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Make Your First Sweater Here!

Creating your first hand made sweater can be intimidating.  What pattern do you choose, and is that actually English that it’s written in? My first sweater adventure required a lot of back-up support, someone to help me through the unfamiliar parts but also someone to bring on the encouragement.

If you too would like a helping hand while you make your first sweater, then come and get it!  We are hosting our Sweater Class this Wed July 2, 9, 16, 23.


This class features a unisex sweater pattern with a basic flattering shape.  It is knit from the top down so that it can be easily adjusted for length, and sleeve length. In addition you can make any size.  A baby sweater is a tempting choice for a first sweater; smaller, therefore a quicker knit and cute too.  Selfish knitting is also a temptation and if you succumb you can make one in your own size.  If you need a pullover than you can make one, or if you prefer a cardigan you can make one of those too, but the options do not end there.


One of the best things about creating your own garments is making all the choices about the colours, and getting crafty with the style details.  Both of the examples pictured incorporate colour treats here and there that define the sweater and make them really special. They were more fun to knit that way too.


To join us at this Sweater Class give us a ring at 416 533 5648

The dates are Wed July 2, 9, 16, 23, from 7-9pm
The class fee is $100, materials not included.


Craftily yours

5 new classes starting this week!

Heads up folks!  We have some pretty special classes starting this week!

It’s crocheting adorable toys.  You can practice in class by making these sweet owls and learn techniques like 3D shaping and pattern reading so you can create more critters on your own.
Sunday March 2, 12:30-3pm, $32, materials not included

simply twisted 2
Cable Cowl Workshop
An introduction to cabling class, where you make this classy cable cowl!
Wednesday March 5, 6:30-9pm, $32, materials not included

baby blanket
Baby Blanket Workshop
Learn to recognize your knit from your purl and back again while you stitch away at this blanket.  Pattern reading is another key ingredient in this class curriculum. Bonus – you end up with a terrific blankie just in time for spring!
Thursday March 6, 6:30-9pm, $32, materials not included

baby sweaterSweater Design Class

That’s right – you can design your very own sweater.  You will use simply formulas to construct a top down raglan sleeve sweater to fit your own measurements. Cardigan or pullover – it’s your choice!
chunky cardi
Sweater Design Class
Saturday March 8, 15, 22, break, April 5, 10:30am-12:30pm, $100, materials not included.

needle felting
Needle Felting Workshop
No experience necessary! Transform fluffy fleece into 3D forms!
Sunday March 9, 12:30-3pm, $32, materials not included.


To register for classes, give us a call at 416 533 5648.

Craftily yours

Knit to your heart’s content

heart jpeg 2

Valentine’s Day is this Friday!
Not all of us celebrate this occasion, but few would argue that any excuse for spreading some love can be all bad.


Take back Valentine’s Day and make this snugly anatomically inspired heart for someone close to your heart.  It’s not so hard to make for knitters who are adept with the double pointed needles and it knits up fast too.

This pattern appears in Knitty Magazine – published in 2008.  I made it up!

I also wrote up a little tutorial on how to start the project in case anyone has trouble.  You can find it HERE 

I heart rainbows

If anatomical heart’s don’t make your heart go boom, then I will leave you with something that certainly will.  Combine babies, with hearts and rainbows – that’s off the charts on the “cute-scale”.  The pic above is from the Tin Can Knits pattern called “I Heart Rainbows”.  We have it here at the Knit Cafe or you can find it on ravelry HERE

Last minute V Day presents anyone?

Our Hat Workshop happens to be the day before Valentine’s Day.  It’s a good opportunity to learn how to knit in circles using those pesky double pointed needles. A hat is fast to knit and there’s a good chance if you start on the evening of the 13th it will be ready by evening on the 14th to present to your sweetheart.

hatHat Workshop
Thursday February 13th, 6:30-9pm

Call us to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours

ps. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this knitting related Olympic story

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

Get classy this week!

