Lace at Every Weight

Category: Featured Projects, Yarn Features

Do you love lace or does it intimidate you? Lace is a technique that creates a pattern of intentional, open holes in your fabric. Traditionally associated with doilies and wedding dresses, today lacework can be found on all kinds of garments and accessories. If you knit (or crochet) you can create lace, and we want to share several projects with you that show how wonderful lace can look in all weights of Manos del Uruguay yarns!

 

Here we’re starting with our finer gauge yarns. Manos Lace is a traditional choice, and is what’s called for in the Ocaso Shawl pattern. In the center, girlinthesea’s Skywalker Shawl is beautiful in Fino. On the right is dyannleslie’s Holden Shawlette in Alegria. Wouldn’t you love to wrap any of these around your shoulders?

Lace is not limited to shawls. The stitch pattern can be all-over lace or just a panel. It is a detail that will set apart your project from the rest! Serena is a wonderful choice for spring and summer garments; at above left is Cather,  a crochet top, and in the center is Algorta, which is knit. Peridot, knit with Silk Blend, would be beautiful in a solid or hand-painted colorway.

Do not hesitate to use a heavier gauge yarn with lace stitches! You will find that this combination can work, as craftivore notes on her Eyelet Front Vest knit with Wool Clasica, “[This is] a quick bulky knit that looks elegant not bulky.” Maxima makes a great choice for a soft, cuddly sweater, as shown here in Fairfieldknit1’s February Lady Sweater. One more great item in which to incorporate lace stitches is a blanket. Awrobertson’s Shale Baby Blanket, knit with Maxima, is a very impressive piece, sure to be a treasured heirloom!

We hope these projects and patterns have inspired you to give lace a chance in your next project! We encourage you to show off your shawls and more in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!

 

Don’t Fear Fingering Weight!

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns, Yarn Features

Are you a fan of fingering weight yarns? Just as some are drawn to bulky woolen sweaters, many equally feel the pull of fingering weight yarn.  Manos del Uruguay’s newest offering in the fingering weight category is Fino, a 30% silk, 70% extrafine merino blend. This is a great choice for heirloom accessories or luxurious garments. The generous yardage (490 yards per 100g skein) means you have many pattern choices for a small indulgence of 1 skein or a splurge with several skeins!

 Shawls are a great choice for Fino as it is lightweight, yet warm and has a subtle shine. Shawls, large or small, are a go-to accessory for cool breezes in spring or protection from air-conditioning that many have already had to utilize. Shown above, at left, is the Alchemilla Shawl, a free crochet pattern from The Crochet Project. You will need 4 skeins of Fino to create this piece which is based on traditional Hap Shawl patterns. Fairmount Fibers has two new free patterns that will make the most of one skein: the Pluma Shawlette, shown above center, and the Eternidad Scarf, above right.

Shown here to inspire you is just a sample of other gorgeous shawl patterns being made with Fino.  From left to right: Agena’s Galadriel’s Mirror, Hemmeli’s Haruni, and Ohakala’s Ishbel.

 

While it is understood that more yardage is needed to create a full size garment, it seems to be a magic trick when you can make a sweater with 2, 3, or 4 skeins (depending on size and pattern) of a fingering weight yarn! We could picture Elfe, above left, worked up in Crystal Goblet and Peacock Plume. Garnet Brooch would be stunning in Folded, center. Above right is Drifting, a striking pattern choice for Inkwell.  These complex, subtle, tonal colors are the result of a new dye process.

Let’s not forget the little ones! Welcome them into the world with a unique handmade item! The Little Baby Sweater from the Purl Bee or the Sunnyside sweaters are great free pattern options.  The Tulips and Rosebuds Blanket is sure to be a treasured heirloom.

For more pattern and project inspiration, check out our Fino Board on Pinterest. We also love to see what you make and encourage you to share your projects with us in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!