EVENTS Summer Knit in Public

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day Continues!

The Toronto Knitters Guild (TKG) had such a good time on World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 9th at the Wychwood Barns that they are going to keep going throughout the summer! I can attest, it was lovely and very relaxing knitting “Au Plein Air” (I’m on the far left in the picture, Rosie is on the far right). I don’t often get to go out and be a regular knitter, it was a real treat for me to be able to hang out with the lovely members of the guild and relax. Have a look at the TKG’s Flickr album with all the pictures from the day. Many thanks to the TKG for organizing this event!

If you aren’t already a member of the TKG, you should definitely consider it. Besides being a great way to meet other fibre enthusiasts, their monthly meetings have great speakers and vendors, they organize trips to out of town fibre festivals, and guild members get a discount at local yarn stores – yup, that includes us, Knit-O-Matic! To be honest, if you are a fan of nice yarn, the TKG store discounts will pay for your membership and more.

 

Knit with the TKG this Summer:

  • July 4
  • July 21
  • August 4
  • August 18

Time:
8 am – 1 pm

Location:
Artscape Wychwood Barns “Orchard”
601 Christie Street, South of St Clair.
The Orchard is at the NW corner of the property.

These events take place during the Farmers Market, so there’s lots of opportunity for shopping. (It’s a GREAT market, I’ve known the lady who runs it since I opened Knit-O-Matic, and her curation of vendors is discriminating and spot-on.) Goodies and treats are available for purchase, or you may bring your own snacks/beverage. Please bring a blanket or chair to sit upon, if possible. Looking for a project to take to the park or need some needles/stitch makers/etc? Knit-O-Matic is located at 1382 Bathurst St, literally ONE BLOCK AWAY from the Wychwood Barns.

This event will run WEATHER PERMITTING. Please check the guild website or Guild’s Ravelry page for up-to-date information.

PROJECT Shaker Rag Top

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Shaker Rag Top

I love the look of this loose summer top, it’s right up my knitterly alley.  The shape and style are so simple, and there’s lots of ease built in for an easy, gentle fit. The stripes are cleverly made by holding 2 strands of the same yarn, and the designers have blogged the entire thing HERE.

Size

  • S(M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • Finished bust: 39(44, 48, 53, 57½, 62½)”

Yarn Options

Both of these light summery yarns would work up beautifully for this project!

Materials

 

 

SHAWL Day Blossom

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Day Blossom

I came across this prettly little summer wrap today and I had to share! It’s a great warm weather knit, take to the cottage, road-trip friendly knit. Plus, it’s made with linen, so its wearable all season too. I love the texture, the pattern makes really good use of two different weights of Quince & Co’s linen (which you know I LURV) for a creative & beautiful effect. Wearable, knitterly, and beautiful – my favourite trifecta!

Materials

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FINISHED Teacher Gift

Lucy hat portait

My niece finished her second project last week and I felt like sharing. I learned a few things about indoctrinating kids into knitting, so I’m sharing. It’s easy enough to teach a kid how to knit, but keeping them knitting is an endeavour. Honestly, I don’t blame them, there is a lot of fun playing to be done when you’re a kid. On the other hand, my niece REALLY wants to become a better knitter, and you can’t do that without practice.

So here’s my story …. at the beginning of the school year she wanted to make a hat for her teacher, so I found an easy, basic pattern for her (something knit flat on super bulky yarn and big needles) and brought home some super bulky yarn in a colour her teacher would like, plus a jaunty fur pompom. You know how it goes, best-laid plans ….. first off, all she wanted to do was play with the pompom, it was very distracting. I don’t think she was into the colour I chose (a beautiful eggplant), and the entire concept of consulting a pattern was beyond her. Also, the longer needles required for making a hat flat were awkward and hard for her to use.

lucy hat COMBO

After several months of her project languishing, I threw in the towel and cast on some stitches in a more kid-friendly colour, and on shorter needles. I figured I’d just get her making *something*, maybe a neck warmer. But she’s a stubborn kid and insisted she wanted to make a hat for her teacher. It was hat or bust! So I went along with it, told her we could make it into a hat, and in the end McGyvered into a garment. Below is how the process unfolded (I apologize for the sad illustrations, I didn’t have the right technology with me when I made them).

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1. Knit a Long Rectangle

I cast on as many stitches as can comfortably fit on a 10″ straight needles. Next, I got the  kid to knit a rectangle-ish shape that fits around the circumference of a head (all in garter stitch). I found that she really go into knitting while listening to children’s books we downloaded through our public library.

I fixed all the dropped stitches that would unravel, but I did not mend any yarn overs or extra stitches added. I wanted her to get a feel for her progress. She started with a section of light blue, then changed to apple green, and finally light pink – the design concept was hers. Extra stitches were added, especially in the final section, so our rectangle was a bit trapezoidal.

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2. Seaming

I seamed the cast on edge to the cast off edge. I offered her this job, but in true knitterly fashion, she wasn’t into it. The edges weren’t the same length and didn’t match, so I lined up one side and let the extra fabric hang down the other side.

