  It feels great, wears well, and is very inexpensive too.

Camera Mittens by Ruth Stewart

Know any shutterbugs? These mittens have a hole in them – but it  is an  intentional one! The wearer can click away the whole day letting their trigger finger escape to the warm mitten whenever required.  The neat thing about this pattern is that you can make the mitten with any type of yarn you want, you can also make it for any size of hand you want.  Measure the hand and knit a gauge swatch and let that guide you. So grab the yarn that suits you and go to it! You can find the pattern for free here.
PS. you can make it without the hole too!

Vargavinter by Maria Olsson

Crocheted mittens! Really cute ones too! Since crocheting is fast you will have these done in no time. Use Misti Alpaca for the softest mittens ever! The pattern is free!


Kimono Slippers from Blog of Joy

If you are afraid of double pointed needles then this may be the slipper pattern for you.  These feet warmers are knit flat and then folded like origami to create this unique slipper shape. Make them with Berroco Vintage Chunky.  This wash and wear yarn will fit these slippers like a glove

Next week – Bulky yarn!
Craftily yours

6 weeks of Xmas- part 5 -crocheted gifts

Crochet! It is faster than knitting.  All you hookers out there – this one’s for you!

This pattern is for all the Monkey Men, Women and Children in your lives.  Yes – it comes in all sizes from new born to adult.  It is a free pattern and not too tricky.  Find the Monkey Hat here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/monkey-hat-sizes-newborn-to-adult. Think Halloween for next year!

Knitters should not have all the fun, hording the cowl making all to themselves.  Newer crocheters should have a look at the Calm Cowl.  It looks lovely and simple and it is free to try.  It is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calm-cowl

The Chunky Circular Scarf may not have a very inspired name but it makes up for it in physical charm.  A pretty crochet stitched that would be fantastic made with something with a bit of drape.  I’m thinking Berocco Ultra Alpaca or Madeline Tosh Vintage. Find this free (intermediate) pattern here: http://peoplewebs.blogspot.com/2011/01/pattern-chunky-circle-scarf.html

Friends and family who are happy nesters always feathering their abode with the latest thing will appreciate this Chevron Rug.  Made with fabric strips so that it is strong and squishy on the feet this rug would make a lovely bath mat or welcome mat or kitchen mat or…you get the picture. The chevron pattern is so au courant and can be adapted by using yarn to make a scarf or a blanket with this classic wavy motif.  The Chevron Rug is a Knit Café pattern and available for $5 here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-rug-2

How amazing is this? Other versions and sizes are available too.  Have a look at Puff Granny here:  http://www.pickles.no/puff-grannys-baby-crochet-po/  It is a free pattern.

If you are looking for more fast and easy crochet accessories have a gander at these fingerless mittens from the Purl Bee.  The multi-coloured striping is so fun but they could be made more classic using one of you favorite yarns all the way through.  It is free too, and can be found here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/2/13/whits-knits-crocheted-striped-hand-warmers.html

Since it tis the season you might want to go on a search for a crocheted snowflake pattern, there are certainly lots to choose from.  You could make a bunch for your own Christmas decorating or use them to decorate presents or give as hostess gifts.  Here is one version of a snowflake (also free!) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-snowflake

Crochet Flower Class coming up.
Flowers make excellent brooches!
Thursday December 15, 6:30-9pm
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours