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Knit the Knitterati Squares with Marsha

We love Cascade 220 Superwash Merino and we love a mystery knit along so we thought it would be fun to participate in the Knitterati KAL offered by Cascade Yarns and document our progress here. We are hoping some of you will jump on the bandwagon with us, if you haven’t already, and send us pictures of your progress as well.

Our volunteer knitter is none other than Team Estelle member, Marsha. LYS owners and staff on the West Coast and in Ontario will recognize Marsha as their stellar Sales Representative who always tempts them with the goodies that they in turn tempt their customers with. Marsha is a talented and avid knitter, as you will see for yourselves as she documents her afghan squares.

In order to participate, visit the Cascade website and sign up here for their newsletter. Once you’ve signed up you will receive the patterns via email every three weeks. Sixteen 12″ squares in total, with the first square being released last week.

Small cables adorn a woven Stamen slip-stitch pattern background for the first pattern installment. This pattern contains both written and charted instructions, as well as informative notes and a helpful video link. What a wonderful way to try out new stitch patterns and techniques!

We couldn’t be more pleased to be knitting this with one of our all time favourites, Cascade 220 Superwash Merino. This buttery soft wool has a high twist which exquisitely highlights cables and textured stitches. Every stitch knit with Cascade 220 Superwash Merino is pure bliss.

If the softness of Cascade 220 Superwash Merino wasn’t enough to tempt you, the colours for this gradient afghan surely will! Two colour combinations have been suggested and we think you will love them as much as we do!2Soft lilacs that flow through tranquil greys and blues into warm shades of green comprise the colours of the first colour suggestion from Cascade. These dreamy colours highlight one another perfectly and would look elegant in any living room.3The second suggested colour combination embodies beauty. Seashell pink transitions to rich aubergine, gold, indigo and deep chive green. Every colour is a work of art and the combination of colours will result in a true masterpiece.

To follow along with Marsha, simply sign up for our blog posts at the top of the page to automatically receive email notification. Have a look at how far Marsha has come with her first block already!We strongly encourage you to knit along with us! And be sure to send pictures of your progress and your finished blocks to

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!




A Uneek Contest

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Calling all contest lovers!! It’s our first contest of the year and we couldn’t be more excited! We have two incredible Papillon Shawl Kits to give away to two lucky knitters so read on for all the details!

The Papillon Shawl pattern was created by designer Marin Melchior in 2015, and has since been tackled by intrepid knitters all over the world. It boasts an impressive 341 project pages on Ravelry, not bad considering Marin states that the pattern would never have been written without the insistence and “shoving” by the staff at her LYS! We’re so glad they pushed!!

The Papillon Shawl pattern actually looks a lot harder than it really is. Short row sections in the main colour, a long transition gradient, combined with ridges of garter stitch in the contrast colour, a striking solid, create a stained glass effect that makes for an addictive and gratifying knit.

Every effort has been made in this design to create a pattern that the “average knitter can find success with”. Carefully written instructions are colour coded to ensure easy interpretation, and there are tons of pictures throughout to help guide you along your journey.Uneek Papillon editThe Papillon Shawl calls for a fingering weight yarn with a long colour transition and we think Urth Yarns Uneek Fingering is the perfect fit! Each and every skein of Uneek Fingering is truly a work of art with its rich, vibrant colours, its earthy feel, and the exceptional softness in every skein. This outstanding 100% Superwash Extrafine Merino has sensational hand and comes in a true kaleidoscope of colours. For this contest we are including two skeins of Uneek Fingering in the Reggae colourway.uneekFor the contrast colour, we are using Harvest Fingering, also from Urth Yarns. Harvest is naturally dyed using fruits, roots and nuts to create deep, intense, natural tones. The colour names are all based upon the source of the colour from which the dye was derived. Our colour choice for The Papillon Shawl Kit is Thuja. Thuja is a coniferous tree and the tannins from the tree bark are used to create this wonderfully rich hue.Harvest-Thuja2If all of this isn’t tempting enough, let us tell you a little bit more about Urth Yarns. Urth is a company located in Turkey who produce high quality hand dyed yarns, support local women and make a huge commitment to the environment. Urth Yarns specialize in innovative dyeing techniques to create vibrant colours and unique self-striping yarns. Urth also works in partnership with Trees for the Future, an organization dedicated to ending extreme hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. For every skein of Urth Yarns sold, a tree is planted in Africa!!

