Fall Pattern Round Up

Category: Featured Projects

The fall and winter patterns are out and available online, at your local yarn shop and even the bigger bookstores. Whether you choose to make a special gift for someone, or yourself, there is a Manos del Uruguay yarn perfect for your intended project!

Knitted slippers and house shoes: These are the new frontier for the legions of knitters passionate about sock knitting. The Knitted Slipper Book is an everything-you-need-to-know guide to making many exciting variations on the sock. There are four slipper designs that call for Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica. Shown from left to right: Ankle Fringe Boots, Fireside Booties, Pull-on “Puddle” Boots and Renaissance Boots.

This flattering ¾-sleeve Mauveine Henley, designed by Amanda Scheuzger, has lace patterning on the body and sleeves, as well as buttons at the collar. The sample shown here is knit in the regal #3038 Aster Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. Look for it in the Winter 2013 Knitscene.

Lori Steinberg’s design in the Holiday 2013 Vogue Knitting, #04 Zig Zag Band Lace Top,  features stockinette stitch bands of Silk Blend which  alternate with fields of simple mini-leaf lace, knit in our sumptuous alpaca/silk/cashmere Lace. The turtleneck is worked in rib. Shown here is 300S Magenta and L7805 Iridessa. Available November 5th!

 The BFF Shawl, by Anniken Allis, can be worn as a scarf or a shawl as shown above. Paired stitches shape the lace pattern of the shawl, worked from the center out to each end. New and seasoned lace crocheters are in for a treat with Fino as the called-for yarn. Interweave Crochet, Accessories 2014 is the issue to pick up along with three skeins of 411 Garnet Brooch.

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More Fun with Felting

Category: Featured Projects

We featured felting in a previous blog post and the time has come to revisit this technique. With October underway, many crafters are thinking about the upcoming holidays. We want to share with you a variety of projects for costumes and gifts you can make for the fast approaching season. Each starts first by knitting or crocheting with Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica or Maxima, then applying a bit of heat, moisture and agitation.

There is still plenty of time to create an item for a Halloween costume! Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica is a wonderful choice for felted items and the color selection can’t be beat. Why not use 55 Olive or 86 Saguaro for a Baby Yoda Hat? The Tricorn Hat will complete a pirate ensemble. A Steampunk Mini Topper, like the Tricorn hat, can be further embellished as you see fit! Each of these patterns is available for free.

Now is a great time to get started on a stash of quick holiday gifts. The Bevy of Bangles offers a quick accessory that would make great teacher gifts or stocking stuffers. You could use Wool Clasica or Maxima for the bangle base, then use Manos Roving for a touch of needle-felting, or another Manos Yarn (maybe Silk Blend or Fino) for an accent color. The Jen Clutch is a perfect first felting project; simple shapes and sewing are combined for big impact in the fabulous colors of Maxima. A truly “sweet” gift is the Sunny to Hunny Felted Bowls and Coasters. The large bowl is the sun, medium bowl is the sunflower, small bowl is the honey dish (or coaster container), and the coasters/bee represent the hive.

Be patient with your project as it will look “not-quite-right” when the knitting or crochet is finished. After some time in hot water with soap and agitation, the proper shape will emerge and any mistakes will be difficult to spot. For even more felting project ideas, check out our Pinterest board! Let us know in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page, or Tweet us how your felting projects turn out!