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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!

Comfort Wolle Collection Sock Yarn

Every once in a while, it is such a joy to walk into a yarn shop, pick up a single ball of yarn, and leave knowing that your purchase will knit or crochet up into a project that is something you will actually use/wear regularly.

A single skein for a hat or a cowl, or perhaps a ball for a pair of socks. Just one ball of yarn, and you’ve got yourself a pair! Sock yarn makes for such a wonderfully ‘guilt-free’ purchase/souvenir, and before you know it- you may find that you have a (sock yarn) stash!

Comfort Wolle Yarn is a company that operates and produces yarn out of Germany. Making gorgeous, economical yarn for knitters of all tastes and skill levels, this is a company that we urge you to check out at your local yarn shop–  that is, if you haven’t already!

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Well known for their sock yarn, this company likes to do things a little differently. Rather than release all of their newest shades of sock yarn all at once, they instead spread them out over a few months. How genius! One can only knit so many socks in a month anyway… so this seems like a perfect plan! Starting in September, a new collection of eight shades of self striping sock yarn will be released each month. Available in bright bold palettes, and neutral and subdued combinations, each month we can guarantee that there will be a colour available for every taste.

A sampling of October 2017 Sock Colours

Should you prefer to knit the more traditional, solid coloured socks, Comfort Wolle also has a selection of eight solid shades in their Sockenwolle Uni. Great for cables, lace and those pure and simple ribbed socks for the more conservative sock wearers in your life. This 75% Superwash Wool and 25%  Nylon wool is hard wearing and easy to care for- much like the self striping version!

All of Comfort Wolle sock yarns are packaged in 100 gram balls, meaning that just one ball will make you a pair of socks. With the Sockenwolle Uni currently available in local yarn shops across the country, and new self striping shades rolling in as indicated on our website, this yarn will surprise you, and the price will delight you.

Click here to view the full range of Comfort Wolle Sock yarn shades, and click here to find a local yarn shop near you.

Happy knitting everyone!

CONTEST CLOSED New Contest- Margaret’s Gift

If you have been knitting in this country for any amount of time, you will be well familiar with the name Sally Melville.

An accomplished designer, a sought after teacher, a prolific author, (not to mention- a Canadian!), this woman is known around the world for her work in the hand knitting industry.

One of her more recent patterns, Margaret’s Gift, has a special story to accompany it, and is the subject of our latest contest. So read on to learn the story of the sweater, and how you have a chance to win everything that you need to knit one.

Sally’s friend Susanna is the owner of the gorgeous painting that you see pictured below. While Sally was admiring it one day, she said to her friend “We should knit that sweater!” Susanna agreed to the challenge, but it was when the yarn shop 88 Stitches, in Langley BC sent out a note on Ravelry, challenging knitters to knit something by a Canadian designer, Sally immediately thought of the painting.

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Upon studying the painting, Sally noted how clear the details of the sweater pictured were. Such perfect stitch definition! She concluded that the artist either had to have been a knitter, or the sweater actually existed in real life- or both!

In order to get the full story (and permission to write a pattern for the sweater), Sally emailed the painter, Steven Rhude, and inquired. Turns out, the sweater did in fact exist. Steven’s mother Margaret knit it for his father in the 50’s. Steven wore it while attending art school in Florence, then lent it to a friend who was hitchhiking through Germany. It was then brought back to Canada, where his wife wore it so that he could paint the evocative image that you see above. The sweater was eventually lost in a clothing drive, but Steven has hopes that whoever owns it now, is warm!

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Sally searched for a pattern, but was unable to find one, and Steven seemed to feel as though his mother “Just went for it” while knitting. Given that Canada did not even have it’s official flag at the time the sweater was knit, this was a truly impressive feat, if in fact it were true! Steven suggested to Sally that she do the same, which is exactly what she did; ‘actualizing’ the pattern that you see today- the product of her Canada 150 Challenge!

And while this could be considered a very happy ending, the story continues! (Hint: it gets happier!) Once Sally had posted the completed pattern onto Ravelry, a woman contacted her to to tell her that her mother had also knit the sweater for her father. Her father’s version had a hood, but it was seemingly the same sweater. So perhaps there was a pattern after all? The woman was so thrilled to discover that someone had re-released the pattern! Which leaves us wondering, has she knit an updated version yet?

For a chance to win the pattern Margaret’s Gift, the appropriate needles, and the Cascade Eco Yarn required to complete an adult large version of the sweater, simply tell us on our Facebook post about a fond memory you have of a sweater from your past. And it doesn’t have to be hand knit! (But it certainly doesn’t hurt if it is). On Monday, August 14th we will randomly select two lucky winners, and contact them through our Facebook page. Contest open to Canadian residents only please.

Wishing you all the best of luck!

Happy knitting everyone.

Ravelry Spotlight- Estelle Eco Andean Projects

Our Estelle Eco Andean DK is a yarn that has been a part of the Estelle Yarns range for a few years now. Available in a range of eight, warm, natural tones, and more recently in fifteen Heather shades (known as Andean DK Heathers), this non-superwash, DK weight, 100% wool is wonderful for those of us who love the feeling of working with (and wearing!) real wool. Softly spun, but durable enough for hard wearing garments and accessories, the Eco Andean DK is available in a 100 gram skein, with a whopping 350 meters worth of yardage.

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As we tend to do from time to time, we recently did a search on Ravelry to see what people have been making with this yarn. It should come as no surprise to you all, that what we found knocked our socks off! You people are an incredibly talented bunch! And you certainly know how to make our yarn sing. After contacting a few talented knitters and crocheters, all of whom had put the Eco Andean DK to good use, we requested their permission to share their work with you. Without a doubt, these ladies and their work are an inspiration, and we hope that you enjoy admiring their finished projects as much as we have!

Upon our initial Ravelry search, we came across the talented crocheter,  Gemma, otherwise known as imgonnastitch on Ravelry. Gemma crocheted her Acute Sweater using just four skeins of Eco Andean Wool DK in the colourway Dark Grey.

 

This sweater is simply gorgeous! We love the ultra flattering lines, in particular, the subtle textured V that is worked into the waistline. The cozy funnel neck is perfect for staying warm, but is not so restrictive, that one could not easily wrap a scarf around their neck. And finally, crocheting an adult sized sweater in only four skeins of yarn is incredible value if you ask us. No matter the yarn!

Laurie V knit her project titled Gansey Hoodie using five skeins of our Eco Andean DK wool, in the shade Light Grey. While we are all about embracing the warmer weather that is slowly coming upon us in this part of the country, this sweater is enough to make us almost find ourselves actually craving the cooler months once again. With a gorgeous textured pattern running down the front of the sweater, flanked by some pure and simple stocking stitch, the stitchwork can take centre stage.

 

With a handy kangaroo pocket, allowing for the stealthy storage of tissues, lip balm and a cell phone, this sweater would be a very difficult one to peel off, once on! And to top it all off- it has a hood! Who doesn’t love pulling on a hood while curled up on the couch, binge watching their favourite series on TV?

Josée knit her own design, Monica (named after the neurotic but oh-so-stylish character on the hit TV series Friends), using our Eco Adean DK in the Natural colourway. Classic, timeless, absolutely gorgeous, this sweater would look perfect with your favourite pair of jeans, or even dressed up with a pencil skirt and heels! Monica certainly wouldn’t hesitate to switch it up, so why should you?

 

As it happens, Josée is a rather prolific pattern designer, and we strongly encourage you to check out her full collection of designs on her Ravelry pattern page. Thank you for using our yarn to create this design Josée! It truly is a classic.

Amy Jane/thejasperpatch knit her Portland Pullover using only 3 skeins of Eco Andean DK Wool in shade 8, Milk Chocolate.

A couple of modifications were made to the pattern by Amy Jane, such as adding a faux seam along the sides by adding a single purl stitch, along with some subtle waist shaping. She added some garter repeats on the hemline, in order to match the cuffs, and knit the neck just until she ran out of yarn. Take any sweater pattern, add some subtle tweaks, and it becomes uniquely yours! And Amy has done just that. It looks fantastic on her! And we love that she took it out for a spin on the snowshoes, to put it to the ultimate test.

 

Since hand knitting or crocheting a DK weight pullover is not something that generally takes place over a weekend, you may be looking to cast on one of these sweaters as your Summer project!  That way, you will have something to keep you cozy from the crisp Fall air when it finally arrives. Our hope that these sweaters have served as a bit of inspiration to you all, much as they did for us.

We would like to thank each one of the talented ladies who gave us permission to use their photos, and gush over their work with you today. Be sure to check out their Ravelry pages, leave comments and ask questions about their work! They really are a truly talented bunch.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

New Contest- Canucklehead by Jessie McKitrick

With our ChiaoGoo contest now behind us (Congratulations once again to all of our winners!), we are excited to announce the launch of our next contest, which kicks off TODAY!

But before we announce the next contest, allow us to introduce you to Jessie McKitrick, a knitting enthusiast and designer, based out of Edmonton, Alberta.

Jessie lives with her husband, and two daughters, all of whom are very supportive of her knitting habit. And why wouldn’t they be? Alberta is a province where hand knits come in VERY handy, as Jack Frost is commonly found overstaying his welcome in those parts. With a fierce love of stranded colourwork, Jessie can boast a timeless, and technically sound pattern repertoire, all of which can be found on her Ravelry page. With classic colourwork, rich cables and intriguing stitch combinations, Jessie has patterns that are suitable for enthusiastic beginners, as well as ones that will challenge even the most seasoned of knitters.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Jessie has designed a tuque and cowl set specially for Pam’s Woolly Shoppe, located in Stoney Plain, Alberta. Appropriately naming her design the ‘Canucklehead Tuque and Cowl‘, this pattern is the perfect addition to any proud Canadian’s Winter wardrobe.

While designing this pattern, much sweating and swatching was required in order to create a leaf image that was unmistakably that of the Canadian flag. Wanting to provide a ‘rest’ between those long floats that the leaves require, Jessie opted for a satisfying checkered pattern band between each of the motifs.

Using our popular acrylic/wool/nylon yarn, Estelle Worsted, this hat and cowl combo washes fantastically well, and will suit even those who are prone to itching in their knits. With such a broad palette, the Estelle Worsted is available in four different shades of red, and both white and ecru, making the seemingly straightforward colour options open to interpretation!

Should you find yourself to be one of those die hard Toronto Maple Leaf fans however (we know that you’re out there!), you may even want to consider swapping out the red and white for your favourite shade of “Maple Leaf blue”! Who are we to stop you?

CONTEST DETAILS- Are you interested in winning a copy of the Canucklehead Pattern, a skein of Estelle Worsted in both the Ecru and the Red as well as a set of needles to make your own Canuckle Set? Then simply head on over to our Facebook page, like our post that features this blog post, and then leave a comment, telling us what it is you love about living in Canada. Just like that… and you’re entered!

This contest will close on Friday, July 14th, and we will announce FIVE lucky winners on Monday, July 17th. This contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Wishing you all the best of luck!

Happy knitting everyone!

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!

Announcing Our Latest Contest Winners!

Greetings Knitters and Crocheters!

It is with great pleasure that today we announce the names of our three contest winners!

First off however, we would like to genuinely thank each and every one of you who took the time to enter. We loved reading everyone’s comments, and finding out which Cascade Yarns you all love to work with!

So without further ado, we are happy to announce the following three commenters as our winners.

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1- Comment #13:  lrlspencer –  “Hmmmm…tough question! I’ll pick Cascade 220 sport weight.

2- Comment #21: Chris –  “Anchor Bay is my go to right now.”

3- Comment #31: Todd Daniel – “Cascade is a well-developed line. I love working in Aran weight, so I’m going to go with 220 Aran. Classic.”
All of the contest winners have been contacted, and we look forward to announcing another exciting contest to you all VERY soon!
Stay tuned!
And Happy Knitting and Crocheting everyone!

New Yarn- Estelle Worsted Heather and Estelle Chunky Heather

In celebration of our fortieth anniversary last year, we launched two yarns that we had hoped would become staples in every knitter and crocheter’s stash. Available in a wide range of colours, and at a great price point, we introduced Estelle Worsted and Estelle Chunky to you all.

Based on the response that we have received since the launch, it is safe to say that these two yarns have both fulfilled the role that we were hoping they would, they both make great ‘go-to’ yarns, no matter what your knitting/crochet style may be! Both yarns are composed of 50% acrylic, 40% wool and 10% nylon, making them soft to wear, a pleasure to knit, and easy to wash.

Despite the success of this yarn, we have been hearing some rumblings that people have been hoping for some heathered shades to round out the existing vast, solid palette. Well, when the people speak- we listen! And we are so happy to report that we have just added twelve shades of heathered tones to the Estelle Worsted and the Estelle Chunky collections.

These new shades are beautifully subtle, and classic. After playing around with all of the twelve colours, we felt as though no matter which two (or three!) skeins we paired together, any combination will look simply stellar. This collection of heathers will make perfect accessories for your man’s leather jacket, a cozy cardigan for your sister whose laundering habits might require something on the slightly more ‘forgiving’ side, or fingerless gloves for your neighbour who has offered to blow out your driveway more than once this year. It is truly a versatile yarn- and available in two gauges!

Available to ship to your local yarn store by mid-February, the Estelle Worsted Heather and Estelle Chunky Heather are on our website for viewing and ordering as of today.

Should you be keen for some further ‘yarnspiration’, be sure to check out what people have been making with our yarn on Ravelry! Simply click the ‘yarn’ tab, and type in Estelle Worsted or Estelle Chunky for lots more great ideas!

Happy knitting everyone!

Constellation Shawl- Free Pattern by Shannon Charles for Estelle Yarns

With new seasons, and new yarns, comes new knitting patterns, and we are thrilled to be able to share one of our latest FREE Estelle Patterns with you today!

Shannon Charles is the newest member to the Estelle Yarns Design team, and she has produced some fun to knit and easy to wear items for our Fall line up of Free Patterns. While we have yet to release the full collection on our website, we thought that we would give you all a preview of what’s to come from Shannon, and our other talented designers in the coming weeks.

Shannon’s design Constellation Shawl is knit using four skeins of Estelle’s Alpaca Merino Chunky, or Estelle Chunky– both yarns we have discussed on the blog recently! To read our past posts about these two yarns, please click here and here. Knit on a 6mm needle, this shawl will knit up fairly quickly for any knitter who feels as though they have moved beyond the ‘beginner’ phase of their knitting career.

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Four skeins of Estelle Alpaca Merino Chunky in shade Q62216 ‘Bark’

Accessories are always a great way to practice using new knitting techniques, and this project is no exception! Utilising short rows to achieve the eight wedges that make up this shawl, this project is perfect for the ‘early-intermediate knitter’, who may be looking to try their hand at short rows for the first time. Unlike a garment that must ‘fit’ one’s body, this shawl is a great way to focus on the technique, which will leave you feeling confident in your skills the next time you encounter short rows being used in a pattern.

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To get your hands on a copy of the Constellation Shawl, please click the link to download your PDF copy today. And click here to view the full range of Estelle Alpaca Merino Chunky and Estelle Chunky shades.

Should you find yourself knitting a Constellation Shawl, be sure to share your photos with us, either by email, or on Ravelry. We absolutely love seeing your work, so don’t be shy!

Happy knitting everyone!

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