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3. Pick-up The Crown

Our rectangle was not tall enough to pull in the top of the hat, and the kid was adamant that she wanted a single pompom on top, and wasn’t going in for a flat-topped hat. With double pointed needles, I picked up about 40 stitches around the circumference of the non-wonky edge. I  immediately decreased for the crown, decreasing 4 stitches on every round until I only had about 8 stitches left. I broke the yarn, pulled it through the remaining stitches, and secured it on the inside of the hat. I wove in all the ends (I could have gotten her to do this but bedtime was creeping up fast and she REALLY wanted to give it to her teacher the next day). What can I say, I’m a sucker.

 

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4. Styling and Art Direction (aka. Smoke & Mirrors)

I sewed a button on the side (I tried to teach her how to do it, but getting buttons to the right height for knitwear is a tricky endeavour for the best of us, and making the hat look good was really important to the kid, so she tried and then passed it off to me. (BTW, If you have a good button sewing for knitwear hack please share it with me! I always have a hard time making a post for the flat button.) I flipped the extra fabric up and buttoned it down, turning it into a jaunty design feature. Lastly, I sewed down the pompom.

 

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5. Document the Occasion

Finally, I took pictures. It was a very multifaceted design, so we did an impromptu photo shoot to mark the big event. She proudly wrapped up her gift, and we got ready for bed, both of us extremely proud.

Did her teacher like it? I don’t know, but I expect it’s the most interesting gift she will receive in her career as a teacher. Did I mention that the day she gave this super wasm hat to her teacher it was super, uncomfortably hot outside? Yeah, it was a very timely gift. Anyway, her BFF at school was totally into the hat and has commissioned one in pink, with a purple pompom. Only time will tell if the aesthetic will trickle down to the runways of Europe …..

What I Gleaned

Did I learn anything? You bet:

  1. Kids gonna be kids – just go with it. If you want to get a kid into knitting, do it in kid colours.
  2. Kids do things differently than adults – just go with it.
  3. Don’t rush to get stuff done before bedtime.
  4. Kids like to knit while listening to audiobooks too!

FREEBIE Ombre Baby Blanket

To celebrate our new pattern, we’re offering 10% OFF ALL YARN on online orders, use discount code RAV17 at check out!

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Ombre Baby Blanket

FINALLY finished, this sensational looking baby blanket is a great pattern for knitters of all skill levels (especially beginners)! It’s worked in one piece, and is made completely in garter stitch (knitting every row). It makes use of a soft and lovely, yet unassuming yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, and the colour gradations are created by holding 2 strands together and intermittently changing colours (don’t be scared, it’s EASY). All instructions are written clearly and explicitly, so beginners can tick off the rows as they go.

Size

30″ x 30″ (76cm x 76cm)

Skills

  • Cast on
  • Knit
  • Weave in ends

Materials

Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (50g/125m (136yds), 1 skein in each of 13 colours:

  • A 807 Raspberry (fuchsia)
  • B 809 Really Red (fire engine red)
  • C 808 Sunset Orange (red/orange)
  • D 822 Pumpkin (orange)
  • E 826 Tangerine (light orange)
  • F 820 Lemon (yellow)
  • G 821 Daffodil (medium yellow)
  • H 802 Green Apple
  • J 864 Christmas Green
  • K 849 Turquoise
  • L 813 Blue Velvet (royal blue)
  • M 1986 Purple Hyacinth (violet)

6mm-29” circular needles

 

Ombre Baby Blanket COMBO

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CLASSES Summer

 

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Summer Classes

Our Summer Class schedule is up! New this summer, we’re offering Private Classes on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Learn anything you want, at your speed. You can make an appointment for a private class online, over the phone or in person.

PROJECT Waters

 

Waters

I really like designer Andi Satterlund because she’s a lady with curves who designs for ladies with curves (last winter I made another sweater by her, Armande, and it really looks great). Plus she’s into simple seamless construction and her sweaters are super cute! So when Waters crossed through my Ravelry feed I was extra pleased to see its made with one of my favouirte summer yarns, Quince & Co Sparrow.

From the Designer

“Light and easy Waters’s uncomplicated details provide fuss-free Summer style. This retro top features a high front neckline with a deep scooped back, classic skinny stripes, and loads of relaxing stockinette. It’s knit seamlessly from the top down, starting with the back. A small amount of short row shaping on the shoulders helps the simple shape hang well. Stitches are picked up from each shoulder for the fronts, and the body is joined to be knit in the round with waist and hip shaping. Waters fits best with 0-3 in / 0-8 cm of positive ease.”

Linen Notes

To get the finished product you want, keep a few things in mind:

  • Linen is VERY stretchy, you may consider going down a size.
  • Always swatch before starting your project and block your swatch to get an accurate tension.
  • Use our Pantyhose Hack to manage your linen yarn.
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Photos: Andi Satterlund

Size

  • XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
  • Bust Circumference: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) in , 81 (91, 102, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm

Materials

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waters combo

Photos: Andi Satterlund