Heather’s Stripey Socks

Bright, stripey hand-knit socks socks with contrasting orange heels.

Heather made these fun stripey socks using the Urth Yarns Uneek Socks kit, together with a bit of orange scrap yarn for contrasting heels.

She chose a simple, top-down pattern using an easy heel-flap turn.  In order to keep the stripe pattern consistent, Heather used a contrasting yarn for the heel.  We think this makes the socks look even more fun!

Urth Yarns also publishes some interesting patterns for this kit, including some freebies.  But, pretty much anything is going to look good with this l-o-n-g repeat self-striping yarn.


Rayne’s Coral Bonnet

Rayne crocheted this fascinating coral bonnet as a gift for a very lucky friend.  She didn’t have a pattern, but was inspired by projects on Pinterest.  So, she free-handed the design, adding loops and swirls of colour to look like coral.

Rayne used three skeins of Sandnes Garn Double Sunday (in colour Almond) for the base, and two of Estelle Worsted (in Merlot) for the coral swirls.

We love the creativity of this project, and we know that it will be wonderfully soft and warm.

Fun project, Rayne!



Oliver’s Hat

Janice made this striking version of ‘Oliver’s Hat’ for our BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion.  The pattern is Oliver’s Hat, by Sandra Manson, and the yarn, of course, is Bio Shetland.  It’s a lovely pattern that suits the yarn very well.  Janice’s colourwork is beautiful, and the finished hat is delightful.

Janice describes Bio Shetland as ‘a light toothy yarn which makes it perfect for colour work. It is lovely to knit with and the longer yardage comes in handy. Once blocked the yarn felts beautifully showing off the knitted design.’  She particularly loves the way the crown worked up.

She also warns that the pattern is on the small side and recommends that knitters check for gauge etc to get their size.

Pat’s Illusion Bat Shawl

Now you see it, now you don’t!  Pat’s Illusion Bat Shawl is her first foray into the world of shadow knitting.  This is a technique where you knit 2-row stripes in contrasting colours, and make a pattern from the placement of knits and purls.  Purl sections in one colour contrast against knit stitches in the other colour, and vice versa.  The whole design only shows up when you view it at an angle.  Straight on, all you see are stripes.

The pattern is the Illusion Shawl Bat, available on Ravelry.  Pat used four skeins of Artfil Belle, two each of charcoal gray and hot pink.

Like all shadow knitting patterns, it’s very easy to work.  But, you do have to keep track of knits and purls, so there’s a lot of counting involved.  As long as you don’t mind that, it’s a really fun technique!

Sandra’s ‘Veronica’ Cowl

Veronica cowl, pattern by Marie Wallin, hand knitted by Sandra

Sandra made this lovely version of the ‘Veronica’ cowl for our BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion.  The pattern is Veronica, by Marie Wallin, and the yarn, of course, is Bio Shetland.  Sandra’s stranded colourwork is beautiful, and it’s a great pattern choice for the yarn.

Sandra says that she used 16 different colours in this project!  We are hoping to see more of her lovely work as she uses the rest of it in other projects.

Edna’s ‘Wake’ Sweater

Edna knitted this beautiful sweater recently using BC Garn Bio Shetland.  The pattern is Wake, by Veronik Avery.  Bio Shetland has similar characteristics to the yarn used for the original design.  So, it can be substituted without modification.

Edna used just 6 skeins (300g) of Bio Shetland.

We love the bias-knit cables in this design, and the extra length in the back.  It’s a nice, easy-wearing casual style that’s great for layering.

Mairi’s Ruffled Wrap

This ruffled wrap has been at the store as a sample for a while, but we’re featuring it now as a pattern suggestion for the BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion.  It’s a great free pattern by an unnamed designer for Patons UK.

Mairi used just four skeins of BC Garn Bio Shetland, in the colourway ‘Washed Jeans’.  You won’t be surprised that the colourway goes beautifully with denim jeans for a great casual look.  The wrap is worked side-to-side with increases up to a middle point.  So, it was easy to judge how much yarn to use.  Increase for two skeins, then decrease for two skeins.

The pattern was great fun to work.  Most of the knitting is garter stitch, with tiny little cables to add interest, and short row turns to give extra volume for the ruffles.  The long crescent shape is very flexible, allowing the wrap to be styled many different ways by adjusting the drape.

Also, it’s super-warm, thanks to the lofty, woolen-spun characteristics of the Shetland yarn.


