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Estelle Patterns Now Available as Free Ravelry Downloads

Warm days and cool nights are a subtle reminder that Fall is on its way, which means it’s time to get started on our Fall and Winter knitting. We’ve been busy here at Estelle, working on new patterns for those cool days to come. All of our latest Estelle patterns are available for free on the Estelle Free Patterns page, and they are also now all available for free on Ravelry. For those of you who still prefer to have a paper pattern, they can be purchased at your LYS for a small fee- just ask your local yarn shop owner for more details!

For beginners who are ready to advance their skills, why not try the Rea Vest? It is knit in the round from the bottom up and uses a series of short rows to create a high low hem. Using Estelle Chunky Solids, there are 44 colors to choose from, or Estelle Chunky Heathers which has 12 gorgeous shades to tempt you.

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Looking for more of a challenge but still want to create something fun and functional? How about Shannon Charles’ new pattern for Fingerless Pocket Mitts? Knit in Estelle Alpaca Merino Fine, this pattern incorporates a handy little pocket on the top that’s just perfect for bus fare, subway tokens, or any small item to keep your hands free. Best of all, the Alpaca Merino Fine comes in 22 beautiful heathered tones, and one ball is all you need to make yourself (or your best buddy!) a pair of these mitts.

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And if you have found yourself looking for a Netflix and knit project, Robbie Laughlin’s new Confetti Cowl is perfect! A simple pattern that lets the yarn do the talking. Estelle Lumiere is a blend of wool and acrylic and is available in 6 luminescent variegated combinations. Super soft to the touch, along with incredible stitch definition, this is a “must have” accessory for this winter.

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We love to see your finished projects using our yarns, and we always love your feedback, so never hesitate to be in touch!

All of our latest free patterns are available on our website, or as free Ravelry downloads. Can’t find a pattern that you have been looking for? Drop us a line! And we will do our best to get it to you.

Happy knitting everyone!

Lang Yarns- Celebrating 150 Years

As it just so happens, world renowned yarn company Lang Yarns is celebrating a very noteworthy birthday this year! Based out of Reiden, Switzerland at 150 years young, Lang Yarns, has been a key player in the yarn industry for as long as our country has been… well, a country!

While knitwear styles, habits of handknitters/crocheters and technology may shift as the years march on, one thing is certain- Lang’s commitment to quality in their products has not swayed. From the very beginning until present day, knitters and crocheters can be certain that when they pick up a ball of Lang Yarn to work with, they will be working with the highest of quality standards.

Something that makes Lang Yarns so outstanding, aside from how smoothly the company has transitioned with the times, is that it continues to remain a family business, even after six generations. According Forbes, less than one third of family businesses survive the transition from first to second generation, and another 50% don’t survive the transition from second to third. The Lang family however, has been a wildly exceptional exception to that rule.

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Operating under it’s sixth generation, Jakob Lang is the family member presently at the helm. Founder Bernhardt Lang is Jakob’s Great Great Great Grandfather, who began producing yarns in 1867, working from of the historic buildings in Reiden, Switzerland where Lang continues it’s operations to this day.

Throughout the 1920’s, Lang’s hand knitting yarns began production at a mill that was originally powered by water from the Wigger River. While this mill continues to operate to this day, the technology has evolved. Since the turn of the millennium, Lang Yarns has kept a keen focus on the development of new yarns and knitting designs. While their facilities and technologies have moved forward with the times, one thing is certain- their attention to quality remains unwavered.

In honor of their 150th anniversary, Lang chose a handful of their most popular yarns to showcase in a publication that was distributed at their 150th anniversary event. We felt that if Lang thought these yarns were worthy of being mentioned to all of their closest friends, family and business associates, then they were certainly worth mentioning to you!

Merino +
This yarn is made from extra-fine merino fibres, and is first combed, and then finely spun. Given the long staple length of this fibre, this yarn is soft, even to the most sensitive of knitters. The palette of colours is intense, and the yarn produces knitting that pops- perfect for cables and stitch patterns!

 

Mohair Luxe
It seems as though people either love mohair, or hate it. But for those of us that love it- this is a mohair that should not be missed. It is the ultimate in luxury! The mohair fibres are twisted with a shiny thread of pure silk into a boucle style yarn, which is then brushed out to create a soft, gorgeous halo.

