Image of Jane loom from Louet catalog

Browse the 2018 Louet Equipment Catalog!

Don’t you just love when a new catalog arrives? The chance to drool and ogle over what’s new. For me it’s fiber-related items and seeds. (yes, spring! Seed catalogs! Should I grow rainbow chard? I digress.) I love seeing what’s new and I love making plans for my next big purchase. Maybe I’ll spot some yarn that I want to purchase right away, but I have just as much fun planning the dream weaving loom that I’d like to purchase next year.

Does that sound like you? Hands up if you’re a spinner or weaver (or want to be!) Well, we’ve got a treat for you… the new 2018 Louet Spinning & Weaving Equipment catalog has been released!

Image of Jane loom from Louet catalog

Have a look by downloading the digital catalog. Whether you’re looking for your 1st loom (Erica is a great option) or your 10th… Louet makes the finest quality wheels and looms.

If you’re looking for a great entry-level spinning wheel, we’ve extended our S17 Wheel & Fiber promotion into 2018. If you buy an S17 wheel (a wonderful unfinished wheel) and paint it & send us a photo, we’ll send you $200 of fiber for free! Amazing! (read more here).

 

Falling in love with cables with Hatcher!

We’re huge fans of cables, and when we spotted Julie Hoover’s Hatcher, we cast on right away! (Ours is going to be gold, a gorgeously rich mustard-y color that has been super popular this winter season!)

The pattern sample uses a dk-weight yarn, but gauge is what really matters! Our Gems Worsted works up beautifully at 5 sts/inch and it’s stitch definition makes it a fabulous choice for cables. Plus, it’s machine washable and pill-resistant 100% merino.  What more could you ask for?

Not sure how to knit a gauge swatch? Check out this blog post!

Hatcher contains an addendum for making it 3/4 sleeve or full-sleeve… or you can knit it as pictured. Depending on your climate, you either have a fabulous winter sweater or the perfect early-spring garment!

Purchase the downloadable pattern directly from Julie’s site and grab Gems worsted from your favorite LYS or from louet.com.

Don’t forget to share your sweaters with us!

We’re making 2018 the year of the sweater!
Use the hashtag #2018Sweater on Instagram to share with us your progress knitting (this, or any other) sweater!

Benefits of Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Louet North America knows that when it comes to your hobbies, it’s easy to have an overabundance of items cluttering your space. One of the easiest ways to scale down your knitting supplies is to use supplies that are good for more than one purpose. Interchangeable knitting needles are one way that you can reduce the number of knitting needles that you need to have on hand for all your projects. Continue reading

Find Comfort with Ergonomic Knitting Needles

At Louet North America, we understand your need to knit. Knitting is one of those activities that make you feel relaxed and soothed while creating something new for the world to enjoy. It’s a wonderful feeling. The repetition that comes from knitting is one of the things that makes it so peaceful, but that repetitive motion can be hard on your hands and wrists. For those that suffer from carpal tunnel or worry about repetitive motion injuries, there are ergonomic knitting needles. Continue reading

Erin knitting sweater by Louet North America

Make 2018 the Year of the Sweater!

Knitted Cardigan from Louet

The New Year is rolling around and with it, New Year’s Resolutions. Have you been wanting to knit a sweater? Let’s make this the year!

Use the Instagram hashtag #2018Sweater, and share with us your progress knitting (your first or 100th) sweater!

If you’re an avid knitter, maybe you want to take the opportunity to challenge yourself. Brioche? One sweater a month? Fair Isle? It’s up to you… and we want to see what you’re making!

New Jewel tones of Gems Worsted from Louet North America

We LOVE Gems Worsted for sweaters, it’s machine washable and pill-resistant 100% merino. Yum! Check in at your local yarn store (or order from our site) in your fave color!

Some of our fave sweater patterns

There is no end to the amazing collection of sweater patterns available (here is a link to the Ravelry search for sweater patterns)… here are a few of our faves for different levels/niches:

  • Great first sweater pattern: Flax by Tin Can Knits
  • Experimenting with knits and purls: Erin by Louet North America (our newsletter subscribers get this one for FREE! Details below!)
  • For those in warmer climates: Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier (works up fantastically in Euroflax Sport linen)
  • Colorwork/Stranded Knitting: Vintersol by Jennifer Steinglass
  • Cables: Antler Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

Get Erin, for FREE!

Sign up for our newsletter to get the pattern for Erin! Click ‘sign up for our newsletter’ and subscribe to our knitting segment and you’ll get the pattern delivered to your inbox!

