I’m so excited about the fabulous colors of my new yarn line in Louet Gems worsted!
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’.
Now, scroll down and click the ‘worsted’ button under ‘weight’.
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!
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!
My designing philosophy has only two rules.
- Patterns should be easy to understand, and accessible to a beginner who is open to learning something new.
- They should be interesting enough to keep you happy, but easy enough that they make great ‘watching tv’ knitting.
And I’ve delivered on every one of these three patterns. I couldn’t be more proud!
Even though though I developed these patterns with my new yarn colors in mind, they work great with lots of different color combos! (Check out Bento, below!) You might be interested in reading my Color Theory blog post and my more recent post about blending neutral colors and brights for inspiration!
Can I show you my new, fabulous patterns?
All of the amazing photos below were shot by Gale Zucker. She’s amazing.
Have you noticed the craze going around with mini-skeins? But what do you DO with those little bits of yarn? Or leftovers?
The Chiclets pattern uses 1 skein (175 yards) of Louet Gems Worsted (the sample is knitted in Cloud Grey) and 20 yards of 4 colors from my new line. The knitting is nice and easy, just a simple chevron pattern… but throw in some color changes and KA POW! Little bits that look like Chiclets!
The cowl is knit flat, and the only kinda tricky bit is working Intarsia… which just means doing color changes without stranding the yarn behind! This would make a great first Instarsia project.
I didn’t have time to knit ALL of the samples I have ideas for, so can I just share them with you? And you do all that knitting?
- Instead of using only 4 colors, make this a real stash-buster and make each ‘chiclet’ a different color. That’s 12 colors total!
- Stack the color changes vertically, creating an ombre cowl
- Hold fingering weight yarn double to get a worsted gauge… and use those sock-yarn minis I know you have in your stash!
- Use only 2 chiclet colors (maybe black & white?) for a super modern and sleek cowl
When I was designing Mixie, I wanted a simple project. Fun colors, mostly stockinette.
The result is this cutie, a kite-shaped wrap that’s really flexible to wear. Do you see all of those pretty yarn-overs on the border? Sure, they’re pretty… but they double as buttonholes! So you can button this up any way you want!
Isn’t that fun?
The sample shows 3 Gems colors (FreshStitches Cherry, Clementine and Lemon), but it would look great in lots of different color combos! My next one is going to be Lemon, Lime and Aqua!
I began designing Bento as a project for an “Introduction to Shawl Knitting” class. A lot of students are nervous about knitting a shawl (what the heck is a garter stitch tab?), especially ones that contain beads and lace.
Well, ‘lace’ is really just a word for a stitch pattern that contains yarn overs, and if you can knit, purl, increase and decrease, then you can do it!
And so Bento was born: a great shawl that gently introduces you to various stitch patterns, and even a bit of beads for bling.
See these in person!
A trunk show featuring these patterns (as well as a few others in my new yarn line) has already been sent out to LYSs! The party will start at Knit New Haven.
Ask your LYS to order these yarns and patterns, or click here to visit our online store.
I love designing, knitting and crocheting with bright colors that are amazing for kid’s items as well as adults.
I began fantasizing about starting a new yarn line a few years ago, and I knew my yarns would have to be a few things:
- Available in gorgeous colors
- Made from a super-soft, high-quality wool
- Have great stitch definition
- Be machine washable
- Reasonably priced
Do those characteristics ring a bell to you?
They scream Louet Gems to me! Imagine my delight when I chatted with Dave at Louet and he was just as keen to collaborate with me as I was with him, making this set of 7 fabulously bright colors available on the already stellar Louet Gems yarn base.
The result is a collection that you are going to love!
A lot of people think that superwash (machine washable) yarn is only important when making children’s clothes or for people who aren’t interested in handwashing.
That couldn’t be further from the truth! And let me tell you why.
Wool loves to felt. All it needs is a little moisture and friction, and it’ll felt pretty quickly. One way to do that is by accidentally throwing your sweater in the washing machine. Ooops.
But… have you ever… sweated? Or worn your sweater under a coat (causing the coat to rub against the sweater)? Or spilled something on your piece and tried to wipe up the spill? I’ve done all of those things. And I can tell you how it ends up. Felting.
A few years ago, I knit a dress from a lace-weight yarn. I wore it twice before it began to felt. After all of that work! It was then that I swore that if I was going to put so many hours into making something amazing to wear, I was only going to do it with machine washable yarn. It’s not just for kids… it’s for normal people!
Try a fun color… I dare you!
I personally don’t need any convincing to make something with a couple (or several!) bold colors. My wardrobe is pretty basic, and throwing on a bright shawl or hat completely revitalizes my look.
