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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

Baby Harem Pants

These roomy pantaloons we call Baby Harem are from our newly released series of knitting patterns. Along with Tremblant Blanket, Tee, and Bunting for Beginners they make up our Wee Collection Fall 2014.

harem pants

These pants are knit in one piece from the cuff up. The pocket is knit first and then knit into the pants, also with no seaming required. Extra room in the trunk for diapers is achieved with short row shaping. The elastic waist keeps everything in place for crawlers and walkers too.


harem pants

We used sweet Koigu mini skeins for the accent colours. The delicate, stripe details that decorate the ribbed cuffs and the pocket lining are really the delicious, defining details in this garment. Have fun picking the colours!

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To make Baby Harem you will need:
2.5mm /US1.5 DPN, 2.75mm/US2 DPN, 2.75mm/US2 16” circular needle.
Yarn: 2(3,3) Koigu Kppm (160m/175yds each). 4 Koigu Skeinettes, 10m each

Sizes: 6-12, (12-18, 18-24) months
To fit: Waist measurement up to 20 (22, 24)cm/ 8 (8 3/4, 9.5)”

Skill Level: Knitters must know how to knit in rounds on circular and double pointed needles. Short row shaping, decreases including “knit two together” and “ slip, slip, knits”, as well as “make one” increases are used in this pattern

Find Baby Harem Pattern on Ravelry HERE

Craftily yours


504 King West

Thank you all TTC Knitalongers! It was so nice to see faces filled with such knit-enthusiasm last Saturday.  What a great way to launch our summer yarn sale!  Thank you too, to the fine folks who organize the knitalong and brought the joy to all those faces, as well as raising some funds for Sistering. It’s Win, Win!

We had a special gift for the Knitalong groups that came through the Knit Cafe.  Iwona designed a pattern to commemorate the TTC Knitalong 2014.  It’s called 504 King West, after the streetcar route that passes by the Knit Cafe.

We’d now like to pass the pattern along to all commuters (and non commuters too -what the heck!).


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This asymmetrical garter stitch scarf, is brought to you by the magic of Koigu Yarn.  Find two 50 gram skeins that strike your fancy and mix in some delectable mini skein in a pleasing pallet and you are ready for even the worst rush-hour blues.

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504 King West

 504 King West

A pattern designed for your commute! This asymmetrical neck wrapper is a restful knit meant for sleepy, distracted knitters who like to knit to the rhythm of the metro or the streetcar. Named after the Toronto streetcar route that rumbles by The Knit Café on Roncesvalles Ave, this pattern was originally inspired by the TTC Knitalong. This intrepid group takes over Toronto Transit for an annual knitathon. Amazing!

This garter stitch scarf is shaped with increases and decreases to form a dynamic, obtuse triangular shape. Have fun with the mixing and matching of the colours! Choose two for the body of the scarf and a cute trio of colours for the scarf edge. In our version we took advantage of Koigu Yarn’s sweet, mini skeins, which are 10 metres long each. This is the perfect amount for one stripe in this pattern.

Made with a long circular needle you won’t have to worry about poking the passenger beside you or losing a needle, just throw this project in your bag and climb aboard.

504 king west  knit kit

Materials: Koigu KPM 50 grams (160m/175yds) one of each A 2335, B 2354, and Koigu KPM 10m skeinettes one of each C 2403, D 1113, E 1112.
3.5 mm/#4 circular needle 80cm/32” long

Gauge: 20sts and 52 rows per 10cm/ 4 inches in garter st, or needle to obtain gauge.
Finished Dimensions: 140 cm/ 55 inches long, 27 cm/ 10 inches at widest point

Using A CO 4 sts,

Row 1 (WS): K till 2 sts remain, KFB, K1.

Row 2 (RS): YO, K till 2 sts remain, K2TOG.

Repeat both rows till 96sts on the needle, ending with WS row. Break yarn leaving 25cm tail.

At the beginning of next RS row pick up colour B, SL 1, KFB, K till 2 sts remain, K2TOG.

Continue with rows 1 and 2 till 134 sts, ending with row 2.

Bind off loosely and weave in end.


Facing RS and using colour C pick up and knit 5sts for every 4 garter ridges (about 170sts), along K2TOG edge.

Row 1 (WS): YO, K till 2 sts remain, K2TOG, break yarn leaving 25cm tail.

