Handmaiden Casbah 5Ply Gradient Wrap Kits
We’ve restocked these super popular kits with your favourite bright, springy colours! They’re great for knitters of all skill levels, for beginner to more experienced, and make a great gift. The project requires 4mm/US6-36″circular needles (or longer), which are sold separately. Handmaiden Casbah 5ply is soft, squishy, and delicious to knit & wear!
Each kit comes with:
Making No. 5 / COLOR
The new issue of Making has arrived, pick up a copy of this print-only publication while it’s around!
Interweave Knits Summer 2018
The latest issue of Interweave has dropped, with 16 multi-season knits!
You asked so we restocked this classic from Quince & Co, timeless knits in Quince & Co Sparrow.
Easy Garter Scarfy Wrap
This project is the brainchild of my friend Jo, and I’m very grateful that she came up with this simple solution because it’s GREAT! This wrap drapes like a big scarf, but is also equally wearable as a wrap. The pattern is almost totally brainless; it’s a great second or third project for a beginner knitter, but it also works equally well for more experienced knitters hanging out on the patio with a beer or a cocktail.
It’s designed with the Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Kits (which we are constantly restocking), but you can use any DK or Sport weight yarn (or if you want to play around with the base math you can use other weights of yarn). You can make it as a gradient colourway, like ours, or use a single variegated, solid, semi-solid, ombre, or even self-striping yarn – it’s such a simple shape that just about anything goes, it’s totally flex.
As an aside, we are always restocking the Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Kits, but they are all one of a kind and individually dyed, so no two will be exactly alike.
Thank You Jo!
14.5″/37cm wide x 76″/190cm long
DMC Natura XL
Buying yarn is a bit like grocery shopping for a large family – you look for products that suit the whole family. When I came across DMC Natura XL I was super excited because it ticked A LOT of boxes ….
First, it’s a super bulky weight cotton. Yup, really thick cottons are really hard to come by, especially yarns that look and act like regular, real yarn. Seriously, it calls for 8mm/US11 to 9mm/US13 needles! Second, it’s 100% cotton, all natural, so perfect for vegans, sensitives, and babies. Third, it’s soft and machine washable – which is essential around here, so many baby & kid knits start with us (see the baby blanket pattern below). Fourth, it has good yardage. So many times you find a yarn but one ball isn’t long enough to do much of anything. Fifth, it comes in lots of NICE colours …. it drives me batty when the yarn base is lovely but the colours are acrid. Sixth, it isn’t made in China, nobody was exploited in the manufacture of this yarn. Seventh and actually much higher on my list of priorities is the price, which is very reasonable – only $8.97 for a 100g ball.
DMC Natura XL is especially great for baby & kid projects, blankets pillows and afghans, as well as crocheted baskets and other home decor projects.
- Super Bulky
- 8mm/US11 to 9mm/US13 needles
- 6mm/J to 7mm hook
- 100% cotton
- soft & comfortable
- machine washable
- 100g – 75m(82yds)
- 30 colours
- Made in the EU
- See patterns for DMC Natural XL
DMC Natura XL Baby Blanket
Crochet Baskets & Stool Cover
I think I need to get myself a stool so I can crochet it a sweater …. These two crochet patterns both use DMC Natura XL and work up in a jiff! The patterns are published in Women’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet June 2015, which is available for free through our public library as a digital download (if you live outside of Toronto you should check your local library to see if they offer this service). Alternately, you can also pay to download the patterns from the magazine’s parent company:
Photos: Yarnplaza, DMC
Beginner Slouchy Hat
I worked up a quick little hat so everyone could see how gorgeous and magical the Urth Uneek Worsted is, you asked for the pattern …. so here it is! A hat only takes 1 skein ….
To fit head circumference:
- 21(22, 23, 24) inches
- Child(Small, Medium, Large, XLarge)
URTH SLOUCH HAT
Last night I cast on for a hat with the Urth Uneek Worsted (I’m trying to get a sample done before the Toronto Knitters Frolic). I’m not really in a hat place right now, but the yarn is SO GORGEOUS that it doesn’t really matter, I can’t wait to get past the ribbing and just let the colour flow!
Use code FROLIC18 at check-out to receive an extra 15% OFF ALL YARN, from now until April 27, 2018.
Note: discount applies to online purchases only, discount does not apply to in-store purchases. We can not accept returns on April 28, 2018 at the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic.
Mineville Merino Nylon DK
We’ve received more stock of Mineville Merino Nylon DK in some super pretty speckled colours, perfect for a spring Fade!
Mineville Wool Project Merino Nylon DK (1124) is super soft, machine washable, easy to work with, easy to wear, and subs easily for other DK weight yarns. It comes in a generous 100g/200m skein, which is enough to make an adult hat or pair of mitts (you’ll need two for a scarf or Honey Cowl, and about 6 for a women’s size medium sweater – check your pattern for full yardage requirements). With the nylon fibre content, this yarn is also great for socks!
Mineville Wool Project is an “off-brand” brand from the sisters at Fleece Artist and Handmaiden. The prices are excellent because we purchase the yarn in one-time only lots. This means that once it’s gone, it’s GONE, so be sure to order enough for your project.
- 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
- DK weight
- 4mm/US6 needles
- 22 sts = 4″/10cm
- Machine Washable
- Made in Canada
- Free Pattern Ideas
Comfort Fade Cardi