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Shimmer Shawl

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Every once in awhile a new yarn comes along that truly embodies the feeling of the season.  This Spring, Summertime Light is sitting front and centre in our collection, a finer version of our popular Summertime, appealing to knitters and crocheters alike with its vivacious energy and fresh look.  When the light catches it in just the right way, it shimmers…..

 

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Introducing Summertime Light, a soft and shimmery yarn enhanced with subtle colour highlights spun in a linen, cotton and acrylic base.  This sport weight yarn offers a palette of ten irresistible shades and is the quintessential choice for wispy shawls, cool comfortable cardigans, and airy summer ponchos.

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Filling in the accessory gap this season, our latest design in Summertime Light, is a delicate layer to wear as a shoulder shawl or neck scarf.  Ideal for beginners, this is a quick project to knit.  Gift one to a special friend or make a few in different shades just for yourself!

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  SHIMMER SHAWL

Finished Size: 117 cm/ 46 in width x 61 cm/ 24 in length (at center spine)

Yarn: 3 balls (col. 04) Summertime Light by Diamond Luxury Collection 

Needle: 4.00 mm/ US 6 – 60 cm/ 32 inch circular

Tension: 16 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in in Garter St (after blocking)

Abbreviations

M1L: Make 1 left by picking up horizontal bar between two stitches from front to back, knit into back of this bar

M1R: Make 1 right by picking up horizontal bar between two stitches from back to front, knit into front of this bar

Pm: Place marker

Sm: Slip marker

Yo: Yarn over

 

Cast on 5 sts.

Row 1 (WS): K2, pm, k1, pm, k2.

Row 2 (RS): K2, yo, M1L, sm, k1, sm, M1R, yo, k2 = 9 sts.

Row 3 (WS): Knit.

Row 4 (RS): K2, yo, k to next marker, M1L, sm, k1, sm, M1R, k to last 2 sts, yo, k2.

Row 5 (WS): Knit.

Rep Row 4 & 5 until 89 sts on needle.

Cont in Lace Pattern as follows-

*Next row- K2, yo, [k2tog, yo] rep to next marker, M1L, sm, k1, sm, M1R, [yo, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, yo, k2.

Next Row- K2, p to next marker, sm, k1, sm, p to last 2 sts, k2.*

Rep *to* 8 times more = 125 sts on needle.

Rep Row 4 & 5 until 205 sts on needle.

Rep *to* 9 times  = 241 sts on needle.

Picot Cast Off (RS): Cast off 3 sts, [slip rem st onto left needle, cast on 2 sts (using knitted cast on method), cast off 5 sts] rep to end.  Fasten off.

Download pattern here.

Design by: Michele Meadows

ZOOM Cowl

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Old Man Winter is in town for awhile and has been stirring things up in his usual fashion with snow flurries, wind chill warnings, and icy drizzle.  Heading south to a sunny locale is always a tempting option, but for those of us who choose to embrace the beauty of icicles dripping from the eaves and treetops covered in a blanket of powdery snow, its just a matter of insulating from the cold with woolen layers.

This week, we feature our top dog, a fabulous new merino yarn that puffs up on the needles creating soft billowy stitches.

Diamond Luxury Ecstasy

We took the thickest superfine merino fleece we could find on the planet and had it spun into a top notch polar weight yarn that is so incredibly plush you might just have a sudden urge to nestle up close to it and drift off into dreamland.  Ecstacy from our in-house collection is available now at your lys for winter knitting in twelve contemporary shades.  Cream and Smoke Signal (shown above).

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Two balls of Ecstasy plus two hours of knitting will create our ZOOM Cowl which can be worn in multiple ways for added warmth.

ZOOm 2

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ZOOM COWL

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 in x 61 cm/ 24 in

Yarn: A- 100g ball (col. 133) and B- 100g ball (col. 131), Ecstasy by Diamond Luxury Collection

Needles: 15 mm/ US 19 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 6 sts and 10 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over Pattern st

Cast on 36 sts with A. Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

P 1 round.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with A-

Round 1- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

Cut A.

Attach B.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with B.

Round 1- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

K 1 round.

P 1 round.

Cast off all sts purlwise.

Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Twinkle Twinkle Cowl

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

There is a new yarn in town and its making its way straight onto Santa’s nice list!  Fresh from the Malabrigo drying racks in Uruguay comes a truly fascinating wool with textural interest and the visual illusion of stained glass.  Not only is this pure merino extra soft and plush, it has been criss-crossed with a special binder thread to create a striking contrast that really makes the colours pop.  Caracol is available now at your lys in twenty-four of Malabrigo’s signature colourways and is specially-treated as a superwash so it cannot shrink or felt.

 

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We just couldn’t resist sliding this yarn across the needles and knitting up something soft and cosy.  This yarn is so plush and thick, it takes no more than a couple of hours to whip up our latest cowl design.

Happy Holidays

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Diamond Yarn

 

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TWINKLE TWINKLE COWL

Finished Size: 23 cm/ 9 in x 71 cm/ 28 in

Yarn: 150g skein Caracol by Malabrigo (col. 89 Flama)

Needles: 10 mm/ US 15 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 9 sts and 12 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 56 sts.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts.  Place a marker on 1st st.

P 3 rnds.

K 2 rnds.

P 1 rnd, inc 4 sts evenly spaced = 60 sts.

Next Rnd- [(p,k,p) into next st, p3tog] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Next Rnd- [P3tog, (p,k,p) into next st] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Rep last 4 rows once.

Purl 1 rnd, dec 4 sts evenly spaced = 56 sts.

K 2 rnds.

P 3 rnds.

Cast off all sts purlways.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Rasta Mitts

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Quick like an elf, seems to be the motto for Santa’s special helpers this month as the big day draws near and the needles click faster and faster.  This week we feature the beauty of Malabrigo’s kettle-dyed pure merino wool in a pair of thick and cosy mitts that can be knit in an evening and wrapped up as a last minute gift.

 

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RASTA MITTS

Size: Womens Medium

Finished Width: 20 cm/ 8 ins

Yarn: 150 g Rasta by Malabrigo (col. 850 Archangel)

Needles: 9 mm/ US 13 double point set

Tension: 10 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 16 sts.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Join in rnd, place a marker on first st.

Work in k1/p1 ribbing for 6 rnds.

Cont in knit rnds, inc 4 sts evenly spaced across first rnd = 20 sts.

K 9 more rnds.

Thumb Opening:

Next Rnd- K1, k4 sts with scrap yarn, slip these 4 sts just worked back on to left needle, knit to end of rnd with Rasta.

Cont in knit rnds until work meas 20 cm/ 8 in.

Shape Top:

Rnd 1- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 2- Knit.

Rnd 3- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 4- Knit.

Rnd 5- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 8 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Thumb:

Carefully unpick scrap yarn to create thumb opening and slip 8 live sts evenly spaced onto 3 needles.

Join in round and place a marker on 1st st.

Knit 1 rnd, inc 1 st at corner of thumb opening = 9 sts.

Knit 7 rnds (or desired length).

Next Rnd- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 6 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Make second mitt to match.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Toppers On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Due to popular demand, we have added one more pattern to our On The Rocks series, which celebrates the great outdoors in typical Canadian style.  This week’s design is all about keeping the cold out with a pair of thick and chunky boot toppers.   They knit up ultra quick in Sirdar’s  Harrap Tweed Chunky, a speckled yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, now available at your lys in a range of eight rustic shades.

 

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Wear Toppers On The Rocks two different ways!  Fold back over boot cuffs (shown above) or as cosy legwarmers to tuck inside winter boots (shown below).

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TOPPERS ON THE ROCKS

Size:                    Women

Finished Width:                  38 cm/ 15 in.

Finished Length:                 23 cm/ 9 in.

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

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

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

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 9 and 6.00 mm/ US  10 double point set

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. with smaller needles over st st.

Cast on 48 sts with smaller needles and MC.  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 for 14 cm/ 5 1/2 in.  Cut MC.  Attach A,

Purl I round with larger needles (this will designate wrong side of work).

Cont in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

4 rounds in A. Cut A.

Attach B.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

Attach A.

8 rounds in A.

Cast off loosely.

Make a second one to match.

With wrong side facing, fold toppers over boots.

