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Here are our current and past PROJECTS OF THE MONTH for eye-candy and inspiration…

May 2020: Soldotna Sweater

This month we are featuring the Soldotna sweater! A cropped, short-sleeved colourwork sweater, intended for DK weight yarn that is easy to knit and easy to wear. A great handmade wardrobe building block, the Soldotna sweater is a pattern by Caitlin Hunter (Boyland Knitworks) that is written for a cropped length but can be lengthened as desired. This one up in our super soft Chester Knits sport yarn. The pattern calls for four skeins of the Chester Knits sport, which knits up perfectly to meet the gauge in the pattern (which is DK). The Chester Knits sport is 100% superwash merino and comes in 283 y (259m) skeins. You can of course swap Chester Knits out for any of our DK weight yarns in the online store.

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February 2020: Downhome Shawl

The Downhome Shawl features Hue Loco’s Backyard Chicken sets! The Hue Loco sets, from yarn dyer Nicole Clark, from Boulder, Colorado, are based on the colours found in various species of common backyard chickens. Of her many yarn offerings, one of our favourites are sock sets (one full 100g skein with two coordinating 20g mini skeins). Socks are one way to use these sets but a simple shawl with an allowance for a few good colour pops would work as well and Alicia Plummer specifically designed her Downhome Shawl to work specifically with Hue Loco’s Backyard Chicken sets! 

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January 2020: The Love of Spiders

The Love of Spiders is a gorgeous colourwork shawl that showcases any two colours chosen, and is described by the designer Melanie Berg as a whimsical knit inspired by Charlotte’s Web, a beautiful story about finding love, growing up, and saying goodbye.

The delicate spiderweb lines are made with slipped stitches, as is the two-color section meant to evoke Charlotte’s 514 children ballooning in the wind. This creates a beautiful stitch pattern without the need to work two strands of yarn at a time. A great beginner colourwork that is knit down and out from the center of the top edge with increases at the center and sides, finished with a garter stitch border.

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November 2019: Wenlock

Our Store Manager, Sarah knit up this stunning masterpiece in a combination of the Leizu DK (in the beige Birch colourway) and a purple Leizu Fingering minis set held double. Holding yarn double may sound daunting, but with a bit of practice, and trial and error cause all yarns/knitting styles may behave differently, it opens up your yarn choice world! Experimenting is encouraged!

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October 2019 : Salerno Sweater

The Salerno is a luxurious boxy colourful pullover with a stunning halo, and is simply a work of art! Her kits (for various sizes) come with 9, 11 and 13 skeins of yarn so are not for the faint of heart, but knitting it is truly a life’s knitted masterpiece. With slipped stitches allowing pops of contrast colours to peek out, and a silky-mohair knit alongside a cleanly twisted fingering weight yarn, it all leads to an visually impactful and pillowy soft knit! And we have three colourways to choose from: the originally misty purple, a turquiose blue, and a neatral with pop; all chosen by the master dyer and pattern designer herself!

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June 2019: No.2 Pencil and Lined Paper Stationary set

School’s almost out! There is no better way to celebrate all the hard work both students and teachers have accomplished over the year than with a gorgeous and fun pair of socks. Toronto based dyer, Yarn Enabler, has perfectly replicated the joys of school with her No.2 Pencil and Lined Paper Stationary set, and it has subsequently become a best-seller. Her stunning handy work specializes in self-patterning and self-striping yarn, allowing your projects to stay simple as the yarn does all the work.

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April 2019: Bounce Blanket

Have we mentioned how much we love West Coast Colour?! This year that launched a new line of yarn from their own sheep: Home Grown is a worsted weight yarn made from Canadian CVM/Romeldale sheep raised right on the West Coast Colour farm — and on a neighbouring farm — in Tappen.  It’s processed and milled locally near Tappen at a mill that uses spinning machines to produce true woollen spun yarns. The yarn is then dyed on the farm using low-impact fibre reactive acid dyes. The process results in a light bouncy yarn with a rich colour profile that creates texture and depth.

