Thursday, December 20, 2007

Knit-O-matic Boxing Week Sale!
December 27 to January 3

  • Regular priced yarns
  • Sale yarns
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Patterns
  • Accessories
  • Eucalan wool wash
  • Needles, Hooks & Accoutrements

Holiday Hours

We will be closed on December 25 & 26, January 1.
We will be closing early at 4pm on December 24th & 31st and at 6pm on January 2nd.

Due to the Christmas closure we will be open until 8pm on Thursday December 27 and January 3rd and will hold our Stitch 'n Bitch those nights.

Knit-O-Matic Classes Winter/Spring 07/08

Beginner Knitting Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: absolute beginner

Monday Jan 7 & 14, 6:30-8pm

Tuesday Feb 5 & 12, 6:30-8pm

Monday Mar 3 & 10, 6:30-8pm

Tuesday Apr 1 & 8, 6:30-8pm

Monday Apr28 & May 5, 6:30-8pm

You'll learn all the basics: how to knit, purl, put stitches on your needle (cast on), finish up (cast off), change yarn in the middle of your project, weave in your ends, and how to read the information that comes on a ball of yarn. You should be able to make a scarf in this class (but you have to do your homework, so get ready to spend a few hours of down time working on your 'assignment' in front of the TV).

• Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

• $55 + tax (includes materials).

Knit Hat Workshop Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: beginner (after scarves)

Tuesday Jan 22 & 29, 6:30-8pm

Tuesday Mar 4 & 11, 6:30-8pm

The next step after making scarves is making hats! Hats are fast, easy, are very, very satisfying! We'll teach you how to knit in the round (on those funny looking Siamese twin needles), knit on double pointed needles (the ones that look like little chop sticks), decrease stitches and read a pattern.

• Consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• You must know how to cast-on and knit for this class; knowing how to purl is an asset.

• $65 + tax (includes materials)

Knit Mitten Workshop Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: beginner (after hats)

Monday Feb 18 & 25, 6:30-8pm

Monday Mar 31 & Apr 11, 6:30-8pm

The next step after making hats is making mitts! Mitts are a lot like hats: fast, easy, satisfying, inexpensive and make great gifts! We'll teach you how to knit in the round on double pointed needles, (the ones that look like little chop sticks), decrease stitches, increase stitches, pick-up stitches and read a pattern.

• Consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• You must know how to cast-on and knit for this class; knowing how to purl is an asset.

• $55 + tax (includes materials) *receive an $11 discount if you take the hat class

Cabled Beret Workshop Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate-beginner

Monday Jan 21 & 28, 6:30-8pm

Cables are another thing in knitting that look hard but are really simple once someone shows you how it's done. In this workshop you’ll learn cabling basics, how to follow a cable pattern, how to shape a beret, and how to use both circular and double pointed needles. Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• Consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• You must know how to cast-on, cast off, knit, purl and read a basic knitting pattern for this class.

• $80 + tax (includes materials)

Felted Ballet Slippers Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate-beginner

Tuesday Jan 8 & 15, 6:30-8:00pm

Find out why felting is so addictive! Learn how to shape a slipper and how to wet-felt in one fell swoop! You'll follow a pattern, use circular needles, increase and decrease stitches, pick up stitches, and find out why I call my washing machine “the Felter”.

• Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• You must know how to knit, purl, cast-on & cast off for this class; knowing how to use circular needles is an asset.

• $80 + tax (includes materials)

My First Toe Up Sock Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: advanced-beginner

Tuesday Mar 18 & 25, 6:30-8pm

Socks seem hard, but they don't have to be. While you make your sock, you'll follow a pattern, use double pointed needles, increase, decrease and pick up and wrap stitches. You’ll also shape a toe without complicated grafting and turn a professional looking heel without the usual math. It doesn’t get any easier!

• Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• You must know how to knit, purl, cast-on & off for this class; experience with double pointed needles is an asset. *$80 + tax (includes materials)

Diamond Lace Scarf Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate

Tuesday May 13 & 20, 6:30-8pm

Lace is pretty, impressive and simpler than you think! While you fashion this beautiful scarf, you’ll learn lace basics, how to follow a lace pattern and chart, and many useful tricks to bring to your next project.

• Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• You must know how to cast-on, knit, purl and read a basic knitting pattern

• $55 + tax (includes materials)

Baby Sweater Workshop Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate

Monday Feb 4 & 11, 6:30 -8pm

An excellent way to get your sweater feet wet! In this workshop you’ll make a simple neck-down raglan cardigan that will teach you the basics of shaping a sweater, how to read a pattern, and simple finishing techniques. With this under your belt, you’ll have the courage to tackle an adult-size project!

• Class consists of 2 sessions

• $85 + tax (includes materials)

Felted Flower Workshop Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate

Monday Apr 14 &21, 6:30-8pm

Break the felting ice while making this beautiful accessory! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to shape petals, make I-cord, and how to transform this floral beauty (through wet-felting) into a beautiful, brooch, hat pin, or purse decoration.

• You must know how to knit, purl, cast on and off.

• $50 + tax (includes materials)

Knitted Toy Workshop

Skill Level: beginner/intermediate

Tuesday Apr 29 & May 6; 6:30-8pm

Make an adorable stuffed animal for your child or grandchild while learning the basics of shaping (increasing and decreasing) and the techniques of finishing (esp. top stitching). An excellent way to make two birds with one stone!

You should know how to knit, purl, cast on and off.

$55 + tax (includes materials)

Beginner Crochet Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: absolute beginner!

Tuesday Feb 19 & 26, 6:30-8pm

Monday Mar 17 & 24, 6:30-8pm

Tuesday Apr 15 & 22, 6:30-8pm

Monday May12 & 19, 6:30-8pm

Crochet is fast, easy and becoming very popular. You'll learn all the basics: how to make a chain, the foundation stitches (single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, slip stitch), how to follow a crochet pattern and read the information on a ball of yarn. You should be able to make a scarf after this class and if we have time (depending on student progress) a granny square or a crocheted flower.

• Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

• $50 + tax (includes materials).

Private Classes
Monday to Friday, 12pm to 4pm,

By appointment only

Class cost is $10/hour + materials + tax

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Books

New books at Knit-O-Matic

Suss Design Essentials ~ $38 Me Likey! If you are a fashionista like me, you will like it too. I'm not crazy about Suss Cousins (pronounces Sooze, like Suzie)prior publications, and this one is still not as good as Teva Durham's Loop-D-Loop, but it aint bad. Many of the patterns follow Suss's simple California aesthetic, there are lots of basic shapes and simple outlines, like simple boatnecks and v-necks tweaked in very up-to-date styles that are eternally wearable and simple enough to make. My absolute favorites are the zippered sweater on the cover, a tweedy cowl neck pullover, and asymmetrical buttoned sweater, a very cool open-front pullover, a slinky raglan pullover. the patchwork skirt is a fashion crime, so just take an exacto knife to those pages and purge it from your memory. the dresses are all great as tunics over pants or leggings and the coats make me wish it was autumn all year long. Cousins still has a propensity to use synthetic fuzzy-furry yarns so you'll have to do your best to envision those designs in an alpaca or kid-mohair. Still, despite my gripes, it's a good showing and worth checking out.

The Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters ~ $27.95
This book is full of simple and creative sweater patterns. It's raison d'etre is to teach you how to knit sweaters to your own measurements, basically allowing you to buy up a bunch of gorgeous yarn without being tied to a specific pattern! They take you through all the steps with clear, easy to follow instructions and diagrams for both regular and side to side sweaters. Plus, there is not a raglan among the patterns, so you'll get to learn something that isn't floating all over the internet. The styles are simple, there isn't anything fitted, but in no time you'll be plowing through your stash and making room in your closet!

New Books

New Books at Knit-O-Matic

Boho Baby Knits ~ $35
I'm not really sure what 'Boho' means or how it applies to baby knits, but this book is cool, free spirited and fun. Kat Coyle gets kids, gets adults and gets knitters. The patterns are fun, not too elaborate or too hard, brightly coloured without being gaudy. I have a few favorites, especially lounging pants, hats shaped like aliens and lions, a menagerie of a mobile, big dolls to populate tea parties and a very cool, very simple striped boatneck sweater (i see myself making these by the boatload! Hee-Hee!). Boho Baby Knits is probably not for the Martha Stewart crowd, but if you are looking for a funky, useable baby book, this is it!

Knitting New Scarves ~ $25.95 If you like funky, fun, contemporary accessories you love this book! There's never a dull moment in this book, despite the fact that it features 27 scarf patterns. Lynne Barr's patterns are reminiscent of the work of Teva Durham and Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton: very sculptural and simple in their aesthetic - very wearable, very giftable. The technique may be new but she takes you through them with clear illustrations and easy to understand instructions. If you are tired of the same old-same old and want something different, something that will wow people, this book is a must!

New Books at Knit-O-Matic

Knitting Little Luxuries bu Louisa Harding ~ $21.95
This book is for anyone who likes to make or wear feminine things. The projects are small, which is great because you an get through them fast and get a lot of bang for your buck. All the designs are ornamented in some way, either with cables, lace, intarsia or applique. There's lots of vintage, wearable Victoriana to go around: hats, bags, mittens, gauntlets, wraps, capelets, scarves and a single sweater and tunic-vest (the Winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits for the Alicia Tabard vest pattern). Some benevolent knitter has also started a Knitalong for the book, so there is moral and knitting support out there (plus pictures of all the projects).

Pretty Knits by Susan Cropper ~ $38
Curtis of This hard cover book is one of those coffee-table-esque ensemble productions that i frequently use for patterns and eye candy. There are a few misses but the majority of the patterns are hits so just close your eyes on the odd ones and all will be well. I really like that the patterns are very pretty without being fussy. Features knit designers include Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding, Leigh Radford, Nadine Curtis of BeSweet yarns, Kristeen Griffin-Grimes of French Girl Knits, Rowan Freelancer Emma Seddon, Susan Cropper of Loop yarns in London and many more. I think my favorite pattern is an contemporized bed jacket By Any Twigger Holroyd in super bulky wool. My only caveat is that they call for expensive yarns, but most of them are accessible in North America and all can be easily substituted with the gentle guidance of your LYS owner. Now, I admit that I am especially susceptible to chapter headers like "Beautiful Boudoirs" and "Feminine Fripperies", but I think I'm still objective enough to say that
Pretty Knits is a great British take on modern femininity.

New this week at Knit-O-Matic!

Fleece Artist/Perl Grey Imogen Sweater Kits ~ $123
  • a raglan jacket knit sideways in one piece
  • Aran Alpaca (18st/4", 300m/250g)
  • 65% wool 50% alpaca
  • 5.5 mm needles
  • Sizes small & medium (Large & XL ordered upon request)

Fleece Artist/Perl Grey Anna Bandana Hat Kit ~ $28
  • Woolie Silk
  • 65% wool 35% silk
  • 4 mm needle

More Fleece Artist Merino Sock Kits ~ $21
  • Hand Dyed in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 100% Machine Washable Merino

  • 3mm needle, 26st/4"

  • 350m/115g

Fleece Artist Sea Wool ~ $25.50

  • Hand Dyed in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 70% Merino, 30% Seacell

  • machine washable

  • 3mm needle26st/4"

  • 350m/115g

  • Shown in Pinata

Friday, November 30, 2007

Noni Felted Bag & Flower Patterns

Noni Felted Grocery Bag/Tote ~ $10

Noni Satchel Adventure Felted Bag ~ $10
Noni Felted Roses ~ $10

Noni Felted Fuchsias ~ $7

Noni Felted Peonies ~ $7

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Clearance 50% off
Knitting & Crochet Magazines, Pattern Books and Patterns

We need more room but we'd rather knit than move stuff around, so we're clearing out some magazines, patterns books and loose leaf patterns! Pick up the patterns now and come spring you'll have lots of sources of inspiration!

