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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!

Socks and Shawls and Sweaters, Oh My!

by Nicole Tavares and Amelia Lyon

Ding! Ding! Ding! Our Kate Atherly Knit Along officially came to a close this week. Kate is one of our favourite teachers, and her patterns sparked a great deal of creativity over the past two months. With two hundred and fifty designs to choose from – anything was possible, and at least 30 of you glorious knitters and crocheters jumped in with both feet.  We are so pleased and impressed with every WIP and FO we’ve seen throughout this process, so congrats to everyone who participated, regardless of whether you made it past the finish line in time, or not!

Our collected finished projects covered baby sweaters, shawls, mitts, and of course – SOCKS! Kate is very often referred to as “The Sock Guru,” and the name is very very well-earned.  Out of all of her published patterns, virtually half of them are for socks, and the variation therein is so inspiring; from the plain ol’ top-down sock, to some of the fanciest colourwork and cablework out there, Kate’s socks are our go-tos whenever it’s time to keep our tootsies warm.

One of the best parts about knit-a-longs is watching crafters expand their skills and this one was no exception. We had a few people attempt their first ever pair of socks, while others went for a new method: two at a time socks.  Congrats to Jen C, Karen, Rachel, Ni, Jen H, and Annabel for tackling this tricky challenge this summer, we loved watching your progress.

cuff down socks and two at a time socks

Knit wavedeck pi shawl

The Wavedeck Pi Shawl was a very popular choice. This half pi shawl by Kate paired perfectly with two skeins of our Mineville DK and it’s tiered lace pattern is simpler than it first appears. With Pi shawls the increases aren’t worked every row, instead the stitch count is doubled periodically in order to achieve the circular shape. Don’t worry if math isn’t your thing – the pattern has done it for you!

This pattern is a half pi shawl, meaning it’s a half circle instead of a full one. As Kate herself says in the pattern, “quicker to knit and easier to wear!”

Our sample in the shop offered lots of inspiration for those looking to make their own.

With dozens of gorgeous mineville DK colours to choose from, little Wavedecks started appearing all over the place in blues and greens.


Along with the wavedeck shawls came a parade of socks in all shapes and sizes, from the most basic cuff down patterns to intricate colourwork.  Seen here are just a few of the sock FOs that crossed our path this month.


Still other knitters tackled chart reading, colourwork, brioche and more. In the end, we had more than 25 projects finished (or almost finished…).


No KAL is complete without a celebration at the end and some prizes. Without further ado, the winners are:

Most Individual Projects Completed

Goes to Rachel for finishing a Wavedeck shawl AND a pair of socks!  If you haven’t met Rachel, she started out as a loom knitter and has only recently moved into working with needle-knitting as well.  Obviously she’s rocking it!  Her prize is a $15 gift card for Yarns Untangled.

Biggest Mess Up/Lesson Learned

Goes to Cheryl for her work on the Asking for Flowers shawl!  This pattern was a step up for her since it offers the instructions for the lace in chart form, and there are quite a few short rows used to turn around the centre point of the left-to-right shawl.  With a wee bit of help from Brenna, Cheryl was able to turn out this just gorgeous shawl using three skeins of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino she picked up at the summer trunk show, and she is very pleased with it.  So are we!  Her prize is a coupon for a private lesson with either Brenna or Amelia whenever she wants!  Can’t wait to see what she learned next.

Most ingenious pattern alteration: 

Goes to Francesca for her work on the circular Wavedeck.  This pattern was by far the most popular one throughout this KAL, but Francesca took it up a level when she turned the half-pi into a full-pi!  She used two skeins of Riverside Studios in “Midnight;” these pics don’t do it justice, it has to be seen in person to be full appreciated.  Way to go Francesca!  Her prize is a digital copy of Kate’s amazing book, Pattern Writing for Knitwear Designers.

Pre-blocking, but slightly more colour-accurate

Of course the Random Draw! The two winners of our draw were awarded a collection of beautiful yarn from Kate’s stash. Lucky lucky knitters!  Congratulations to Claire and Vidya who made a Wavedeck and a One-Piece Baby Sweater respectively!

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Thanks to everyone who participated, you guys all rock.  As we head into the Fall season, we have lots coming up in terms of classes, trunk shows, events, brand new yarns, and a selection of old favourites. Check us out on the social media platform of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or sign up for our mailing list to be kept in the loop. Happy Stitching!

Our Next KAL: “KAAL,” a Kate Atherley-A-Long!

