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SALE Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

SALE Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (select colours)

While supplies last, select colours of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport are 20% Off! These colours won’t be restocked, so be sure to get enough for your projects.

Cascade 220 Superwash Sport is a super soft, 100% merino superwash yarn. It’s great for kids and babies (I frequently use it for my niece and nephew), and the 50g skeins make it a nice choice for colourwork.

1 skein is usually enough for a baby hat, 2 for an adult hat or mitts/gloves, 4 for a scarf or infinity cowl, 8 for a baby blanket (approx 30″ x 30″). It’s also perfect for blankets and afghans that require a lot of colours, like those by Attic 24.

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 50g/125m (136yds)
  • Sport Weight
  • 3.75mm/US5 to 4mm/US6 needles
  • 22 to 24 sts = 4″ (10cm)
  • Machine wash cool, tumble dry low.
  • Made in Peru
  • Project ideas from Ravelry

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NEW Mineville Merino 2ply Bulky

Mineville Merino 2ply Bulky

I’m always on the lookout for beautiful yarns, especially if they’re affordable (’cause what’s the point if you can’t actually buy it?), and Mineville’s Merino 2ply Bulky is exactly that! It’s a super soft and silky superwash Merino wool, hand dyed by in Nova Scotia by Emily of The Mineville Wool Project. The base yarn is a loosely spun 2 plies, so it hasn’t been deprived of all of its squish.

Because it’s soft and washable, its great for hats, mitts, scarves, cowls, baby blankets and afghans, sweaters …anything that’s going to touch your skin. It’s also a bulky weight yarn works up on a 6mm/US10 needle/hook, so its great for anyone (like beginners) who wants to see some progress in their project.

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • 100g/100m (109yds)
  • 12 sts = 4″/10cm
  • 6mm/US10 needles
  • Machine Wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Nova Scotia, Canada

Classes Coming Up

Beginner Crochet

Skill Level: absolute beginner

This course is designed for the absolute beginner and covers ALL of the basics you’ll need to get started and keep you going. You will learn how to hold a hook, make a foundations chain, the basic crochet stitches, how to change yarns and colours, how to keep your edges straight – you should be able to make wristwarmers at this point. Then you’ll learn how to make a foundation ring or magic circle, how to keep your round flat with symmetrical increases, how to close your rounds properly, and how to interpret a schematic diagram (at this point you should be able to make a hat or a granny square). 

Monday Jan 28, Feb 4 & 11: 6:30- 8:30pm

Intro to Socks

Skill level: intermediate-beginner (afte mitts)

Whether you’re just up for something different or you would like to learn to make socks for the first time, this class is a great place to begin. Here you will learn how to use double pointed needles, how to make short-row toes and heels, a mitred alternative to the heel-flap of the traditional cuff-down sock, and how to bind off with elasticity. Materials not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class.

Tuesday Jan 29 & Feb 5: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Intro to Sweaters: Carbeth Cardie or Pullover

Skill Level: intermediate-beginner (after mitts or hats)

A great way to build your knitting skill-set, this fast and easy chunky cardigan will get a sweater under your belt in no time! Among other skills, you’ll learn knitting in the round, picking up stitches, decreasing, following a pattern, making buttonholes, and weaving in ends. You can choose to make this sweater as a cardigan (you’ll learn more skills) or if you’re feeling less intrepid as a simpler pullover.

Saturday Feb 2, 9, 16 & 23: 2pm to 4pm

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Lace: Beginner & Beyond

Skill Level: moderate-beginner (after hats)

Lace isn’t just for advanced knitters! Novices learn the basics of knitting lace while making a gorgeous little wrap for yourself or as a gift for someone else. You’ll learn how to read a pattern, increase, decrease, make eyelets (yarn-overs), and use a life-line. Knitters who already have the fundamentals under their belt and want to up their game can also take this class and work on more advanced techniques and lace patterns. To take this class you must already know how to cast on, cast off, knit and purl. 

Saturday February 2 & 8: 11am to 1 pm

Intro to Sweaters: Baby/Child Cardie

Skill Level: moderate-beginner (after hats or mitts)

A great way to build your knitting skill-set, this fast and easy little baby cardigan will get a sweater under your belt in no time! Among other skills, you’ll learn knitting in the round, picking up stitches, decreasing, following a pattern, making buttonholes, and weaving in ends. 

Saturday March 2, 9 & 23: 2pm to 4pm

Upcoming Classes!

Beginner Knitting

Skill Level: absolute beginner!

You’ll learn all the basics: how to knit, purl, put stitches on your needle (cast on), finish up (cast off), change yarn in the middle of your project, weave in your ends, and how to read a ball band as well as a basic pattern. You should be able to make a scarf in this class (get ready to spend a few hours of down-time working on your knitting in front of the TV).

Beginner Hats

Skill Level: beginner (after scarves)

The next step after making scarves is working in the round, and the perfect project to do that is making hats! Hats are fast, easy, and very, very satisfying! With a choice of three great basic styles, we’ll teach you how to knit in the round, how to knit on double pointed needles (the ones that look like little chopsticks), how to decrease stitches and how to read a pattern. Knowing how to cast on and knit is the only requisite. You can choose to make a basic beanie, a ribbed hat, or a slouchy hat. 