Row 2 (RS): using colour D, K till 2 sts remain, KFB, K1.

Row 3: same as row 1.

Row 4: using colour E, K till 2 sts remain, KFB, K1.

Bind off loosely and weave in all ends.

504 King West schematic crop

CO: cast on
sts: stitches
WS: wrong side
RS: right side
K: knit
KFB: knit front and back increase
YO: yarn over
K2TOG: knit two together
SL: slip the stitch purlwise


Craftily yours

Get to the point -Needlepoint!

Our Needlepoint Class is filling up, so if you had your heart set on taking part in this seasons session give us a ring!

needlepoint finishing

There is something I particularly love about this Needlepoint Class, it’s the same thing I love about the Rug Hooking Class and the Embroidery Class too, all of which are taught by Maurie Todd.  Yes, I love that Maurie teaches them but I also love that all of these classes require thinking right out of the box!
Many needlepointers follow preprinted canvases in a paint by numbers style. In this class you will learn how to transpose your own creative purpose to the needlepoint canvas.  In other words you make up your own designs.  I love that!

Above is a finished product by Maurie who is teaching the class.  Look at that lovely finishing on her pillow case!

Here is the same design in progress!

needlepoint designs by Kate

…and here is the inspiration! Maurie took a portion of one of Kate Austin’s repeat pattern designs to use as the centre piece of her pillow design.
I wonder what you might do?

Needlepoint Workshopkoigu mini skeins
Monday June 23, 6:30-9pm
$32, material fee of $3,
yarn not included,
we recommend Koigu skeinettes!
Call to register
416 533 5648

Craftily yours


mix and match

How about this wonderful project by Miss Edie Kim?

edie's cowlIt’s the Knit Cafe’s Mondo Neck Cozy pattern made with Madelinetosh ASAP and some delectable additions that come care of Koigu skeinettes

edie'e cowl 2

Edie is an excellent “maker of things”.  She is always quick to let inspiration take over and tinker with an idea till it becomes a one of a kind enterprise.
Her version of the Mondo Neck Cozy uses extra big Madelinetosh ASAP, which is a soft merino wool that is so comfortable to wear, and mixes it with a happy selection of mini skeins to add pops of colour and texture.

koigu mini skeins

Blending colours and textures by knitting with several strands of yarn held together is an easy and instantaneous way of creating a unique fabric.  It’s incredibly fun to do  and so straightforward a new knitter will be able to do it with neither fuss nor fighting.

koigu mini skeins

Edie blended a neutral with a selection of her favourite colours of mini skeins to amazing effect, but the possibilities of colour combos for this project are indeed endless!


Edie’s colour choice “Paper” is in amongst the small amount of the ASAP we have left on the shelves.  We also have a wonderful crop of Brown Sheep Burly Spun which includes this delicious sunshine colour called “Lemon Drop” (one of my personal favourites). Mix it up with your own crackle and pops of colour for your version of the Mondo Neck Cozy!


Mondo Neck Cozy Pattern

The Mondo Neck Cozy is a fast and easy project, but I encourage you to try blending colours and fibres in other future projects.  It’s a gas!

Craftily yours

Fairwell to Frolic, Hello to Spring!

Frolicking is fun, but it is also great when it’s over. Yes- we can close the book on another year at the local, annual, knitter’s fair – the Knitter’s Frolic.  It was a goodie! We fed and watered a lot of hungry shoppers at our Knit-Cafe, and we passed on some special yarn and project plans too. In fact several new Knit Cafe patterns were introduced at this years Frolic. We will have them ready for purchase any day now on Ravelry so keep your ear to the ground and your eyes peeled. Big thanks go out to our outstanding team of helpers that made the whole thing possible for us.
Still the good times will not stop – just check out these lil’darlins↓

mini skeins koigu
There is nothing like a mini skein!  10 metres of joy! Koigu  has sent us a great collection of colours this time.  For things to do with mini skeins check out this post, or register for our June 17th needlepoint class and learn a whole new way to play with these colourful characters.
Everyone likes contests, so I thought I would pass this along.  The West Queen West BIA is giving away a Mother’s Day shopping spree!  Just follow this link for more details. Many shops in our illustrious neighbourhood are participating, including us of course.
queenHappy May 1rst all
Craftily yours

and the winner is…

At the beginning of the month we announced a contest. You were asked to contribute ideas.  How would you use the adorable mini skeins we just received from Koigu?  You can see my ideas, on the subject and what everyone else contributed here.
Your ideas were full of the vivid creativity that I would expect to come from a pack of knitters.  We could only pick one to win the prize, but you are all winners as far as we’re concerned.

The Contest Winner Is Carla kindermsn!
Who said, “I would start with 1 color and easy pattern for sweaters and just start to knit. I would make it very bright and that would be my happy sweater. Whenever I was feeling down and out I would put it on and start to knit.”

I love projects that embrace random invention.  It reminds me of the Knit Cafe’s Spring Blanket Pattern.  

From the whole smorgasbord of good ideas here are some other tasty selections:

From captainsharmie, “i love mini skeins! i’d make a pair of swedish fish mittens — so cute! or maybe a hat in the same style… :)

From Shay D, “I think minis would be awesome for Mochimochi Land patterns:
Or just amigirumi in general – where the colors can be as imaginative as the creatures. I’ve always loved this ladies creations, I can readily recapture the glee I felt when I discovered her dust-bunny sofa sculpture, and her Swimming Lemmings sculpture.

From Josie, “Just had an idea: they would be perfect for this hat and gloves set!”

From Lisa “I’m making the Barn Raising Quilt blanket – I think these mini-skeins would have enough yarn for a square each”

From collegeknitting, “I just finished a pair of socks using blocks of 10g-30g leftover sock yarn scraps. I bet they would look great with mini-skeins!”
These are her socks pictured here, you can find them on her lovely blog, as well as the link to the pattern.

Blithe Spirit says, “I would use them to knit swatches of cool stitch designs from Barbara Walker’s Treasury books which I’m drooling over. And then sew up the swatches to make a pillow or mini-blanket. Love your blog – always full of great and inspirational ideas.”
Thank-you for the compliment and for this great idea.  Anytime Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Books are involved I am on board.  This pic comes from Jared Flood, from Brooklyn Tweed, and shows a bit of his design process.

From Claire, “I like mini skeins to make little crocheted pincushions – with fabric tops.”
I found this example of a crocheted pin cushion made from hexagons.  This is the same crochet motif we use in our Beginner Crochet Blanket Class.  This would be a great thing to do with the hexagons that just didn’t make the cut for the blanket.

Some folks said they might use mini Skeins for embroidery.  I especially like that Carol-ann Casselman would add “rude messages” to a blanketHere’s her full quote, “Embroider your favourite blanket with monograms/initials, rude messages, love notes, etc. My favourite ideas above are the heart heeled socks, coloured pockets and chair socks.”
I little research on this idea, did not (sadly) unearth any such messages, but I did find this.  I vast link-list of embroidery tutorials, and patterns from Alina’s Adventures in Homemaking blog.

dirgni says, “I would knit football hats and make matching mitts. I would make 10 different fruitcaps”
I don’t know what football hats are, but fruit hats have always been popular patterns for babies.  If you would like your wee one to resemble a strawberry, here is a pattern that suits Koigu weight yarn.  Whatever the yarn requirements, mini skeins would be wonderful for embroidered details.  Think strawberry seeds!
I found  another impressive link-list for fruit hats, and vegetables, and cupcakes, and animals, and more. – here! at Chem Knits.
Honorable Mentions go to all the kind folks who said they would knit for the benefit of others.
Laurie Rodney, Sandy, Heather Neville, Chrissy Papas.

Thank yous to ALL!
Craftily yours

small ideas

Here it is – as promised! Things to do with Mini Skeins!

Perhaps the most talked about project of the last year is The Beekeeper’s Quilt.  It is made out of knit hexagons that are stuffed and joined together.  This cat seems to enjoy it very much.  One skein = one hexagon.

This Fair Isle Hat from the Purl Bee was made to use Koigu Skeinettes.  Pick several colours that gradate to make this hat.  This same technique could be applied to other fair isle projects. Fiddlehead Mittens anyone?

I like these mittens.   Choose a different colour mini skein for each “pearl chain” for these Pearl Chain Mittens. Other fair isle projects from mittens to sweaters will no doubt be happy to employ a skeinette or two as accent colours.

