Author Archives: Amelia Lyon

Nicole is in Knitscene!

As Knitscene is always a favourite magazine of ours, we’ve received extra copies of the Spring 2018 issue!  Both because an extra fun 90s throwback issue, but mostly because staff member Nicole HAS A PATTERN FEATURED IN IT!!!

Meet the cheeky Wilmington Pullover:

Loosely inspired by Liv Tyler’s outfit in the iconic film Empire Records, Nicole’s sweater features classic cables and super-soft Herriot baby alpaca from Juniper Moon Farms.  This sweater perfectly embodies the 90s comeback we’re all loving, and it looks good on any body type when paired with high-wasted jeans, tights, a skirt, or simply a healthy dose of self-confidence.  We are so excited (and proud) that we are offering the magazine at 50% off if you buy enough of any yarn to make the Wilmington pullover!

Feast your eyes on some of our other faves from the issue:


Highlights from Knitscene Spring 2018


Aberdeen Pullover
Provence Wrap Sweater
Midtown Pullover
Carollton Top
Heckerling Pullover


So good right?  It’s a great issue, and we’ve got tons of copies (for now).  Grab yours while you can!

Clearly Liv likes it too…

Warm Blonde – A Headband

I’ve been wanting a twisty turban style headband ever since it got cold and they became stylish (like 5 years back, I’m a bit slow on the uptake).  When the Big Bulky Alpaca from Estelle went on Clearance, I figured this was as good a time as any to crank one out.  This pattern can get two headbands out of one skein, if you’re careful, so it’s an extremely quick, extremely inexpensive present for the cold ears in your life.


1 skein, or a minimum of 30 metres,  of super bulky yarn (pictured here in Big Bulky Alpaca, colour 12 “Grey”), we also recommend Cascade Lana Grande
12.75mm (US 17) needles, straight or circular, whichever is handiest
a bigish cable needle (or a pencil, a DPN, a popsicle stitck, a friend’s finger, you get the gist)
a bigish darning needle


10 stitches in 1×1 ribbing = 10cm/4″


Cast on 10 stitches (or desired width but keep it to an even number) using your desired cast on.  If you’re playing yarn chicken, it’s a good idea to leave a tail here that is long enough to sew this end to the cast off edge.

Row 1: slip first stitch purlwise, *purl 1, knit 1.  Repeat from * to end, finishing with a purl stitch.

Repeat row 1 until your piece is 24cm (9.5″) long.

The twist:
Slip the first 5 (or half) of your stitches purlwise onto your cable needle (or clever cable needle substitute).
Holding these stitches in front of your work, work the remaining 5 (or half) of your stitches as follows: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1. (if you’re working with a multiple of 4 stitches, the second half will begin with a k1 instead of a p1, but if you’re confident enough to change the CO number, then I’m betting you are confident enough to follow the established stitches).
Then work the stitches on the cable needle as follows: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.

Row 2: slip first stitch purlwise, *knit 1, purl 1.  Repeat from * to end, finishing with a knit stitch.

Repeat row 2 until headband reaches almost all the way around your head, or another 24cm.

Bind off all stitches and sew the cast on and bind off ends together.  I like a good kitchener stitch myself, but if you’re feeling less than ambitious, anything that neatly-ish closes the circle will do.

If the intended wearer has a much smaller or much larger head than the average ~22″, adjust length and placement of twist accordingly.


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Fall KAL

Autumn is coming and that means it’s time for another knit/crochet-along! Cooler temperatures are on their way, and we’re turning towards cozy and colourful projects to make before the snow flies. Which leads us to the theme for our next knit/crochet-along: COLOURWORK!

Pattern: This is a technique-based KAL, so any knit or crochet pattern that uses a colourwork technique as a valid option. For absolute beginners, we recommend stripes or colour blocks, while more experienced crafters are encouraged to try more advance techniques like fair isle, mosaic, or intarsia. Any technique that uses more than one colour is eligible, so let your imagination run wild! A two colour brioche scarf? An Icelandic cardigan? Argyle socks?!

Yarn: Any yarn purchased at Yarns Untangled!