Download the FREE pattern here.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Toque On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

We all know things are better in threes, so that is why we have added another toasty warm accessory to our popular On The Rocks series which celebrates the great outdoors in true Canadian fashion.  To top off the trio in cosy style, this tweedy toque is knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted for one more surprise pattern next week……

 

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TOQUE ON THE ROCKS

Size:                                       Adult Medium

Finished Width:                  51 cm/ 20 in

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

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

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

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 8 double point set, and 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 60 cm/ 24 in circular

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 80 sts in A.  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.

19 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Continue with MC, knit each round, dec 8 sts evenly across 1st round = 72 sts.

When work meas 13 cm/ 5 in from top of ribbing-

Shape Top:

NOTE: Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.

Round 1- [K6, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Round 3- [K5, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 4- Knit.

Round 5- [K4, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 6- Knit.

Round 7- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 8- Knit.

Round 9- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 10- Knit.

Round 11- [K1, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 12- [K2tog] rep to end.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and sew in end.

Pom Pom:

Make a 8 cm/ 3 in pom pom with one strand of A and B held together.  Attach to top of hat.

Download the pattern here.

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Design by: Michele Meadows

 

Mitts On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Continuing with the second installment in our three-part series which celebrates the great outdoors with casual weekend accessories that cover the tips of your toes to the top of your head in iconic Canadian style…..

This week we are getting the jump on November’s chilly forecast with a pair of soft and cosy mitts knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted as we feature a FREE pattern next week for the matching toque……

 

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MITTS ON THE ROCKS

Sizes:                                       S                           M                     L

Finished Width:       19 cm/ 7 1/2 in.      20 cm/ 8 in.        22 cm/ 8 1/2 in.

Finished Length:     24 cm/ 9 1/2 in.     25.5 cm/ 10 in.    27 cm/ 10 1/2 in.

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

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

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

Needles:  4.50 mm/ US 7 double point set

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

LEFT MITTEN

**Cast on 32 (36, 40) 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-

12 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

4 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Attach MC.

Knit 12 (14, 16) rounds.**

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K1 st in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle and knit to end in MC.

Cont to knit each round in MC until work meas 12.5 (14, 15) cm/ 5 (5 1/2, 6) in. from top of ribbing.

Cut MC.

Shape Top:

Attach A.

Round 1- Knit.

Round 2- [K1, k2tog, k10 (12, 14) , sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 3- Knit.

Round 4- [K1, k2tog, k8 (10, 12), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 5- Knit.

Round 6- [K1, k2tog, k6 (8, 10), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 7- Knit.

Round 8- [K1, k2tog, k4 (6, 8), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Large Size Only-

Round 9- Knit.

Round 10- [K1, k2tog, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.

Thumb:

Remove scrap yarn and slip 10 (12, 12) sts onto 2 needles.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Attach MC and knit across 1st round, inc 1 st = 11 (13, 13) sts.  Cont in knit rounds until thumb meas 5 (5.5, 6) cm/ 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) in.

Next 2 Rounds- [K1, k2tog] rep until 5 (7, 7) sts remain.  Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.  Sew in ends.

RIGHT MITTEN

Work from **to**.

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K to last 6 (7, 7) sts in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle, k to end in MC.

Cont to work as LEFT MITTEN.

Download the pattern HERE.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Oak Wood Poncho

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Putting away the last remains of Summer and transitioning into the first frosty mornings of Fall may get just a wee bit easier with a brand new project on the needles.  This is a season for building up warmth one layer at a time and ponchos are the ideal cover up.  What makes a poncho such a Fall favorite is the ease of movement, it lacks the restrictive nature of a jacket or coat, simply by having no sleeves.   There is plenty of room for layering underneath and it is really as cosy and warm as throwing on a scarf or shawl.

Hot off the needles, our newest design, Oak Wood Poncho, is knit in one rectangular piece featuring an airy lace pattern and trendy boho fringe detail as the finishing touch.  From our fabulous Fall line up, we have picked Baby Llama Lino as the yarn of choice, lightweight and bouncy on the needles, with an innovative ribbon-like construction that appears translucent at its core.  Look for all ten harvest hues at your lys this month.

 

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 O A K   W O O D   P O N C H O

 

SIZE                                     S                            M                          L                            XL

To fit bust:                          81/86 cm               91/96 cm               101/107 cm        112/117 cm

                                              32/34 in                 36/38 in                40/42 in                 44/46 in

Yarn: Baby Llama Lino by Diamond Luxury Collection (col. 1274)

                                                    3                             3                              4                               4 (100 g) skeins

Needles: 8 mm/ US 11

Tension: 12 sts and 16 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over Lace Pattern

Lace Pattern

NOTE:  Stitches should only be counted after Rows 5, 6, 11, and 12.