Erin knitting sweater by Louet North America

Don’t forget to share photos using the hashtag #2018Sweater. And follow us on Instagram!

Jane Stafford

Retailer Spotlight: Jane Stafford Textiles

Location: On beautiful Salt Spring Island, situated between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the Salish Sea.

Website: janestaffordtextiles.com

Jane Stafford Textiles

Jane Stafford is one of North America’s most highly skilled weaving instructors and the namesake of the Louet Jane loom (yes, really!). She has been weaving most of her adult life, and teaching for many of those years. Since becoming a Louet dealer in 1990, she has worked closely with the company and gave invaluable advice for developing what many call the best table loom on the market.

Jane’s studio on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada is a weaver’s paradise. It’s a place where the joy of the craft comes to life! Since opening, hundreds of weavers have come to the studio to deepen their skills on the loom.

planning weaving in Jane Stafford's studio

The studio is located on an island in the Salish sea, located between Vancouver Island and the British Columbian mainland. It features spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and a moderate climate. The local area is known for the hiking, the food producers, the shoreline, the artisans, the quaint country roads, the artists.

Jane Stafford’s studio has all of the Louet looms on display on the floor and boasts tremendous customer service, not only in teaching, but also in product support.

Jane Stafford

Sounds like a dream, right? Are you already checking flight prices?

Alas, a visit to that lovely corner in the world isn’t practical for all of us, which is why Jane offers the Jane Stafford Textiles Online Guild. For $75 per year, online students receive access to all the Online Guild episodes produced to date, plus every episode produced over the coming year as well. It’s an amazing way for weavers across the world to get a flavor of visiting the studio without leaving home!

The last Online Guild episode was on the topic of weaving with mohair, and in addition to the episode, students have access to the Online Guild forums, where they can chat, connect and share.

Jane says her favorite physical product (because, of course, weaving & teaching are her first passions!) is the lovely hand-dyed silk, dyed right on the island. Wouldn’t that make an amazing souvenir?

Whether you are lucky enough to visit in person, or just virtually, weavers of all levels will be inspired by spending some time with Jane!

Address: 142 Richard Flack Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1N4, Canada

Website: janestaffordtextiles.com

This blog post is sponsored content, featuring a shop that retails our products. Opinions and text are our own.

Erica new Louet table loom

Meet Erica, our new table loom!

Meet Erica! We’re super-excited to introduce this compact-yet-might loom to the Louet family!

Erica new Louet table loom

Erica is a 12″ (30cm) table loom that comes standard with 2 harnesses. If you’re comfortable weaving on a rigid heddle, this is the perfect ‘next step’! Rigid heddle (or newbie!) weavers will appreciate the ease of operating a 2-shaft loom, but will also delight in the increased possibilities and ease of operation over a rigid heddle loom.

The Erica comes with 200 heddles and a 40-10 (10 dent) reed. Heddle length for the Erica is 150mm.

Add up to 4 harnesses!

The Erica accommodates up to 4 harnesses (2 are included, additional shafts available for purchase), meaning this sweet little loom has lots of room to handle more complex weaving patterns.

Whether you’re learning to weave, upgrading from a rigid heddle loom, or just looking for a fabulous little package that can work as your travel loom, Erica is for you!

Compact Weaving!

The Erica easily folds so that you can take this loom with you when traveling or store away compactly when not in use (although we’re not sure when you won’t be using this gem!)

Erica loom, folded

Just like the well-loved Jane, Erica folds with your in-progress weaving in place!

Order yours, now!

The Erica is currently shipping out to our retailers… and they’ve been selling like hotcakes, so we don’t have a single one left for our own shop!

To grab your loom, contact your LYS and ask if they have extras available (some shops have waitlists!) or email us and we can direct you to a retailer.

Sign up for our weaving newsletter to be notified of upcoming announcements!

Moon Spot Cowl by SweaterFreak Knits

Moon Spots KAL

Nothing makes us more excited to find that perfect pairing between pattern + yarn. It’s the recipe for knitting enjoyment and a fantastic finished project!

And when it’s bundled up in a fun Knit-a-long? Hooray!

Moon Spot Cowl by SweaterFreak Knits

Looking for a fun Knit-a-long to take your mind off of holiday stress? Look no further!

Jenny of Sweaterfreak Knits is hosting the Moon Spots KAL, the perfect project for this time of year! You choose: cowl, mitts or hat… each one features fabulous textures (including that sweet bobble).