Need some inspiration? These are some of our favourite colourwork projects lately:

Velvet Morning Cardigan, pattern by Julie Crawford
Yarn: Topsy Fibres in five colours
Technique: Fair Isle

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Sunshine, Lollipops, Rainbows, pattern by Nicole Tavares
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, 7 colours
Technique used: stripes


Campbell Glen Mitts, pattern by Kate Atherley
Yarn: Mineville Wool Project fingering
Technique used: Fair Isle

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Emiliana, pattern by Lisa Hannes
Riverside Studios Fingering, two colours
Technique used: mosaic


We would also like to draw your attention to Canadian designer, and friend of the ours, Kathleen Sperling.  She is extremely talented and has a particular gift for designing beautiful patterns that use more than one colour.  Check out her available patterns on Ravelry.

StartWednesday, September 6th, 2017
Sunday Drop-In Clinic (FREE for KAL participants): September 10, 17, October 1, 8, 15, November 5, 12, 19, 26.
EndWednesday, December 6th, 2017 (3 months)

Most colours used on a single item: Why use one colour when you can use THEM ALL. Prize will be a $15 gift card for Yarns Untangled, and a Kathleen Sperling colourwork pattern of your choice!
Most finished objects: Want to knock out holiday presents early? The participant most finished objects will win a $15 gift card for Yarns Untangled, and TWO of Kathleen Sperling’s colourwork patterns of your choice! In order to count towards your total a project should take 50 yards of yarn or more (so no passing that swatch off as it’s own project, even if it feels like one!)
Best mess up and recovery: KALs can be wonderful learning experiences, so share yours with us! The person who learns the biggest lesson will get a coupon for a private lesson with either Brenna or Amelia.
The Random Draw: one winner will be randomly chosen from among the participants, see below for parameters. Prize will be a $10 gift card for Yarns Untangled.

Suggested classes (10% for official KAL participants):
Brioche Knitting with Kate, Thursday September 7th from 6-9pm
Introduction to Colourwork: Fair Isle and Intarsia, with Kate, coming soon
Double Knitting with Nicole, coming soon
Colourwork Christmas Ornaments, coming soon

Participation: In order to be considered for entry for prizes, and to receive discounts on classes, crafters must either join the Ravelry thread or post on Instagram (#YUColourworkKAL) and announce which yarn you’ll be using. Once the project(s) is/are finished, you must post at least one picture of it. If you’d rather, come see us in person and we’ll get a snap of it for you and help you to post it on Ravelry.
Hashtag: #YUColourworkKAL (use this wherever good hashtags are accepted)
Yarn: Crafters must use yarn purchased from Yarns Untangled, but it doesn’t need to have been purchased during the time of the KAL. If you choose to use yarn purchased elsewhere, you are still welcome to stitch-along with us, but you will not be eligible for prizes or free drop-in clinic help.
That’s it! If you have any questions, shoot us an email at info @, give us a call at (416) 603-2338, or drop in and see us in person!

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Our Next KAL: Options Sweater by Amy Herzog

It’s YU’s first ever sweater knit-along!

Many of our serious regulars have already got yarn and even started up a few swatches, but the rest of you have a couple of days to pick up your yarn before we officially begin.

If this is all news to you, here’s a brief summary of the plan:
“…it’s an Amy Herzog design, so you know it’s going to be a great-fitting sweater. Amy is the sweater-fit guru behind tons of beautiful designs and the brains behind CustomFit. Options allows you to knit a sweater customized to your own needs: crew or v-neck, cardigan or pullover, textured, smooth, striped, or not. It’s done in pieces and then sewn together, and the KAL would involve lots of help from our staff on how to complete this step, and any other step that might be baffling you along the way.”


Pattern: Options (Pullover or Cardigan)
DK/sport weight, or whatever you need to get a 23 sts/4” gauge. We suggest Georgian Bay Fibre Co Bayfield DK (the yarn that inspired the project that inspired the KAL), or Estelle’s Eco Andean DK Wool. Both are in stock in a beautiful range of colours, and we’ve got more of the Georgian Bay en route to us as we speak. Come see us to choose your size and style and to get your yarn all sorted if you haven’t yet.