Malou Light
This yarn is truly light as air. Composed of 78% Baby Alpaca, 16% Nylon and 12% Wool, this yarn is incredibly soft and warm. The nylon and wool are blended together with the dyed fibres to create a knitted tube, and the baby alpaca is then blown into the tubing and fixed. The end result is unlike any other yarn on the market, providing fantastic yardage, and an amazing colour palette.

Cashmere Premium
The name of this yarn really does say it all. Fine fibres are combed from the undercoat of cashmere goats to achieve the softest yarn possible, and the spinning technology ensures that it won’t pill immediately upon wearing. Cable twisted with two and three strands, this yarn is the ultimate in both luxury, and durability.

Nova
The undercoat of camels and extrafine Merino is what makes up this irresistable yarn, but it is not spun like traditional yarns are. Rather, it is knitted into a mesh yarn, and the fine fibers are blown into the centre of the knitted mesh, partially fixed by a sturdy polyester strand. This allows the soft halo and natural luxury of the camel/wool blend to escape.

To get your hands on any of these gorgeous Lang Yarns, please click here to locate a local yarn shop near you. If you have any questions about locating a particular Lang Yarn, do not hesitate to get in touch with us! We will be happy to connect you with a retail establishment that can provide you with whatever yarn it is that you may be looking for.

And finally, from all of us at Estelle Yarns, to everyone at Lang Yarns, we wish you many more years of continued success. All the best, from all of us!

And to all of the rest of you- Happy Knitting!

New Yarns for Estelle- Fall 2017

It has been said before, but we will certainly say it again- with each new season, comes new yarn, and what could possibly be more exciting than new yarn? We are so thrilled to introduce to you two of our new Estelle Yarns, both of which are scheduled to arrive in our warehouse, just in time for the Fall 2017 season.

First up, we have Atlantis. Gorgeous, rich jewel tones, available in a chunky weight, with a hint of glimmer tossed in for good measure, this yarn is softly spun out of 54% Superwash Wool, 42% Acrylic, 2% Nylon and 2% Metallic Polyester. This yarn will be perfect for big cozy cowls, slouchy hats and perfectly playful (but of course, tough wearing) mittens.

Available in four tonal shades, as well as one colourway that incorporates all the colours of the rainbow (which has been appropriately named “Prism”), the temptation to cast on a project in each of these shades is a fierce temptation, indeed.

Perfect for gift knitting, and for dressing up an otherwise plain (but practical!) winter coat, a ball or two of Atlantis are certain to get your creative knitting juices flowing. One ball of this new yarn is not a huge commitment of either time or money, so buying a ball of it simply for the sake of inspiration might be something that you should consider doing. You just never know what might fall off of your needles!

Next up is a yarn called Lumiere. Knitting at a worsted weight gauge, this yarn has fantastic yardage at 200 meters per 100 gram ball. Composed of 50% Acrylic and 50% Wool, this yarn is warm, washable, and economical. Knit a pair of mittens for your sister, add a few rows into a throw for your mom, or whip up a slouchy hat for yourself. With washable, worsted weight yarn, the possibilities are truly endless!

With new yarns from Estelle, often you will find that new patterns are not too far too behind, and Lumiere is no exception! We are pleased to give you a sneak peek of this stunning shawl, designed by Robbie Laughlin, which is made using just two balls of Lumiere. Knit from point to point, Robbie had fun with the striping nature of the yarn, by straying from the traditional shawl construction of working from the neck down. This pattern is knit mainly in stocking stitch, with the occasional vertical stretch of eyelets, making it a fairly easy project, all while maintaining a touch of interest. A great knit for those lazy days of late Summer, this pattern is perfect for getting a head start on holiday knits- or planning your cooler weather wardrobe!

This pattern will be available to you for free on our website, and on Ravelry later. We promise to alert you when it is available for download.

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Both Atlantis and Lumiere will start appearing on the shelves of a local yarn shop near you, as of late-July, 2017. So be sure to check in with your local shop owner, to see when you can expect their shipment to arrive.

Happy knitting everyone!