Lisa’s Painting Bricks Shawl

Here’s another beauty of a shawl knitted by Lisa.  The pattern for this one is ‘Painting Bricks‘, again by Stephen West.  Lisa has been making excellent use of a varied selection of hand-dyed Canadian sock yarns, including Lichen and Lace 80/20, as well as two skeins of Cascade Heritage Sock in black, to outline the ‘bricks’ in the pattern.

We think the effect is absolutely stunning. The neon bright colours especially convey the look of a stained glass window.  Lisa says that she likes the wide wingspan of the shawl, and that it works as a conversation starter with almost any outfit.

Like pretty much all of the Stephen West shawl designs, this one is easy to execute.  It makes good use of basic knitting techniques (garter stitch, stocking stitch) and easy slip-stitch patterning to create the drama.

Lisa’s Bubbles and Brioche

Bubbles and Brioche is another of the popular Stephen West shawl designs.  Lisa knit this with a mix of sock yarns from Canadian independent dyers.  Nina carries a fine selection of hand-dyed sock yarns to choose from, and we love the strong contrasts that Lisa has chosen.  That neon yellow-green colour really pops!

Lisa says that what she liked most about this pattern was:

  • learning the brioche stitch. 
  • the interesting stitch pattern changes incorporated in the design
  • the very cool “peacock effect” by the end of the project
  • how much fun it is to do the bubbles
  • using high contrast colours that really make them pop!

We agree that it’s a great pattern for learning new skills – nothing too difficult, but tremendous fun from start to finish.

Pat’s Purple Perfection

This beautiful handknit shawl is Pat’s latest creation.  She made this regal version of the ‘Chevron Shenanigans‘ shawl, designed by Stephen West, using a mixture of yarns: Lichen and Lace 80/20 sock, Artfil Belle, and Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  She used three skeins in total, one of each, plus a little scrap yarn, in black, for a contrasting bind-off.

It’s a fun pattern.  Asymmetrical enough to be visually interesting and fun to knit, but also easy to work and easy to wear.

We love the way Pat has used different yarns to best advantage here.  The tonal variations of the different purples complement each other beautifully, and the result is rich and interesting.

Great job, Pat!

Silvia’s Sheep-y Shetland Blanket

Wow, this Shetland blanket is gorgeous!  Destined to be an heirloom, for sure.  Silvia knit this with 11 different colours of Queensland Collection Walkabout, using the ‘Rams and Yowes‘ pattern by Kate Davies.

Walkabout is a great yarn choice for this project.  It’s made from organic Shetland wool, really appropriate for a Shetland-themed pattern, and it has that lovely, ‘sticky’ hand that is ideal for stranded colourwork.  It is also going to be terrific for warmth.  This is because lofty, woolen-spun yarns like this trap a lot of air, and make great insulators.

And, look how beautifully knitted it is!  You can see in the closeup shot that Silvia did a great job at keeping her floats relaxed, so that there are no tension problems at all.

Terrific project, Silvia!  Thanks for sharing.


Nina’s Comfy Cardigan

Here’s another great knitting project from Nina.  The pattern for this comfy cardigan is ‘Reluctant Homeschooler‘ from Caitlin Hunter.  Nina knit her version in Estelle Chunky, a low-cost, easy-knitting, easy-care, wool/acrylic blend.

The comfy, easy-wear style of this cardigan makes it super practical for everyday use.  The pattern is also very easy to work, with minimal finishing.  You work the body all in one piece, knitting the sleeves in the round and joined them with the body to work raglan shaping all in one go.  Once you have finished the body, just pick up stitches to work the button band, attach a couple of pockets, sew on some buttons, and you’re done!

Larraine’s Stranded Mittens

Larraine found this easy, free pattern for stranded mittens, by Melissa Anderson.  It’s one of the many knitting tributes to Bernie Sanders’ famous mittens, but the mittens are pretty great, whether you enjoyed the meme or not.

Larraine used Estelle Chunky to make her version of the mitts.  For one pair of mittens, the pattern requires one skein of the main colour, and smaller amounts of three other colours.

This would be a great pattern to use up scraps of leftover chunky yarn. Alternatively, you could make multiple pairs of mittens from full skeins of the same four colours, changing which colour is the main colour for each pair.

A fun project, Larraine!  Thanks for sharing.

Nina’s Linello Scarf

Nina test-drives every new yarn she brings in to the store, and this is the first thing she did with her order of Linello from Lang Yarns.

The scarf pattern is available from Lang, but it will look just as gorgeous with any simple eyelet lace repeat.

Nina loves linen yarns, and this is a particularly nice blend of linen, cotton, and viscose,  The scarf is cool, breathable, and summery, and the yarn has a very nice hand.  It’s easier to work with than pure linen, but retains all of the best characteristics of linen.

