Bright and Beautiful Baby Yarns

Last week’s post about Baby Yarns really got us in the mood here at Estelle and it’s been all things baby ever since! We’ve come up with six more exciting yarns to tempt you with that we know you will love. Read on for all the details on these top quality yarns you won’t want to miss out on!

Cascade Cherub DK

Cherub DK is a brilliant blend of nylon and acrylic. This super-soft yarn is perfect for anyone who is sensitive to natural fibres. An ideal selection for babies, toddlers and children, Cherub DK will happily pop in and out of the washer and dryer. Available in a showstopping range of 55 solid colours and 24 multis.

 

King Cole Big Value DK

Big Value DK and Big Value Baby DK have been known and loved for years, and we couldn’t be happier to announce that these ever popular classics are now available in 50 gram balls! This premium acrylic is soft to the touch and is perfect for lightweight garments.

 

 

Big Value Baby DK 50g offers 10 classic baby shades making it a superb choice for christening gowns and all heirloom knits.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Value DK 50g has an impressive range of 34 contemporary colours suitable for babies, children and adults!

 

 

As with all fine King Cole yarns there is oodles of pattern support available. From timeless classics to modern trends, the hardest part will be deciding which one to pick!

Rico Baby Classic DK

Rico Baby Classic DK has rapidly become a favourite with knit and crochet enthusiasts alike. An incredibly soft, washable blend of 50% acrylic and 50% polyamide, this classic baby yarn should definitely be a staple in everyone’s stash! This cushy DK is not just a delight to knit with, you will feel proud to wrap this around any new bundle of joy. 18 charming patterns are available from a little wee bear suit to a bunny hat and many more!

Rico Baby Dream

Rico Baby Dream DK is, as its name implies, an absolute dream to work with! A counterpart to Baby Classic DK, this sensational self-striping baby yarn will have you coming back for more with its enchanting colour combinations. Baby Dream DK is sure to add that special touch to any special project! There are four enchanting patterns available.

 

Filatura di Crosa Baby Love

Love is exactly what you are going to feel the moment you touch Baby Love. This 100% mercerized merino is a fingering weight that’s both airy and soft to the touch. Baby Love is machine washable as well, a definite must for new mothers!

Baby Love offers a stunning palette of 16 richly saturated colours with just a hint of sheen.

If love makes the world go around, Baby Love makes it go around in colour.

To view these and all our fine yarns, have a browse through our website and then take a trip to your favourite LYS and ask for them by name.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

 

 

Knit the Knitterati Squares with Marsha – Block #4

Do you find yourself eagerly waiting for that email notification every three weeks? The one that will let you know the newest pattern installment in the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along has been released? If so, you are not alone! Our volunteer knitter, Marsha, along with hundreds of avid Ravelry members, is feeling the very same anticipation and we’ve been enjoying watching knitters tackle the patterns so earnestly.

Block #3 was an interesting and educational exercise in slip-stitch lattice work and bobbles.

Elongated stitches make for an elegant border to this regal design by renowned designer Nicky Epstein. Not only have these patterns been a fun way to learn new technique, they are a great exercise in pattern reading as well. Written and charted instructions are provided, giving you the option to try your hand at following a chart on a small scale.

Block #4 was released Wednesday and according to Marsha it was so addictive she simply couldn’t stop!

By the looks of her progress in the photo below she didn’t sleep either! Don’t you just love it when you find a pattern that intrigues you so much you don’t even notice the time slipping by?

Nothing accompanies an addictive pattern as well as an addictive yarn! Cascade 220 Superwash Merino definitely fits that bill. This super-soft, springy merino is the ideal choice for cables and twisted stitches. Once you start knitting you won’t want to put it down!

If you’ve not yet signed up for the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along, it’s still not too late! You’ll be amazed at how fast you can catch up, and at how much you will learn along the way. All you need to do is sign up here to receive the patterns that are released via email every three weeks. Then take a trip to your favourite LYS for some Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, grab your needles and cast on!