Ravelry Spotlight- Estelle Worsted Projects

As most knitters and crocheters often find themselves doing, we were browsing through Ravelry over a cup of tea recently, and decided to search our own yarn, Estelle Worsted to see what you talented people have been busy making with it.

Upon doing so, we discovered that there is a truly fantastic collection of projects that have been knit using our popular worsted weight acrylic, wool, nylon yarn! And after contacting each of the knitters and crocheters for their permission (and to simply gush!), we thought that we would share a few with you.

First up, we have the Ravelry user hotcheese, who knit a Mavis Cowl, designed by Melissa Thomson. Using less than two skeins of Estelle Worsted in shade Q61218 Limoncello, this cowl looks cozy, sophisticated, and like a real treat to knit! A fun way to add a pop of colour to an otherwise plain coat/outfit, we seriously love how this cowl of Sarah’s turned out! The added bit of shaping to the top keeps it snug against your neck, so as to avoid any snow or brisk winds from making their way down you front! We definitely have one of these in our queue… and can’t wait to cast on pronto!

Next up, we have crocheter extraordinaire Suzanne. Suzanne found a cardigan that she loved on Pinterest, and through some crafty Google searching, managed to figure out the pattern- Bankok Jacket by Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby. The end result could not be more beautiful! Made using seven skeins of Estelle Worsted in shade Q61205 Black, which she purchased at River City Yarns in Edmonton, this sweater truly is a work of art. Details can be found on Suzanne’s Ravelry page, including photos of her simply stunning finishing and workmanship. Such an inspiration!

Since accessories are always a great way to try out either a new yarn, or a new technique, we love the idea of using Estelle Worsted to knit up a Banff Hat by Tin Can Knits, just like Margaret (aka ladyquiltsalot on Ravelry).  Using stranded knitting to produce a lovely tree motif around the perimeter of this hat, you can have a lot of fun with colour combinations. And while we can’t say for sure, we suspect that there may even be enough yarn leftover to reverse the colours for a second hat! Job well done Margaret! It’s gorgeous.

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Have you had a chance to knit with our Estelle Worsted yet? If so, leave a link to your Ravelry project page in the comments! We would love to see your work.

And if you haven’t yet had a chance to knit with the Estelle Worsted, be sure to pop into your local yarn shop to see if they have any in stock! The colour range is vast, so there is sure to be a shade for each and every one of you.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Yarn Spotlight- Cascade Hampton

The warmer days are finally upon us (at least, in this part of the country they are!), and if you haven’t already lined up a few warmer weather projects- it’s about time that you do!

Knitting with cotton and linen in the warmer Spring weather is heavenly, and wearing it is even more so! And while Cascade Yarns can boast a very healthy line up of warmer weather yarns, one in particular stands out to us these days.

Cascade Hampton is a 70% Pima Cotton, 30% Linen yarn that knits up at a DK weight gauge. Available in fifteen Summer-suitable shades, this yarn is perfect Summer tops, warm weather accessories, and blankets for those Summer babies.

We know that working with linen yarn is not something that every knitter or crocheter loves, as it does has a tendency to be somewhat harsh in the hands. However, once washed and worn, it softens into a drapy, gorgeous fabric.

Being that Cascade Hampton is a blend of both cotton and linen, the gorgeous drape of linen, and the softness and comfort of cotton marry together beautifully, making it an absolute pleasure to work with.

If you are unsure as to whether or not a cotton/linen blend yarn is right for you, allow us to suggest this quick, one skein project to hopefully sway you in favour of this beautiful blend.

The Navarre Shawl by Laurie Beardsley is the perfect size for popping on when the air conditioning gets too brisk on the nape of your neck, or the sun gets too intense on your shoulders. Pick up a single skein of Cascade’s Hampton, download the pattern by clicking here, and get knitting!

To find a skein (or two!) of Cascade Hampton, click here to find a local yarn shop near you that carries it, and get your needles poised to cast on a Navarre Shawl for you, and everyone you know.

Happy knitting!

Top 10 Cascade Patterns of 2017 (So Far…)

We have been counting down the Top Cascade Patterns for 2017 (thus far) over on the Estelle Facebook page, but we thought it might be fun to round up the top ten on the blog!