The lucky winners of the Papillon Shawl Kits will receive two skeins of Uneek Fingering and one skein of Harvest Fingering, as well as the complete, revised Papillon Shawl pattern.

Here’s all you need to know to enter:

Head on over to our Facebook page, like and share this post, and then sit back and cross your fingers! As simple as that!

This contest is open to all Canadian residents, as well as all LYS owners and staff. So what are you waiting for? Shawl season is right around the corner!!

Contest closes March 31st at midnight (EST). Winners will be selected using a random name generator and will be announced on April 1, 2018.

Cascade Knitterati KAL

Cascade has done it again! A beautiful collection of twenty-four gradient shades in 220 Superwash Merino is being released to support a new Knit-Along that will be launched in March at Chicago Vogue Knitting Live. GradientLapghan_Top1b_smCascade had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they have created an all-new design for 2018. The folks at Cascade know that if anything motivates a knitter more than a knit-along, it’s a mystery knit-along! This Mystery Knit-Along is sure to be as exciting as it was last year. Knitters all over were sitting at their computers, eagerly waiting for the next pattern to land in their inbox. Once the pattern arrived the knitting frenzy began as inquisitive knitters couldn’t wait to see how the block would knit up.


The Knitterati Knit-Along starts in March, 2018 and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be sixteen squares in all, created by sixteen top designers.GradientLapghanAd_smWe couldn’t be happier with the choice of yarn for this Knit-Along, 220 Superwash Merino is one of our all time favourites!! Similar in gauge and in yardage to the classic Cascade 220, but with the softness of merino and the washability factor of a superwash. We just don’t think it could get any better than a buttery soft, machine washable merino. But it does get better! There are seventy-five incredibly rich, solid colours in the 220 Superwash Merino palette so there is sure to be something suitable for everyone!




The Knitterati Knit-Along follows a gradient theme to correspond with a special gradient section that Vogue is featuring this Spring. There are sixteen colours of 220 Superwash Merino in this afghan — four graduating shades of four different colours.

There are two magnificent colour choices using the new shades available in 220 Superwash Merino for the Knitterai Knit-Along, and kits will be available in fine yarn shops across the country very soon.


Should you be thinking of subtle shades for your afghan, let us suggest the original colour option. Soft lilac that flows through tranquil grays and blues and in to warm shades of green. Perfection!

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Looking for something a little more bold? Why not try out the alternate colour option? Rich aubergine that coordinates exquisitely with shades of gold, blue and green.

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With such a massive colour palette available in 220 Superwash Merino the possibilities for the Knitterati Knit-Along are endless. What colours would you choose? Be sure to post pictures of your progress and your colour selections, we love seeing what you’re working on!

Please note that in order for you to participate in the Knitterati Knit-Along and to receive pattern releases for each square, you must sign up at

Happy Knitting and Crocheting everyone!!

New from King Cole

King Cole — a name we know and love. And love is exactly what we’re feeling for the newest additions to the King Cole range.

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We’ve got two delightful new yarns to introduce to you today, as well as some fabulous new patterns to inspire warm weather knitting. And inspire they will!!


We know you love cakes, so feast your eyes on our luscious Curiosity DK. 100%  Premium Acrylic, with a jaw dropping 480 meters per ball!! That means one ball for a child’s sweater, and two for a small adult sweater!