Don’t forget to keep sending photos of your progress to cascadegradientlapghan@estelledesigns.ca. We love seeing your creations!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Spring Knits for Baby

If there is one thing people will never get tired of knitting, it’s baby knits. Maybe it’s because of the multitude of adorable patterns available, the broad range of fibres, and the incredible array of colours, oh the colours!

Knit and crochet enthusiasts are always looking for the newest and cutest in baby books and baby yarns, so we thought we would introduce you to some new yarns for 2018, as well as refresh your memory on some of our best sellers.

King Cole

When one thinks of baby yarns it’s hard not to think of King Cole. Always coming up with playful, vibrant colours and contemporary patterns, King Cole know how to get knitters and crocheters attention.

Comfort DK Solids

Hands down this yarn has been our number one go-to yarn for baby for some time. We ship Comfort DK each and every week to fine yarn shops across the country because knit and crochet aficionados just can’t get enough.

The massive range of colours combined with the amazing pattern support are what will make Comfort DK a yarn you will ask for by name.

Did someone say patterns? Yes please! Comfort DK has over sixty patterns available in leaflet format, plus, don’t forget about all of the large format King Cole Baby Books. These feature 29 plus patterns for boys and girls using colourful stripes, playful motifs and simple textures. Classic, timeless patterns that you will return to for every special baby on your list.

 

Comfort DK Kids

New from King Cole this year, Comfort Kids DK has been a big hit in yarn shops all over.

Soft and cuddly, this addition to the beloved Comfort range will make multi-coloured baby knits in no time at all!

Comfort Kids DK is available in seven subtle colourways and each one creates a wonderful printed pattern that you will love to knit and they will love to wear!

This gorgeous yarn is ideal for a range of projects for both baby and children.

 

Cherished DK

This incredibly soft, 100% Anti-pilling Acrylic yarn is perfect for all things baby, toddler and anything that needs to be machine washable.

Cherished DK has beautiful sheen and luxurious hand. The wonderful palette of twenty-seven solid colours includes bright and bold shades as well as soft and tranquil pastels.

With twenty-four patterns to choose from, we were hard pressed to pick out just a few to show you!

 

 

Cherish DK

Cherish DK is the perfect partner for the yarn mentioned above. With the same wonderful attributes, this self-striping yarn allows you to do the knitting while it takes care of the pattern.

Twenty-nine patterning shades are available, from deep, daring and intense colours to soft, muted, subdued hues. You will be thrilled with the selection!

 

Cherish Dash

If you haven’t gotten in on the speckled yarn craze yet, what are you waiting for?

Cherish Dash has a wonderful speckled effect that makes every garment unique, especially when offset with a complementary colour from Cherished DKSix double-sided patterns are available as well as nine shades of various pastel hues. The finished garments look good enough to eat!

We weren’t kidding when we said King Cole is who we think of when we think of baby knitting and crocheting. They have everything covered!

If these fine yarns and patterns have got you curious, click here to see the full range of King Cole products and head on down to your LYS to have a look and feel for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Four New Must-Have Additions to your Knitting Library

Reference books and how-to books are a welcome addition to any knitter or crocheter’s library. While there are an abundance of patterns available online, let’s not forget that many still prefer a hard copy pattern book. Is there anything quite like flipping through the pages of a great new yarn book with a nice warm cuppa? Read on to learn about four new books that you surely won’t want to miss out on!

Noro Kureyon 30th Anniversary Collection

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Noro’s incomparable, ultra-soft Kureyon yarn with this stunning collection of thirty projects! Patterns include a show stopping shawl of neutrals, accented with bright earth tones, a multidirectional cardigan that makes the most of Noro’s colour striping, a Picasso-esque modular blanket, a star motif capelet, and many more gorgeous items.

 

Vogue Knitting – The Ultimate Knitting Book

We like to refer to this as the Bible. The ultimate knitting reference from the world’s most recognized knitting magazine gets a thorough update. It features revised and fresh material throughout, sixty-five additional pages, and more than sixteen hundred photos and hand drawn step-by-step illustrations. No knitter should live without this book!

