Louet Gems Fall 2017 Skeins

Fall Yarn Trend: Jewel Tones

Now that we’re in October, it’s definitely fall. The leaves are turning and crunching and apples are abundant. (by the way, I’ll be making this Apple Crisp Recipe, the secret ingredient being boiled cider which is supposed to make it super-especially-apple-y. Yum.)
And in shops, the fall-wardrobe is in full swing. Have you noticed lots of rich cranberry, hunter green and delicious mustard colors? It’s the season of jewel tones!
Fall Yarn Trend: Jewel Tones
Our new Fall 2017 colors of Louet Gems captures this luscious palette of colors!
Look for these new fall colors to be hitting shops, soon!
I’m planning to cast on for Hatcher in our new Gold…. the great stitch definition of Gems means that cables knit up fabulously!
These rich colors add to our Gems (100% merino wool) yarn line some of the the gorgeous jewel tones that were already available in Cottolin (our 60% cotton/40% linen weaving yarn)!
I’ve also been thinking of a woven piece combining Deep Plum, Dark Purple, Autumn Red and Rich Red combo… yummy!
What are the colors you’re feeling inspired by this season?

New Colors of Euroflax + Pattern Inspiration!

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.

Handspun Holiday

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!

Why Louet Gems is a Great Choice for your 30 Day Sweater

Louet GEMS & Soak Wash

Have you ever wished for a wool yarn that didn’t pill as much? So did Trudy Van Stralen. But she also wanted a yarn that was easy to care for. After much experimentation with spinning and twist, she come up with what we know today as Louet GEMS, an incredibly soft superwash wool that is resistant to pilling. Lets take a look at why you should get your hands on GEMS yarn to knit your 30 Day Sweater!

When choosing yarn for your next sweater project, you always want to make sure that it will be properly taken care of by the person you are making it for. While many knitters enjoy taking the time to hand wash their handknits, using superwash yarns can certainly make life easier. Also, using a superwash yarn makes your project more versatile: just knowing that you can throw it in the washer makes it a great choice for knitting children’s sweaters or sweaters for people who might not remember to hand wash.

Louet GEMS has incredible stitch definition: after the yarn is tightly spun, it is lightly steamed, which means that the resulting yarn will really show off your stitch pattern! This yarn would be great to try a simple eyelet pattern, cables or even just a nice texture stitch for your next sweater.

In addition to having great stitch definition, GEMS comes in 31 beautiful colors. When you’re choosing a color for your 30 Day Sweater, make sure that you pick something that will work with the clothes you already have. When I knit sweaters to coordinate with my wardrobe, I find that they get

Hazel Cardigan by Robin Melanson: look at those lovely cables!

worn much more often. If you are a dyer (or just feeling adventurous), GEMS is particularly well suited to accept dyes. Trudy Van Stralen, the creator of this yarn was actually a very successful hand dyer, so she found it essential to create a yarn that was also great for dyeing!

Finally, one of the very best reasons to use Louet GEMS for your next sweater is because it feels amazing! The yarn is spun using a 22 micron fiber with a long staple to give it a wonderful bounce and elasticity. When the yarn is plied together, they actually use less twist in order to make the yarn feel extra soft to the touch. The softness and feel of the yarn was so important to Trudy that she would actually tell her staff “not to twist the skeins too tightly as it would make the yarn seem hard and unappealing.”

Overall, GEMS is a great option for your next sweater project. It is soft, has incredible color options, great stitch definition and is easy-care, too!

To find your nearest GEMS stockist, click here.

If you’d like to learn more about choosing the perfect yarn for your sweater download our free Sweater Planning Guide. It will walk you through choosing a sweater style, checking gauge, buying yarn and everything else that goes into preparing to knit a sweater that you will love!

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This guest post is a part of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge promo tour. Join us this October as we help 5,000 knitters around the world knit a sweater they’ll love in 30 days. To sign up just visit 30daysweater.com/louet and download your free Sweater Planning Guide. It will help you get started on the right foot! See you in October!

Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Our new website launched today, and we’re thrilled to share it with you! Louet.com has a brand-new look and user-friendly interface. Plus, it’s easier than ever to purchase your favorite Louet products while browsing our site!

We’ll be giving away LOTS of prizes on Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow our social media accounts linked below for the latest updates and details on how to be eligible.

Here is a calendar of giveaways we’ll be running this month:

August 1-2: One Facebook fan will win a copy of the Britany Scarf pattern and a cone of Euroflax lace in winner’s choice of colors.

August 5-6: Two Twitter nest members will win 1/2 pound bags of White Romney and Leicester fiber.

August 7-9: Two Ravelry group members will win 1/2 pound bags of BFL and White Coopworth fiber.

August 12-13: Two Facebook fans will win 1/2 pound bags of Light Grey Coopworth and Medium Coopworth fiber.

Coopworth fiber color spectrum.

August 14-15: Two Twitter nest members will win 1/2 pound bags of Dark Coopworth fiber.

August  16-20: One Ravelry group member will win a copy of the Britany Scarf pattern and a cone of Euroflax lace in winner’s choice of colors.

August 22-23: Two Twitter nest members will win 1/2 pound bags of  Wensleydale and Perendale fiber.

August 26-28: One Ravelry group emember will win a 1/2 pound bag of Shetland fiber.

August 28-30: One Facebook fan will win a copy of the Britany Scarf pattern and a cone of Euroflax lace in winner’s choice of colors.

Britany Scarf & Just a Few Color Options in Euroflax!