After the success of our previous knitalong where each crafter worked with yarn dyed by Megan of Lichen & Lace for a project of their choice, we’ve decided to base this one around another favourite artist of ours, the infinitely wise and wonderfully talented designer Kate Atherley.

In addition to being an extremely accomplished knitwear designer, Kate is in high demand as a knitting teacher throughout the English-speaking knitting community.  Just this spring and summer she has been invited to Interweave Yarn Fest in Colorado, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, and the Austin Texas Knit & Crochet Guild, to name a few.

As such, we count ourselves as very lucky to be one of few yarn stores that can claim as a regular teacher on our roster.  She can be found teaching at Yarns Untangled virtually every Tuesday and Thursday, and we are especially excited to announce that she will be joining us this Wednesday night (July 13th) for stitch night!  The puck-drop will be Friday July 15th, so this will be your chance to meet Kate, get some advice on which pattern would be best for you, or to pick her brain on any questions you might have for your chosen design(s), two days in advance of the beginning of the KAL.

Kate has generously set up a discount code on Ravelry.  Check the Ravelry thread for the code that gets you 30% off of any of her patterns from today until August 15th.  You can peruse through all of her designs on Ravelry here, but we’d like to take this moment to showcase some of our very favourites.

Always a crowd-pleaser, Asking for Flowers is a fingering weight, garter stitch shawl/scarf with a simple lace edging that is knit as-you-go.  It’s simpler than it looks, an extremely rewarding knit, and great for anyone looking to try out lace chart reading for the first time.

Asking for Flowers
Asking for Flowers

For those of you into cables, or looking to advance your skills, the Oswin the Impossible mitts are a joy to make.  They use one skein of DK weight yarn, suit any gender, and are a great way to show off a truly special hand-dyed yarn.

Oswin the Impossible
Oswin the Impossible

If you’ve visited the store in the past few months, you might have seen either Amelia’s or Nicole’s Wavedeck projects. Wavedeck is a half-pi shawl that is quite a bit less complicated than it looks, we promise.  Pi Shawls are a concept initially developed by knitting pioneer Elizabeth Zimmerman, and although it’s based on the mathematical concept of pi, no math is required to put this together (although if anyone wants to geek out, we are ready and waiting).


And of course, many of you will know that Kate is truly a sock guru.  Her sock knitting classes are some of our most popular workshops, and sock patterns make up almost 40% of her published work.  These designs range from the most basic (Basic Ribbed Socks)…

Basic Ribbed Socks
Basic Ribbed Socks

…to the most fancy (Lindisfarne).


Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more spotlights on Kate’s patterns as a countdown to the start of the KAL.


Most individual projects completed (two socks count as one project) – bang out as many things as you can in two months!  Single skein projects count, so this is a great way to plow through your queue. Prize will be a $15 gift card for Yarns Untangled!
Biggest Mess Up/Lesson Learned – tell us your pain!  Every new project is a learning experience, and it’s always nice to hear about personal growth. 😉  Prize is a coupon for a private lesson with either Brenna or Amelia at Yarns Untangled.
Most ingenious pattern alteration – show us your knit hacks!  A little bit of shaping, an extra big shawl, a special sock toe, bonus mitten fingers, or whatever your heart desires, other knitters can always learn from your changes and your experience.  Prize is a digital copy of Kate’s book Pattern Writing for Knit Designers.
Special Crochet Prize – Since Kate’s patterns are all written for knitters, we’ll be offering a special prize for anyone who tackles the challenge of transcribing one of her designs into crochet!  Prize is a $10 gift card for Yarns Untangled.
Of course the Random Draw, two winners this time! – each will be awarded a collection of beautiful yarn from Kate’s stash (she gets great stuff sent to her in the mail, this is some primo promo yarn!)

The Knitty Gritty, or “The Rules”
(If this happens to be the first you’re hearing of the term “Knitalong” (or knit-a-long, or knit-along or KAL), we refer you to a short write up from our previous undertaking.)

Important Dates: starts July 15th, ends September 15th
Wednesday July 13th – Kate joins us for Stitch Night
As always, our Drop-In Clinic on Sundays is free to anyone participating in the KAL, so if a pattern seems like a bit of a challenge, we are here to help.
Participation: In order to be considered for entry, crafters must either join the Ravelry thread or post on Instagram (#kaal) and announce which pattern and 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.
If you don’t have a Ravelry account, send us a quick email at info @ announcing your intention to participate. We’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop
Hashtag: #kaal (use this wherever good hashtags are accepted)
Pattern: the project must be following a pattern designed by Kate, alterations and adjustments are of course just fine.  All patterns are 30 % off on Ravelry for KAL participants using the code from the Ravelry thread.  Code is active as of today until August 15th.
Yarn: Crafters must use yarn purchased from Yarns Untangled, but it doesn’t need to have been purchased during the time of the KAL.
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!  