Our Project of the month uses 13 shades of Home Grown to create this stunning Bounce Blanket designed by Tin Can Knits. It’s a must-have for chilly summer nights and even colder winter days.

One skein of each colourway is enough to make the largest size of the blanket. Personalize your blanket by mixing and matching colours to suit your unique style!

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March 2019: Wenlock

Put some colour into your wardrobe with this stunning colourwork tam! The Chanticleer is the perfect slouchy hat for all reasons and all seasons.

Our March project comes to you from local Lower Mainland designer Caitlin Shepherd of Plucky Pigeon Knits. Caitlin brings together locally-inspired fair-isle elements with wonderfully East Van-symbolic such as pigeons and bicycles, to create beautiful garments made with love.

This stranded knit hat is worked bottom up with repeating colourwork and straightforward decreases at the crown. The original pattern is a seven-colours piece — a  PERFECT project for using up yarn stash leftovers and lonely skeins — and together with Plucky Pigeons we have reworked the piece to create an affordable 4-colour kit of non-superwash natural wools from Baa Ram Ewe and Briggs and Little for only $15.95! The kit is available in two colourways — Moody and Prime.

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February 2019 : Strange Brew

Tin Can Knits is a knitwear designer partnership of two ladies on two continents. Both were originally BC locals, but now Alexa lives and works in the Lower Mainland while Emily has landed across the ocean in Scotland. They are the talent behind the create-your-own-yoke-sweater-adventure.

This little Strange Brew sweater was knit up by Lynne of West Coast Colour in her Fits and Giggles DK. This Fits and Giggles yarn is saturated giving plenty of depth to their tonal colours. Check out the full lineup here.

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January 2019 : Teroldego Shawl

An asymmetrical, oversized, lightweight triangle shawl, designed by Caitlin Hunter, featuring lace, colourwork, bobbles and stripes in this breezy, spring-ready design. The main body is worked in stockinette, and the shawl finishes off with a narrow garter edge.

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November 2018 : Americo Original Eco Alpaca DK Banff Wrap

Fall is here, and it’s time to get cozy with chunky knits and luxurious textures. Warm up your world with this gorgeous Banff Wrap shawl, created with our Americo Original Eco Alpaca DK.

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August 2018 : Sugar Pop

We are loving the minis at the moment, with a variety of small 14g-28g mini set dappled throughout our store from dyers such as Wollmeise, Hedgehog, and of course a local fav, Sweet Georgia.

Sometimes it’s hard to picture what to do with these intriguing little sets; we tend to answer this by pointing to projects with either colourwork or gradient knits. Today’s project-of-the-month showcases a bit of both of these with this little beauty…

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March 2018: Pacific Arches Cowl made with Wollmeise Blend

As the grey days continue through this typical Vancouver winter, I seek the comfort of a little bit of luxury, and there’s nothing better than a merino/cashmere/nylon cowl to cut through this cold. Victoria-based designer Andrea Rangel recently launched a knit that pays homage to Seattle architecture, and the yardage of the sport-weight wool required for her new pattern makes our Wollmeise Blend a perfect match to this classic and somewhat nostalgic piece.

Special thanks to our staff Reagan for modelling the cowl!

Pacific Arches Cowl is knit as a tube in the round, making a squishy and beautifully weighted neckwarmer. With its neo-gothic motifs, this simple two-string colourwork piece creates an eye-catching work of wearable art.

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August 2017: The Veronika Cardigan made with Cestari Traditional 2 ply Worsted

Having been reading up on Hygge, or the art of cozy living, and anticipating the start of the upcoming knit season nothing has been more welcoming than the launch of Veronika, a cardigan pattern released by a local talent Very Shannon in celebration of an indie collaboration.

Hygge: The Art of Cozy Living, as demonstrated by my sister in law, Ann.

With a mid-July release, this new pattern by homegrown (a Victoria gal) knitwear designer Shannon Cook has been lighting up the summer knitting season! We are thrilled to share our suggestion for the perfect yarn for this cozy cardi: the farm-to-needle Cestari Traditional 2-Ply Worsted.

