Summer Inspirations

Category: Featured Projects

When summer rolls around are you the type to put down your needles or hook and wait for the cooler days of Fall to pick them up again? Many people found inspiration in competing in the Ravellenic Games by setting a personal challenge for themselves.  Of the thousands of projects worked on for the Games, here are several using Manos del Uruguay yarns to inspire you to pick up your tools again!

From left to right, all above projects were worked with Silk Blend: The Age of Brass & Steam Kerchief knit by GothKnitty, Farniente (a personal pattern) knit by anyonecanknit, and Flapjack Mitts knit by wendywd.

Each of these shawls was knit with Manos del Uruguay Lace and knit during the Olympics! Bigger on the Inside, on the left, was knit by alaynes and Bitterroot, on the right, was knit by Hauge.

In addition to finding inspiration in what your fellow crafters have completed, designers have been busy using Manos yarns again as well.  Be sure to look for these patterns in recent and upcoming publications!

, designed by Kerry Milani, is found in the Fall 2012 Twist Collective.  Bayfield is a crescent-shaped shawl worked from the outer edge to the center back neck. The crescent shape is created with a combination of decreases and short rows. The shawl features an unusual crochet picot cast on and a crochet chain bind off. Shown in Manos del Uruguay Lace #L6411 Roxanne; two skeins are needed.

The new issue of Vogue Knitting will be on newsstands on September 4! This is the 30th Anniversary / Fall 2012 issue and features a cropped pullover in Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica by Designer Annabelle Speer
For sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Amounts: 3 (3, 4, 4) hanks each in #54 brick and #28 copper

We also have an addition to our Fall 2012 Collection! The Salida del Sol Throw, by Jocelyn Tonney, uses six skeins of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica for the main color and 1-2 skeins of seven contrasting colors.  There are countless possibilities! This is knit on the bias, so no seaming is needed. Stitches are picked up for the edging.

We would love to hear about your summer projects and plans for Fall knitting – leave a comment here, in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page, or tweet us @ManosYarns.

LE11: Gold Rush

Category: Clasica LE Colorways

The latest Clasica Limited Edition Colorway is sure to brighten your day! Whether you choose to stock up now and create a quick project for Fall, or plan to save it for a dreary winter day, add this yarn to your stash today! These unique colorways are produced in small batches and are only available as long as they are in stock.

Wool Clasica is hand-spun and kettle-dyed.  The natural variations in texture and color produce a rich knitted fabric ideal for outerwear; the yarn takes particularly well to simple stitch patterns and felts beautifully.  Here are a few finished objects and WIPs from Ravelry members to inspire you!

Stefaniegrrr whipped up the Wavy Cable Boot Toppers (a free pattern on the Fairmount Fibers website) to perfectly coordinate with her boots. The Cross Stitch Scarf, worked up here by KnittingFoolKerry, is a great way to let the colorway speak for itself.

Previous & current LE colorways are posted on Ravelry, Facebook and the Fairmount Fibers Website.

The Fall 2012 Patterns

Category: New Stuff

As knitters look ahead with anticipation to the cooler days of Fall, they also look to create something new. Our Fall Pattern Collection is ready for purchasing now, so you can get started selecting colors, swatching and beginning these wonderful new projects!

First, a mini collection of five items designed by Julie Hoover:

Fumior is a set of stylishly modern (and wonderfully warm) cabled sleeves that are worked flat with thumbhole and forearm shaping and exposed outer side seams. They are knitted from the top down, measuring from the middle of the fingers to just below the elbow. Knit in Maxima, shown in #M2020 Spirulina.  Palette is a chunky double-wide cowl knit in a combination of garter and rib stitches that creates a fully reversible thick, springy, and textural fabric. Wear it doubled or hanging straight down for a quick (and warm) outfit accessory. Knit in Clasica, shown in #52 Cameo. Beaubourg is an oversized dolman pullover worked in reverse stockinette stitch (purl stitches are on the right side) with exposed seams at the sides, sleeve bottoms, and shoulders. Stitches are picked up around the neckline for the cowl collar, which is knit in a loose rib stitch. Also knit in Maxima, shown in #M2552 Foil.


Marly, a boxy short-sleeve pullover, is worked in two pieces (back and front) from the bottom up, with stitches cast on for the sleeves. Knit in Serena, shown in #S2590 Natural. Flore is knit from the bottom up; this relaxed-fit seamless raglan pullover is worked in Stockinette Stitch, then turned so the purl side is the right side of the finished sweater. Shown in Silk Blend #3014 Natural (MC) and #3031 Nickel (CC).

Fairmount Fibers is also proud to present three more patterns for the Fall 2012 Collection.

The Oruga Scarf, by Lisa R. Myers, is worked up in soothing stockinette with a touch of textural interest with the gathering of stitches to create a slight ruffle. Indulge in two skeins of Manos Lace and add a great pop of color with this accessory. Shown in #L2040 Puck.



   The collection also includes two crochet patterns.  The Lubina Wrap, by Mary Beth Temple, is worked up in Silk Blend using  three skeins each  of A, B, and C. Shown here in #3044 Briar (A), #3019 Dove (B), and #3014 Natural (C). Your choice of color combinations will make this a truly unique item! The Cochecito Baby Blanket, by Jocelyn Tunney, is an instant cherished gift using Serena in traditional or modern color pairings in two skeins each of A, B and C, and one skein of D. Shown in #S2246 Oyster (A), #S2590 Natural (B), #S2318 Glacier (C), and #S2020 Curry (D).

Fall also brings a new color palette.  At the end of August, we will pick one lucky Facebook fan to win four skeins of Manos del Uruguay Maxima – one of each of the season’s featured colors! If you have not done so, be sure to like us today! Please share your projects in our Ravelry group  or give a shout out on Twitter and inspire others!