Start: Wednesday, April 19th
Sunday Drop-In Clinic (FREE for KAL participants): April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9
Seaming classes with Kate Atherley, especially catering to the Options pattern, $35 (20% off the usual price, and an extra hour long):
Pullover finishing on Monday June 26th 6-8pm
Cardigan finishing on Tuesday June 27th 6-9pm
End: Wednesday, July 12th (3 months)

Most Amusing Finished Object Photo: Break out the camera and let’s see your modelling skills. Prize will be a $15 gift card for Yarns Untangled!
Most ingenious alteration: Options is ideally designed for tweaking, changing, shortening, lengthening, adding fancy cables or colourwork, etc! Stretch your imagination as far as you can, and the winner will get a free digital copy of Pattern Writing for Knit Designers.
Best mess up and recovery: KALs can be wonderful learning experiences, so share yours with us! The person who learns the biggest lesson will get a coupon for a private lesson with either Brenna or Amelia.
The Random Draw: one winner will be randomly chosen from among the participants, see below for parameters. Prize will be a $15 gift card for Yarns Untangled.

Participation: In order to be considered for entry for prizes, and to receive discounts on classes, crafters must either join this Ravelry thread or post on Instagram (#YUOptionsKAL) and announce which yarn you’ll be using. Once the project(s) is/are finished, you must post at least one picture of it. If you’d rather, come see us in person and we’ll get a snap of it for you and help you to post it on Ravelry.
Hashtag: #YUOptionsKAL (use this wherever good hashtags are accepted)
Pattern: the project must be following the Amy Herzog Options pattern, or at least based on it. Alterations are encouraged.
Yarn: Crafters must use yarn purchased from Yarns Untangled, but it doesn’t need to have been purchased during the time of the KAL. If you choose to use yarn purchased elsewhere, you are still welcome to knit-along with us, but you will not be eligible for prizes, discounts, or free drop-in clinic help.
That’s it! If you have any questions, reply to this thread, shoot us an email at info @, give us a call at (416) 603-2338, or drop in and see us in person!

Pussyhat Global Virtual March

The pussyhat project continues! The Women’s March was a great success and there continues to be a lot of momentum for this movement. We’ve had a considerable interest from the wider community for more pussyhats for future events so we’ve come up with several ways for you to get one of your own!

Right now we’re making more hats in preparation for the next major event: the Pussyhat Global March on International Women’s Day!

The goal of this march is similar to the original: provide marchers with a unique, collective visual statement and to provide women’s rights supporters with a way to come together in a virtual march. The virtual march is taking place across social media with the hashtag #pussyhatglobal. For more information on how to participate check out the Pussyhat Project website, and make sure to wear your own Pussy Hat on Wednesday March 8th to keep the movement going.

Want a pussyhat of your own? For the original women’s march, all pussyhats were made by crafters who generously donated their time and money to create each hat. Each hat takes several hours to make and could cost anywhere from $5 to $30 in materials. While we’d love to keep donating hats to the cause, the demand is so high we can’t afford to! It’s actually kind of a wonderful problem to have because it means so many of you are eager to participate in this important movement. Everyone who wants to participate in the pussyhat project should be able to, so to address this we’ve decided to move forward in two ways.

Learn to knit your own pussyhat!  The first is for those interested in making their own pussyhat, our Knitting for Beginners I class covers the skills required! Our next Knitting for Beginners class is scheduled for March 7th & 14th from 6-7pm and as of this posting there are still spaces available! We also offer private lesson scheduled at your convenience for $30 an hour. Email or call us during business hours to book a time.  The pattern is a pretty easy one, so this is a great time to learn.

Looking to buy a pussyhat instead? We at Yarns Untangled will be selling the ones we make for $45 and all of the proceeds going to the Native Women’s Association of Canada. There were SO many great options for charities and non-profit organizations that we could support with our donated funds, and it was with great deliberation and lots of discussion that we decided to go with NWAC. NWAC is one of the five officially recognized National Aboriginal Organizations, whose purpose is to represent and speak, at the national level, on behalf of Aboriginal women in Canada.

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Indigenous women continue to be marginalized socially, politically, and economically. According to Stats Canada, indigenous women are close to THREE TIMES as likely to be victimized in a violent crime. A truly equal society should always be supporting those that are working to represent all women’s rights. We need now more than ever to be especially supportive of those living in communities still struggling to cope with the damages done through centuries of racism and violence. This sort of systemic oppression is deeply rooted – and we have a long way to go to acknowledge and repair the damage.