We knit our cardi in the gorgeous Green Heather colourway to give an old growth feel for some West Coast fashion.

Cestari Traditional 2-Ply Worsted is available at our store in 10 early colours; and to celebrate this pattern of the month, for all of August if you buy a cardigan-quantity of 7 or more skeins of this yarn through our online store, you will receive 15% off!

Fibres:  100 % Targhee/Columbia Wool
Gauge:  16 – 18 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles:  5.0 mm (US 8)
Weight:  Aran (4)
Length:  100 g / 170 yards (155 m)
$14.95/skein

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The Veronika in Cestari‘s Targhee/Columbia wool.

Cestari Sheep and Wool Company is a small family-owned and operated American manufacturer of knitting and crocheting yarn from a farm in Augusta County, Virginia where they raise sheep for wool that they use in their own yarn. We are pleased to also announce that we will be hosting the owner of Cestari, Francis Chester, in our booth at Knit City this year! Read more about Francis and Cestari here!

This yarn still holds some of the sheep’s natural lanolin, making the knit fabric retain the water repellent nature so useful in our autumn climate.

We’ve also had knitters come in to purchase other great worsted weights for this Cardi already, and in addition to the Cestari the big hits for yarn choice on this knit seem to be two Canadian yarn options: Humming Bee Farm Worsted and Briggs & Little Regal. Keep an eye on our blog, as we will continue to feature these throughout the month.

Named after YOTH’s founder Veronika Jobe, this cardi embodies the casual and coziness of West Coast style.

The Veronika Cardigan is simple and relatively quick knit, and a good opportunity for the beginner-intermediate knitter to explore garment knitting. Now is a good time to put this project of your needles to add this classic addition to your Autumn wardrobe!

Buy here and recieve 15% off a sweater quantity of Cestari needed for this project.

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Thank you to my feisty sister-n-law Ann for getting cozy with this heavy knit during our West Coast heatwave!


July 2017: The Karner Scarf made with Americo Abrazos

Ever since we brought on Toronto-based Americo Originals yarns, we have been thrilled to introduce people to their amazing products. This line, a lace thick and thin bamboo cotton might look unassuming in its skein, but with a simple stockinette stitch it creates the most gorgeous summer-weight fabric. And can create a full length summer shawl in a single skein!

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The light and airy texture of the Karner Wrap is created by loosely knitting a very fine, at times cobweb-like mixture or cotton and bamboo.

A single skein of this bamboo pima cotton laceweight contains enough yarn in it to knit up an entire 2ft by 4ft shawl, and as with all Americo yarns comes with a choice of their own patterns free with purchase. With only one and a half skeins you can knit an entire summer pullover!

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Hot hot hot this summer! Photo credit to Sarah Peschell.

Americo Yarns’s Abrazos comes in an array of bright and classic colours, and we just restocked on all of them!

Composition: 44.7 % Pima Cotton, 55.3 % Bamboo
Gauge: 42 stitches & 53 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needle: 2 mm (US 0)
Weight: Lace
Length: 100 g / 1028 yards (940 m)
$28/skein

A single skein produces the full length summer weight shawl.

This Canadian brand does its own sourcing by visiting farms and mills of Peru to create some of the most interesting yarns currently available on the market. The texture lends itself to simple patterns, letting the yarn do the heavy lifting!

The rich texture makes this yarn so unique; allowing for the simplest patterns to create a gorgeous fabric.

The Karner Wrap is perfect summer knit: light-weight, compact single skein project that looks amazing even with a simple stitch that is easy for car, plane or beach knitting!

Buy here and we will send you both a hard and soft copy of the Karner Scraf for free with purchase. Buy two skeins and we will send you a hard and soft copy of both the Karner Wrap and the Trillium Pullover.

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Thank you to one of lovely regulars, Reagan B for modeling this wrap for us; and for our teacher Zoe for her 1028 yards of stitches on this sample!