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Brooklyn Tweed Holiday Patterns

Brooklyn Tweed has launched their holiday patterns. It is a great collection of sweet knits- many of which would make great gifts like….

Galloway Hat

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and Kimmswick

You should have a look at their new selection of sweater patterns too. The Christmas holiday might be just the time to start a new sweater project. You can see all the patterns HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Show and Tell from Yarn Club!

Yarn Club 2018 is now taking new members! The Knit Café is really excited about the upcoming year of new projects and fabulous yarns to go with them, but I get even more excited when I look back at Yarn Club projects from years past. I’d love to share some of these lovelies with you, right here, right now.

Curious
It’s a monkey stuffie made from sock yarn! In this case it was delightful self-striping yarn from Turtlepurl. The Knit Café  used the inspiration of the Curious George books to develop the colour with the hand dyers at Turtlepurl. Yarn Club Members who choose the “Make Mine Custom” option received this one-of-a kind colour way made just for them and their Yarn Club project.

Bonnie Bandit
It’s shown here in two colour-ways! The one on the Judy was the Custom Colour and the other is a pic of the colours we chose for yarn club member Edie Kim. Edie has a “Picked Just For Me” subscription to yarn club, and we know she loves neutrals and blush pinks! The Bonnie Bandit is a cowl with a bandana front that sits snuggly on the neck. It is made from a trio of three different colours. The colours for this project were provided by Hedgehog Fibre! Hedgehog Fibre is an amazing yarn dyeing company who reside all the way in Ireland.

Sweet Sock
We wanted to create an everyday sock pattern that was accessible for those who had not knit socks before but also cute enough to be enjoyed by practised sock knitters. Here is what we came up with; a ribbed sock with a contrasting colour toe. We were inspired by the colour we created with the talented Julie Asselin called “Honey Bunny” to add the texture on the heel which resembles honeycomb. The Sweet Sock Yarn Club Package came with both the colours for the contrasting toe.  These colours also came from the yarn-pallet of Julie Asselin who has her studio in Quebec.

There’s No Place Like Home
This shawlette pattern was created to accompany this gorgeous single ply fingering weight merino we received from Lichen and Lace; one of our favourite hand dyers! Lichen and Lace created this beautiful, jewel-like colour we called “Emerald City” for Custom Members.

Starry Night Chapeau
This yarn colour was one of our most favourites ever! It’s from Riverside Studio who is another Quebecoise artist. The yarn colour she developed with us is called “Firefly”, a beautiful indigo blue with flecks of copper. We had her dye it on a soft worsted weight merino so we could make a toque. The hat is sized for babies to adults and the pattern comes with a pompom making tutorial. There is a twisted stitch texture that circles the hat giving it extra interest and makes it more fun to knit.

Maud Sock
Zen Yarn Garden has a series of colours that were inspired by famous works of art so we decided to pick an art work we thought might make for good inspiration. It’s “White Cat” by Maud Lewis, the Nova Scotian Folk Artist. We named our sock pattern made from the beautiful painterly skeins for her. We chose the slip stitch texture on the Maud Socks to disperse the colour and prevent pooling which sometimes happens with variegated yarn. This sock pattern has an after thought heel and the pattern contains a tutorial to help you through it. The red heel yarn came from Mineville Yarn Project. Two Canadian Yarn companies come together in one cute sock project!

Polar Vortex Hat – A Gateway to Brioche Knitting
Like the name implies, this pattern was designed as a good introduction to the wonderful world of brioche knitting. There are pictures to follow right in the pattern for those who are new to this technique. This was our December project from this past year. It makes a great gift as it is knit with FAT yarn. It’s Bulky 80/20 from Lichen and Lace. They made this gorgeous Cranberry colour for our Custom Members but all her colours looked just stunning knit into this hat pattern.
Yarn Club projects come with extra treats. This project came with a cute “made with love” ultra suede tag to sew on the brim of the hat.

Branching Out
Ontario hand dyer Yarn Indulgences contributed this decadent yarn for this mitten project. It’s a blend of Merino and Nylon and Cashmere so it is silky soft. We knit this luscious yarn into cabled mitts. This pattern includes a tutorial that shows a knitter how to make cables without the aid of a cable needle. Oh the freedom of leaving your cable needle at home! Amazing!

