Save on the Latest Knitting Patterns from the Experts at Louet North America

April 4, 2017 – Prescott, ON-based Louet North America has announced it’s now offering a sale on the latest pattern book from Trudy Van Stralen. Through this latest company sale, knitters can save on the She Made Them Her Own pattern book, which features expertly crafted designs that fit all sizes. The book includes 10 high-quality patterns, each of which assures the ideal results and a high-quality garment. Continue reading

Stacey’s Tips: Finding Patterns on Ravelry

I’m so excited about the fabulous colors of my new yarn line in Louet Gems worsted!

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I know your first question. What patterns can I use this yarn with?

What if I told you… thousands?!?

Here, let me show you the secret.

This is a worsted weight yarn, which means that it knits up to 5 sts per inch on a size 8.

It also means that you can use this yarn in nearly any pattern that calls for a worsted weight yarn! And because Gems is machine-washable, you know it’s going to wear great!

Let me show you how to search for patterns.

Go to www.ravelry.com and click the ‘Patterns’ tab and then click ‘Pattern Browser & Advanced Search’.

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Now, scroll down and click the ‘worsted’ button under ‘weight’.

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134,442 patterns? Whoa!

Now, feel free to click some more buttons. Only knitting? Do you have 4 skeins in your stash? Then click ‘650-750 yards’ under ‘yardage’.

The default sorting is most popular first, so you’re getting some great suggestions!

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There’s no stopping you!

Now if we all just had some more time on our hands… I’m lucky to finish one project a month!

Free Pattern: Lilith

This fall we’re re-releasing a collection of our favorite patterns from Louet North America’s founder, Trudy Van Stralen. Trudy started her retail store, Hilltop Wools, with a $2,000 loan from a local bank back in the 1970s. Early on, Trudy sold more Louet spinning wheels than anyone in North America, which began the relationship with Louet (Holland), and eventually turned into our present North American distributorship.

In the late 1990s, Louet North America purchased Euroflax yarn, and thus began our knitting distribution. Euroflax was later joined by Gems, our superwash merino wool yarn. Trudy soon learned that without patterns, the quality of the yarn would make no difference. To sell the yarn, we needed patterns.

Pattern development became Trudy’s focus. At her height she was producing a pattern a week, along with the help of her dedicated assistant, Lynda Rossetti. book cover

She Made Them Her Own: The Best of Trudy Van Stralen is a collection of her son Dave and his wife Pam’s favorite and most iconic patterns from Trudy. The book is available in print from your local yarn store, and also available as an ebook on Ravelry. For a limited time when you purchase $100 of yarn at Louet.com, you’ll get a free copy of the book, She Made Them Her Own – just enter TRUDY at checkout (offer good through 8/31/16).

To celebrate the release of this book, we’re offering Lilith as a free pattern download for a limited time only! Through the end of August, sign up for the Louet North America newsletter and get the Lilith pattern for FREE!

Lilith is a versatile piece that can be worn as a shrug, vest, or poncho. The light and airy fabric will deceive you with its warmth. Knit in one straight piece from cuff to cuff, it’s a fun, fast and easy knit. The width can easily be adjusted for your own custom look. Click here to download the pattern for free.

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Make Friends with Colorwork: Tesserino Cowl

For a lot of beginning and intermediate knitters, colorwork projects are beautiful eye candy, but casting on for the project can be intimidating.  Get inspired to learn something new this spring with the Tesserino Cowl pattern by Mari Chiba – it only looks complicated! This cowl uses a mosaic stitch technique which employs slipped stitches to create a pattern as you knit with just 1 color at a time.

Better yet, Staci Perry of VeryPink.com can help you from cast on to bind off with this free tutorial video featuring the Tesserino Cowl pattern. Watch below for step-by-step instructions to ensure your success while knitting this fun colorwork cowl.

The Tesserino Cowl is available as a free PDF for our newsletter subscribers – click here for a download link, and don’t forget to favorite & queue on Ravelry, too!

Once you have your pattern in hand, it’s time to choose your colors of Gems worsted! You’ll need 1 skein of each color to make the smaller size of the cowl, or 2 skeins of each color to make the larger size; the sample above is knit in Heron Grey and Fluorescent Green. Here are some other color combinations you may wish to try:

Gems Worsted in Champagne & Burgundy

 Gems Worsted in Cobalt & Cloud Grey

Gems Worsted in Blush & Blue Sky

Gems Worsted in Eggplant & Willow

We look forward to seeing your projects shared here in our Ravelry Group or over on Instagram!

Designer Interview: Robin Allen

Today we’re featuring an interview with Robin Allen (atexasgirl on Ravelry), designer of the Hermosa Tee from the Louet North America Spring 2016 collection. Robin is a writer, reader, knitter, yoga instructor, and raw vegan living in the Texas Hill Country. She loves designing items that are easier than they look, but also enjoys the challenge and beauty of cables and stranded knitting. See what she’s up to at A Texas Girl Knits.

