Manos del Uruguay Alegria is many knitters’ go-to for sock projects, but what if you’re not a sock knitter? The generous yardage, soft hand, and easy-care blend make it a great choice for a variety of garments and items.
The North American distributors of Alegria, Fairmount Fibers, have five free patterns calling for Alegria, all of which are not socks! Shown clockwise from top left: Alegria Shadow Shawl, Sage Smudging Scarf, Esquina Cowl, Tejido Cowl, and Racimo Cowl. All call for just one skein of Alegria; the Tejido Cowl also calls for one skein of Fino.
On Ravelry, many knitters have used the Locura Fluo colorway to add a pop of wild color. It is hard to pick a favorite, but the matching set of Mama and Newborn Vertebrae sweaters knit by MissBlaine. Turnberry, knit by Andy1m, is in the Foil colorway. Remember, Alegria now is available in a wide range of tonal colorways! They are the perfect complement to the variegated options.
Whether you choose to knit socks with Alegria or are inspired to knit or crochet a non-sock project, we do hope you’ll share your work with us! Check out our Pinterest boards for project inspiration for all projects with Alegria, post your projects to the Ravelry group, or tag us on Facebook or Instagram!
Start Your Socks!
It’s summertime here in North America and very hazy, hot, and humid! The temperature may rise, but this does not mean that the knitting needs to be put down. Socks are a knitter’s go-to project this time of year! A bonus to socks for summer knitting, as opposed to a sweater, is that as the project increases and nears completion, socks maintain their portability. Manos del Uruguay Alegria is a perfect yarn for sock knitters, just take a look at these designs and projects!
Alegria is a blend of 75% superwash merino / 25% polyamide with a rich, cushy hand. There are 31 hand-painted variegated colorways that shine in a plain or textured pattern. Shown above, clockwise from left, are the SpringTastic Socks by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter, the Sweet Feet Pedicure Socks (a free pattern) by Little Church Knits, and the Waffle Alegria Socks by Olivia Weiss.
Knitters on Ravelry enjoy sharing their sock projects; have you shared your pair in our group yet? Here are a few projects that caught our eye. Above left, nzfriend’s Rivercat Socks in Alegria Acero. Center, top to bottom, PattyMach’s Purled Ladders in Pastel Tiza, justlivin’s Catch Me If You Can Socks in Locura Fluo, and Varant’s Rainy Day socks in Otono. On the right, mistresspol’s Rainbow Daleks in Locura Fluo.
There are also 24 hand-painted semi-solid colorways of Alegria that perfectly complement the variegated colorways. It may seem counterintuitive to start a sock project when you’re enjoying your sandals, but you’ll be happy you did when the weather turns colder! We invite you to show off your socks by sharing them with us on Facebook and Instagram. Stay tuned for our next blog post when we spotlight projects and designs in Alegria that are not-socks!