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Just like Spring Yarn!

A reprieve from -20C weather! Hooray!
Is it possible that Spring is actually on it’s way? It appears so!
More evidence that this is the case comes in the shipments we have been receiving this week – yarns for springtime knitting! Double Hooray!


Koigu KPM has arrived in the shop. Endlessly delightful, hand dyed skeins come in 50 gram bundles of joy so you can fill your boots with colours to make fine shawls and scarves and light weight sweaters for this coming spring.

koigu mini skeins

If you need just a bit more colour in your colour pallet, there are koigu mini skeins too. These wee skeinettes have 10 metres of yarn on each so you can add a dash of this and that to all your knittables.

The Knit Café has designed several patterns with Koigu and the skeinettes , and now…..drum roll…. they are available as

Knit Kits

504 king west  knit kit

504 King West

This is one of our most popular patterns and it is a great pattern to knit right about now, so you can be wearing it in the following weeks and months as the frost leaves the air and is replaced with merely a nip. The 504 King West Knit Kit comes with the pattern and two 50 gram skeins of koigu KPM and 3 skeinettes too. You can choose the original colours of our sample 504, or you can choose from a selection of other colour pallets we offer up for your perusal. Each colour combo is named for a stop of the 504 King streetcar’s route along Roncesvalles Avenue. Have a look at them all HERE.


Baby Harem

These sweet pants are also made courtesy of Koigu KPM and our friends the skeinettes. Koigu – I should mention, is a soft merino wool that is machine washable and therefore perfect for kids duds. The Baby Harem Knit Kit comes with all the yarn, including the complimentary mini skeins, you will need to make these cozy pants. The pants are sized 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months but you can read all about them and find the Knit Kit HERE.

If you would like to pick out alternative colours for these projects and others, Koigu KPM is one of our featured yarns selling in the webshop right now! There are many fresh colours to choose from, but like all our featured yarns they will be available to purchase online for a limited time only.


If you are in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood we will be most happy to give you a guided tour of the new Koigu KPM and the mini skeins too and help you choose your very own custom colours for any project.

see you soon
Craftily yours

5 weeks till Christmas

Full disclosure – I’m a little late out of the starting gate.  I hope you all will forgive me.  Each year around this time I begin a blog series called “the 6 weeks of Christmas”.  It goes like this: I throw out a few suggestions – patterns that I think might be knit up, and then wrapped up as gifts for under the tree.  At 6 weeks before the big day I begin and each week I add another post as the day in question nears.  I’m sorry to say that this year I am late.  Yikes! That means that there is less then 6 weeks before Christmas.  In fact there are 5 weeks before Christmas.  So it’s time to amp up your game! No panicking is necessary however. If you had planned to knit some gifts this year there is still plenty of time.

This year I plan to organize these gift-giving-project-possibilities by the total yardage suggested in the pattern.  This week is projects under 500yds (a few under 600 yds  may or may not have snuck in there too).  Here we go!

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn

Takes 440 – 460 yards, of DK yarn, I’m thinking Tosh DK myself, and it’s free!

This is what the designer has to say about it:
“Duotone Cowl is a continuous loop created by grafting the ends of a stockinette tube. Two colors are worked in a series of stripes which switch in size halfway around the cowl.”

duo cowl

Textured Shawl Recipe by Orlane

Takes 328 – 492 yards of DK, still thinking Tosh DK here, and it is free too.

The designer describes her work as more akin to a few notes, rather then a formal pattern.  This pleasant shawl is made up of several simple stitch patterns composed in a triangle shape.

textured shawl

Safety  Scarf by Stephen West

Takes 545 – 550 yards, Stephen’s version features soft and seriously bright Manos Maxima which we currently have on the shelves but any soft worsted might do the trick. You need not glow in the dark if you don’t want to.  The pattern can be downloaded for $6 USD

This is what Stephen has to say about it: “Choose a bright pop of color and work this scarf back and forth on straight needles. Rectangles, triangles and parallelograms form the textured sections of the reversible fabric. Stripes, seed stitch, moss stitch, garter stitch, and corrugated ridges keep the knitting interesting and fun. The fabric is seamed with a half twist so it can be worn looped around the neck two or three times. A vibrant neon color selection is perfect for staying safe while crossing the street or bicycling. Adorn your neck with a stylish Safety Scarf!”

safety cowl

Gramps by Tin Can Knits

Takes 330 – 600 yards, of worsted weight, this example is Madelinetosh Vintage,
It fits 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 3-4 years  you can buy the pattern as a download or pick it up in all it’s paper glory here at the Knit Cafe.

This is a pretty adorable sweater – what tike, or let’s face it – Mom would not want one of these?


Lumberjack also by Tin Can Knits

Takes 100 – 425 yards of DK, These socks are fun for the whole family with sizing from newborn to adult.  You can purchase the pattern as a download or live and in person at the shop too!

DK weight socks will be a little faster to knit then standard sock weight ones making them a good choice for a gift-knit.

lumberjack socks

Bobble Sheep Pillow from the Purlbee

Takes 458 yards, Super Bulky for the wooly part and sport weight for the feets and face. I would suggest Brown Sheep Burly Spun and Cascade Superwash sport. This pattern is free!

bobble sheep

Cozy Legs by Kate Oates

Takes 210 – 420 yards, shown here in delectably soft Anzula Cloud. Comes in three sizes to fit a 3-month old, a 1-year old and a 3-year old or anywhere in between.  You can purchase the pattern from ravelry for $6USD

I love all the colour-pattern options that this pattern features.  Wouldn’t it be fun to get some of our Anzula Cloud Mini Skeins to mix in as colour accents?


Watershed by Amy Swenson

Takes 360 – 600 yards, of aran weight yarn like pretty Madelinetosh Chunky or subtle Cascade Eco Wool.  The pattern can be purchased as a download for $5 USD

This little number would suit a lot of ladies in both fit and style.  A vest being sleeveless will be a quick knit. Give it a go for someone special on your list or maybe even yourself. You’re special!


Katie’s Mittens by Kristin Lamm

Takes 400 – 500 yards of fingering weight and the pattern is free.

Fairisle mittens are one of my most favourite things in the world and this pair is a very pretty example.

katies's mittens

Colorblock Shawl by Jennifer Pfeiffer

Takes 400 – 500 yards of fingering weight yarn like Koigu Kppm, and we happen to have just received a whole lot of this pretty yarn too – imagine that! The pattern is free!

The designer says:“Colorblock Shawl is a fun twist on a classic triangular shawl. It is worked in one piece from the bottom up in solid, contrasting colors. It is a great beginner pattern, using simple increases to create the triangular shape.”

colour block shawl

Accidentally on Purpose by The Knit Cafe

Takes 200 – 600 yards, of For Better or Worsted, which is as it’s name implies is a worsted weight yarn.  You can download this pattern or get it at the shop for $6.50

This is really two patterns in one. One is a classic scarf, with a texture stitch that is sure to appeal to both men and women. The other is a not too snug, not too loose neck tube or in other words – a cowl. Both projects are excellent for beginners with a simple stitch pattern called a Mistake Rib. The samples, knit with the Anzula yarn are luscious, with excellent drape thanks to the merino-cashmere blend. The scarf pattern includes an excellent trick for a smooth edge called a “slip stitch edge” which is explained in a tutorial that comes with the pattern.

accidentally on purpose

accidentally on purpose 2

That will do for now.  Catch ya next week with projects under 400 yards.

Craftily yours

Brooklyn in Toronto

Yesterday was the day that we received our first ever delivery of patterns from Brooklyn Tweed.  The intrepid Jared Flood who has risen to star status in hand knitting circles helms the Brooklyn Tweed enterprise with steady and very busy hands.  His designs revisit good old fashion basics to reveal new classics.

To date we have received the pretty Autumn Stole, and Pavement – a scarf with reversible cables, a cap called Fortnight and the much admired Rock Island Shawl, as well as Brownstone – a pullover with panache! More patterns are on their way. Arrival may be expected even before weeks end.

Only days ago Mr. Flood released even more patterns.  His Fall 2011 look book can be looked upon here.  This is hot on the heals of his last collection called the Wool People.  What a prolific gentleman! Levenwick and Holl from the Wool People collection are already on their way to the Knit Cafe and I will work on securing patterns from his lovely Autumn line up as soon as possible. Please let me know which patterns you favor and I will add them to my wish list.

All the new patterns and the new yarns that have arrived over the last few weeks make a mathematician’s dream of possibility and probability equations.  A new season of knitting is definitely upon us.  This is truly in evidence with no math required.

Till soon,
Craftily yours