The holiday rush is behind us and with the new year underway, thoughts are turning to the next project. That project could be something small and quick-to-finish, or something that enables a new skill set like colorwork. In this post we’re rounding up the recently published patterns that fit the bill, all Manos del Uruguay Maxima!
Kate Bostwick’s fabulous colorwork sweater, Siffleur, debuted in the Winter 2014 Twist Collective. This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom to the armholes using the stranded colorwork technique.The sleeves are knit separately to the armhole, then joined to the body, and the yoke is worked seamlessly to the neckband. The colorwork pattern is given in chart form only. Depending on size, the following amounts and colorways of Maxima are required:
- 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins in #M2680 Sea Urchin (A)
- 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins in #M2590 Natural (B)
- 1 skein in #M2020 Spirulina (C)
Laura Nelkin’s Hay Bale Hat and Headband pattern each start with the Hay Bale Stitch, a textural band created by elongating stitches on one row and then wrapping them with your working yarn to create a mini Hay Bale on the next. Then ribbing organically grows out of it into the hat or headband. Each version is a fun project in Manos Maxima, shown above in M2152 Cherrywood (hat) and M2680 Sea Urchin (headband).
You may better know designer Olga Buraya-Kefelian under her brand name Olgajazzy with innovative designs. This hat was thoroughly developed in a quest for a perfectly ribbed beanie (Roku means ribbed in Japanese), one that would suit anyone – man, woman or child. Smart shaping options and a choice to work it longer, shorter, or adding accessories allows you to create the perfect hat for your favorite person. Super-soft merino fiber and a light single-ply construction make Maxima a cuddly yarn and perfect for hats. Samples shown here are knit in the following colorways (clockwise from top left): M2445 Royal, M2175 Shocking, M2431 Helium, M2060 Highlighter, and M2110 Zinnia.
The Zipper Scarf, by Xandy Peters, is a unisex sideways knit scarf with a unique ripple pattern. Inspired by the dots and curves in Aboriginal art, the wave motif provides a great foundation for any color combo. It looks great in dark colors or brights, making it bold or subtle.Three colorways of Maxima are used: M2290 Dark Chocolate, M2122 Mahogany, and M2680 Sea Urchin.
We’d love to know, what’s your first Manos del Uruguay project for 2015? Is it a pattern from Fairmount Fibers or a a design of your own? We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!