Noro Books $15

Vogue Knitting $4

Interweave Knits $4

Knitscene $5

Interweave Crochet $5

Rebecca Magazine $7

Crochet Today $2

Knit Simple


.... there are many, many more titles on sale, and we'll be adding them to the list as we go!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Yarns on SALE!

Yarns Previously On Sale

plus ....
New Magazines at Knit-O-Matic

Vogue Knitting Holiday 2007

Interweave Knits Holiday 2007

Interweave Crochet Fall 2007
Crochet Today Nov/Dec 2007

New Books at Knit-O-Matic

Thursday, August 16, 2007


this picture is not of actual yarn being donatead to the
yarn swap, it is just a random picture illustrating what a
pile of swap yarn might look like.

Knit-O-Matic Yarn Swap

When: Sunday September 9 from 12pm to 5pm

Where: Knit-O-Matic, 1378 Bathurst St, Toronto (3 blocks south of St. Clair Ave on the West Side of Bathurst)

Subway: 1) go to St. Clair West Station & walk 1 block west (up the hill) and 3 blocks south (down the hill)
2) go to Bathurst Station & take the Bathurst bus (either #7 or #90) to Nina St (the stop after Davenport)

Is knitting from your stash getting a bit stale? Swap it up! We're hosting a big yarn swap to revitalize you for the fall. Bring all the yarns & other craft materials that need a good home and you can take anything you want from the pile.

Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier! There is no cost to attend, we're just doing this for the FUN of it! Refreshments will be served but cookies will not be turned away.

All the left-overs will be donated to local charities, so if you've got a pile of mungy old acrylic you want to forget you owned please bring it in and we will make sure it goes to a better place.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Early Closing August 15th

Knit-O-Matic will be closing early at 5pm on Wednesday August 15th for Stitch 'N Pitch. We are sorry for any inconvenience, we hope to see you at the game!

Friday, August 03, 2007

New Interweave Knits Fall Issue!
The new Interweave Knits fall 2007 issue has just arrived!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary Issue!

The new Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary issue has arrived! It's twice it's normal size and only costs $8.50!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Deal of the Week ... while it lasts!

Cherry Tree Hill Silk & Merino DK ~ $25 (reg. $41)

Friday, July 27, 2007

New In Store - TOFU Sock yarn!

South West Trading Company TOFUtsies - $18
50% Superwash Wool
25% SOYSILK brand fiber
22.5% Cotton
2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells!)
8 sts = 1"
needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
425m / 100g ball
machine wash and dry

Saturday, July 14, 2007

July 16 to 31st
20% off all regularly priced yarns

Plus ...

Lantern Moon Embroidered Silk Needle Cases $27-30 (reg. $54-$60)
Lantern Moon Double Pointed Rosewood Sock Needles $16 (reg. $30.50)
Lantern Moon Destin Ebony Circular Needles $17 (reg. $33)

To see other great sale items check out our online site at

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Summer Knitting Ideas: Part 3

Shrink Your Projects
If you've got kids or babies in your life summer is the perfect time to make their itsy bitsy little things that work up fast. Hats, booties, washcloths, simple sweaters and toys are all great things to work on when you don't know what to work on.

Vine Lace Baby Hat

Pea Pod Baby Set

Fruit Caps

Lil' Devil Baby Hat

Simple Sweaters
Pie Wrap Sweater

Zippy Toddler Cardigan

Baby Garter Stitch Pullover/Cardi (pattern available in store)

Socks & Booties
Better than Booties Baby Socks

Baby Socks

Bazaar Socks

Old World Felted Booties

Baby's First Socks

Fruits & Veggies Rattles

Bubby the Teddy Bear

Knitted Teddy Bears

Lola the Bunny

Kate the Kitty

Doll & Doll Clothing (the clothes are freebies but unfortunately you have to pay for the download of the pattern for the doll)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Summer Knitting Ideas: Part 2

A Diet of Small Acessories & House Projects

● lacy silk scarf for the first days of fall
I know it sounds prosaic, but it's a great opportunity to enjoy a skein of luxurious silk guilt free. Just one skein of a gorgeous silk like Fleece Artist Italian Silk or Handmaiden Silken or Silk Rumple will do the trick. All you have to do is find a lace pattern you like (flip through your books & magazines or roam the web for something you like - goodge dishcloth patterns and you'll uncover scads!) cast on a few stitches and you're off to the races! Keep in mind that laces stretches like crazy, so you can make your scarf shorter & wider than normal.

