You can knit or crochet sweaters, socks, scarves, gloves and hats to stay warm, but maybe a blanket would be even cozier? Wool is an excellent insulator; heat is kept close to the body as air is trapped among the fibers. Today we’d like to share blankets made with Manos del Uruguay yarns. Blankets come in all shapes, sizes, and stitch patterns, making them great projects for all skill levels.
A Ravelry Pattern Search Snapshot
A quick Ravelry search turns up 50 blanket patterns calling for Manos del Uruguay yarns. These are great projects for this time of year, when you won’t mind your project on your lap! Blankets can be as small or as large as you like and are easily customized to compliment your home decor.
Wool Clasica is the favorite for blankets, by the number of projects on Ravelry. Shown here from left to right: mbarr86’s Salida del Sol, knittingaddict77’s Sherwood,and ArtLady’s Four Seasons throws.
There are a number of gorgeous projects in Maxima. We would love to settle in with any of these projects: awrobertson’s Shale Baby Blanket, anspaug4’s Hemlock Ring Blanket, and johnsonrenee’s Super Easy Lap Blanket.
Just as the lighter weight yarns can be used in shawls and wraps to keep the chills away, they also make a great choice for blankets. Here lhgou’s Sea of Dreams Baby Blanket was knit with just one skein of Fino! The Cochecito Baby Blanket is crocheted with Serena, above is elizquilt’s version. We’d love to see your blanket projects and hope you’ll share them in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!
If you don’t knit or maybe you feel you won’t have time to create a blanket, consider shopping online directly from the co-ops in Uruguay. This is a wonderful way in which you can support the fair trade work done by the Artisans. Click here to shop Manos.com.uy.
Fairmount Fibers is excited to be a stop on the Holla Knits Accessories blog tour! Accessories are great projects for this time of year, when you are busy getting ready for the holidays and your knitting time is short. Karin Wimoth’s Embrace My Inner Pixie Hat is knit in Manos del Uruguay Fino and can be worn a number of different ways depending on how pixie-like you want to look. Read on to learn how you can enter to win a yarn kit to make this pattern!
The main color of the hat shown here is 403 Silhouette. You may choose to wear this longish hat unfolded, presenting a simple-looking hat, impishly hiding the inner side of Fair Isle.
When it is worn flipped up you can show your Fair Isle finesse with the additional colorwork including 414 Ivory Letter Opener and 413 Rosewater. Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the lustre of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for accessories such as this and the dye process yields complex tonal colors. The geometric shapes are worked in the Bohus-style of knitting, combining knits and purls for texture.
This hat is equally fun when paired with your pixie ears! Keep in mind while working with several yarns of different colors to make sure that you’re not pulling too tightly when you change colors otherwise your fabric will pucker. Our favorite tip from Ann Feitelson, author of The Art of Fair Isle Knitting, is that you will want to be sure you are carrying one color consistently above and the other consistently below, to keep the pattern reading more clearly.
We have a Fino Kit, in our choice of colors, to give away to one commenter on our blog, to allow you embrace your inner pixie. When you comment, be sure to let us know how we can get in touch with you – either by email or on Ravelry! We will draw a winner on November 20, 2014.
Updated November 20, 2014 – With 62 entries, Random.Org selected #30 as the winner! Congratulations sockNubbins! We’ve sent you a Ravelry PM!
Are you confident with colorwork? The online Stitchionary from Vogue Knitting presents a great quick visual to a variety of colorwork techniques ranging from basic to complex. Manos del Uruguay yarns are eye-catching in their range of colorways, from bright and playful to subtle and tonal. Today we’re sharing several new patterns and projects incorporating different techniques. Which one calls to you?
Thea Colman’s Mixed Berries Hat, in 3 Skeins or Less Fresh Knitted Accessories, is knit in Silk Blend. The Fair Isle design features an unusual motif paired with textural and color choices (3216 Oxblood, 3211 Cactus Flower, and 3203 Tomato) that make the hat stand out, but not in a distracting manner. The Winter 2015 Interweave Knits includes the Trapper Cowl by Lisa R. Myers, knit in Maxima. Combining the two colorways (M2540 Kohl and M2110 Zinnia) in double-knitting creates a reversible, cozy cowl. We are also looking forward to the publication of Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant. Brioche also creates a reversible fabric; the Stegosaurus shawl in Silk Blend (3109 Woodland with 3055 Olive) is a unique off-center shawl. A tip of advice here, brioche stitch uses up a lot of yarn, make sure you have enough before starting your project!
There are even more colorwork projects available through FairmountFibers.com; the patterns shown above are free! The Schuyler Hat by Jennifer Burke is knit with two skeins of Silk Blend, shown above left in 3014 Natural and 3112 Moss. Erin Schrader’s Ballston Legwarmers are shown in the center. Silk Blend, shown in 300M Bing Cherry, 300U Rust, 300X Topaz, 3014 Natural. Shown right is Lisa R. Myers’ Fair Isle Tam, another project in in Silk Blend;it is great for colorwork! This project calls for 1 skein each of 3068 Citric, 300G Coffee, 300X Topaz, 300M Bing Cherry, and 300U Rust.
These projects are all impressive and we hope we’ve inspired you to pick up a few of your favorite colorways and take it one stitch at a time! We’d love to see the colors you pick, the works in progress, and of course, the finished objects! You can tag us in a photo on Instagram or post it to our Facebook page and Ravelry group.