Not only is it always fun to see what other knitters and crocheters are making/downloading, but it’s fun to explore new (not to mention- free!) patterns! You just never know… you may find yourself inspired by a pattern that you would have never looked at otherwise.

So without further ado, here are the top 10 downloaded free patterns from Cascade Yarns’ website for 2017.

Number 10Blueberry Hill by Shannon Dunbabin using Cascade Anthem

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Number 9– Groovin’ Cowl by Shannon Dunbabin in Cascade 220 Superwash Aran 

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Number 8Textured Top Down Cardigan by Cheryl Beckerich using Cascade Sarasota

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Number 7Alpine Shawl by Cristina Mershon using Cascade Ultra Pima (this pattern is crochet!)

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Number 6Knotted Openwork Cowl by Shannon Dunbabin using Cascade 128 Superwash Multis

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Number 5Swirls Hat by Anna R. Simonsen using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino (this pattern is crochet!)

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Number 4Tivoli Hat & Mitts by Cheryl Beckerich using Cascade Yarns Tivoli

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Number 3Danny Boy Hat by Shannon Dunbabin using Cascade 220 Superwash Merino

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Number 2Milestones Blanket by Shannon Dunbabin using Cascade Pacific Color Wave

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Number 1Beginner Brioche Cowl by Andrea Maglisceau using Cascade Yarns Pacific Chunky

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So be sure to queue up the patterns that you love on Ravelry, and let us know which ones you have cast on! If you want to keep up with the Top Cascade Yarns Patterns of 2017 (thus far), be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook, where the countdown continues!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

New Contest! Tiny Pebbles Poncho by Helen Firing

With our last contest having recently wrapped up, and all of the winners having been contacted, we are excited to announce the launch of our next contest which is being held over on our Facebook page!

We have introduced everyone to Helen Firing on the blog before, as she is responsible for many of the free Estelle patterns available on our website and in local yarn shops across the country. The latest of her patterns, Tiny Pebbles is a gorgeous poncho, knit using one ball each of Lang Yarns Tosca Light, and Cascade Yarns Roslyn.

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Knit while alternating between the solid Roslyn yarn, and the gently colour shifting Tosca Light, this poncho has flattering lines, that promise to keep you cozy throughout those transitional days and months, and a comfy cowl neck that will help keep the chill at bay. This garment would look just as perfect over a pair of jeans as it would over a little black dress and some boots. It is such a versatile piece!

A great project for socializing or being on the ‘go’, one size will fit most. Perhaps you might consider whipping up a couple as Christmas presents? Because who wouldn’t love opening up one of these on Christmas morning? We guarantee that each recipient will throw it on over their shoulders the minute they unwrap it, and will proceed to leave it on until their turkey dinner forces them to shed a layer (or two!)

Entering this contest could not be more simple.  Simply click here to view our Facebook post, ‘Like’ the post, leave a comment, and you are entered!

This contest runs until May 25th, so you have plenty of time to spread the word throughout your knitting circle. Only catch? This contest open to Canadian residents only please.

Should you want to get started on this poncho right away, you can purchase Helen’s pattern on Ravelry for only $5.00, and cast on today! Click here to view the full range of Tosca Light and Roslyn shades, and then pop over to your local yarn shop to pick up all of your required supplies. (Don’t forget those 5mm needles!)

Happy knitting everyone!

New Yarn- Manos Serpentina

Manos del Uruguay is well known for their vibrant colours and truly unbelievably soft fibre blends. It is impossible to imagine knitting or crocheting anything in a Manos yarn, that is not absolutely gorgeous.

And while Manos has never been afraid of colour or texture, they are pulling out all the stops with their latest yarn, Serpentina.

Serpentina is hand spun in Uruguay, using 100% Superwash Merino wool. With a thick and thin texture, and subtle blips of colour popped throughout, this yarn will be an absolute pleasure to both knit, and wear.

Everyone here at the Estelle office has already been plotting what we will each knit with the Serpentina once we get a skein or two of it into our hands. One of us wants mittens with a contrasting cuff (maybe using some Cascade 220?), one of us wants to knit a squishy cowl, and one of us is dreaming of incorporating a few rows of it it into an afghan for the living room.