Curiosity is available in nine swirling variegated shades that give a wonderful stripy effect in a long colour change. These kaleidoscopic colours will inspire the inner fibre artist in everyone.


And just to further entice you, a free pattern for a lace wrap is available with every purchase!!


Look for Curiosity in fine yarn shops across Canada this Spring. Its unbelievable softness and alluring colourways will have you hooked in no time!


When one thinks about warm weather yarns, it’s hard not to think about King Cole.

King Cole produce a wealth of yarns for the Spring and Summer months with a strong focus on pattern support.

Calypso will be taking yarn shops by storm this Spring! Colours that are reminiscent of summer with shade names such as Sandy Beach, Clearwater Blue and Lilac Breeze, and the eye catching pink flamingos that grace the ball-bands will truly get you in the mood for summer.


Calypso is available in eight gorgeous tropical colours, each with a twist of white. This Premium Acrylic creates beautiful garments suitable for everyone.

If all of the above isn’t tempting enough, wait until you see the massive pattern support for Calypso! Eight leaflets comprising of two patterns each — they’ve thought of everything! From kids tops, to a classic baggy v-neck boyfriend sweater, to ruffles and lace. Amazing!


If you’re looking for inspiration for warm weather knits, look no further! Curiosity and Calypso will motivate your inner artist and have you creating the summer wardrobe you’ve always craved.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Cascade Luminosa

Cascade Luminosa — the name says it all! Luminous colours and a beautiful blend of fibres resulting in a luxurious, shimmery ball of goodness that you won’t want to put down. A blend of 52% viscose, 44% baby alpaca, and 4% wool, Luminosa is sumptuously warm and impeccably soft. A worsted weight yarn, Luminosa packs 220 meters in a 100 gram ball, making it a perfect choice for one ball wonders.

Luminosa is a jewel toned, chainette tube filled with black alpaca fibres which bloom gloriously and create an ethereal halo making this the perfect yarn for shawls, cowls and hats. As always with Cascade, free patterns are available on their website for your selection.

If you haven’t had a look and a feel of Luminosa yet, be sure to pop in to your LYS and ask about it and any other fine yarns from Cascade.

New Yarns for Spring!


New from King Cole for warm weather knits. A DK weight available in 10 contemporary colours – perfect for spring and summer wearables and accessories. An exquisitely soft blend of 78% cotton and 22% silk, Finesse offers great breathability and gorgeous drape.
This palette of muted pastels and warm neutrals  is sure to tempt knitters and crocheters alike. Equally tempting are the three on trend crochet patterns available for Finesse, like this classic Jackie O inspired cardigan, bell sleeved sweater, and retro shawl. Timeless!

Finesse is destined for fame this Spring so watch for it in fine yarn shops across the country, and be sure to let us know what you make with it. We love to see your finished projects!!



New from Lang YarnsLang is synonymous with quality yarns with a European flair reminiscent of catwalks and haute couture. Ayumi is a light chainette yarn made from high quality Mako cotton. The yarn is then dyed with a degrade gradient effect, resulting in attractive colour repeats when knitted up.

Mako cotton is an Egyptian cotton spun from a long staple fibre to develop a very fine, durable, premium quality cotton. Ayumi is then blended with 23% nylon which adds to the durability of the cotton and thus provides options for sock knitters who don’t want to use wool. Ayumi is a fingering weight making it absolutely ideal for socks, baby sweaters and blankets, summer tops and accessories. With 700 meters per ball, one ball goes a long way!

Also new this Spring from Lang are two new Fashion Magazines with runway inspired tunics, shawls and scarves to knit with just one and two balls of Ayumi.
Lang 251 Collection is a pattern book with timeless designs to gracefully get you through spring seasons for years to come.
Lang 252 Casual features relaxed and cozy knits featuring yarns with beautiful colour saturation for the spring season.
If you’re looking for fashion forward yarns and patterns, Lang Yarns are for you. Available in fine yarn shops across Canada.
We’d like to take a moment to thank you for your readership throughout the year, and to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!
From all of us at Estelle, Happy Holidays! And as always, happy knitting and crocheting everyone!!

New LYS Alert

Attention Knitters in Southern Ontario!!

We’d like to welcome a new shop to the family! Yarn It! in Cobourg, ON is having their Grand Opening this Saturday. They will be celebrating with a No Tax Sale all day! There will be refreshments and goodies served, as well as door prizes and a ribbon cutting with a representative from the mayor’s office. If you are going to be in the Cobourg area this weekend, stop in and say hello to Cathy and check out her new LYS. And while you’re there, you should probably top up your stash from her great selection of yarn!

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New from King Cole

King Cole Baby Book 8 has a bounty of designs for boys and girls using colourful stripes, playful motifs and simple textures including cables and lacy effects.  These are classic designs you will knit over and over for your loved ones.

The wonderfully creative Sue Batley-Kyle has amazed us once again with her imaginative and precious designs. Using a stunning palette of shades in the luxuriously soft Comfort DK, there are knits to delight both the beginner through to the most experienced knitter.

Let yourself be enchanted by this irresistible book comprising of patterns sure to charm your family and friends.

King Cole Aran Book 3 is the third book in a series of traditional, time-honoured aran knits for babies and kids up to 7 years of age. Another timeless classic by the prolific Sue Batley-Kyle who drew her inspiration for this collection from the glorious Yorkshire countryside where she lives.

Combining traditional aran stitches with modern shapes and a gorgeous palette of colours, Sue has designed adorable knits for babies and children using a fabulous palette of colours from King Cole’s Fashion Aran.
There are 28 darling patterns to choose from including overalls, a poncho, dresses, sweaters, and a onesie. Not to mention a knitted crown for your little prince or princess!
These patterns will be available in fine, local yarn shops across the country.

Cascade Spuntaneous

Gracing the cover of Knit Simple Winter 2017 is one of our all time favourites, Spuntaneous from Cascade. Spuntaneous is a super bulky, single-ply yarn that is buttery soft. Made with 100% extra fine merino wool, its design and texture will have you thinking cushy, warm comfort the minute you feel it. This BFF hat pattern is sure to become this season’s hottest accessory!


These stripey confections couldn’t be simpler. From the garter stitch band through the stocking stitch body, they are worked in the round on 10mm  (US 15) needles. Put a personal spin on the design by choosing the position, width, and sequence of the stripes.


These are the ultimate in last minute gift ideas! 2 balls + 2 nights = 2 amazing hats!! Stop by your LYS today and pick up your favourite colours in Spuntaneous to create your very own show stopper!

Have a look at the awe inspiring colours of Spuntaneous here. And here to see more of the incredible yarns from Cascade.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

New from Lang

Attention Knitters in Quebec!!

If you are in the Montreal area this weekend and are looking to do some knitting for a good cause, the folks at Les Tricoteuses du Quartier are hosting a 24 hour Knitathon to benefit the Vero and Louis Foundation, which supports adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Make a difference with your knitting and contact Les Tricoteuses at (514)796-6972 for more details and to register.



Lang Rosalba

Gradient yarns have never been more popular among knitters. They take the guesswork out of trying to match colours, and ensure that you’re not blending colours that are just not going show up together. With that in mind, Lang Yarns have created an exquisite new chunky wool and nylon blend with sublime colour shifts that is sure to be a hit with knitters and crocheters alike.

Rosalba is an outstandingly soft, coulourful yarn for accessories. This extra fine, bright merino wool is enveloped in a thin transparent nylon mesh.

Rosalba knits up beautifully, and with 300 meters per ball, one ball is all you need to knit an infinity scarf or shawlette!

This extremely soft, oh so fleecy yarn is comprised of 72% extra fine merino and 28% nylon for strength and durability.