Row 1 (RS): K1, [k2tog, k1, yo, k1, skp, k2], rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Row 3: [K2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skp] rep to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K2, [yo, k3, yo, k1, skp, k1] rep to last st, k1.

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K4, [k2tog, k1, yo, k1, skp, k2] rep to last 7 sts, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, skp, k1.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K3, [k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skp] rep to end.

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11: K2, [k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1] rep to last st, k1.

Row 12: Purl.

Cast on 59 sts. Work in Lace Pattern for 51 cm/ 20 in. Place a marker at end of next right side row. Continue in Lace Pattern until work measures 101.5 (104, 107, 109, 112) cm/ 40 (41, 42, 43, 44) in ending with a Row 6 or 12. Cast off sts loosely.

Sew cast off sts along side edge from cast on edge to marker.

Fringes:

Cut yarn into 35.5 cm/ 14 in lengths. Attach fringes to cast on edge every 2.5 cm/ 1 in. using two strands held together.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Back To Shawls

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Cool mornings can lead into surprisingly warm afternoons as the sun makes its way towards the September equinox.  For those chilly start ups, the number one accessory to have on hand is a lightweight shawl, a cosy layer to slide over t shirts and summer tops while sitting on a park bench watching the kids play, sipping the first coffee of the day or making the commute to work.

This latest shawl design is knit in a softly-brushed blend of superfine alpaca and merino wool, to keep you comfortably warm with a wonderful airiness about it.  A subtle combination of stitch texture, the boho-inspired C H I C P A C A  S H A W L is designed in a simple wedge shape and accentuated with fringes.

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  C H I C P A C A   S H A W L

 

Finished Size: 48 cm/ 19 in x 223.5/ 88 in

Yarn: 4 (50g) balls Diamond Luxury Collection Chicpaca (col. 31)

Needles: 6 mm/ US 10 circular needle – 80 cm

Tension: 12 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over garter st.

Abbreviations

Kfb: Knit into front and back of stitch

Tbl: Through back loop

Yo: yarn over

 

Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K to last st, kfb = 4 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog = 4 sts.

Row 3 (RS): K to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb = 5 sts.

Row 4 (WS): K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog = 5 sts.

Rep last 2 rows 18 times = 23 sts.

Row 41 (RS): [K1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb.

Row 42 (WS): K1, p1, yo, work in rib as set until 2 sts remain, k2tog.

Row 43 (RS): K1, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb.

Row 44 (WS): As Row 42.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 4 times.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

Rep Row 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

Rep Row 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

= 123 sts.

Cast off loosely in ribbing.

Fringes:

Cut 41 cm/ 16 inch lengths.  Attach 2 strands in every second st along cast off edge.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Riverside Scarf

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Riverside is one of Toronto’s most vibrant communities, stretching a distance of ten city blocks along Queen Street East from the Don Valley Bridge to just past Degrassi Street.  This urban hub is well-known for its eclectic vibe, featuring a mix of art galleries, fashion boutiques, and trendy eateries, which dot the landscape like colourful gems between acres of green space and historic buildings.

Inspired by this neighbourhood’s unique streetscape design, a border of blue bricks depicting a winding river, our Riverside Scarf is a lightweight summer accessory, ideal for wearing on relaxed weekends enjoying a picnic in the park, or wandering leisurely through an outdoor festival.

 

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 RIVERSIDE SCARF

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 ins x 127 cm/ 50 ins

Yarn: 1 skein SUMMERTIME (100g) by Diamond Luxury Collection in col. #162

Needles: 5.00 mm/US 8 (begin with a pair of straight needles then switch to a circular needle if needed)

Tension: 15 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/ 4 ins over garter stitch

Cast on 3 sts.

K 1 row.

*Next Row: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, k to end.

Rep last row 18 times.

Next Row: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, [yo, k2tog] rep to end.*

Rep *to* 3 times = 80 rows.

Picot Cast Off Row:  Cast off 3 sts, [slip rem st back to left needle, cast on 3 sts, cast off 6 sts] rep across row until all sts have been cast off.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows