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
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.
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.
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.
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: