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!

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

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Erin knitting sweater by Louet North America

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

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!