If you feel like a bright aqua is a little out of your comfort zone, I suggest you try pairing it with a neutral (Cloud Grey, Pewter and of course, White and Black are some of my favorite Louet Neutrals) and I think you’ll find that bright color no longer seems so out of your zone after all!
Grab your skeins, today!
These delightful colors are rolling out into your LYSs and are also available here on Louet.com. Grab your favorite colors (or the whole rainbow!) and keep your eye on this blog for tips and features!
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 Island Heights Poncho by Lynda Rossetti is perfect for when you need just a little something to keep you warm.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Today, we’re excited to give our blog readers a first look at what’s new for 2016! Our GEMS line isn’t the only yarn to introduce new colors to the lineup: we are adding several exciting new colors in our popular Organic Cotton and Cottolin yarns, too! Next month, we’ll be adding 14 new colors of Euroflax linen, and spinners will also be treated to some new colorways in our Northern Lights multicolored wool top.
For our retailers who plan on attending the January TNNA Trade Show, we invite you to visit us in booth 229 to see what’s new in person; be sure to keep an eye on your inbox, as we’ll be emailing out updated price sheets and more detailed information about the upcoming TNNA show soon! Without further ado, let’s take a look at our new color palettes. First, we’re pleased to introduce our newest colors to join the Organic Cottolin palette, which now includes 70 great colors: Top row, from L-R: 73.23013 – Pastel Red, 73.23033 – Cassis, 73.24009 – Gobelin, 73.24053 – Blue Pond, 73.24048 – Iris, 73.25002 – Kelly Green and 73.25005 – Green Turquoise. Bottom row, from L-R: 73.25028 – Primavera, 73.26010 – Taupe, 73.26024 – Fawn, 73.25039 – Algae, 73.25041 – Brass, 73.25043 – Green Apple, 73.24007 – Turquoise
Next, we are adding 21 new colors to our Organic Cotton palette, which now boasts over 50 colors to choose from: Top row, from L-R: 74.23005 – Burgundy, 74.23013 – Pastel Red, 74.23020 – Raspberry, 74.24050 – Magenta, 74.24071 – Mauve, 74.24031 – Light Lilac, and 74.24041 – Cloud. Middle row, from L-R: 74.24011 – Sky Blue, 74.24022 – Anemoon, 74.24023 – Purple, 74.24005 – Dark Blue, 74.25041 – Ginger, 74.25014 – Opal, 74.25025 – Lime, and 74.26002 – Camel. Bottom Row, from L-R: 74.25040 – Curry, 74.25005 – Green Turquoise, 74.25001 – Kakhi, 74.27003 – Gun Metal Grey, 74.26044 – Burnt Orange, 74.26003 – Maroon, and 74.25052 – Gift Green.
All of our Cotton and Cottolin colors are currently in stock, with new stock arriving in January of next year. Both of these yarns are available in 100g cones, making them ideal for weaving projects (be sure to check out our collection of free weaving patterns here on our site). Next up, we have our new colorways for Northern Lights wool top, which will be arriving in January 2016: From top to bottom: 12.523 – Autumn Leaves, 12.524 – Coral Reef, 12.531 – Spring Meadow, 12.532 – Blue Spruce, and 12.533 – Lake Trout. We look forward to sharing more updates with you right here on the Louet blog – so don’t miss out! You can now sign up to have each blog post sent to your inbox via email – just sign up using the form on the right-hand side of this blog!
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
We’re pleased to introduce 18 new colors for Fall 2015 in our GEMS line of fingering, sport, and worsted weight yarns! We’re excited to offer these on-trend colors on the same high-quality superwash yarn you know and love: GEMS is spun using a 22 micron fiber with a long staple to give it a wonderful bounce and elasticity. It provides excellent stitch definition thanks to its high twist – which also means that projects made using GEMS yarn will be less likely to pill with frequent use!
Our new colors are (from L-R):
Top Row: Heron Grey, Mint, Blush, Straw, Cobalt Blue, Marine Blue.
Middle Row: Angelfish Blue, Tangerine, Apple Blossom, Brick Red, Cloud Grey, Fluorescent Green.
Bottom Row: Limestone, Grey Sky, Peacock, Olive, Buttercup, Lavender.
Make it Your Own by pairing your favorite new color with any pattern from our Fall 2015 pattern collection; we reccommend one of our more popular designs from this collection, the Paseo Shawl by Susana IC (shown above). This pretty two-color shawl is knit with both GEMS sport and worsted yarn, and it would look great in any of these color combinations: