Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More Handmaiden Silks!

Handmaiden Lace Silk ~ $41

Handmaiden Bias Shawl Silk Rumple Kits ~ $42

Handmaiden Sea Silk ~ $38
Della Q Cotton Project Bags 11"x11.5" ~ $7 to $7.75

Della Q Silk Pouches for your accessories, 9.5" x 7" ~ $13.50

Go Knit pouches in size small & medium $21.25 to $27.25
For your knitting in public needs (I LOVE these things!)

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We're Holding a Yarn Swap!
Happy Birthday!
To celebrate Knit-O-Matic's 4th birthday and our owner Haley's 35th Birthday we're holding a yarn swap party! Refreshments will be served and yarn fun will be had by all. Attendance is FREE and you don't have to partake in the yarn swap if you don't want to.

What is a Yarn Swap?
A yarn swap is a big eco-friendly redistribution of yarn, needles and craft supplies. Bring in the crafty stuff you never want to see again and deposit it in one of our baskets. Poke around at all the other donations and take whatever you like. If you don't have any yarn to bring that's ok, you can still take whatever you like. Don't be embarrassed by the quality of yarn you bring, whatever is left over is donated to charities like Street Knit, Sistering Toronto, Women's Shelters and the Hospital for Sick Children, most of whom prefer acrylic!

Where & When?
Sunday June 1st, 1pm to 5pm ~ Drop In
Knit-O-Matic, 1378 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5R 3J1
(416) 653-7849

Since there is currently construction on Bathurst St please consult our MAP for traffic free routes to us!

Contact Us
phone: (416) 653-7849

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A New Knit-O-Matic Pattern!
You can see all our patterns HERE

Sunrise Crochet Shrug buy now

By Liane Schwarz & Haley Waxberg

This is a simple, easy to crochet shrug with raglan shaping and short sleeves. You can use any type of worsted weight yarn, but keep in mind that anything with a significant amount (30% or more) of silk in it will grow of it's own accord. Suggestions are included if you want to make the sleeves longer or cinch in the back. The back is made separately from the arms, which are then sewn on (don't worry, it's easy!) and then the border is worked around.


  • To fit bust: 32(34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) inches
  • Back Width (underarm to underarm): 16(17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28) inches
  • Length: 10.5 (11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5, 15, 15.5, 16, 16.5) inches


  • 400(431, 464, 500, 538, 579, 624, 672, 724, 780, 840, 904, 973) m of worsted weight cotton
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • 2 locking or split ring stitch markers525m
  • darning needle


  • Alternating 1 row sc, 1r dc: 13 sts & 10r = 4"/10cm
  • Semi-circle: 2 rows (1 row dc, 1 row sc) = 1" wider & higher
  • Border: (7 rows sc, 1 row dc) = 2"

Copyright © 2008 Knit-O-Matic, all rights reserved. No pattern of other material may be reproduced or distributed - mechanically, electronically, or by other means, including photocopying - without written permission of Knit-O-Matic. Pattern is for personal use only and not to be used to create items for commercial sale. Designer Liane Schwarz, Editor Haley Waxberg. For pattern corrections see our website at

New Studioloo for Me and You!

The Whimsical Studioloo


Pins and Ribbons

Humpty Dumpty

New Studioloo for Me and You!

The Colourful Studioloo

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Construction?! How Do I get to Knit-O-Matic?

Construction?! How Do I get to Knit-O-Matic?

We are located at 1378 Bathurst St, 2 blocks south of St. Clair Avenue. Due to construction on Bathurst Street Between St. Clair Ave and Dupont Ave traffic on Bathurst will be slow and the bus service will be diverted. See a map of our location

By Subway
Everything is fine with the Subway! Take the TTC to St. Clair West station (on the university line). Walk 1 block West (uphill) to Bathurst, then walk 2 blocks South (downhill) on St. Clair.

By Bus - Coming from South of St. Clair Ave
From Bathurst Station take the 7B bus north. The bus is being detoured, so get off at Vaughan Road (at the eye glasses store). Walk south (downhill) on Vaughan rd 1 block until it becomes Bathurst St. Keep walking 1/2 block and you're here!
: while on detour the 7B bus from Bathurst Station will not continue north of St. Clair, it pulls into St. Clair West station and then returns south.

By Bus - Coming from North of St. Clair Ave
Take the 7C bus on Bathurst south. Get off at St. Clair (the stop right before the station) and walk south for 2 blocks. If you accidentally pull into the station don't worry, just walk 1 block West (uphill) to Bathurst, then walk 2 blocks South (downhill) on St. Clair.
: while on detour the 7C bus only runs between Steeles Ave and St. Clair West Station.

By Car
During contruction Bathurst St. is still open but traffic may be slow, especially the intersections of Bathurst & St. Clair and Bathurst & Dupont.

