Simple and Straightforward Projects

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

Will you be one of the many people travelling this week to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday? The Fairmount Fibers team would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few project ideas in Manos del Uruguay yarns that are good for travel, allow you to participate in conversation, and work up relatively quickly!

Free patterns for Manos Yarns

First, take a look at the collection of free patterns available at Several new patterns have recently been added including (top row, left to right) Simple Ribbed HatSimple Worsted Moss Stitch Baby Blanket, and Everyday Handwarmers each knit in Manos Gloria, and (bottom row, left to right) Simple Bulky Moss Stitch Baby Hat in Franca, Nina Hat in Franca and Rizo Crochet Baby Blanket in Serena.

Pradera Wrap Colorways

The Pradera Wrap, also a free pattern, is a great choice for a travel project! The pattern is straightforward and enjoyable, and the color changes hold your interest. The original Pradera Wrap pattern calls for Clara, shown in Azafran, Miel, Granada, and Hortensia, but of course there are other combinations of colorways. We also assembled a selection of different alternate colorways (clockwise from top right)

  • Hortensia, Granada, Velvet, and Frost
  • Crudo, Acquamarina, Algas, and Petroleo
  • Hortensia, Velvet, Frost, and Follage
  • Crudo, Corderito, Azafran, and Miel
  • Granada, Velvet, Black Forest, and Petroleo
  • Acquamarina, Algas, Follage, and Frost
  • Crudo, Corderito, Hortensia, and Grenada

Simple patterns allow the yarn to shine, and allow you to keep on working with yarn while being social or on-the-go! We can’t wait to see your projects worked up in your favorite colorways of Manos yarns. Please feel free to tag @Manosyarns in your Instagram photos, share your Ravelry projects with our Manos del Uruguay group, or post a picture to the Manos del Uruguay Yarns Facebook page!


Category: Featured Projects

Ponchos are topping the trend charts lately! While most ponchos are designed in a traditional rectangle shape with a neck opening, we are seeing more variety in the construction and different weights of Manos del Uruguay yarn being used. Generally larger than shawls, and more forgiving to make than a sweater, they are the perfect accessory to keep you warm all winter long.

Poncho Designs in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Here are ponchos designed specifically for Manos del Uruguay yarns. Shown above (top row left to right) Ivy by Jocelyn J. Tunney in Manos Wool Clasica, Montevideo Capelet a free pattern in Manos Maxima, (bottom row left to right)  Vagabond Poncho by Judith Shangold in Wool Clasica, and Lithodora Poncho by Joanne Scrace crocheted in Manos Serena.

Ravelry Poncho Projects

Shown above are ponchos we discovered on Ravelry. Andytarr’s Easy Lace Poncho in Manos Serena, sewtartt’s Marilyn Dreams of Rhinebeck in Manos Maxima, and Carolyn192’s Golden Flame #3 in Manos Wool Clasica.


Ponchos and Wraps from Manos del Uruguay

Ruanas are poncho-like garments, made from a woven wool fabric. The simple design shows off the texture of hand-dyed yarn. You can shop online for ones made in the Manos del Uruguay co-operatives by clicking here.