We are super-excited to announce the launch of the new Kollage Square Crochet Hooks!
Kollage Square Crochet Hooks have an ergonomic, square handle that makes for comfortable crocheting!
The inline hook is available in either a Pointed
or a Rounded
Tip, so you can pick what suits your crocheting style and project, best!
The Pointed Tip is great for tight stitches (either because you crochet tightly, or are doing a hard-to-get-into stitch pattern). Having a pointed hook allows you to slip into tight stitches more easily, reducing wrist and hand pain.
The Rounded Tip is fabulous for splitty yarns, as the rounded tip easily slides between the loops of the stitch, and not the plies of your yarn!
Both feature a square, ergonomic handle with a thumb rest which allow for comfortable crocheting. Less hand and wrist pain mean more crocheting!
Which one will you choose?
Or maybe you need both, depending on the project! Check out the selection of Pointed Tip
and Rounded Tip
Here are a few links that I hope you’ll enjoy!
Euroflax is a great yarn choice for warm-weather projects: it’s available in a wide range of colors and is machine washable and dryable, too! Euroflax is a perfect choice for garments you will wear again and again as the weather turns warmer. We have introduced four exciting new colors this year, shown below (L-R): Soft Violet, Orchid, Sunset, and Lake Placid.
There are plenty of new patterns and old favorites to keep you knitting all summer long. Most recently, Grace Akhrem designed the Tuolumne Tank, currently available in the Knitscene’s Summer issue. Depending on size, you will need 3 – 4 skeins of Euroflax Sport in the main color and 1 skein in a contrasting color. Shown here, Natural is the main color with Goldenrod is the contrast.
Another newly published design is the Sienna Top
by Mimi Alelis, which appears in the new book It Girl Crochet
. The pattern uses simple shaping, a one-piece bottom-up construction, and an interesting pattern stitch to make it a fun and easy project to crochet in Euroflax Sport
There are several garments from our Spring Collection which are perfect for warmer weather (below, L-R): Selway
by Karen Marlatt, Gunnison
by Anne Podlesak, Niobrara
by Jairlyn Mason, and Tanana
by Patty Nance are all worked in Euroflax Sport
Our GEMS yarn is an excellent choice for handmade holiday gifts: not only is it resistant to pilling, but it is durable and machine-washable without sacrificing softness. The countdown is already under way for those of you knitting or crocheting your holiday gifts this year, and we’re here to help with some great accessories designs to knit and crochet with our GEMS yarn!
L-R: Mint Chocolate Mitts by Sarah Jordan, pattern appears in the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2013 issue and uses 2 skeins of GEMS fingering; Rosehip Scarf by Robin Melanson, pattern appears in the Louet Fall 2012 Collection and uses 4 skeins of GEMS fingering; TARDIS Socks by Kelandry B, pattern is available as a free Ravelry download and uses 2-3 skeins of GEMS fingering for the main color; Cimarron Shawl by Alexis Winslow, pattern appears in the Free Spirit Shawls book and uses 4 skeins of GEMS sport.
L-R: Picea Hat by Sue Perez, pattern appears in the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2014 issue and uses 2 skeins of GEMS fingering weight; Basic Mitten Recipe by Karen Whooley, pattern appears in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2013 issue and uses 2-4 skeins of GEMS sport weight; Morticia Chevron Cowl by Erin Chastain-Harris, pattern is available as a free Ravelry download and uses 1 skein of GEMS worsted; Emma Stole by Amy Depew, pattern appears in the Inside Crochet March 2013 issue and uses GEMS worsted.
Our 2013 Holiday Fiber Pack is sure to spoil the spinner in your life! Our Silk for Christmas fiber pack features the most luxurious silk spinning fibers: cultivated silk, tussah silk, blue faced leicester/silk, camel/silk, muga silk and eri silk.
Ask for it at your preferred Louet retailer this holiday season!
If you’ve been spinning all year long but have neglected to knit, crochet or weave with your handspun creations, now is a great time to do a little inventory and make plans for some extra-special handspun holiday gifts! Last month’s Spinzilla blog featured many great projects to knit, crochet, and weave with handspun yarn, and we’ve got a few more suggestions to share with you today.
Knittyspin is an excellent source for patterns which are written specifically for handspun yarns, and best of all, they’re free! The Whorled Hat from the most recent issue would be an excellent gift for just about anyone on your list.
Don’t be afraid to use your handspun for patterns calling for commercial yarns (just be sure to check gauge)! Look for patterns that are easy to customize, such as the Wasabi Cowl (left) or The Age of Brass and Steam scarf (right). Both of these patterns are available as free Ravelry downloads and would look stunning in your handspun!
For last-minute woven gifts, a simple scarf can be extra-spectacular with handspun yarn at center stage! Serialspinner’s Collapse Weave Scarf project on Craftsy is a great example from which to draw your inspiration:
Handspun also makes fantastic pom poms – the loftier the yarn, the better! You can top any hat with a handpun pom pom for the perfect finishing touch, or use your poms to adorn gifts. When it comes time to wrap presents, leftover singles or other small bits and bobs of handspun yarn can be used as festive (and reusable) ribbons and bows for an extra handmade touch!
Whatever you decide to do with your handspun, we hope you’ll share your projects ideas and inspirations with us here in our Ravelry group!