Crochet Slipper Class
Do you know the basic crochet stitches and want to beef up your skills? Do you just want to make these adorable slippers? You can!
Bonus – you will learn how to make the leather slipper-soles too!
Thursday May 9, 16, 7-9pm
$50 materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648, tell us your shoe size when you register!
crochet slipper

Lace 101 Class
Make delicate lace stitches, perfect for the summer weather.  Learn all the basics along with deciphering lace patterns both written and charted.  Practice your stitching in class and gain the confidence to tackle lace projects at home.
Saturday May 11, 18, 10:30-12:30
$50, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

sexy shrug

We had a blast at the Steeking Class this past week.  Check out our local spinner Jana’s thoughts on the class here.
…and  a few of my pics are right here↓

Reinforcing the edge with crochet, and after it’s done a shot mid-cut.

After the cut’s complete, and a “raw cut” without any reinforcing.

If you missed out keep your eyes peeled for another Steeking Class next season.
Craftily yours

A week of crafting.

fingerless mittOur Fingerless Mitten Class starts this Monday April 29th, and there is still time to add your name to the list of students.  This is the class for you if you have not yet attempted to knit in circles. This simple and stylish palm warmer will give you a chance to try out double pointed needles, shaping techniques and pattern reading.  Your knit-knowledge could grow by leaps and bounds in this class.

crochet scarfAlso starting this week is Crochet 101.  This class for first time crocheters  runs for four sessions over four weeks.  You learn a lot in this class! Not only the basic stitches but how to make 3D shapes (a hat and a toy) and granny squares too! A class that runs over several weeks is so helpful.  There is nothing like a little follow-up to really get a technique down.  It has been clinically (that is in-knitting-shop) proven!

pink sale picAre you coming to the Knitter’s Frolic this weekend? If you are you should know 2 things.
1. The Knit Cafe is running the cafe and will have lots of delicious treats for you, so come by and say “hi”.
2. The Knit Cafe will also have a booth full of delicious yarn and there will be a pretty amazing “Show Special” (that’s a sale), along with a few surprises.  So, come by and say “hi” there too.
Find out more about the frolic here.


Fingerless Mitten Class
2 sessions, $50, materials not included
Mon April 29, May 6, 7-9pm
To register call 416 533 5648

Crochet 101
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Wed May 1,8,15,22, 7-9pm
To register call 416 533 5648

Knitter’s Frolic
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario

Craftily yours

meow, meow, meow, meow

more kittens in the litter!
Anzula Cloud – the kitten soft yarn comes in delicious popsicle colours that look very appropriate for spring.  We’ve added a few more to our line-up.

See here ↑ Candied Apple, Periwinkle, and Red Shoe -$32.50/525 m(575 yds)

This blanket by Carol Findlay, is the first project I have seen to make use of this beautiful yarn.  This may be the softest blanket ever, made for a not yet arrived baby-girl.

The good yarn news does not stop there.  We also received 1 of 3.

1 0f 3 boxes of Madeline Tosh yarn!
Number 1 contained Merino Light. Some Smart-Alecs have bought up one of the colours before I even had a chance to see it.  I hope they will give me a glimpse of their projects as they work them out. Still there is a good array of hues left -as you can see. Merino Light is $19 for 384 metres (420 yards)

Just in time for the Triangular Scarf Class that is coming along this April. Choose 2 colours of beautiful Madeline Tosh Merino Light to make this striped-up cravat. Newbie knitters are welcome in this class, only knit and purl basics are the requirements.  Learn how:
to add a smooth like silk selvedge edge into your knit scarves
to make increases in a variety of ways
to add coloured stripes into your repertoire of knitting achievements
to create a loose and stretchy bind off
to follow the pattern to create this fine triangular scarf (perfect for the spring)
If you are up to date on all these skills then find the pattern for the Soho Scarf here.  It is free to use from me to you.

Triangular Scarf Class
2 session class
Thursday April 19 and Friday April 20,  7-9pm
$50, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours