Dartmouth Yarns
..because it's always sweater weather in Nova Scotia!
122 Portland St.
Nova Scotia B2Y 1H8
(902) 422-YARN

Late Winter Shop Hours

  • Tues- Sat 11 am - 4 pm
  • Sunday noon - 4 pm
  • Closed Mondays



I was knitting a brioche sample for the store when I was struck again with the beauty of the continental style of knitting.  I originally learned to knit, like most of us, tensioning the working yarn in my right hand and "throwing" or wrapping the needle tip to make knit and purl stitches.  This style is typically called English-style, and people who use it are called "throwers".  I still knit both ways, but there are times that I am really happy to knit continental--for example, I found the brioche stitch very awkward English-style.  Generally, I find continental a little faster, with more economy of movement.  If you are an English-style knitter now and would like to learn to "do the Continental", join me tomorrow.  We'll learn to knit and to purl. Bring or purchase a hefty yarn from the shop (aran, bulky, or larger is best for learning) and some chubby needles to work with the yarn, and the workshop is totally free.  If you want to use yarn purchased elsewhere, a $10 class fee is required.

We have a workshop limit of 10 participants.  You can call the shop at 902-422-9276 902-422-9276 to reserve a spot or just drop in. 

I call the sample cowl in the photo my No-Frills Brioche Cowl.  I didn't use a pattern, but it is very similar to the Basic Brioche Cowl by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark (click here for the free pattern).  In place of the garter stitch borders, I used an interesting Italian Tubular Cast-on and sewn Tubular Bind-off.  These edges are very stretchy, kind-of invisible, and match...a good choice for the brioche rib pattern stitch.

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