● Cotton Shopping Bags
Make some grocery bags to help save the environment. I recomend using Super10 Cotton - it's affordable, sturdy, machine washable and comes in every colour you could ever want. Shopping bags also make GREAT gifts, we've found that people LOVE them and use them constantly.

Linen Lace Market Bag
Himalaya Tote
Shopping bags
Market Bags
Recycled Bag (i'd do it in yarn, plastic bags are a pain to work with)
Hemp Bag (pattern available in store)

Hemp Market Bag
Cotton Shopping Bags
Ribbon Shopping Bags

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ideas for Summer Knitting at the Cottage Part 1

Summer is an odd time for a lot of knitters. they want to keep their hands busy but they don't want to work with wool in the heat and they aren't really inpored to make any garments.

Option 1: Knit & Crochet for Charity
If you don't know what to do but you just want to keep your hands busy consider knittng for charity. Chairty knitting is fast is also great for using up scraps and leftover yarn. Before you put your needles together check the requirements for the charity you are going to donate to: Streetknit recommends using synthetics like acrylic while Afghans for Afghans recommends using animal fibers (wool)

Afghans for Afghans
(Afghans Blog)
Afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the children of Afghanistan.

Angel Hugs Canada
Angel Hugs Canada is a
non-profit charity group of volunteers located in Mississauga Ontario, Canada.

They knit or crochet items for babies, children and adults that have suffered a severe trauma or serious life threatening illness , young mothers at risk and the homeless.

Mother Bear Project
The Mother Bear Project is a grass-roots, non-profit group dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit and crocheted bears.

Project Linus
Project Linus works to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

Streetknit collects and donates handmade hats, scarves, mittens, socks and sweaters to the homeless of Toronto. Donations are given to Toronto outreach programs.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New at Knit-O-Matic June 21, 2007

Needful Yarns Sally Melville Jumper
A great new kit form
Needful Yarns just arrived - a cabled Jumper/Dress by Sally Melville! You can make it in Needful's easy to knit cotton blend KIM or their wonderful wool LONDON TWEED. Pattern is $8, Kelly costs $5 per ball and London Tweed is $7.50 per ball. Contact us to order the yarn & colour you want! (

S: bust 33.5", 13 balls KIM or 15 balls LONDON TWEED
M: bust 36",
14 balls KIM or 16 balls LONDON TWEED
L: bust 41", 16 balls KIM or 18 balls LONDON TWEED
XL: bust 44", 17 balls KIM or 19 balls LONDON TWEED
XXL: bust 47", 18 balls KIM or 21 balls LONDON TWEED

Nashua Natural Focus Ecologie Cotton
Nashua Natural Focus Ecologie Cotton is a 100% cotton dyed with natural plant dyes. It's a soft, matte cotton perfect for anything – lace, cable, texture, you name it! It's also soft as a baby's bottom and damn gorgeous to look at! It costs $11 a ball and worth every cent!
4mm needles, 20 sts & 26 rows = 4",

Stock up on Misti Baby Alpacas!
I got the bad sad news today,
Misti is raising their prices as of July 1, 2007. So get it at the lower price while you can & stock up for any projects you were planning on making in the fall or winter.

Baby Alpaca Lace is going form $7.50 to $8.50

Baby Alpaca Chunky is going form $15 to $16.50

Baby Alpaca Worsted is going form $15 to $16.50

A new FREE crochet pattern from Knit-O-Matic!

FLOWER POT crochet sun hat is made with 2 skeins of Hemp for Knitting Allhemp6, $11.50 per skein and the pattern is gratis because I love you and we all deserve to wear something cool while we're melting in the heat. Hemp is machine washable, durable and has an interesting, earthy aesthetic. And if you don't know how to crochet, well just pop by the store and we'll teach you! I pity the fool who don't crochet!

Friday, June 15, 2007

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