Lang Yarns are synonymous with quality and Rosalba definitely fits that bill.  As soon as you see the vibrant shades and get your hands on the cloud like ball you will be grabbing one in every colour!



Rosalba is perfect for any patterns that require a gradual colour shift. The best thing about Rosalba is you get all those eye popping colours in one ball, so you’re not faced with hours of weaving in ends when you’ve completed your project!

This fast and fashionable Shawl and Snood Pattern knits out of one ball and is available for purchase at local yarn shops across the country. Knit one up quickly for a last minute gift, or package up the pattern and a ball of Rosalba for the knitter on your gift list. Either way, the recipient is sure to be delighted!


Be sure to ask about Rosalba and all other fine yarns from Lang Yarns at your favourite LYS. And be sure to post any pictures of your creations with Rosalba. We love seeing what becomes of our yarns!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!


Contest Time!

It’s contest time again, and who doesn’t love a contest? We have two amazing Hudson Bay Goes Pacific Blanket Kits to give away to two lucky winners, so read on for more details!

We love to celebrate our wonderful country and there is no better way to say “I am a Canadian and proud of it” than with this  Hudson Bay Goes Pacific Blanket Kit. Designed by Sheila Griffith, owner of Serenity Knits in Newmarket, Ontario this pattern is a great expression of our Canadian heritage. As Canada 150 draws to a close, we think it fitting that we give away kits to knit this iconic blanket in our last contest of the year.

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Hudson’s Bay wool blankets were first introduced in 1780 as a means of trade for beaver pelts. They were highly sought after because of wool’s ability to retain heat and wick away moisture. Over 200 years later these blankets are world famous for their traditional green, red, yellow and indigo stripes, and are sold in high end department stores all over the world.


Before we go any further, let us tell you a little bit about Sheila, the creative mind behind the design of the Hudson Bay Blanket. Sheila was born in Toronto but now calls Newmarket home. Sheila’s grandmother taught her to knit at the young age of five years old, and she remembers that her first project was cuffs to go inside her winter coat. Like most knitters, Sheila’s creative streak doesn’t stop there–she’s also an avid sewer and quilter. In fact, she makes all of her presents for her 8 nieces and nephews every year!

In 2016 Sheila’s dream came true and she purchased her little piece of heaven, Serenity Knits. Sheila claims she doesn’t really have a favourite item to knit, “Sometimes I really want a challenge and other times I pick up socks for some mindless TV knitting.” We can all relate to that can’t we?

The lucky winners of this incredible kit will receive the yarn and pattern to knit their very own quintessential Canadian blanket. Knit in Cascade Pacific, an amazingly soft blend of 60% acrylic and 40% superwash merino, you will get as much enjoyment knitting this as you will displaying it in your home.


If you are new to Cascade yarns, have a look at here at the extensive range of yarns and colourways they have available. With that kind of selection there is without a doubt something for everyone.

Should you wish to get started on this right away, a free copy of the Hudson Bay Blanket pattern is available for download on our website or our Ravelry page.

Here’s all you need to know to enter this awesome contest:

Head on over to our Facebook page, like this post, and then leave us a comment about a Hudson Bay memory you have, or what comes to mind when you see the iconic colours of the Hudson Bay blanket. Simple as that, leave us a comment and you are all set to become one happy knitter! Or should we say, two happy knitters considering we’re giving away two kits!!

Contest closes December 20, 2017. Winners selected using a random name generator and announced on December 21, 2017.

This contest is open to residents of Canada only.


Cascade Mondo

Mondo–the name says it all. Big…beyond big. In fact, if you look up “mondo” in a dictionary the definition is humongous.

mondoA favourite in the Cascade family, Mondo is just what it’s name implies, SUPER bulky. And because it’s a velvety blend of superfine alpaca and wool, it is SUPER soft as well!

