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"Knitting is a haven, a safe place where one can touch history, dance with art and create a peaceful life."

Nancy Bush,
Author of Folk Socks


Have you heard? 

Rowan’s Mystery Afghan Knit-A-Long starts Thursday, April 17. 

Sign up to become a member (free) at 

and learn how to get your free afghan block patterns.

Rowan afghan

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There are still spots available for our Lucy Neatby classes. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with one of the best!  We hope you’ll come and be inspired. 

You can call the shop at 519-207-2880 to sign up  …

or purchase your class(es) from our website by clicking on “Classes” on the left, red sidebar on our homepage.

Lucy Neatby
is coming to Little Red Mitten

May 24 to 26, 2014
Registration for her classes is now open.

Lucy Neatby is a passionate knitter, who designs and writes patterns to entertain the mind as well as the fingers. She shares her love and knowledge of the art of hand knitting by giving a myriad of entertaining workshops. Lucy has won many design competitions, including TKGA’s International Design Challenge, and her work has been exhibited widely. She is a former Merchant Navy navigating officer and now the owner of Tradewind Knitwear Designs. Lucy is an inspirational and popular instructor who finds joy in sharing her techniques and passions. She and her husband John moved from South Wales to Halifax in the early 1990′s.


Seeing Double – Clearly
Saturday, May 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Gain a deeper understanding of your knitting! Try a wide variety of types of Double Knitting (DK) to produce two-sided fabrics. Make a voyage of discovery, starting with tubular knitting on straight needles, creating tubes within tubes and the options they present. Establishing positive/negative patterning on a double faced fabric and structural changes and opportunities this creates. Manipulation of yarns for efficient work. For channels for cords and a wondrous pocket, we will go from DK to single knitting and back again and then ‘quilt’ and stuff the layers for warmth and decoration. Other techniques will include a condensed bind off and shaping basics within DK. Introduction to shapings, both increases and decreases. No homework. Supply list given at registration. Cost: $90 for 6 hours

The Magic Buttonhole and Double Band
Sunday, May 25 from 9:00 am to noon
Put a beautiful band on your knitting. Work half a miniature double band for a cardigan. How to prepare for the neatest pick up ever. Develop the ability to knit up stitches ‘right first time’ by use of easy ratios. Mitred corners. Planning buttonhole spacing and sizes. Learn the Magic Buttonhole, a neat easy sewn buttonhole for a double band, perfect on both sides. Turning rows and perfect finishes for the lower edge of double bands. How best to sew on buttons. Supply list and homework swatch given at registration. Cost: $45 for 3 hours

Gilding the Lily – Part A – Finer Points of Finishing
Sunday, May 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
For intermediate upwards. Must have a working knowledge of grafting (Kitchener stitch) and Mattress Stitch as these will not be covered in detail. (Be prepared! Joan’s ‘Sew a Fine Seam’ class teaches these skills – Thurs., Apr. 3 at 6:00 OR Sat., April 12 at 10 am). Great knitting is a sum of parts. We will be looking at a variety of refinements to the detailing and finish of your pieces. We will use an easy provisional cast on technique, work a facing, incorporate a selection of turning rows and fuse the facing to the main fabric. Preparation will be made for a seam involving no bulk or fabric loss, make an impeccable double-knit pocket and trim it with a choice of decorative pocket tops. All of this will be topped with a modified bind off technique which improves ease, speed and adds elasticity to the bound off edge.  No homework. Supply list given at registration. Cost: $45 for 3 hours

Cool Socks – Part A
Monday, May 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For intermediate sock knitters upwards – must have knit at least one sock!  An advanced sock workshop for happy sock knitters who wish to refine or spice up their socks. Casting on and the essential properties of sock tops, including variations of Long Tail and Channel Island cast on (a beautiful edge or a 1 x 1 rib). Heels: Garter Stitch Short Row and Turkish, and how to determine their placement and adjust them for better fit. The revolutionary use if a Toe Chimney for easy grafting (Kitchener stitch) with no anxiety or loose stitches! Use of running yarn markers to help you stay in control. Provisional Crochet Cast On the easy way and knitting upwards for long-leg socks and three methods to avoid tight bound-off edges for toe-up socks. No homework. Supply list given at registration.  Cost: $90 for 6 hours

 Be sure to call 519-207-2880 and reserve your spot.

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Our new, improved online shopping site is up and running!!!

We hope you’ll enjoy the intuitive organization of our products.  In the course of these changes, we lost some of our product listings and are in the process of adding them in once again :)   Emily is working as fast as her little fingers will go!  Please let us know if you have any issues with the site, or can’t find something that you are looking for — just email us at:

If you prefer to order over the phone, you can call the shop at 519-207-2880 and we can either ship it out to you or hold it in the shop for you to pick up.

 On-line shopping is available in Canada only.
US Customers can call or email the shop with your orders.

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Happy Knitting!

Store Hours:

Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday - Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Sundays