Unsure of what to do with a single skein of handspun? We cruised some images on Pinterest, and came up with some incredibly inspiring ideas! So don’t be scared to purchase that skein- even if you are unsure what to do with it. There are plenty of projects that can a single skein of handspun can be easily incorporated into. And besides, no one said that you could only purchase just one!

Manos Serpentina will be available in local yarn shops across Canada as of mid-August 2017, and like all good things, we promise that it will be well worth the wait.

To view the full range of colours available, please click here to view them on our website.

Happy knitting everyone!

Free Pattern Friday- Summer Commitment by Espace Tricot

One can never have too many bags, especially with market season/beach season/weekend getaway season upon us. While crochet is typically favoured over knitting when it comes to bags due to it’s less elastic nature, there is always an exception to the rule. In this case, that exception comes to us in the form of this bag by our friends at Montreal’s Espace Tricot.

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A re-imagined version of their original, smaller bag called ‘Summer Fling’, ‘Summer Commitment’ is a larger, bulkier interpretation of the same bag.

Knit using Filatura di Crosa’s Kilim yarn at a dense gauge (so as to avoid having it stretch down to your knees), this creative combo of jute and acrylic is durable and colourful, making it the perfect yarn for a bag that is going to see a lot of wear and tear. (Because trust us, you won’t want to use any other bag once you have yourself one of these!)

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Kilim is available in ten colours, so you can have fun mixing and matching. Not into colour blocking? No problem! Just knit it all in one shade if that’s more your style!

To get your hands on this free pattern, be sure to head over to the Espace Tricot blog. And to find Kilim at a local yarn shop near you, click here to view our full Canadian directory of stores.

Happy knitting everyone!

New Colours From King Cole

Spring is FINALLY here, and King Cole has launched some new shades in a couple of their most popular yarns, as a way to welcome the new season. Known for their classic yarns, ease of care and great price points, King Cole is a company that is well known across the global knitting and crocheting community.

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First up- Drifter Chunky is a gorgeous and soft, self-striping yarn. Composed of 25% Cotton, 6% Wool and 69% Premium Acrylic, it is warm, breathable, and easy to care for. Great for kids, adults, accessories and home decor, this yarn knits up quickly- and not just because of it’s chunky weight! The self-striping quality makes knitters and crocheters alike work it up fast, mainly due to the excitement of ‘what will the next stripe look like?’ (Sounds completely crazy, until you actually work with self-striping yarn… it is absolutely addictive!)

With Drifter Chunky’s four new shades all having been named after much warmer places Drifter Chunky_300x475than where we currently are, you will certainly want to get your hands on some of these sooner, rather than later. We suspect that even the mere suggestion of a warmer climate, may just be the trick to thaw you right out.

From top left, clockwise: Lisbon, Miami, Kuala Lumpur and Naples, each of these new shades consists of warm reds, oranges or pinks, that all remind us of warmer days ahead.

To view the full range of Drifter Chunky shades, please click here. And to view the collection of Drifter Chunky patterns, please click here. 

051B-Ball-300x475The next yarn to find it’s colour family expanding is a  staple in so many local yarn storesKing Cole Fashion Aran. This yarn can be knit at  either a worsted or an aran gauge. This ‘go-to’ yarn is composed of 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool, and is easily washable, and fantastic for kids and adults alike. With some classic tweed options, tasteful solids, and vivid, bold brights, this already vast colour family has grown by another four members!

With all of the new shades being of the tweed variety, King Cole Fashion Aran now includes (starting top left, and going clockwiseEucalyptus, Ginger, Pink and Mustard. These four new colours would be perfect in a cheerful afghan, striped cardigan or bold cabled pullover. Just think of the fun buttons that could be paired with some of these new colours!

To view the full range of King Cole Fashion Aran colours, please click here. And to view the (fantastic!) selection of King Cole Fasion Aran patterns, please click here.  

Also available in a chunky weight (although in fewer shades), if you love the King Cole Fashion Aran, you may want to consider checking out the King Cole Chunky Tweed!

To find a local yarn shop near you, please be sure to have a look at our directory of Canadian stores that stock these products- plus so much more!

And when you do get your hands on some King Cole yarn, be sure to let us know what you plan to make! We always love hearing from you, so please don’t be shy!

Happy knitting everyone!

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