And just for good measure, we made this:


Lichen and Lace Knit Along

It’s time to announce our second knit along!  Thanks to all the knitters and crocheters who took part in 2015’s Lanesplitter Skirt KAL (great pictures and details on many of the projects can be seen on the Ravelry thread).  This time we’ve decided to take a slightly different tack on the traditional pattern-based KAL, so instead of working on the same pattern as a group, we are opening the doors of possibility wide!  Inspired by the unprecedentedly beautiful yarns of Lichen and Lace, we would like to invite each and every one of you to join us in working on a project of your choice in one (or more!) of Megan Ingman’s stunning yarns.  Two weeks from the publishing date of this post, we will be placing a massive custom order of Lichen and Lace yarn.  Megan has agreed to dye batches as small as single skeins, so there are no limits on the type of project you can do.  We’re also pleased to offer a 10% discount on any special orders of four skeins or more, regardless of base or colourway.

But first, what is a knit along (or “KAL” for short)?  A knit along is, loosely, a period of time where a group of knitters (and crocheters!) join together to work on a similar project, usually on the same pattern, benefiting from each other’s experience, enthusiasm, and learning from each other’s mistakes and triumphs.  Perhaps Larissa and Martin John Brown said it best in their book knit along: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together when they said, “for some knit alongs, the purpose is…part friendship and part collaboration, friendly competion, inspiration, learning, and giving.”  In the case of our KALs, we will set a start and end date for your project, and once the end date has passed, we’ll award a few special prizes to lucky crafters who win in specific categories (see below for the knitty gritty).  Although the prizes are a fun extra incentive, the point is to learn something new, tackle a project you’ve been eyeing for ages, meet new people, and try out some beautiful new yarn.  Yarns Untangled KALs come with the offer of extra help on Sunday afternoons.  Any and all KAL participants are welcome to come to our drop-in clinic on Sundays from 4-7pm, free of charge.  We will use this time slot as an informal meeting time for KALers to come, sit, chat about their project, meet each other, and ask any questions they might have about their project.

All right, so now that we’ve got that explained, let’s move on to the important part:

Pressed Flowers Poppy Teal Tide Orchid2 Clover Amber Amethyst Baby Leaves Rainy DayCitron3 Wild Flowers (2) Sweetpea Pewter huckleberry Marsh Lily

Meet the Yarn

Megan does her magic with four different yarn bases.  Those of you who are frequent shoppers will recognise the single ply fingering and the worsted weight; one major benefit of this KAL is that it will give you a chance to try out something from the other two bases.  Each skein comes with a whopping 115 grams – 15% more than the average skein.  Just some of the gorgeous colourways are seen here, but to browse the full compliment, visit: and make sure you see all three pages!

1ply1 ply Superwash Merino Fingering Weight

Megan says, “This yarn is a 1ply fingering weight with 475 yards in 115 grams. It is 100% Superwash Merino and is a great yarn for shawls. I love the organic looking twist of this single ply. Very soft, this yarn is the best for shawls, but also a great choice for scarves, cowls, and other accessories.”

Suggested patterns
Knit: Paulie by Isabell Kraemer
The large sections of stockinette in this sweater give the
knitter an opportunity to show off the beauty of this plush yarn, and the stripes allow us to choose two complime
ntary colour from the many potential combinations of Megan’s colourways.  Pattern requires 4-5 skeins.

Crochet: Diamonds in the Rough by Michael Snow
This pattern features some beautiful textures that would be accentuated by the single-ply fabric.  Pattern requires only one skein!

PaulieDiamonds in the Rough

80/20 Sockbase - 80-20 fingering

Megan says, “This yarn is a perfect fingering weight with 420 yards in 115 grams. It is strong with 20% nylon, and totally machine washable with 80% super wash merino. A very soft yarn, perfect for socks of course, but also shawls, colour work, and baby knits.”

Suggested Patterns
Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley
Now’s your chance to try out socks for the first time!  Allow these brilliant colourways to inspire you.  We recommend Kate’s clear and instructive pattern for first-time sock knitters, and if you’re feeling trepidatious, join our Top-Down Socks class with Kate on April 7th and 14th.  10% off the class for participants of the Lichen and Lace KAL!  As usual, one skein of sock yarn is enough for a pair that fits most adult-sized feet.