With a gauge of .75 – 1 stitch per inch on size 25mm (US50) needles this jumbo yarn knits up in record speed. Knit a cowl in an hour or a squishy blanket in a day! Cables will pop with Mondo, and decorative stitches will stand out for miles, as they should!

The creative minds at Cascade know that plied yarn is integral to good stitch definition and so they have plied three loosely spun singles together to make Mondo. Plied yarns are better balanced thereby making your knitted stitches better balanced too. They are also more durable than single ply  yarns and tend to pill less.


Thanks to TV shows like Outlander, jumbo knits are literally bigger than ever. With the seemingly never ending supply of cozy knitted cowls, shawls and gauntlets parading across our screens, knitters have taken notice and have taken it upon themselves to recreate their own Outlander inspired accessories. A quick pattern search on Ravelry for Outlander yielded 266 matches, that’s a whole lot of options for patterns!

And what about those jumbo blankets we are seeing all over the internet these days? Mondo is exactly what you need to make these bold statement pieces. Another quick Ravelry search and we see quite a few blankets knit with just one or two balls of Mondo.

As with all of their yarns, Cascade have a couple of patterns for Mondo on their website that you can download for free. The Giant Steps Cowl uses just one ball of  Mondo and knits up in the blink of an eye. A simple drop stitch pattern is all that’s needed to highlight the beauty of Mondo. The Hearthstone Throw is knit with three balls of Mondo and makes for the perfect gift for any wee one.

If you haven’t seen or tried Mondo yet, head on over to your LYS and give it a try. You’ll be delighted by it’s softness and versatility.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!!

Yarn Spotlight: Sudz Crafting Cotton

If there is one thing we can be sure we will never run out of, it’s dirty dishes. As much as we would love to never have to look at them again, it’s simply not going to happen.

So, if we have to do dishes we might as well make it interesting!doing dishes

Sudz Crafting Cotton is a durable yet soft cotton in a pleasant array of colours. This workhorse of a yarn will scrub dishes and counter tops to a gleaming clean yet it won’t irritate or dry out your hands. And unlike other dishcloth cottons on the market, there is no unpleasant odour.

There is nothing saying you HAVE to knit dishcloths with Sudz. Sudz is also great for all things baby. Sweaters, blankets, bibs, you name it! Because Sudz is perfectly safe for the washer and dryer, it’s a no-brainer for new moms who don’t always have time to hand wash.




Sudz makes for ideal gifts. Gift it in the ball with a simple dishcloth pattern for new knitters and they will be thrilled! One ball projects are just the ticket for neophytes. And they have a functional product at the end. It’s win win!!

Or maybe you make up a nice little spa set as a gift for a new mom. Knit a delicate, lacy pattern for a spa cloth, wrap it around a bar of beautiful handmade soap, and ta-dah!! A perfect “pamper yourself” gift!

The extensive variety of colours offered in Sudz allows you to match your colours to your kitchen and bring a little personality in to your home. Have a friend who just bought a new house? What a wonderful housewarming gift–a few handmade dishcloths to coordinate with their new kitchen!


Sudz is an affordable way to try out new stitch patterns on a small scale. You probably don’t want to use your fancy ball of cashmere to try out that new cable pattern you saw. Why not use a ball of Sudz? You get to try out your new pattern without risking the integrity of your art yarn, and you have a finished dishcloth or doily when you are done! Have a few mistakes in it? The dishes won’t mind, we can assure you of that!!

Reusable grocery bags are all the rage these days, so now’s the time to head on down to your LYS and grab a couple of balls of Sudz and go green! A wonderful last minute gift idea, these knit up in a couple of nights and people can’t get enough of them. WARNING: these can be addictive to knit!!

So the next time you need a last minute gift, want to try out a new stitch pattern or just need a break from a bigger project why not ask for Sudz and try it out? You’ll be so glad you did!

Let us know what you like to knit with dishcloth cotton. We love hearing from you and we get a lot of ideas from your comments, so please keep them coming!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!


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