Saturday, November 7, 2015

For The Love of Sheep

For the Love of Sheep
An Afghan Square by True North Yarn Co. for the 2015 Lakeside Yarn Crawl

Basic knits & purls are all that's used to create a quick, textured 8” afghan square.
Don't be afraid to embellish with your own details – add beads for eyes, surface crochet outlines for the heart or sheep to add colour & definition, embroider some sheepy facial features...
the options are endless!     K

Yarn: Worsted Weight
Needles: 4.5mm or 5.0mm
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch

Cast on 35 stitches.
Follow chart or written instructions for 48 rows.
Bind off. Weave in Ends. Block gently.

Written Instructions
Row 1 – 3: knit all
Row 4: k17, p1, k17
Row 5: knit all
Row 6: k16, p3, k16
Row 7: knit all
Row 8: k14, p7, k14
Row 9: knit all
Row 10: k12, p11, k12
Row 11: knit all
Row 12: k10, p4, k2, p3, k2, p4, k10
Row 13: k14, p2, k3, p2, k14
Row 14: k8, p6, k2, p3, k2, p6, k8
Row 15: k14, p2, k3, p2, k14
Row 16: k6, p8, k2, p3, k2, p8, k6
Row 17: k14, p2, k3, p2, k14
Row 18: k5, p9, k7, p9, k5
Row 19: knit all
Row 20: k4, p8, k11, p8, k4
Row 21: knit all
Row 22: k3, p8, k13, p8, k3
Row 23: k17, p1, k17
Row 24: k3, p7, k15, p7, k3
Row 25: k16, p3, k16
Row 26: k3, p7, k15, p7, k3
Row 27: k15, p5, k15
Row 28: k3, p7, k15, p7, k3
Row 29: k15, p5, k15
Row 30: k3, p7, k6, p3, k6, p7, k3
Row 31: k14, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k14
Row 32: k3, p8, k3, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k3, p8, k3
Row 33: k17, p1, k17
Row 34: k3, p10, k4, p1, k4, p10, k3
Row 35: knit all
Row 36: k4, p27, k4
Row 37: knit all
Row 38: k4, p14, k1, p14, k4
Row 39: knit all
Row 40: k5, p10, k5, p10, k5
Row 41: knit all
Row 42: k6, p7, k9, p7, k6
Row 43: knit all
Row 44: k8, p3, k13, p3, k8

True North Yarn Co.
15 Cedar Pointe Dr. Unit 7
Barrie, ON

Please contact yarn shop for the charted version of pattern. 

Party at the Purple Sock

Party at the Purple Sock
(afghan square Lakeside Yarn crawl 2015)

4mm Needle
Worsted weight yarn
Sample done in 3dogknits worsted weight yarn Colourway “Purple Sock Party”
Tapestry needle

Gauge: 18sts in 4 inches in stitch pattern

YO: Yarn over
Garter Stitch: knit every row
sts: stitches

Pattern stitch:
Row 1 and all wrong size rows: knit 3 purl to last 3 sts knit 3
Row 2: knit 3 * yo,  knit 3, pass yo over  last 3 stitches, knit 3,  repeat from * to last 3 sts, knit 3
Row 4: repeat row 2 
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 8: knit 3 * knit 3, yo, knit 3, pass  yo over  last 3 stitches, repeat  from * to last 6 sts, knit 6
Row 10: repeat row 8
Row 12: repeat row 8

The square: 
Cast on 36 sts. Knit 3 rows garter sts.

Start pattern on wrong size row.

Repeat pattern stitch rows  1 to 12  3 times, then rows 1 to 6 once (42 rows).

Knit 3 rows of garter sts. and cast off.

Weave in ends with tapestry needle and block to desired size (sample is 8 inches square).

The Purple Sock
13 Coldwater Rd       

P.O. Box 675
Coldwater Ontario
L0K 1E0

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sunshine Lace Square by Grey Heron Yarn Shop in Collingwood

Grey Heron – Sunshine Lace

Lakeside Yarn Crawl 2015 – Afghan Square


 Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Worsted – 1 ball, colour 132   Buttercup
Needles: 4.5mm

Pattern: multiple of 6 sts plus 4sts, 2 edge stitches creates small border

Row 1: (RS) K2, (Sl1 purlwise, K2, PSSO, K3) repeat, K2

Row 2: (WS) K2, (P4, YO, P1) repeat, K2

Row 3: (RS) K2, (K3, Sl1 purlwise, K2 PSSO) repeat, K2

Row 4: (WS) K2, (P1, YO, P4) repeat, K2

Cast on 40sts

Knit 2 rows, start pattern and repeat rows 1 – 4 approx. 13 times

Knit 1 row

Cast off. Weave in ends. Block

Grey Heron Yarn Shop – 65 Simcoe St. Studio 1, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7