Crochet: Pacific Rim Shawl by Esther Chandler
Esther Chandler’s pattern features some fun stripey play, and offers the opportunity for experimentation with edging.  Chandler gives some interesting pointers and advice on how to alter this shawl for a larger or more different shape.  Factoring in potential alterations, this shawl could use either 1 or 2 skeins of each chosen colour.
Basic Ribbed SocksPacific Rim

4ply Superwash Merino Worstedbase - worsted

Megan says, “This yarn is a true worsted weight with 200 yards in 115 grams. It is well balanced with a 4 ply construction. 100% Superwash Merino. A very easy knitting yarn with crisp stitch definition. Perfect for sweaters, mittens, hats, and so much more.”

Suggested Patterns
Flax by tincanknits

Flax has been extremely popular ever since it was published in 2003, but recently it’s had a resurgence amongst some of the Yarns Untangled regulars.  This is likely due to its easy construction, clear instruction, and wide range of sizes available, not to mention the unisex design.  Whether it be your first or 100th sweater, this pattern is not to be skipped.  Depending on your chosen size, Flax requires anywhere from 2 to 9 skeins.

Crochet: Shanty Hat by Robin Devine
Last year on a Valentine’s craftathon, this was Amelia’s favourite pattern.  She made two of them during the marathon, and it was her first ever successful crocheted hat.  Cute, simple, and easy to follow, this pattern is a lot of fun and works up quickly.  Choose from one of four sizes, but even the largest uses less than one skein.


80/20 Bulkybase - 80-20 bulky

Megan says, “Your new favourite bulky yarn.  One skein has 76 yards and 100 grams – enough to knit a hat from one.  This yarn is a single ply of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon making it super soft and squishy.  Best for making hats, cowls, and scarves.  Knits up super quick on size 15 (10mm) needles!”

Suggested Patterns
Honey Stitch Cowl by Davine Choy
This “classic yet modern” design is a perfect combination with Lichen and Lace single ply bulky.  The 3D twists will be brought to life by the plush softness of the yarn.  Suitable for man, women, or child, it would use 4-5 skeins, depending on how large you’d like it to be.

Big Stitch Hat & Cowl by Patons
Chunky and delicious, these two patterns are a great use of this sumptuous bulky yarn.  Make the hat with one skein of each colour, the cowl with 2 skeins of one and 1 of another, or the whole set together.  Big is in!

Honey Stitch CowlBig Stitch Hat & Cowl by Patons


Like all good KAL hosts, we are offering prizes in the below categories.

Best original design – must be completely from your own head!  We’ll be happy to offer pattern editing and help with Ravelry publishing once you’re done.  Prize: a digital copy of Kate Atherley’s Pattern Writing for Knit Designers.

Most individual projects completed – since single skein orders are possible, this is an easy prize to win!  Remember, socks only count as one project 😉  Prize: a gift card for $25 to be spent at your leisure at YU.

Best lesson learned – everyone wants to hear about your progress!  One of the best things about sharing your work with others is learning from each others mistakes and experiments.  Use the Ravelry thread to share your thoughts, feelings, and breakthroughs.  Prize: a gift certificate for $50 off a class at YU.

Random draw – and of course, to throw chance into the mix, we will choose one random entry from all of the finished projects to receive this prize: some beautiful handspun yarn from Amelia and Brenna.

The Knitty Gritty (LOLZ)

  • From the date of publishing this post (February 22nd, 2016), you have two weeks to place your KAL order with us.  Use Ravelry, email (info @, phone (416 603-2338), or see us in person.
  • We require either a 50% deposit or a credit card number in order to secure your order.  Of course, you may pay for the entire thing up front, if you wish.
  • A 10% discount will be given on any special order of four skeins or more, regardless of base or colourway.  Please note that this discount is only applicable to yarn that is part of the special order, and not to yarn that is on the shelves.
  • The KAL begins on the day that our order of yarn arrives from Sackville.  We expect it approximately two months (or less) after the the day we place the order.  Don’t worry, we’ll make a fuss online and in person to make sure you know it has arrived and is beginning.
  • In order to be considered for entry, crafters must join the Ravelry thread and announce which yarn you’ve ordered.  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!
  • If you don’t have a Ravelry account, send us a quick email at info @ announcing your intention to participate.  We’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop.
  • And again, so that it’s here too, the colourways can bee seen here, and the bases can be seen here.

That should do it for now.  Stay tuned to the Ravelry thread for updates and to check out everyone’s great ideas and progress.  Another blog post announcing the official start will follow soon!

-Amelia and Brenna

Announcing our first knitalong: The Lanesplitter Skirt

Welcome to our first ever knitalong (KAL)!  We’ve chosen a pattern that has long been one of our very favourites: The Lanesplitter Skirt, by Tina Whitmore, published in Issue #32, First Fall 2010. For those who have not participated in a KAL before, the way it works is that everyone uses the same pattern and we knit our projects in tandem, but each crafter creates their own perfect project using the yarn, needles, and colours they prefer.  Participants can be our most regular of regulars, occasional customers, first timers, or even knitters from across the world who want to join in.  Ravelry will be our home base, and to be officially entered, you must join the Lanesplitter KAL thread.  We’ve got a start date (now!) and an end date to aim for: December 31st.

This skirt perfectly suits a group project since it is easily adjustable for different yarn types, size, fit, and personal style.  This beginner-friendly pattern is surprisingly simple: a rectangle knit from one corner to the other on a diagonal.  Being knit on the bias in combination with the stretchy garter ridges allows the skirt to hold its shape much better than usual knit fabric would. This is a great thing for those of us with lots of hips and butt, or those of us who enjoy a good sit now and then without their skirt going saggy in the back!

Non-skirt-wearers, take note: this pattern is easily adjustable for a variety of projects (scarves, cowls, blankets, pillows etc.).  See the pics at the bottom of this post for inspiration!

The designer suggests Noro Kureyon as the perfect yarn for the pattern, and since we agree, we’ve ordered a whole lot of it in our favourite Noro colourways.  It arrived Wednesday, so come on down and choose yours! If you’d prefer to go in a different direction, this pattern can truly be knit with any weight of yarn as long as the needle is the appropriate size.  Join our KAL thread on Ravelry and ask any questions you may have about finding the right yarn and needles for this project.  This thread will also be a great place for everyone to share photos of their works-in-progress (WIPs), ask for help, or simply chat about their experiences with this lovely pattern.

Although it’s not a race in the slightest, prizes do always make things more interesting, so we are offering some great stuff to a few lucky participants: handspun yarn from both Brenna and Amelia, coupons for classes at Yarns Untangled, some of our most prized stash yarns, great stuff from the YU shelves, YU swag, and more.  Stay tuned for specifics on these.  The prize categories will be:

  • The most ingenious use or alteration of the Lanesplitter pattern (think as far outside of the box as you can!)
  • The most glorious mess up and brave recovery.  Be fearless knitters!
  • The knitter who makes the most Lanesplitters!  Do a skirt, two skirts, some pillows, a scarf, just cast off the most projects.
  • Hookers, a crocheted Lanesplitter would be marvelous.  A prize for the coolest one!
  • And of course, to keep things interesting, a random participant will be chosen from amongst the knitters who finish their project by December 31st.

*Note: anyone is welcome to participate, but to be eligible for a prize, at least some of your yarn must be purchased from YU.

A KAL is a great way to try something new, meet new knitters, and to get inspired by what other people are making.  And if you’re one of the over 3000 knitters who’ve already made this pattern, you should still feel free to join us!  Perhaps a Lanesplitter in black to match your entire wardrobe, a shorter skirt than before, a longer skirt than before, one with crazy stripes or a demure combination of your favourite colours.  As always, we are here to help guide you if need be.  Come in and ask questions, or join the Sunday Drop-In Clinic for more extensive help.  The options here are endless, and that’s why we’ve chosen Tina Whitmore’s Lanesplitter Skirt for our first KAL.  Join us!

For inspiration, check out some of these great projects from Ravelry:

wollschtig's "my first knitted skirt"
wollschtig’s “my first knitted skirt”
MatisseEtMoi's "Mermaid's Skirt"
MatisseEtMoi’s “Mermaid’s Skirt”
Marzanka's "small striped skirt - Bee-like"
Marzanka’s “small striped skirt – Bee-like”
MamaIke's "My first skirt"
MamaIke’s “My first skirt”
mabuli's "Lanesplitter Cowl"
mabuli’s “Lanesplitter Cowl”
tamisuzy's "Lanesplitter Infinity Scarf"
tamisuzy’s “Lanesplitter Infinity Scarf”
nanalb's Pynta trädet
nanalb’s Pynta trädet
Sailor1993's "Lanesplitter-Loop Evergreen"
Sailor1993’s “Lanesplitter-Loop Evergreen”