 

Complete Crochet Course – The Ultimate Crochet Guide

If there is one thing we know for a fact, it’s that warm weather and crochet go hand in hand. We think that this how-to crochet book couldn’t have come at a better time. From renown crochet designers Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby comes the ultimate reference for absolute beginners … and all crocheters eager to improve their skills. Filled with step-by-step photography, this unparalleled guide teaches you how to crochet from the very first stitch, from choosing a hook and yarn to working in the round. It also includes ten patterns! Best of all, this book contains both North American and British terminology, and provides very clear explanations of the differences.

 

Edward’s Menagerie Dogs

Dog lovers will go barking wild for the addition to the popular Edward’s Menagerie series, with fifty fabulous projects featuring their favourite four-legged creatures. Each crochet pattern includes detailed instructions and full colour photography that showcases the completed project alongside its real-life counterpart. Author Kerry Lord also explains how to customize each pattern, so crocheters can capture their own beloved canine companion whatever the breed may be.

These books are available in fine yarn shops across the country, so head on down to your favourite LYS and have a look. Prepare yourself for inspiration!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

 

Spring in to Summer with Lang

Now is the time to start thinking about Spring and Summer knitting. Whether you are getting ready to head south and are looking for some beach knitting, or you’re thinking ahead to your Summer wardrobe, we have two yarns from Lang that are must haves for this Summer.

Milton

Milton is colour exemplified! A sport weight self striping, multi-coloured marl comprised of 37% cotton, 36% acrylic and 27% viscose, this winning blend of fibres gives Milton incredible drape, breathability and durability.

And speaking of beach knitting, Team Estelle member Sophie, our stellar Sales Rep in Quebec, kindly sent us this great picture of her vacation knitting using Milton. We aren’t sure which is more beautiful, the panorama or the knitting!Milton is available in a range of eight vibrant shades, each one a true work of art. With 290 meters per ball you can make a baby sweater one ball and a shawl with two balls. Imagine the possibilities!

Lang Pattern Book #252 is the perfect accompaniment for Milton. With these timeless patterns for pullovers, tunics and cardigans, you will look like you just walked off the runway in Paris when you step out wearing your Milton creations.

Ayumi

We touched briefly on Lang Ayumi  a while ago but given it’s popularity, we felt it was worth a second mention. Ayumi is a definite must have in any Spring or Summer wardrobe. This delicate, 2-ply, fingering weight cotton has a true European flair reminiscent of catwalks and haute couture.

Ayumi is a light chainette yarn made from high quality Mako cotton. Mako cotton is an Egyptian cotton spun from a long staple fibre to produce a fine, durable, premium quality cotton. Blended with 23% nylon, which adds to the durability of Ayumi, it is then dyed with a degrade gradient effect, which results in an attractive colour transition when knitted up. With eight contemporary colours to choose from, you simply won’t believe your eyes! Best of all, this stunning fingering weight gem packs a massive 700 meters of cotton magic in just one ball!!

Lang has a long standing reputation for high quality, fashion forward patterns and you will not be disappointed with the pattern support for Ayumi. Designer inspired tunics, shawls and scarves to knit with just one and two balls of Ayumi.

Lang 251 Collection and 252 Casual feature elegant, on-trend patterns that will gracefully get you through Spring seasons for years to come.

What are you waiting for? Head on down to your favourite LYS and ask about Milton and Ayumi. Be prepared to be addicted!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

 

 

 

 

Spring Yarns from Cascade

Cascade Yarns never disappoint when it comes to quality yarns for every season and we want to remind you of two top sellers that you should be looking for in your LYS this Spring. These superior cotton blends are affordable, versatile and available in vast array of contemporary colours. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Hampton

Hampton is a fine blend of pima cotton and linen that boasts a delicate texture and shine. The natural look of linen, paired with soft pima cotton in this DK weight yarn, makes this a yarn you will return to time and time again. Hampton is the perfect choice for Spring and Summer shawls and garments that will stand out from the crowd.