A Little Confetti
This Yarn Club Package came with seven different colours of Koigu yarn. I bet that was a delight to open. Koigu is one of my personal favourite yarns. They are one of Canada’s most long standing hand dyeing companies. Koigu makes a super squishy merino yarn that comes in a zillion colours. You can’t just pick one, so we didn’t, we picked lots. This mitten blends two different colours in each section with an easy slip stitch technique. This method makes a dense knit that is very cozy. The pattern explains how you can create a fleece liner to add to your mitts to make them excellent hand warmers. This yarn club package came with the fleece to make the liners.

We are currently working on our last knitting pattern for Yarn Club 2017. The yarn is gorgeous for this upcoming giftie!!! I will be sure to post about it when we have it finished.

If you would like to find out more about The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club and become a member of the 2018 club read all about it HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

What to Knit and Crochet With 1 Week Till Christmas

There is only one more week to make some gifts!
Here a few that should get done in a jiffy!

martha

Martha Cowl by Hannah Shin
Knit with Super Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun and 15mm
90 yards needed
One size fits most
An easy and extra thick cowl, made with only 90 yards and 15mm needles. It doesn’t get much quicker to knit then this project!

turban

Crochet Baby Turban from This Mama Makes Stuff
Crocheted with Worsted Weight yarn like Berroco Vintage and 4mm hook.
To fit 0-3 months
Every newborn needs a turban! Yes?

30-min-hat

30 Minute Crochet Beanie by Persialou
Crocheted with Super Bulky Yarn and 20mm hook
64 yards needed
One size to fit most adults
There are step by step instructions to make this really quick hat.

last-minute-hat
Last Minute Hat by Kirsten Hipsky
Knit with Bulky yarn like Peruvia Quick doubled up and a 9mm needle. You could also use a Super Bulky used single stranded.
216 yards (198 m) needed
Finished Dimensions in two sizes:18”-20” (20”-22”) around and 10” tall
If you use two different colours you with get this sweet marled effect, or use just one colour for a simple ribbed toque. Either way it will be done in no time.

ornaments

Teddy Ornaments by Stephanie Jessica Lau
Crocheted with Sport Weight yarn and 2mm needles
These crocheted ornaments couldn’t be simpler and would make great host gifts.

catnip-bunny
Catnip Bunny by Selena Kyle
Knit with DK weight yarn and 3.25mm
Stuff them with catnip for your furry friends or string them into a garland for a baby pram.

Good luck with all your gift knitting everybody!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Knit patterns for everyone!

I mean everyone!
We just got a collection of new patterns from the talented design team Tin Can Knits.  What I particularly like about these patterns is the range of sizes, cause if you want to make a hat for Baby Bill and Uncle Ulysses, you can buy one pattern and do both. Make one for your preteen cousin, cause there is just the right size for her too.  Here are some choice basics that are available with this type of sizing spectrum

lumberjack socks Lumberjack Socks

hunterHunter Hat

tofino suferTofino Surfer

bonbon mittsBon Bon Mittens

Also restocked are some of our favourite Jane Richmond patterns like this hat pattern that has a lady size and a tiny tot size included. It’s called Autumn and it is for a real chunky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun.

autumn leftautumn

These patterns are only for the kids but they deserve to be shared too.

I heart rainbowswatermellon

Tin Can Knits’ “I Heart Rainbows” pattern, and Never Not Knitting’s “Watermelon”.  We have some other lovely children’s patterns from Never Not Knitting.  I encourage you to take a look next time you’re in.

Look out for the Knitbot Pattern books that have also just arrived.  These lovely books have even lovelier classic knitting designs

knitbotknitbot linen

knit with me“Knit With Me” is a new title we are carrying by knit wear designer Gudrun Johnston.  This pattern book features mother/daughter versions of the same sweaters.  I find older kid sized patterns are challenging to find and this book had some good ones.

There are so many patterns that the binders are bulging! So much so I had to add another binder.  Next time you’re at the cafe get yourself a cup a tea and settle in for some pattern browsing.  Now that the weather is turning colder we could all use a day devoted to knit-inspiration.

Craftily yours
Kristin

PS. If you haven’t settled on a Halloween costume yet, I really like this idea.
May the knit be with you!