If you are making the adorable Love Socks choose your favorite mini skein for the heart heels.

Elbow patches- not just for professors anymore! There is a fine tutorial here on how to make patches with duplicate stitch.  Apply this technique to add embellishments to other knitted goods.  Monogramming could be fun. Little skeins of Koigu are definitely up for this task!

If you have actual holes to cover over, say -some sock heels have worn from too much stepping, or a sweaters comes home wounded from a Moth War. Then, a little darning might be in order.  Pick a pretty skeinette and go to work.  Here is a how-to.

More yarn decorating can be done with embroidery techniques. Felted goods by Dadaya with beautiful embroidered details are something to aspire to.

“Koigu Needlepoint Yarn”- it says so clearly on the packaging.  Although I do not think we should be limited to this decree, let us not discount it either.  Check out these sweet coasters  by Cresus Artisant.  FYI – The Knit Cafe has a needlepoint class coming up in August!

Another needlepoint project – the Purl Bee Clutch.  Those bright embellishments come courtesy of Koigu.

Making little critters always involves a dab of this and a touch of that, for ear-innards, eyeballs, paws and manes, or in this case ↑ belts and hair-buns! These Star Wars figures come care of Lucy Raven. She sells patterns too.

Mini skeins will also come in handy if you are making these Toadstool Rattles! Add extra colour-oomph with a skein or two for the toadstool cap’s polkadots or the mushroom’s gills.

Speaking of colour-oomph – these Saarte Bootees have it in spades.  Use mini skeins to add details to your knitting projects.  Straps for booties, stripes on sweater yokes, boarders on cuffs and sock tops etc.

Mystery Monkey Socks could really take advantage of mini skeins too!

I love hidden details on garments.  Pocket linings in contrast colours, are hidden treasures and a great thing to add to hand knits to make them totally unique.  There is a tutorial for this technique here.

Here is another wonderful example of pocket highlighting from this clever knitter.  A few skeinettes could make some pocket-dreams come true!

Intarsia projects might also benefit from a skeinette intervention.  Intarsia always seems to call for small amounts of this colour and an even smaller amount of another.  Skeinettes might make for fewer leftovers in these cases.  Here are a few examples to illustrate this point. Traditional Icelandic Mittens on the left and a perfect pair of dog-walking mittens from Studio Morran on the right.

More hidden gems in hems! A hat or a sweater’s inside hem will be more fun made with something colourful.  I found this lovely example on the Quantum Tea Blog.

Here is another blanket that does not shy away from colour, or from using up extras in the yarn stash.  In such projects fresh mini skeins can be helpful for rounding out your colour pallet, augmenting your leftovers, and melding all the hues together. This wonderful crocheted blanket is called Babettes Blanket.

Got mini skeins? Make Pompoms!
The picture above is from the Knit Cafe’s Nuit Blanche Event from 2007.  Does anyone remember the Late Great Pom Pom Exchange? Folks were making pompoms all night long!  If only we had had mini skeins then.  A multi coloured pompom like the one on this team spirit hat might also need a mini skein!

Other small embellishments like crocheted or knitted flowers need mini skeins too!

The Purl Bee loves Koigu Skeinettes almost as much as we do.  Here is another project where they put them to good use. Find the pattern for these crocheted arm warmers here.

Last – but certainly not least, use your Koigu mini skeins to make Chair Socks! The Knit Cafe has posted details on how to make both knit and crocheted versions of these floor protectors here.

Please, please – if you have any other ideas about how to make use of mini skeins, then pass them along.  I would love to here them.
Craftily yours

momentous minis

It feels like my birthday. 
It is not.
What it is, is the Knit Cafe’s 100th blog post!  WordPress has a wonderful way of keeping track of these things and telling me so.  I am pretty jazzed that on such a momentous occasion  I have some pretty special news to share.
Iwona and I have been busy with the power drill. Here are the fruits of our labor↓

We had some help from Koigu Hand Dyed Yarns too!

or skeinettes, as Koigu calls them: 10 metres of hand dyed merino wool, made in Canada, $3 each.  I can think of many an application for these little beauties.  I will start compiling a list to share with you all.  For now I am satisfied to just gaze at them across the room.  They have been, and remain adorable to me.
Let’s look at them again↓

and again↓

 …and… what the heck! – again↓

Craftily yours