The NWAC works to address issues such as education, employment and labour, environment, health, human rights and international affairs and violence, with a special focus on the currently missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. We hope the donations we contribute will make a true difference to help address the incredibly serious, and life-threatening racism that Aboriginal women are facing today.

All hats are paid for in advance and made to order, and they support an important cause. To order yours, just give us a call or send us an email!

And of course, as always, if you knit/crochet/sew you can make your own using any of the patterns available on the Pussyhat Project website!

That’s all for today. Have a great International Women’s Day!

-Amelia, Brenna & Nicole

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Pussy Hats for the People!

As many of you have noticed, our last few weeks have been completely consumed by making dozens and dozens of pink hats with ears, called “Pussy Hats”. The Pussy Hat Project was started by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman in California. The hats are intended to be a symbol for the Women’s March on Washington. We thought this was a lovely way for knitters in Canada to offer support for Women fighting for their legal rights in the United States, so we got on board!

We volunteered to receive and distribute donated Pussy hats to those going to marches. The experience was really heartwarming!

We sent close to two dozen hand knit/crocheted hats to the Washington March. We also received many more than that in the days following, and we estimate that more than 35 hats passed through our hands and on to the marchers in Toronto. The Toronto March had a turnout of over 60,000

people ready to make noise and be heard, and there we saw hundreds more pink hats – good job, Toronto!  Although there is so much more we can all do to fight for intersectional women’s rights, it starts with getting together and standing as a community. It will continue with us being politically active, and refusing to stay silent about what matters to us!

Brenna went to the Toronto March and really enjoyed handing out the last of the donated hats that weren’t claimed. A few child size hats went to some fierce little feminists, and the adult hats were much appreciated by their recipients too.

Were you unable to make it to the March but want to help?

We are currently taking donations for Sistering – a woman’s shelter in downtown Toronto. They work with women from all walks of life who are homeless, underhoused, low income or marginalized and are looking for a safe and welcoming place to go during the day, as well as offering employment help, food support through their drop-in program, harm reduction and so much more. If a woman’s right to access health care and compassion is important to you, this is a really great organization to support. Read more about them on their website. Please contact us at the store if you would like to donate or share your own story about the Womens March on Washington. Check out this sweet one from Karen who posted this on our Facebook wall today:

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Lastly a big THANK YOU To every stitcher who knitted, crocheted, or sewed a pink hat to show that you stand with all other women to protect and fight for their rights! We couldn’t have shared nearly so much cheer without you!


Big thanks as well, to May Warren for including us in this Metro News article, to Alexa Battler for this Toronto Observer article, and to CBC As It Happens for their interview with Amelia last Thursday. It makes us feel famous!


Rhichard Devrieze Trunk Show!

Rhichard Devrieze and his beautiful yarns are coming back to Yarns Untangled for another fantastic trunk show! Saturday, January 28th from 11am to 5pm, our table and shelves will be full of Fynn, Peppino, and Phantom, as well as some limited one-of-a-kind colourways and bases that are otherwise unavailable anywhere else.  Last year’s RDV trunk show was a huge success, so we know this one will be even better.  Get there early because the most popular colourways go quickly!

For every $50 you spend on Rhichard’s ravishing yarns, you can fill in a raffle ticket to win a fantastic RDV-themed prize pack! RSVP on Facebook to give us an idea of numbers, and bring all your friends.

Holidays at Yarns Untangled


Holiday Hours

We know that the holidays are a busy time of year for everyone so we’ve extended our hours on Friday and Saturday’s to 7 pm to help you get all your shopping in.

Friday December 9th: 11am – 7pm **Extended hours**
Saturday December 10th: 11am – 7pm **Extended hours**
Friday December 16th: 11am – 7pm **Extended hours**
Saturday December 17th: 11am – 7pm **Extended hours**
Friday December 23rd: 11am – 7pm **Extended hours**
Saturday December 24th: 11am-3pm **Closing early**
Sunday December 25th: CLOSED
Monday December 26th: CLOSED
Saturday December 31st: 11am-3pm **Closing early**
Sunday January 1st: CLOSED

Holiday Stitch Night Potluck!

Our annual holiday potluck will be on Wednesday December 14th beginning at 6pm.