Coming from South of Bathurst & St. Clair
Take Christie to Tyrrel, travel East on Tyrrel, at the end of Tyrrel turn left, then make a quick right on Alcina and drive to the end of the block and you are here!

Coming from North of Bathurst & St. Clair
Take Vaughan to Wychwood, travel south on Wychwood to St. Clair, cross St. Clair and keep travelling south to Alcina, turn on to Alcina, drive to the end of the block and you are here! (don't drive on the lower part of Vaughan within a block of St. Clair either side, it's a mess!)

Coming from the North East... A Fussy but Rarely Traveled Route
Take St. Clair to Loblaws and make a left in the special left turn lane (in the middle of the street) on to Wells Ave (beside the park), wells will split in three directions, take the middle street 1 block, turn right at Nina and drive to the lights at Bathurst. Either park on Nina and cross Bathurst to us or Drive to the opposite side street and park on Alcina.

The following streets are open and accessible:

  • Wychwood Ave.
  • Christie St.
  • Tyrrel Ave.
  • Lyndhurst Ave
  • Helena Ave
  • Alcina Ave

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Please meet the new yarns, they're kicking around, waiting for you to spend some time with them ...

Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn ~ $19
1 skein makes a good sized pair of socks and they come in bright, fun colours for spring!

Fleece Artist Merino Silver Roving ~ $7.50
For your fancies, be it spinning, needle felting, little felted ball making, or if you need something to snuggle with at night but you're too old to keep a stuffed animal.

Misti Hand Painted Lace Alpaca ~ $23.50
100g/ 800m. Misti, as always, has outdone themselves! Gorgeous colours, high quality, soft to the touch, warm, light, perfect. They colour designer resides in the Pacific North West and you can really see it in the complexity and depth of the colour combinations. For the moment I've endeavoured to stock the most wearable colours, but my wild side will soon meet up with my bank account and the results will be mesmerizing. If you want a particular colour come on down, you can look at the shade card and special order any colour you like!

Misti Pima Cotton & Silk ~ $9
Same great yarn, fantabulous new colours and a happy lower price! Misti cotton has come down $2 per skein this year, and paired with their new colours, it's all goooood. The colour second from the bottom is actually a really subtle olive green, the green below it is a happy apple green and the red is a raspberry. Check it out, everything looks good in person.

More Fleece Artist Sea Wool.....

More Handmaiden Casbah Cashmere Sock Yarn .....
(i had to play with the colours in the picture, the dandelion came out halucious!)

More Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 Sock Yarn ....
You can never have enough socks and if summer sweaters aren't your thing then a sock will surely leave you happy! oooh, look at the sangria in the top left of the box ... pretty. We've also put together our popular Basic Baby Blanket Kits with Merino 2/6 in fabulous colours!

Brown Sheep Co. Cotton Fleece ~ $9
New colours and complete dye lots have arrived in Cotton Fleece, plus the price came down by $2! I'm in lust with Dusty Eggplant CW740 in the lower left of the middle box.

Araucania Patagonia ~ $11
The chunky cotton that doesn't need to diet! Half of our colours are back ordered but in the interim we're lovin' this bulky weight yarn. It's soft, easy to work with and makes up a garment faster than a speeding bullet, and most important of all, it's affordable! We like it so much we're using it for our Easy Cardi-Shrug Class AND we've published a pattern for it, the Instant Gratification Cardie-Jacket.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Knit-O-Matic Original Store Patterns!

Updated: Knit-O-Matic Original Store Patterns!

Our inaugural online pattern is this inspired little cardie! It's fast, easy, cute and you can wear it Now! Come by the store and pick up the yarn to make it, take a workshop with us and learn how to make it, or buy it online as a PDF download! Knit it your way baby!

Instant Gratification Cardie-Jacket
Design by Liane Schwarz and Haley Waxberg

This is a simple, easy to knit neck-down cardigan/jacket, with V-line front panels and 1/2 sleeves. There is no seaming because the arms are knit in the round and the body is worked in 1 piece with raglan decreases. It will also work up fast because it is knit with bulky yarn.


To Fit Bust: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44,46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) inches

Finished Chest: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44,46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) inches

Length: 14 (15, 15, 15.5, 15.5, 16, 16, 16.5, 16.5, 17, 17, 18, 18) inches


  • 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins of Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton
  • 6.5mm/32" circular needles
  • 6.5mm/16" circular needles or 6.5mm double pointed needles or use magic loop technique with 6.5mm/32" needles
  • 4 locking stitch markers
  • 2 stitch holders (in a pinch use scrap yarn on a darning needle)
  • darning needle


12 sts and 18 rows = 4”/10cm

Friday, May 02, 2008

The New Summer Interweave Knits Has Arrived!

Take a peek at what's inside!

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