How long have you been knitting? How long have you been designing?
I was going to say that I’ve been knitting for 30+ years, but that’s a high number! Let’s just say that I learned to knit in the fifth grade, but didn’t start knitting seriously until high school. This was way before the internet (and even before computers), so I’m mostly self-taught. I would knit all of these really complicated intarsia sweaters from Vogue Knitting using kitchen cotton and cheap acrylic yarns. I published my first design, my River Road Fingerless Mitts, in 2009, then took time off to write and publish three novels in my Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop mystery series. The day after I turned in the third manuscript to my publisher in 2012, I returned to designing and have released 24 patterns.

Can you tell us a little about your design, the Hermosa Tee? What was the inspiration? Is this something you would wear?
Sometimes I have an idea of what I want to create, but most of my designs come from sitting down with a stitch dictionary and some yarn and needles, and swatching patterns. The Hermosa Tee came out of this process. My working name for it was the Long Island Tee, and it went through several idea stages, including wide stripes in two colors in a worsted weight nylon and one color in a worsted weight wool, before I settled on a sport weight. I really love it in the Euroflax linen. It has such a nice drape and sheen. I always design for myself, and I love wearing my Hermosa Tee prototype. Have you had any knitting/designing disasters?
Only a couple of thousand!

Any chance you’d be willing to expand on one of your recent knitting disasters? (It helps to remember we ALL make mistakes!)
I have the worst case of Second Sock Syndrome! And because I wait so long to knit the second one, I’m practically a different person. My tension is off, so one sock doesn’t fit. Plus, I always modify everything I knit, so my notes say something like “b to f for rnd 6,” which makes no sense to me when I finally get around to knitting the second one. I have, however, finally learned my lesson and just say no to socks.

What do you find most challenging about designing?
The math.

What do you find most exciting about knitting/designing?
I love that knitting and designing have certain boundaries of shape, raw materials, color, etc., but within those boundaries are infinite ways to express creativity through individual choices and combinations.

You can see the rest of the patterns in the collection and purchase them here on Ravelry: Louet North America Spring 2016. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group & share your projects with us!

Louet Spring 2016 Collection

We’re excited to announce that the Louet Spring 2016 Collection is now available! You can purchase each pattern individually through Ravelry via the links below and also at your local yarn store.

The inspiration for this collection was light, airy lace projects perfect for layering in the spring and summer months. Some patterns have an eyelet detail, while others have intricate allover lace patterns – but each garment includes some form of lace, from simple to complex.

Our featured designer for this collection is Susanna IC; this collection features two designs from Susanna, highlighting her exquisite lace skills. Veleta is a sleeveless tunic knit in Euroflax Sport with a beautiful lace edging: 

 Zambra includes instructions to knit both a crescent shawl and a stole, with variations of the same lace pattern on each piece. The stole uses Gems Fingering, while the shawl is knit in three shades of Euroflax.

The Hermosas Tee by Robin Allen is a great layering piece. Knit in Euroflax with little rows of eyelets and ribbing, this lightweight top will get softer as you wash and wear it!

The Island Heights Poncho by Lynda Rossetti is perfect for when you need just a little something to keep you warm.

Manzanita by Beth Major is a lovely crochet cowl/shrug. Worked up with just one skein of Euroflax, this is a fun and fast project.

Tallahassee by Kristen TenDyke is a sleeveless top in Euroflax Linen. Lightweight, breathable, and soft, it’s the perfect summer top!

Leucadia by Heidi Gustad can be knit as a scarf or as a wider stole. The undulating lines in this lace pattern are reminiscent of the beautiful lines found in nature.The Adamas Cardigan by Alexis Di Gregorio features a lovely diamond lace motif on both the fronts and the back. This lightweight cardigan is perfect for pairing with a summer dress, t-shirt, or camisole.

Ixtapa by Kirsten Singer is a tunic style top with lace details that’s perfect over a camisole or a swimsuit. You can see the rest of the patterns in the collection and purchase them here on Ravelry: Louet North America Spring 2016.

 

 

 

 

TNNA Winter 2016 Recap

The Winter 2016 TNNA Trade Show took place this past weekend, and our new yarn colors & patterns made their debut in the Louet booth! The weekend began with SampleIt!, which takes place on Friday night which allows yarn store owners to buy samples and kits from vendors which they can take back to their shop. It’s so popular that folks start lining up long before the doors open!

Not too soon after SampleIt!, the Fashion show began. One of the patterns from our Spring collection walked the runway: shown below is the Hermosa Tee by Robin Allen, which is knit in our Euroflax Sport yarn. Click here to see a preview of our entire Spring collection on our previous blog post!

As current TNNA president, Dave had the honor of cutting the ribbon to officially open the show floor on Saturday morning. He wields those big scissors like a pro!

In addition to our Spring Collection, we had our new yarn colors on display in the booth. Shown below are the new colors of Euroflax – click here  and here to see more of our new colors which will be arriving soon at an LYS near you!

Also on display in our booth was this gorgeous cabled blanket in GEMS worsted weight yarn, which is a brand-new design by Mari Chiba Luke. The 2016 Blanket will be a series of classes you can sign up to take at your nearest Louet Retailer which will help you learn the skills necessary to knit this project from start to finish.

We look forward to sharing more exciting new projects & inspiration with you in 2016. Happy New Year!

2016 Sneak Peek, Part 2

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a happy, healthy 2016. Come January, we will have even MORE exciting news to share with you – today, we will just give you a sneak peek at what you can expect in the new year (if you missed part 1, click here)!

First, we couldn’t be more pleased to be the official yarn sponsor of the Lattes & Llamas annual Geek-A-Long event! This is a yearlong mystery blanket knit-along that is centered around a theme – in 2016, it will be video games, and each square will be knit using our GEMS worsted weight yarn! Each week, a new, free pattern is released featuring a motif from the theme. Participants can choose which ones and how many squares they would like to complete to make their blanket, and because the patterns are free, a donation to the Child’s Play charity is encouraged (click here to learn more on the Geek-A-Long FAQ).

The Child’s Play Charity seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity of the video game industry and the power of play. We were so impressed with the mission of this charity that we have pledged to donate 50 cents for every skein of GEMS Worsted yarn sold to knit or crochet the 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket. We’ve also created some new colors especially for this KAL, shown above. You can read more here on the Lattes & Llamas blog!

We’re also adding some vibrant colors to the Euroflax palette in 2016! Below, you can see the 14 new colors which have just arrived – they will be making their debut next month at the TNNA Winter Show in San Diego!

 

We will also be introducing our Spring pattern collection at the Winter TNNA trade show next month – below is a sneak peek of just a few of the knitworthy designs which will be arriving soon at an LYS near you!

Be sure to subscribe to our blog via email using the form on the right-hand side to stay updated!

Gifts for Yarn & Fiber Lovers

Don’t let the holiday countdown send you into a panic, we have some great gift ideas for the fiber artist in your life to suit every budget. Here are some of the best gifts to give (and get!) this holiday season. Enjoy!

Lost at Sea Handspun Shawl Kit

This affordable kit features a great shawl pattern designed by Laura Cameron using two colors of Louet spinning fiber (4 oz. each of Merino Top and Northern Lights Top). Pick from any in-stock color of these high-quality fibers (just leave your color choice in the comments section when checking out) or let us surprise you with a hand-picked color combination!

Click here to purchase.

Holiday Fiber Pack

Make the holidays extra-merry with this collection of luxury fibers for an incredible price – only $75! Enjoy! 1/2 lb of Dyed Merino Top  (color will vary), 1/2 lb of Northern Lights (color will vary), 1/2 lb of Bombyx Silk, 2 oz  Baby Camel Top, 2 oz  Baby Camel/Silk Top, and 2 oz of Brown Cashmere Top. Regular retail of these products is $204, so this is a phenomenal deal that’s sure to put a smile on any spinner’s face.

Victoria Art Yarn Kit

This kit contains everything you need to create beautiful art yarns on the Victoria spinning wheel: a mounting head, driveband and mother of all. When installed, this flyer changes the scotch tension Victoria to Irish Tension using the S10 Art Yarn flyer (item 1.510) and the S10 Bulky Bobbin (item 1.312), sold separately. Victoria Art Yarn Kit retails for $75; arriving December 11, 2015.

Click here to purchase.

Sharbella Shawl Kit

Here’s a great gift idea for the knitter in your life – an everything-you-need kit featuring a great new pattern from Very Pink Knits using Louet GEMS sport weight yarn! The Sharbella pattern is free with purchase of two hanks of Gems Sport, 100% Merino machine washable wool yarn, using the coupon code VPGEMS (all caps). There is also a FREE video tutorial to ensure success from start to finish!

Click here for more details at VeryPink.com.

One Skein Pattern Inspiration

With less than two months til Christmas, it’s time to think about quick projects for holiday gifting. GEMS is the perfect yarn choice for everyone on your list since it’s machine washable, plus it’s available in three weights: fingering, sport and worsted. As we mentioned on our last blog post, we just introduced a new color palette for GEMS yarn, too! Our recent Fall Collection features several one-skein patterns using GEMS yarn, and we also have plenty more one-skein patterns from past collections, too. Here are some of our top picks for your gift knitting list – enjoy!

Curvilinear Hat by Angela Tong – 1 skein GEMS Worsted

 

Landloper Hat by Mari Chiba – 1 skein GEMS Sport

Landloper Mitts by Mari Chiba – 1 skein GEMS Sport

Emin TamCowl or Mittens by Anne Podlesak – each project takes just 1 skein of GEMS Sport.

We look forward to seeing your projects knit up in these exciting new colors of  GEMS yarn – be sure to share your FO photos here in our Ravelry group!