Must-knit patterns for fall!

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

As summer winds down, we can’t help but look forward to fall – and with the huge amount of fabulous patterns coming out right now, it looks like our needles will be busy!  We’re in awe of these incredible sweater patterns using Manos’ yarns. It’s going to be tough choosing which one to knit first!

We were thrilled to see we made the cover of the Fall issue of Knitscene! The Lepidoptera Cardigan is a breathtaking design by Anne Kuo Lukito using the crisp stitch definition of Lace for a textured front edging. This project perfectly shows off the delicate blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere to make a soft and snuggly cardigan that is sure to become your wardrobe staple.


Heather Zoppetti’s Dahlia Cardigan in the Fall issue of Interweave is a fantastic new pattern using Serena. We love the drape of this sweater, and the intricate panel on the back is nothing short of stunning. You’ll be sure to get some attention when wearing this sweater, and the alpaca/cotton blend of Serena makes for a great trans-seasonal piece.


If you’re interested in some fast-knitting patterns to be worn across the seasons, Artesano (Manos del Uruguay’s UK distributor) has some fantastic patterns featuring Maxima and Serena. Shown below is Thyme; you can view the entire collection of patterns here and here.


We’ve got one more sweater pattern to highlight before moving on to patterns for accessories. Susanna IC’s Eadon Cardigan in the Fall issue of Twist Collective is a textural cardigan knit in Rittenhouse. The cabled edging detail makes this simple cardigan stand out and allows the rich colors of this hand-dyed merino yarn to take center stage.


Fluorescent colors are hot this season, and what better use than this adorable fair isle cap in the fall issue of Knit Simple!  This design by Carla Scott uses Wool Clasica in #08 Black and the ultra-bright contrast colors #M2175 Shocking Pink, #M2341 Acid Green and #M2060 Highlighter Yellow in Maxima.


The Handful of Berries Mittens were recently featured on the Webs Yarn Store blog – this one-skein pattern is a fast, easy knit using just one skein of Maxima.  It’s perfect for multicolors and a great gift to keep your loved ones warm!


Though this isn’t a recent pattern (it was published in 2008!), we’ve recently rediscovered the My So-Called Scarf pattern by Allison Isaacs.  It’s a beautiful textured scarf that shows off the variations in each skein of Wool Clasica.


Speaking of Wool Clasica, we’re extremely impressed with the creative entries we’ve received so far for our design contest – and we’re going to extend the submission deadline to Monday, September 5.  You have ’til the end of the day to post your projects – we’re sure you’ll make good use of your three-day weekend!

Don’t forget to post your patterns and cast your vote in the People’s Choice thread in our Ravelry Group!

Meet Margot

Category: Artisan Profiles, Fair Trade News & Topics

Margot Silva works as a spinner at the CAUVA Co-op in Rio Branco, a small village of 16,000 near the Uruguay-Brazil border.  Here, the main source of income comes from working in rice production or travelling to work in the nearby tourist town of Marin Lagoon.  Margot notes that Manos is a good source of income and development for women throughout Uruguay’s countryside.  Each of the 13 co-operatives scattered throughout Uruguay provides employment for rural women, allowing them to remain in their villages and earn a living to support their families, and they work hard to keep it going.


Her family has a history with the co-op, beginning with Margot’s mother, who was widowed and working as a maid until she joined Manos.  Her work with the co-op not only gave her a better salary, but the opportunity of personal growth provided by the social workers who routinely give educational workshops.  In 1984, Margot began working at Manos as part of the knitting group at the CAUVA Co-Op. She had already been working locally as a knitter; in the eighties, a number of job opportunities for women became available as Manos’ exports grew.  Margot said she was drawn by Manos’ renown and when she heard the local co-op was seeking new artisans, she joined the knitting group.
Margot has worked in the co-op’s fiscal commission, as a director, and is currently in charge of the co-op finances.  Margot says she has learned valuable skills as an artisan, director (of the Manos Co-Operative Board), and as a woman. She has since begun working as a spinner and finds it to be quite enjoyable because she likes to work in the group environment.

You can read more about Margot and the other artisans working with the Manos del Uruguay Co-Op here.