This luxurious combination of 70% pima cotton and 30% linen is cool to the touch, breathable and has exquisite drape. With an impressive 250 meters per 100g hank, only a few skeins are needed for baby knits, shawls and Spring/Summer accessories.

As with all of Cascade Yarns, free patterns are always available for download on their website. The Navarre Shawl uses only one skein of Hampton, while The Hampton Crown Capelet uses two skeins, and the Weekend In The Hamptons tank top is only three skeins!

With twenty three gorgeous rich shades to select from, your only decision will be which one to choose!

 

Avalon

Avalon is the perfect blend of cotton and acrylic. This machine washable, worsted weight yarn has a light sheen and offers all the wonderful attributes of cotton. Available in forty solid shades and twelve coordinating multis that would make cozy, easy-care garments, accessories and home decor accents.

Perfect for those with wool allergies who are looking for a high performance, long-lasting yarn in an abundance of on-trend, ultramodern colours.

A blend of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, Avalon is washer and dryer friendly making it the number one seller for baby garments and blankets.

The reviews on Ravelry for Avalon speak for themselves, no piling and crisp stitch definition being among the top comments. With fifteen hundred project pages, it’s easy to see why Avalon is a must have for all your Spring and Summer knitting and crochet needs.

Look for Cascade Hampton and Avalon in fine yarn shops across Canada. You won’t be disappointed!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Knit The Knitterati Squares With Marsha Block 3

We are having an absolute blast working on the lapghan squares for the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along! If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? All you need to do is register here to receive the patterns that are released via email every three weeks. If you are already signed up and are participating in this KAL, send your pictures to cascadegradientlapghan@estelledesigns.ca and let us share your talent with our readers.

Marsha cruised through the last pattern square, in fact she was finished this one a few short days after it’s release! Here is the finished square after blocking. In case you’re wondering how Marsha goes about blocking her squares so nicely, she swears by pinning the square out to the finished measurements, and then spritzing with water and allowing it to air dry.

Diamond cables with just a hint of texture made this block an addictive knit, so finishing it in just a few days was an easily attainable feat. What wasn’t easy was waiting for the next pattern installment! Alas, the third block was released yesterday, and enthusiastic knitters need not wait any longer to cast on.

Block number three features a slip stitch border set on a stocking stitch back ground, with a regal crown of bobbles as the focal point. What a perfect way to try your hand at some new and different stitches than in a small project like a lapghan square?

Here’s what Marsha has to say about knitting the third square: “A fun knit filled with slipped stitches and bobbles, never a dull moment! Admittedly I had to rip out a couple of rows when the Lost In Space episodes were a bit too intense for my concentration to be split between the knitting and the show.”

Marsha is not only loving the Knit Along, she tells us she has fallen for Cascade 220 Superwash Merino as well! Amazingly soft, incredible stitch definition and washability are the top three comments we hear consistently about Cascade 220 Superwash Merino. It’s no wonder it’s one of the top selling yarns on the market!

We would love to hear your comments about Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, see your colour selections, and see your photos of your squares. Don’t forget to send your pictures to cascadegradientlapghan@estelledesigns.ca

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Enter for a Chance to Win!

With all the talk of the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along lately, we thought it would be fun to get a few more of you to knit along with us. And what better way to encourage a KAL than to give away a couple of kits?

For our second contest this year, we have two Cascade Knitterati Lapghan Kits to give away to two very lucky knitters. The Knitterati Knit Along follows a gradient theme of sixteen different colours, four graduating shades of four different colours. Cascade has selected two amazing colour combinations for this KAL and we have one of each up for grabs in this contest. Each kit contains twenty balls of Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, enough for all the lapghan blocks and a generous border.

The first colour combination features delicate shades of lilac that flow through tranquil greys and blues into warm shades of green. Peaceful and dreamy!