Monika’s Linen Pullover

Dreaming of warmer weather and future travel, Monika commissioned Christina to knit the Emporeio linen pull-over by Mona MicLeoid Designs. The Emporeio is a beautiful, breezy linen racer back style summer tank top that can easily be worn slightly more fitted or with a tiny bit of volume. Christina decided to knit the piece as instructed in the pattern, from bottom up, instead of the option of first working on the lace back on a provisional cast on, if for no other reason but to retain the charming box pleat detail.

Also, knowing Monika’s personality, Christina swapped out the given ladder-like lace pattern for a much more feminine English Leaf lace pattern. Using BC Garn Lino 100% linen yarn in a vibrant lime green (Monika’s favourite), has given the final garment  soft drape that will make it very comfortable to wear in our warm and humid summer months. Christina has her fingers crossed Monika will be able to don her new pull-over on her next trip south!

Mairi’s Wavy Wimple

Mairi was inspired by Mary’s ‘Stole Dunes’ wrap posted to the gallery last year, and used the same base pattern to create her own hand-knit cowl .  This is why sharing projects is so much fun!  Seeing what others have created inspires our own project directions, in delightful new ways.

In this project, Mairi wondered how easy it would be to convert the pattern for circular knitting.  A little bit fiddly, as it involves working multiple rows together in a ‘barber pole’ spiral, but really not too hard.  And the result is this lovely cowl/wimple.  She used exactly one skein of Lichen and Lace 1-ply Superwash Merino Fingering, in the ‘Huckleberry’ colourway, together with a partial skein of plain black fingering yarn left over from a previous project.

The wavy ripples in this pattern make a great cowl, because they bunch up nicely for extra warmth around the neck, or easily stretch over the head for a cozy wimple.  Just the thing for a winter walk!

Pat’s Seaswell Shawl

Stephen West‘s Seaswell shawl is a perfect canvas to play with fades and gradients. 

Pat worked her version using two skeins of Lichen and Lace sock yarn, and two skeins of Artfil Belle, all different.   We love the soft fade from ivory, through brown, to turquoise  and blue!

This is a lovely pattern; not too challenging, and great fun to work, but the finished shawl is suitable for everything from casual to dressy.

Great choice, Pat – thanks for sharing!


Dashia’s Colour Block Sweater

Dashia designed this colour block sweater herself, and plans to make the pattern available soon.

It’s an over-sized design, with a comfortable, stylish drape and a flattering neckline.

Dashia used three colours of Drops Sky, which is a super-soft alpaca/merino chainette yarn.  Like all of the Drops yarns, it’s high quality, and great value for money.  The whole sweater needs just 6 skeins in total – 1 skein of gold, 2 skeins of light gray, and 3 skeins of dark gray.

Lovely design, Dashia!  We’re sure you’ll get lots of use out of this lovely piece.


Nina’s ‘Classic’

This free pattern from Espace Tricot is called ‘The Classic‘ for good reason.  It’s the quintessential classic raglan sweater that goes with everything, and you end up wearing again and again.

Nina modified her version by working fewer rows of neck ribbing for a simple crew neck, instead of the mock turtle neck in the original.

The lovely mottled wheat colour  comes from using one strand of Drops Brushed Alpaca, in colour 19 ‘curry’, held together with one strand of Manos del Uruguay Marina, in colour ‘filigree’.  The whole sweater used just 6 skeins (150g) of Brushed Alpaca and one skein (100g) of Marina.  So, it feels as light as air and as soft as a cloud.

Combining different yarns like this can make the simplest of projects come alive with depth of colour.  Ask Nina for her advice about yarn and colour combinations for any project you have in mind!

Mary’s ‘Stole Dunes’ wrap

Mary made this version of Svetlana Gordon‘s dramatic ‘Stole Dunes‘ wrap pattern, using complementary shades of Log House Cottage Squishy Sock yarn.

You could use just about any yarn for this project, because gauge isn’t too important for a wrap.  Depending on yarn weight and needle size, it could end up bigger or smaller, but it will make a super wrap at most sizes.  You could also vary the number of pattern repeats for whatever size you want.  A longer, thinner version could make a lovely scarf.

However, Squishy Sock is a particularly good yarn choice.  It’s as soft and squishy as the name implies, and it comes in a superb range of complementary tonal shades and fades.  We definitely love Mary’s colour choices!

This is a great pattern, too.  Not super-hard to execute, but great fun.  And the way the stitches run both horizontally and vertically creates a dramatic effect that looks terrific and makes other knitters wonder how you did it.  Anyone who sees it will think that you are very, very clever to have made something this interesting!