Use Up Your Yarn Leftovers

Category: Featured Projects

Knitters and crocheters may often hear about one-skein wonder projects which use up those single skeins of yarn. They can be appealing, but there is often a significant part of the skein remaining. Waste not! Here are a few ideas for small projects to use up your leftover lengths of Manos del Uruguay yarns

Projects you can make with a partial skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn

Try your hand at a new technique or maybe work up a project for gifting later to avoid that last-minute rush! Shown above, clockwise from top right: Rainbow’s Reward necklace using 20-25 yards of Serena, Phoebe Pig using 100 yards of Maxima, Diamonds Hat using Wool Clasica in the contrasting colorwork, a Mitten Ornament using 24 yards of Maxima, and a Braided Headband using approximately 70 yards of Maxima.

Using up your yarn leftovers can create room in your stash for the next sweater, blanket, or large shawl project, guilt-free. In the next few weeks, look for the publication of the Fairmount Fibers Fall 2017 pattern collection. We can’t wait to share them with you! Stay tuned to our social channels for announcements and details. 

 

Knitting Tips for the Trufa Shawl

Category: Featured Projects, Tutorial

Knitting Tips for the Trufa Shawl

Trufa, designed by Corrina Ferguson, is a crescent-shaped shawl knit with two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Serena. The body of the shawl is constructed with short rows followed by a lace section and a simple crochet edging. Here we would like to share our tips to help you master the techniques necessary to cast on and complete this beautiful design! 

Cast on for Trufa in Manos del Uruguay Serena

Casting On & Immediate Increases

Sometimes the trickiest part of the pattern is just getting started and set up. For this lace shawl tutorial, we begin with a long tail cast on. Here the key is to make it loose enough. We do not recommend using a larger needle size, as that will only make the stitches larger.  The goal is to leave some space between the stitches allowing room for the increases in the following row. To do this, give the strand over your thumb a little extra slack. 

Immediately the pattern calls for increasing the number of stitches by working a knit, a yarn over, and a second knit into the same stitch. Excluding the first and last stitch, each stitch after completing the increase is now 3 stitches, as seen in the images below. 

Cast-on for Trufa in Manos del Uruguay Serena

Short-Row Shaping

Short rows are exactly what they sound like: a row in which you do not knit all the stitches. To work a short row, you will stop at a specific point and turn your work to continue back across the stitches you just worked until you reach the next turning point. There are a variety of different types of short rows and ultimately they all achieve the effect of creating curves in your knitting. Here, the short row begins with a yarnover, knit or purl across to the yarnover from the previous row, work two stitches together (the yarnover from the previous row and the following stitch), work two more stitches, then you turn your work and repeat. 

Here, the short row is worked in three easy steps:

  1. Begin with a yarnover, then knit or purl across to the yarnover from the previous row.
  2. Work two stitches together (the yarnover from the previous row and the following stitch).
  3. Work two more stitches in pattern, then you turn your work and repeat.

After the first few short rows, you will notice that it looks like a bump is forming, but fear not! As you continue, that bump will smooth out and blocking will reveal the magic! 

Working short rows on Trufa

Lace Knitting 

The next step of the pattern is the lace charts. We strongly encourage the use of stitch markers to mark the pattern repeats. When you transition from chart A to B, and again from B to C, keep in mind that the placement of your markers will need to be adjusted to accommodate the number of stitches in the pattern repeat.

After your lace knitting is complete, and you have cast off, it’s blocking time! Check out our tutorial post, “How to block an all-over lace pattern”, for tips on how to block your finished project.

Trufa Lace detail

The Trufa pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry, or through your Local Yarn Shop that participates in the Ravelry In-Store Pattern program.

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Trufa Knitting Tips

 

Fabulous Free Knitting Patterns

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

We are thrilled with the number of free knitting patterns published recently and wanted to share a round-up of them here. Choose from shawls, scarves, and even a sweater – these projects are perfect to start now, so they are ready when you reach for them this fall. 

Free knitting patterns for Manos del Uruguay yarn

The Fairmount Fibers team has four new free knitting patterns available to download from their website: Incremento ShawlCharnley Scarf, and Rings of Rings Cowl are each worked in Manos del Uruguay Fino. Create your favorite color palette or look for the Fino mini-skein bundles coming soon to your local yarn shop! The Islamorada Shawl calls for four colors of Alegria. Shown here in four of the semi-solid colorways, this pattern is a great opportunity to spotlight your favorite colorblocked, gradient, or “fade” style by combining the semi-solids with speckled and variegated colors. 

Bosco Cardigan in Manos del Uruguay Clara

Bosco is a cardigan that maximizes the qualities of hand-dyed yarn. The pattern is also a great platform to showcase your handspun yarn. Yarn spun from Manos del Uruguay Superwash Merino Tops and Manos del Uruguay Clara are used in the blue version; the purple version is knit in Manos del Uruguay Clara. Mari Chiba’s design is available in the new Knitty

 

The Fargo Scarf is an exclusive free pattern offered to those who sign up for the Manos del Uruguay Yarns newsletter. Two colors of Manos del Uruguay Clara and a slip-stitch pattern combine in this easy and fun design. The newsletter is sent out every other month and is full of pattern inspiration and updates on new yarns and designs from Manos del Uruguay. 

Let us know your color choices and share your projects with us on your favorite social sharing platform!