Zigzag Square by Docknits of Port Elgin

DocKnits Zigzag Square

Measurements:  8” x 8”
Materials:  1 - 50 gram ball of Color by Kristin (or any worsted weight yarn)
Needles:  4.5 mm circular or straight needles
K – knit
yo – yarn over
k2tog – knit 2 together

Cast on 36 stitches using long tail cast on with 4.5 mm needles.
Knit 4 rows of garter stitch.
Row 1:  K4, (K5, yo, k2tog) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 2 and all even rows:  K4, purl to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 3:  K4, (K4, yo, k2tog, K1) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 5:  K4, (K3, yo, k2tog, K2) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 7:  K4, (K2, yo, k2tog, K3) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 9:  K4, (K1, yo, k2tog, K4) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 11:  K4, (K2, yo, k2tog, K3) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 13:  K4, (K3, yo, k2tog, K2) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 15:  K4, (K4, yo, k2tog, K1) to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 16:  K4, purl to last 4 stitches, K4.
Rows 17-32:  Repeat rows 1-16.
Rows 33-41:  Repeat rows 1-9
Knit 4 rows garter stitch and then cast off knitwise.
Sew in ends and block.

651 Goderich Street, Box 2140, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0

Striped Square by Philosopher's Wool of Inverhuron

STRIPED SQUARE in 2 ply Philosopher’s Wool   


Finished Size:  8” x 8”

Needles:  US 8, 5 mm circular or straight needles   

This square is knit on the diagonal.

Cast on 3 stitches.
Increase one stitch at the beginning of each row, changing colour every 1 to 5 rows.
Repeat until the side of your square measures 8 inches.
Now decrease at the beginning of each row, continuing with the striping as before, until you have 3 stitches left.
Cast off and darn in any unwoven ends.

Philosopher's Wool Company,
Inverhuron, Ontario,
N0G 2T0 Canada

Sunshine Bloom by Purl3 in Orillia


Sunshine Bloom    


Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted)
4.5mm needles (or needle size to obtain gauge) from ball band
Tapestry needle


20 st = 4”
Finished Size 8” x 8”


SKPO: Slip 1 knit 1 pass the slip stitch over
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in Back
SL3: Slip 3 stitches as if to purl
YRN: Yarn around needle (over top)
YO: Yarn over
BB (Bobble): How to make
Row 1: Insert right hand needle into stitch knit wise and knit one. Leave stitch on needle. 
Insert right hand needle into back of loop and knit one. Leave stitch on needle (you now have 2 stitches). 
Insert needle into the front of stitch knit wise and knit one (you now have 3 stitches on right hand needle. Drop the left hand stitch from the needle. Turn your work
Row 2: Purl 3 stitches. Turn
Row 4: Knit 3. Turn
Row 5: Purl 3. Turn
Row 4: Knit 1st stitch, knit 2 together. Pass first knit stitch over the second. Continue in pattern.


Cast on 39 stitches
Row 1 to 6: Purl
Row 7: (RS) P3, K6 (SL3 WYIF, K3)4 TIMES, K3, P3
Row 8: (WS) P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P4 (SL3 WYIB, P3) 3 TIMES, SL3 WYIB P2, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 9: P3, K4 (SL3 WYIF, K3) 4 TIMES, K5 P3
Row 10: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P6 (SL3 WYIB, P3)3 TIMES, P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 11: P3, K8 (SL3 WYIF, K3) 3 TIMES, SL3 WYIF, K4, P3
Row 12: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P2 (SL3 WYIB, P3) 4 TIMES, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3

Repeat rows 7 to 12 two more times

Row 25: P3, K4, P10, K2, P1, K2, P10, K4, P3
Row 26: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1 K10, P2, K1, P2, K10, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 27: P3, K4, P9, K2tog, K1, YRN, P1, YO, K1, SKPO, P9, K4, P3
Row 28: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K9, P3, K1, P3, K9, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 29: P3, K4, P8, K2tog, K1, YO, K1, P1, K1, YO, K1 SKPO, P8, K4, P3
Row 30: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K8, P4, K1, P4, K8, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 31: P3, K4, P7, K2tog, K1, YO, K2, P1, K2, YO, K1, SKPO, P7, K4, P3
Row 32: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K7, P5, K1, P5, K7, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 33: P3, K4, P6, K2tog, K1, YO, K3, P1,K3, YO, K1, SKPO, P6, K4, P3
Row 34: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K6, P6, K1, P6, K6, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 35: P3, K4, P5, K2tog, K1, YO, K1, K2tog, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, SKPO, K1, YO, K1, SKPO, P5, K4, P3
Row 36: P3, YRN, P3tog YRN, P1, K5, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K5, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 37: P3, K4, P5, K3, K2tog, K1, YRN, P1, K1, P1, YO, K1, SKPO, K3, P5, K4, P3
Row 38: P3, YRN P3tog YRN P1, K5, P5, K2, P1, K2, P5, K5, P1, YRN P3tog YRN P3
Row 39: P3, K4, P5, K2, K2og, K1, YRN, P2, K1, P2, YO, K1, SKPO, K2, P5, K4, P3
Row 40: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K5, P4, K3, P1, K3, P4, K5, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 41: P3, K4, P5, K1, K2tog, K1, YRN, P3, K1, P3, YO, K1, SKPO, K1, P5, K4, P3
Row 42: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K5, P3, K4, P1, K4, P3, K5, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 43: P3, K4, P5, K2tog, K1 YRN, P3, BB, P1, BB, P3, YO, K1, SKPO, P5, K4, P3
Row 44: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K5, P1, K13, P1, k5, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 45: P3, K4, P9, BB, P5, BB, P9, K4, P3
Row 46: P3, YRN P3tog YRN, P1, K25, P1, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Row 47: P3, K4, P8, BB, P1, P2tog, YRN, P2tog, YRN, P2, BB, P8, K4, P3
Row 48, 50, 52 and 54 repeat row 46
Row 49: P3, K4, P8, BB (P2tog, YRN)3 TIMES, P1, BB, P8, K4, P3
Row 51: P3, K4, P8, BB, P1, P2tog, YRN, P2tog, YRN, P2, BB, P8, K4, P3
Row 53: P3, K4, P9, BB, P5, BB, P9, K4, P3
Row 55: P3, K4, P11, BB, P1, BB, P11, K4, P3
Row 56: P3, YRN P3tog YRN P27, YRN P3tog YRN, P3
Purl 6 rows
Cast off Purl wise

Purl3 Lakeside Yarn Crawl 2015

10-425 West Street North, Orillia, ON, Canada

Skipping Stones on Georgian Bay by Riverside Yarns of Owen Sound

“Skipping stones on Georgian Bay”
by Riverside Yarns

1 ball Cascade 220 col9455    
1 pair 4.5mm needles

20 sts x 26 rows = 4” square

Cast on 42 stitches.
Knit 5 rows

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit 3,  purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3.
Row 3: Knit 3, *k2tog, k2, yf, k1, yf, k2, s1, k1, psso, repeat
                             from * 3 more times, knit 3.
Row 4: same as row 2
Row 5: Knit 3, *k1, k2tog, yf, k3, yf, s1, k1, psso, repeat from
                             * 3 more times, k3.
Row 6: same as row 2.

Repeat rows 1-6 seven more times.

Knit 6 rows.  Cast off knitways on right side.

Darn in ends.

This design reminds me of skipping rocks at the shoreline.  


Riverside Yarns, Lakeside Yarn Crawl 2015

928 2nd Ave. East
Owen Sound Ontario
N4K 1S3

k=knit, p=purl, psso=pass slipped stitch over,  s=slip, tog=together, yf=yarn forward, 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

and the WINNERS are...

The winners on the Lakeside Yarn Crawl...

Angela F, Kathy P, Mary D, Carol G, Jackie M

We hope everyone had a great time touring our wonderful region. 
Hope to see you next year.

Karen, Kitrina, Lynn 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

We are almost ready...

We are just waiting to received the last shop's fully stamped passports and then we are ready to draw the Grand Prize. 

I know, the anticipation is tough to withstand.... 

Hang in there.... it will be worth the surprize!! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Thank You for supporting our Yarn Crawl

The prize baskets have been filled with donations from:

Estelle Yarns, Cascade Yarns, 

Rowan, Westminister Fibers, Regia 

Dye Guy, Peace Fleece, Nova Yarns,

Diamond Yarns, Fleece Artist, Handmaiden

Eucalan, Berroco, SOAK, 

Cabin Fever, Shelridge Yarns

Let's give them a round of applause!! 

Lakeside Yarn Crawl wraps up today

Well, it's been a wonderful time receiving all the crawlers at our ports of call. 

Drop your ballots off at your LYS or last stop on the crawl. 

You will have until Monday September 14th to drop your passports in to qualify for the draws. Unfortunately, any passports received after that date, will not be counted.   

If you have collected five or more stamps on your passport, drop that off too. 
We will have a secondary draw for a lucky participant. 

Give us a couple of weeks to collect and tally up the ballots. 

We will contact the winners by email/phone and arrange a timing to pick up the winnings. 

We will post the winners names on our blog, ravelry pages and facebook pages too. 

We hope you have had a fun time!! 

Lakeside Yarn Crawl  


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How's your yarn crawling?

We now have just over 30 days left in the Lakeside Yarn Crawl before it wraps up for another year. 

We are starting to receive full passports at some of the yarn shops and you know what that means??

Your fully stamped passport is entered into the draw for the Grand Prize gift.... a basket full of lovely items donated by our yarn distributors. 

Even if you won't have time to travel the entire crawl, don't despair, you have still filled in your draw ballot at each of the shops for a chance to win their wonderful gift basket. 

We hope you are having fun!! - enjoying your yarn travels...   

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Canada Day!!

Happy Canada Day to all Crawlers!!

Do check each yarn shop on the crawl to make sure 

they are OPEN on Canada Day. 

If you are travelling around our wonderful cottage areas, 

check in @ to find

All Canada Day Celebrations in the towns you will be heading to. 

Ask for your Afghan pattern at each shop!!

Ask for you Draw Ballot at each shop!! 

Spread the word about the crawl to all your knitter friends. 

Have a wonderful Canada Day!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Alliston Yarns WINS New Business of the Year!!

Karen Morton (on the left) from
Alliston Yarns

Congratulations Karen on winning the New Business of the Year award.


Visit the Alliston Farmer's Market 
every Saturday 8am to 2pm @ Victoria and Mill Sts 

 Market and area information found below: 


Fabulous event in Alliston - August 7th - 9th 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Start your engines - the Lakeside Yarn Crawl has begun...

Here's a few details- 

Start date: Saturday June 13th
Finish date: Monday September 7th

Crawling participating rules:
1. Crawler must be 18 or older to participate
2. Only 1 passport per crawler
3. Crawler must be present when their passport is stamped or signed

This year, every shop will have a draw for a gorgeous basket of goodies. 
           Ballots are available at each shop - ask for yours!!

This year the grand prize basket is filled with donation supplies from 
all of our suppliers!! 
As soon as we have everything in place, I will post an amazing picture. 

To have the chance to WIN the grand prize, a fully stamped passport must be filled in. Leave your passport at the last shop or return it to your LYS from the list below. 

NEW - Every shop has created a lovely pattern for an 8" Afghan Square. 
The pattern is FREE, so please ask for yours. 

Please send us photos of your finished afghans so we can show off your knitting!!

The Purple Sock - Coldwater
True North Yarn Co - Barrie
Eliza's Buttons and Yarn - Barrie
Grey Heron Yarn Shop - Collingwood
Creemore House of Stitches - Creemore
Riverside Yarns - Owen Sound
Philosopher's Wool Company - Inverhuron
DocKnits - Port Elgin
Purl 3 - Orillia
Alliston Yarns - Alliston

If you are travelling a fair distance to a shop, please call them a few days before to ensure they are open during the time you will be there. 
Emergencies do crop up - so call first to avoid disappointment. 

Safe driving - Have fun!! - Take a friend - Good Luck!! - Happy Knitting!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

True North Yarn Company in Barrie


Hey summer yarn lovers! All of us at True North Yarn Co. are pumped to be 
part of the Lakeside Yarn Crawl again this year. There’s nothing better for 
our Simcoe County/Georgian Bay summers than sharing favourite beachside projects! 
Check out our cozy new shop location in Cedar Pointe Plaza in Barrie. 
We have planned a fun fiber-full summer class schedule.

Summer classes include a T-Yarn workshop, 
Finishing classes, and a free Lace KAL! 

Check out our free Yarn Socials for help between classes, getting a project 
started or learning new techniques like Magic Loop.

To kick off the crawl we are offering a Free Learn to Knit Class
Saturday June 13th from 10am - 12pm.

We are also hosting an all day knitfest to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of  
WWKIP Day at our store, Saturday June 13th 10am - 5:30pm. 

Bring your crochet and knitting projects, and lawn chairs. 
We will provide the refreshments.

Summer Yarn Highlights: Noro Tokonatsu, Handmaiden Swiss Silk, 
Borgo de Pazzi e-co, Punta Yarns Montoya Beach, King Cole Authentic Cotton DK, 
Katia Tahiti Spray, Diamond Luxury Collection Summertime, 
Kauni 300g Effektgarn kits, Cascade Avalon, 
Sirdar Beachcomber and now introducing 
Penguin Soup yarns dyed locally in Simcoe County!

Notions: HiyaHiya, Susan Bates, Knitter’s Pride, and 
Wooden Yarn Bowls/Sock Forms/Darning Eggs made in Gravenhurst!

For the full list of brands we carry
and to shop online
you can always check out
for updates follow us at our blog & on Facebook!

Our sweet new location!
(705) 737 - 4422

All Summer We are Open
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5:30 pm
Open late ‘til 8 on Thursdays!
(We will be closed Canada Day, August 3rd, Labour Day)