Archive for October, 2016

Socks On The Rocks

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Starting this week…….. knitting needles will be clicking away as we get ready to embrace the cold weather with the first in our three-part series of casual weekend accessories covering the tips of your toes to the top of your head in iconic Canadian style.  These cosy boot socks are knit in Sirdar’s ultra popular, Harrap Tweed Chunky, a brash and sassy speckled yarn in a blend of wool with the extra durability of nylon, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted as we feature a FREE pattern over the next two weeks for the matching mitts and toque……


Black Pepper Socks


Sizes:                                       S/M                           L

Finished Foot Length:       24 cm/ 9 1/2 in.     28 cm/ 11 in.

Yarn:                                          MC- 1                       MC- 2  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g balls (col. 100)

                                                         A- 1                           A- 1  Sirdar Click Chunky 50g ball (col. 142)

                                                         B- 1                           B- 1  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 109)

Needles:  4.50 mm/ US 7 double point set

Tension:  18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over st st.

Cast on 44 (48) sts with A.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

6 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

3 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Attach MC.  Knit next round, dec 4 sts evenly spaced = 40 (44) sts.

Cont to knit each round in MC until work meas 23 (24) cm/ 9 (9 1/2) in.

Tip: For extra reinforcement on heel and toe, add a strand of nylon buttonhole thread (available at a sewing centre) in a matching colour to knit along with A. 


Knit across 10 (11) sts in MC.  Cut MC.

Attach A.  Working back and forth in rows, purl across 20 (22) sts and leave rem sts on spare needles for instep.

Cont on 20 (22) sts for HEEL as follows-

Row 1 (RS)- [Sl1, k1] rep to end.

Row 2 (WS)- Sl1 purlways, purl to end.

Rep these 2 rows until HEEL meas 6 (6) cm/ 2 1/2 (2 1/2) in. ending with a Row 1.


Row 1 (WS)- P11 (12) , p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 2 (RS)- K4, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 3- P5, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 4- K6, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 5- P7, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 6- K8, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 7- P9, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 8- K10, sl1, k1, psso, k1 = 12 (14) sts.

Cut A for S/M only.

Large Size only-

Row 9- P11, p2tog, turn

Row 10- K11, sl1, k1, psso = (12) sts.

Cut A.

Attach MC.  With RS facing, pick up and k10 (11) sts along left side of heel, k across 20 (22) sts from spare needles, pick up and k 10 (11) sts along left side of heel, k across 6 (6) sts from top of heel, slip rem 6 (6) sts to 1st needle = 52 (56) sts.


Round 1- 1st needle: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 2nd needle: knit across, 3rd needle: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Rep these 2 rounds until 40 (44) sts remain.  Cont in knit rounds until work meas 16.5 (19) cm/ 6 1/2 (7 1/2) in. from picked up edge.  Divide sts as follows- 10 (11) sts on 1st needle, 20 (22) sts on 2nd needle, 10 (11) sts on 3rd needle.  Cut MC.


Attach A.

Round 1- Knit.

Round 2- 1st needle: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 2nd needle: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 3rd needle: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end.

Rep these 2 rnds until 20 (20) sts remain.

Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.

Sew in ends.

Download the pattern here.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Button Up Cardigans

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

If the seasonal shift towards knitting involves more of a need for pint-sized apparel, then you have come to the right place.  Sublime offers up a striking collection of patterns that merge modern and traditional elements together with the latest in a series of booklets for tiny folk, The Nineteenth Little Sublime Hand Knit Book.  In this grouping of eighteen styles for newborn to toddlers, the Sublime design team has chosen bold Autumn hues complimented by paler vintage shades in Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, a smooth natural yarn with a light bouncy handle.  This is a yarn that knits to perfection, with each and every stitch nestling neatly into place.


Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK



Pixie Parade- Too cute for words…. this cosy cardigan featured as the cover model for Sublime Book 704 knits up on 4 mm needles with raglan sleeves and a well-fitting hood to keep munchkin-sized ears covered and warm.   Tilly Floss (shown above).



Pumpkin Pizazz- A snappy style for a tiny gentleman who is on the move, whether its out to lunch with the ladies or off to the park for an afternoon playdate.  This itsy-bitsy cardigan is available in sizes 0-3 years and mimics the closures and sleeve tabs found on grown up duffel jackets, complete with a crisp turnback collar.  Cutie Carrot (shown above).