Beginner Mittens or Fingerless Gloves

Skill Level: beginner (after hats)

The next step after working in the round with circular needles is managing double pointed needles, that perfect way to accomplish that is making mitts! Mittens are extremely quick and satisfying, and make great, inexpensive gifts! We’ll teach you how to knit in the round on double pointed needles, how to decrease and increase stitches, how to pick-up stitches and how to read a pattern. 

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Cables for Beginners & Beyond

Skill Level: beginner & beyond (after hats)

Love the sumptuous texture of cables? Then try this workshop on for size. Here you have the opportunity to choose a project that suits your skill level–a cowl with giant twist cables (perfect for beginners), or a hat with travelling cables (for those who prefer more of a challenge). By the time you finish, you will have learned how to knit in the round, how to use a cable needle or hook, how to make basic cables, travelling cables, and how to read basic cable patterns. 

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Beginner Crochet

Skill Level: absolute beginner

This course is designed for the absolute beginner and covers ALL of the basics you’ll need to get started and keep you going. You will learn how to hold a hook, make a foundations chain, the basic crochet stitches, how to change yarns and colours, how to keep your edges straight – you should be able to make wristwarmers at this point. Then you’ll learn how to make a foundation ring or magic circle, how to keep your round flat with symmetrical increases, how to close your rounds properly, and how to interpret a schematic diagram (at this point you should be able to make a hat or a granny square). 

Intro to Socks

Skill level: intermediate-beginner (afte mitts)

Whether you’re just up for something different or you would like to learn to make socks for the first time, this class is a great place to begin. Here you will learn how to use double pointed needles, how to make short-row toes and heels, a mitred alternative to the heel-flap of the traditional cuff-down sock, and how to bind off with elasticity. Materials not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class.

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Intro to Sweaters: Carbeth Cardie or Pullover

Skill Level: intermediate-beginner (after mitts or hats)

A great way to build your knitting skill-set, this fast and easy chunky cardigan will get a sweater under your belt in no time! Among other skills, you’ll learn knitting in the round, picking up stitches, decreasing, following a pattern, making buttonholes, and weaving in ends. You can choose to make this sweater as a cardigan (you’ll learn more skills) or if you’re feeling less intrepid as a simpler pullover.

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Lace: Beginner & Beyond

Skill Level: moderate-beginner (after hats)

Lace isn’t just for advanced knitters! Novices learn the basics of knitting lace while making a gorgeous little wrap for yourself or as a gift for someone else. You’ll learn how to read a pattern, increase, decrease, make eyelets (yarn-overs), and use a life-line. Knitters who already have the fundamentals under their belt and want to up their game can also take this class and work on more advanced techniques and lace patterns. To take this class you must already know how to cast on, cast off, knit and purl. 

NEW Intro to Brioche

Skill Level: intermediate-beginner (after mitts or sweaters)

In this class you will make a beautiful bi-colour brioche scarf while adding tons of new techniques to your knitting repertoire: a two colour cast on, hooded stitches (aka barks and burps), slide knitting, and a two colour bind-off.  Don’t worry if that sounds daunting, our gentle instructor has got you covered!

Intro to Sweaters: Baby/Child Cardie

Skill Level: moderate-beginner (after hats or mitts)

A great way to build your knitting skill-set, this fast and easy little baby cardigan will get a sweater under your belt in no time! Among other skills, you’ll learn knitting in the round, picking up stitches, decreasing, following a pattern, making buttonholes, and weaving in ends. 

NEW Knitscene Spring 2019

Knitscene Spring 2019

The new issue of Knitscene has arrived! I know it’s a little hard to think forward to spring, but this issue has a bunch of pretty knits as well as some great articles.

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YARN SWAP Sunday Jan 20

NEXT SWAP: SUNDAY Jan 20, 1-3 pm

$5 – Proceeds go to the Red Door Women’s Shelter

It’s that time of year again … time to tidy up your yarn stash and purge the stuff you’re never going to use. That’s right, you can bring us your shame and leave your guilt in our yarn swap bins with the assurance that the yarn that didn’t work out for you will have a second (or third, or fourth) life in a new home. What do you do at a swap? Bring in the yarn and needles you don’t want and take home whatever you like from our swap bins. The leftovers are donated to charities, and don’t be embarrassed by the quality of the yarn you bring, whatever is left over is donated to charities like Street KnitWest Toronto Support Services, and Gilda’s Club, most of whom prefer acrylic! If you want to donate but can’t make the date please feel free to drop it by when we are open, sealed up in a plastic bag. The only yarn we can’t accept is anything that is strongly scented (cigarette smoke or perfume). We are also a drop-off point for Street Knit and Knitted Knockers of Canada

  • $5 to participate in the swap (proceeds go to the Red Door Women’s Shelter)
  • Drop-in, no need to sign up
  • Everyone is welcome, all skill levels
  • Location: 1382 Bathurst St, Toronto ON
  • In-Store only, NOT ONLINE

PROJECT Easy Garter Wrap

Easy Garter Wrap

We just finished making our FREE Easy Garter Scarfy Wrap with one of the new multi-coloured Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Wrap Kits – I knew it would come out beautifully! Handmaiden always comes up with interesting colour combinations that I wouldn’t normally think of, and the pop of colour is just what’s needed on dreary winter days.

All of the Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Wrap Kits are one-of-a-kind so no two colourways will be the same. The pattern is free, VERY beginner friendly, and mostly mindless. I used THIS TUTORIAL for weaving in the ends on garter stitch – it is super helpful. This project didn’t require many notes, but you can find it on Ravelry anyway.

Materials