Bring your favourite holiday dish or beverage of choice. We’ll be holding a raffle with all proceeds going to CAMH as well as a skein exchange! To participate in the exchange, please bring a skein of yarn, valued at least at $15 retail and including its original ball band/label. RSVP here to give us an idea of numbers and to let everyone know what snack you’re bringing.

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We’re full to the brim with yarn from our favourite Canadian indie dyers including The Blue Brick, Lichen and Lace, the Mineville Wool Project, Riverside Studios, Zen Yarn Garden and more! We also have a variety of kits, notions, project bags, and Yarns Untangled swag to round out any present.

Still not sure what to get? We also do gift cards in any amount – one size fits all. 😉 You can even buy a digital gift card through our website right now!

We’ve started an informal gift registry for those of you looking to give your loved ones a nudge in the right direction. Email us at info at,  or send us a message on Facebook telling what you’re hoping to unwrap and we’ll pass the message along when your people come to the store!

As the year winds down, all three of us are super grateful for all of the incredible support you guys have shown us and we are looking forward to celebrating the season with you. Wishing you all a happy, yarn-filled holiday.


Amelia, Brenna, and Nicole.


**Our holiday decorations pictured in this post were made for us by a few of our beloved and hilarious Knit Night-goers. Thanks for the adorable surprise, you guys!

One Whole Year!

Never has time flown so fast for the two of us than it has over the past 365+ days.  We could not be more grateful for all the support and kindness we have received over the past year.  Brenna said it best when she wrote:

You helped us find our feet financially and emotionally. You helped us paint, you helped us move and arrange our shelving, you helped us make samples. You attended our knit nights, you supported us by indulging your yarn addictions, you wrote us kind reviews on google, yelp and facebook. You helped us through our rough patches too.

You helped [us] get where we are today, and helped us grow a stable, happy, ethical, independent business.

In an effort to begin to say thank you, we are having a SWEATER SALE on the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd.  Throughout the store*, for every 4 skeins you buy, the 5th will be absolutely free (mix-and-matching encouraged)! Further markdowns will be placed on some delicious yarn, notions, and needles including (but not limited to):

Debbie Bliss
Jawoll Colour
West Yorkshire Spinners
Cascade Magnum Paints
Nancy’s Knit Knacks
Crochet Cotton
YU Stitch Markers

In addition, each and every customer who makes a purchase on the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd will receive a free Yarns Untangled needle gauge as a small thanks from us for supporting our wee business through its first year. They’re super cute you guys, seriously.

It’s a small gesture that by no means completely expresses our appreciation for our customers, but it’s a start!  Join us next weekend and get your yarn on!

*excluding yarns by The Blue Brick

Zen Yarn Garden at last!

We have lost count of how many of you have begged us to carry the beautiful Zen Yarn Garden, and we are so pleased to finally be able to announce that they will be joining our ranks at the end of this month.

In addition to having Zen Yarn on our shelves, the weekend of September 24th and 25th will feature a two-day trunk show on our patio out front (indoors if it rains).  Neville and Roxanne will be sending bags and bags of their best yarns in a variety of weights and materials, including a brand new colourway named for, and exclusive to, Yarns Untangled!  Check out the trunk show when the colourway will be seen for the first time.

magicaldyepot09_grandeIf you’ve not encountered any of the spectacular products that come from the Zen Yarn Garden studio, this is your chance to see everything they have in all it’s glory, but in advance of that weekend, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Neville and Roxanne Yeun, and their team.  Located right here in Ontario, the Yeuns are a husband and wife couple who run ZYG full time.  Neville, as “Lead Dyer, Production Manager and Color Chemist,” handles the dyeing end of things making sure that each skein is as perfect it can be.  His ability to re-create colours is uncanny, which is great for when you inevitably fall in love with one (or more) of the Zen colourways.  Co-owner Roxanne as Creative Director is responsible for managing the many relationships between Zen and its many customers as well as developing collaborations with other artists and designers.  Along with their team of dyers and account managers, the Yeuns have been making and distributing beautiful yarn for years, and we are lucky to have them represneting some of the best that the Ontario yarn community has to offer.

For the many of you who already know and love Zen Yarn Garden, get your pre-orders to us before September 9th and Neville will do up a sweater quantity (or two!) of your desired base and colourway.  In the meantime, whet your appetite for yarn at:

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