The first clue for the KAL will be posted on December 8th, with the final clue on December 18th, so you’ll have it all wrapped up before Christmas. That means these could be knitted for presents (if you’re the generous sort… I’m keeping the cowl for myself!)

The pattern listings are live now (and on sale before the first clue comes out), so head over to grab your place:

And head to the KAL thread to share your progress!

Never knitted a bobble before? No worries! Jenny was kind enough to come by our blog and share a step-by-step bobble knitting tutorial!

All three samples are knit in Louet Gems Worsted, Cloud Grey. Gems has great stitch definition, the cables and bobbles really pop! And… it’s super-soft to wear. Gems is 100% merino that’s ‘prickle-proof’!

Moon Spots fingerless mitts

Sound like fun?


Head on over to the Jenny’s Ravelry Page to purchase, and grab your yarn either on our site or at your favorite local retailer!

 

bobble tutorial knitting

Learn to Knit a Bobble!

I am delighted to introduce you to Jenny, aka SweaterFreak! Jenny’s designs are beautiful and her latest is knit in Louet Gems Worsted… it’s a KAL (that’s a knit-a-long) pattern that launches Monday! It’s a pattern with lots of different textures, which is a perfect pairing for Gems‘s amazing stitch definition!

Sweater Freak Knits KAL Moon Spots

Jenny was kind enough to come by and give us a detailed tutorial on how to knit one of the beautiful stitches in her new pattern, the bobble stitch.

To grab this great pattern, head to Jenny’s Ravelry Page and look for Moon Spots!

Here’s Jenny!

Bobbles are everywhere these days and they are surprisingly easy to add anywhere you need that extra punch. They look equally gorgeous in accessories and garments and add a bit of dimension (no pun intended!)

There are many ways to work bobbles and we are going to talk about two versions I used in my latest patterns. Both versions are worked on one stitch only.

Bobble tutorial knitting

Step 1: You are at the point where you’d like to work your bobble.

bobble tutorial knitting

Step 2: Knit into the front of the next stitch on the left needle; do not take the resulting 2 stitch off the needle.

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 3: Knit into the back of the same stitch; do not take them off yet!

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 4: Then knit into the front of the same stitch again. Steps 2 – 4 are called kfbf increase – it’s a double increase that produces three stitches out of one. Move the resulting three stitches to the right needle.

Below is what you should have at this point:

knitting bobble tutorial

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 5: Turn your work. And purl three stitches.

Here is what it looks like:

knitting bobble tutorial

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 6: Turn your work and knit three stitches.

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 7: In this step you are going to go from three stitches back to one – slip the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch twice to get back down to one.

Now you have got a bobble!

knitting bobble tutorial

A minor variation on this method can be used to create a subtler version of the bobble. After turning your work in Steps 5 and 6, simple slip the first stitch purlwise without working it, then work the remaining two stitches (either purl or knit them depending on whether you are working the right or wrong side).

See how much smaller the bobble on the left is?

knitting bobble tutorial

This is just one way to create a multi-dimensional effect in your knitting. There are many ways to create bobbles – try them all and enjoy!

Thanks so much Jenny! Browse Jenny’s beautiful patterns with bobbles here and grab yourself some lovely yarn in your fave color!

Walk in the Woods

Can I tell you about my perfect type of knitting? It’s a pattern that has some interest to it and I learn something new… but it’s not so complicated that if someone calls my name, I completely lose track of where I am and I need to rip back 2 rows.

I mean, I dream of knitting a Shetland Lace shawl. They’re gorgeous! It’s just that, like most of you, I squeeze my knitting into a busy life. And I’ve gotta just be practical about my projects.

I’m in love with Walk in the Woods by Lisa Hannes of Maliha Designs. Isn’t it gorgeous?

The complicated-looking colorwork pattern is created by slip stitches, so that you’re only knitting with one color per row. And on the purl rows, you’re copying what you did on the right side. It’s like a little mini-vacation every other row. Love it.

The pattern is written as well as charted, which is awesome. Can I tell you what I did with my pattern? I printed out the chart (it’s 1 double-sided page) on paper, and took it to a copy shop and had it laminated (it was about 2 bucks). That way, I can throw it in my bag and easily use a sticky note to remind me what row I’m on. Because, you know… life.

Check out my progress! I started a week ago, and I’ve become obsessed.

I’m knitting mine in Louet Gems Worsted in Aqua and Pewter.
But so many color combinations would be awesome… like Marine Blue and Gold. Or Eggplant and Champagne. Oooh.

Head on over to the Ravelry listing of Walk in the Woods to purchase, and grab your yarn either on our site or at your favorite local retailer!