A Gifty……..from Westminster Fibres, ON Canada

While at the Creative Festival in Toronto last Friday, feeling a bit weary, I saw a display with a couple of empty chairs and a big basket of yarn and needles.
I asked permission to sit a bit and inquired about the yarn and needles.
The attendant invited me to sit and knit abit. I did.

After a bit a lady came over and asked if she could take a picure. OK, by me.

After knitting and resting, I thought I would give up my seat in case someone else could use it. As I’m picking up my things, a lady came over and gave me a Gifty for the yarn tasting.




I didn’t realize it was Westminster that was sponsoring the booth until I looked at the show schedule.


Same yarn, Berroco “Link”, a super chunky yarn.
One was knit flat, the other was knit circular. Bottom up. The yardage was used knit up to the last 6″



10 mm needles,

Cast 22 stitches.
Row 1, knit
Row 2, *k1, yarn over * to end of row.
Repeat these 2 rows, until a couple of yards/metres remain.
Decrease by “k2together, yo* repeat. ( if enough yarn, knit another knit round.)
Secure remaining stitches to close up the top.

FREE Pattern……Berroco “Link” yarn HAT #1

Berroco “LINK” hat pattern.

Sideways knit construction.
I hank, 50% wool, 50% Acrylic, 7oz1 200 gm, 32 yd-30 m
10mm knitting needles, gauge unknown.

Cast on 7 stitches VERY loosely.
Row 1… * Knit 1 stitch, 2 wraps of yarn over needle.* ……repeat to last stitch.
Row 2….*Knit the stitch and then unravel the yarn overs* …..to last stitch.

Repeat these 2 rows x 13 or 14 repeats. ( it will depend on how tight or loosely you knit).

Join ends. I used the 3 needle cast off method.
Gather the side edge and tighten for the crown.
I had approx 5 ft of yarn remaining.

Mary Anne Cutler
Yet Another Canadian Artisan



Toronto Creative Needlework festival

The show was located in the Metro Convention Centre. The Market Place was huge and fully loaded with eyecandy and merchandise. Here are some photos that I took with permission.
Crochet……..a fun display.





While sitting in a “sit and knit abit” display, the display presenter took some pictures and gave me the following kit.



The show had a very big knitting/ crochet presence. Lovely exhibits, some yarn tastings, some hands on techniques.

This was all in the Market Place! and like all knitters, I succumbed to purchase yarn……….a Berroco yarn called Link. It looks like an I cord, very soft. One hank should be enough yarn to make a scarf/cowl.



This is a swatch that I made during a “hands on ” demo of “short rowing” in garter stitch.The orange yarn was one of the Red Heart yarn tastings. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the ball band to identify. It was very soft and squishy with about a dozen or so plys of very fine yarn.

More Mohair …………lace scarf or double loop cowl

I love the weightlessness of a mohair lace scarf. Many complain of the itchiness of mohair. I have found that it softens when hand washed. Of course, there are various grades ( think quality) of the fibre and is often mixed with a variety of other fibres. The ball band has the content % of the various fibre mixes and the information for suggested gauge and yardage/meters. It is not necessary to stick with the suggested gauge and many interesting knits have been produced with outlandish gauges.


My friend graciously modeled.

Mittens…….ambidextrous type

Knitting these was fun. The Noro Kureyon yarn, its’ colour changes and garter stitch made a an interesting mitten.

Info taken from the Elizabeth Zimmerman instructions.



The mitten is knit in one piece vertically, folded over and seamed. The thumb opening is not the usual one.


This 3 rd Photo is from the book.

HAT sizing chart

Hat Sizing Chart *

Head Circumference
Adult Hat Size
Inches Centimeters
Easy Fit
Sized Stretch Fit
Stretch Fit/Adjustable
21 1/4 54 6 3/4 Small (S) Small/Medium (S/M)
21 5/8 55 6 7/8
22 55.9 7 Medium (M)
One Size Fits Most
22 3/8 56.8 7-1/8 Medium/Large (M/L)
22 3/4 57.8 7-1/4 Large (L)
23 1/8 58.7 7 3/8
23 1/2 59.7 7 1/2 XL Large/XL (L/XL)
23 7/8 60.6 7 5/8
24 1/4 61.6 7 3/4 XXL
24 5/8 62.5 7 7/8
25 63.5 8

Head Circumference
Children’s Hat Size
Inches Centimeters Fitted Easy Fitted Stretch Fitted
18 1/2 47 Infant
19 48 6 XSM
19 3/8 49.2 6 1/8 S Toddler
19 3/4 50.2 6 1/4 S/M
20 1/8 51 6 3/8 M Child
20 1/2 52 6 1/2
20 7/8 53 6 5/8 L L/X Youth
21 1/4 54 6 3/4
21 5/8 55 6 7/8 XL
22 55.9 7
*These charts are for reference only. Fit may vary depending on the construction, materials and manufacturer.