Colette's Cache of Knitting, Crochet, and Hairpin Lace



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Colette van Haaren

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Born to Knit - née pour crocheter -- at least, that's what my business card says...

Colette van Haaren designs and makes textile accessories that are great for layering:

Combine sleeveless vests with "vest-less" sleeves for a versatile outfit.

Ponchos and sleeves also go together well.

And if you are allergic to metal, you can wear bold textile jewelry - no problem.

 Born to knit - née pour crocheter

Wearable blanket in garter stitch, 4 mm needles - mostly Galway Irish knitting wool by Diamond, 2006

Triangular scarves in garter stitch (2.5 mm needles)

Helmet, short rows; garter stitch and cables; 2006 (Photos by Y.  Weeks)

Hairpin lace
examples for teaching: waxed cord bracelet, 2007; neck warmer, 2006; skinny scarf,2007. (Bottom right:) hairpin lace-collared sweater created in collaboration with Montreal fashion designer Katrin Leblond, 2007.

 Amigurumi, tiny crocheted toys; hook 1.75 mm, 2007

Crocheted purses and bracelets, mercerized cotton, 2007


Knitted doll, practice project; rectangle with few decreases, garter stitch, seed stitch, stockinette, intarsia; sewn-through body shaping, 2007

Machine-knit Möbius-style shoulder shrugs, cotton, 2008

Partial colour range of machine-knitted shoulder shrugs 2008

Where to buy:

Boutique Katrin Leblond, 4647 Blvd St-Laurent, MTL, 514-678-9616

Les Coureurs de Jupons, 2627, Masson Street, MTL, 514-508-1368

White Label by Evelyne
420 Villeray Street, MTL

Tango Boutique (at Tango Social Club)
7755 Blvd St-Laurent, MTL, 438-380-1821

5588A Sherbrooke Street West, MTL, 514-486-5588

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Favourite stitches:
  • Stockinette
  • Garter
  • Brioche

Experimenting with:

  • Short rows
  • Hairpin lace 
  • Knitted broomstick lace 
  • Crocheting with wire
  • Shaped shawls

Easy knitting projects:
  • Flat hat
  • Wrist warmers
  • Slippers
  • Baby booties
  • Diaper  cover
  • Scarf
  • Stole
  • Shoulder shrug
  • Poncho

Easy shapes:
  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Triangle
  • Octagon
  • Möbius strip... 

...once you know how to cast on, that is!