Princess Pretty-  For the next dress up occasion that involves a perfectly-paired cardigan and matching ribbon-tied bonnet, this sweet duo is finished off with a flourish of vintage buttons for decoration.  Didy Dino (shown above).



Cabled Comfort- Your little toddler will be ready for any tumbles or spills in this sporty cardigan  built for ease of movement and playtime durability.  Cutie Carrot (shown above).



Festive Fancy-  This classic yoke design looks instantly refreshed in a vibrant shade of red and accented with contrasting stitch detail.  Little Lobbie and Vanilla (shown above).


Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Sirdar has long been known as a family friendly yarn company.  Not only do they offer a vast array of stylish and contemporary patterns designed to please multi-generational households, their entire catalogue also reflects this with well-tested durable yarns that are a blend of easy care fibres.  This season is no exception with a NEW chunky yarn currently basking in the spotlight……




Meet AURA, the new kid on the self-striping block, in 100 gram balls of awesome tweed-infused colour play.  Softly-spun for smooth even stitching, this new chunky yarn brings a warm rustic palette to the forefront of Sirdar’s Fall/Winter Collection and is backed up with eight pattern leaflets.



Sirdar Leaflet 7881– Enjoy the outdoors and wander a new path each and everyday in one of these comfy cabled pullovers featuring a choice of shawl collar, hood, crew or cowl neck.  Eden, Indigo Mist, Rhythm, and Astrid (shown above).



Sirdar Leaflet 7880–  The essential cardigan, fits like a glove and goes just about anywhere you do.  This version from the Sirdar design team features set in sleeves and a simple v neckline with matching ribbed scarf.  The second option is just as appealing, a sleeveless version, slightly longer in length with ribbed front pockets for added interest.  Eden and Indigo Mist (shown above).



Sirdar Leaflet 7879– If the way to warm the heart is through the feet then a chunky pair of hand knit socks just might cause sudden palpitations.  Sirdar’s quartet of sock styles are all knit on two needles and include sizes from little tykes to adult.  Astrid, Maya, Marni, Indigo Mist (shown above).



Sirdar Leaflet 7884– There is a lot to be said for stocking up on comfort food and chunky sweaters when the weather turns chilly.  This classic raglan style includes four personalized neckline options to please your entire crew.  Astrid, Eden, Nico and Romalie (shown above).



Sirdar Leaflet 7878– Shake the cobwebs off your crochet hooks, isn’t it time to try out a few new twists and twirls.  This capelet is a great Fall top layer to maximize your wardrobe and is worked from the top down in a simple shell stitch.  Sized to fit from four to twelve years and adult women.  Marni and Astrid (shown above).


Melodies Of Life

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

It’s just about that time of year, the finger-twitching, palm-rubbing, gleeful anticipation that comes as the leaves turn crisp and start to fall, pumpkin pies are baked by the dozens, and…. Knitter’s Pride unveils their shiny new gift set for the holiday season.  Melodies of Life is the ultimate eye candy for knitters, a special boxed collection of colour-coded interchangeable needles available for a limited time only.



Add a little Zing to your holiday wish list, with Knitter’s Pride candy-coloured glossy array of interchangeable needles engineered from lightweight aluminum, to allow your stitches to easily slide from tip to tip.  Its the gift that keeps on giving, with hours of knitting enjoyment right at your fingertips.   Boxed in a stylish satin-covered case, the Melodies of Life interchangeable set adapts to almost any knitting project with a full selection of needle sizes to choose from and four colour-coded cords in lengths ranging from twenty-four to forty inches long.



As an extra special bonus, this incredible Melodies of Life set also includes a fabric accessory case embroidered with musical notes and filled with an assortment of stitch holders, darning needles and cord connectors.



If all that wasn’t enough, Knitter’s Pride has added not one….., but TWO pairs of colourful earrings to dress up your holiday outfits, skillfully hand-crafted from the same birch wood as many of their finest needles.



Sized from 3.5 to 8 mm, these colour-coded aluminum Zing needles are more than just pretty tips, they are extremely durable and ready to stand the test of time.  Contact your lys to pre-order your set today.