The second colour combination embodies beauty. Pastel pink transitions to rich aubergine, and then into intense shades of gold, blue and green.

Experience the luxurious feel of Cascade 220 Superwash Merino while you knit your way through these twelve lapghan squares. We should, however, issue one warning: this product may become addictive!

All you need to do to enter to win this amazing lapghan kit is sign up for our blog, that’s it! Simply enter your email address in the box on the top right-hand side of this page to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts. Please note: if you are using a cellphone or tablet, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the page and then click “view full site” to see the form where you can subscribe to the blog and be entered to win!

Already subscribed to our blog? No problem, you are automatically entered in the draw!

Please note that this contest is a bit different from other contests we have run. While we would love for you to Like our Facebook post, you must subscribe to our blog posts for a chance to win one of these fabulous kits. Our blogs are fun and interesting, and full of information on new and upcoming yarns, patterns and events. Who wouldn’t want to receive them?

This contest is open to Canadian residents only and closes on May 23, 2018. The two lucky winners will be announced and notified on May 24th.

What are you waiting for? Sign up now for your chance to win!

Good luck everyone!

Toronto Knitters Frolic 2018

Does a one-day fibre extravaganza sound too good to be true? Just imagine an entire day with more than 50 vendors offering you the best selection of the best hand dyed, hand spun and commercial yarns, fibres, needles, hooks and notions. No you’re not dreaming, it’s the Toronto Knitters Frolic and the countdown to this fibre celebration is on!!

This annual event is organized by a crew of dedicated volunteers from the Toronto Knitters Guild and is held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Saturday, April 28th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The doors open at 9:00 a.m. sharp and there is always a queue of fibre enthusiasts eagerly waiting so be sure to arrive early. There is an $8 cash only admission fee and children under 12 get in for free.

There is an information kiosk in the common area upon entrance, and vendor maps will be available to guide you to your favourite vendors, but if you’re anything like us you’ll just want to wander around the whole event breathing in all those fibre related smells and enjoying the tactile experience. There are lounge areas for when you need a break from lugging around all your new-found goodies, and a winding station where, for a nominal fee, you can wind up your new yarn and start knitting right away. They’ve thought of everything!

While we don’t have a booth at the Frolic ourselves, there will be lots of LYS providing you with all our great yarns. And be sure to check out our friends at the Knitted Knockers booth, we’ve donated some fabulous goodies for their fun door prize giveaways. They have prizes for the knitter who has dropped off the most Knitted Knockers, the most uniquely made Knitted Knocker, and then a draw for everyone that has dropped off any Knockers. How fun!!

If you are a knitter, crocheter, spinner, weaver, dyer, or just a general fibre lover and you live in, or plan on being in the GTA on April 28th, this is one event you do not want to miss! There is no doubt we will see you there!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Local Yarn Store Day

Mark your calendars!! April 21, 2018 marks the first annual Local Yarn Store Day. Created by the TNNA Yarn Group, LYS Day is designed to show support for small businesses worldwide, while driving awareness and celebrating the craft.With the ever-increasing popularity of online shopping, we all need to let our LYS know just how much we value and support them. A fibre lovers passion is so tactile that without the ability to see and touch, many patterns and designs might never have become a reality.

Everyone remembers the person who taught them to knit, crochet, spin or weave. In fact, most feel forever indebted to that individual who took the time to foster their new-found love of fibre. For many, this life changing event took place in their LYS. People looking for a hobby found a passion inside them that they never knew existed. Small communities developed out of classes and knit nights, and in many cases, life long friendships were formed. The camaraderie created is like a second family for some. The love of fibre is notorious for bringing people together. And all thanks to the hard working and dedicated staff at your LYS. Where would we be without them?

So make sure you save some time on April 21st to stop by your LYS and show your appreciation and your commitment to shopping locally. Teach a friend how to knit and bring them with you, let them see for themselves just how invaluable Local Yarn Stores are.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!