It’s time for Fall knitting and crochet projects!

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

Whether you’re returning to the craft this fall, or have been knitting and crocheting all year long, Fall is prime time for selecting skeins of Manos del Uruguay yarn for a fall or winter project. Let’s get right to it! 

Fealdan Shawl

The Fealdan Shawl is a new free knitting pattern by Kate Groop that showcases a mini-skein set of Manos del Uruguay Fino with an additional full-sized skein. The sample photographed above is knit in Amethyst Earring and the Clarissa mini-bundle. Additional free patterns that make the most of the Fino Mini-Skein Sets are available to download, just click here

Chunky Crochet Cowl & Crochet Sweaters

Crochet patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns

The Chunky Crochet Cowl (top) is a free pattern from Kara Guzman of Petals to PicotsManos del Uruguay Serpentina does all the work here; there are no fancy or complicated stitches, making this a great beginner project! Kristen TenDyke’s Herbal Tea Cardigan (bottom left) is included in the October 2017 I Like Crochet. The sweater is worked top down, so you can try it on as your work progresses. Five to eight skeins of Manos del Uruguay Clara are required, depending on size. The Hondius Way Pullover (bottom right) is a unique hybrid of pullover and poncho. A tonal colorway of Alegria showcases a beautiful crochet stitch pattern. Natasha Robarge’s design is part of the Fall 2017 Interweave Crochet issue. 

Lundbye Scarf and Entwined Shawl

Little else says Fall like a handknit scarf or shawl to tuck in at your jacket collar or to warm your shoulders. The Lundbye Scarf by Little Church Knits is a simple ribbed scarf with reversible cables. The sample for the knit.wear Fall / Winter 2017 issue is knit in the Foil colorway of Alegria, making it a great go-with-everything accessory. Susanna IC combined simple braided cables with a touch of openwork and a modern asymmetrical shape in the Entwined Shawl. Three skeins of Maxima in Cherrywood and the Holiday 2017 Interweave Knits are all you need to get started on this ingenious shawl.

You know that the Fairmount Fibers team enjoys knitting, crocheting, and weaving all year long. When you are in the making mood, we hope you’ll share your projects with us! Connect with Manos Yarns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Ravelry

Knitting with Alternating Skeins of Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Tutorial

No Dye Lots Here

Manos del Uruguay Yarn tags

Larger projects using multiple skeins of yarn are an investment of both your time and money – so of course you want the outcome to be phenomenal! A hand-dyed yarn will produce unique results, and there are a few simple tricks to maximize the natural color variations that result from this type of yarn.

First, making sure you have enough yarn is key – a good guideline is to purchase an extra “safety skein” of yarn so that you avoid playing “yarn chicken” while knitting your project. You can always use this skein to make a coordinating accessory!

Next, there is a simple method for minimizing the subtle variations from skein to skein: alternating skeins of yarn as you work. While Manos del Uruguay yarns are hand-dyed at the same time in the same dye pot, the color saturation can be uneven, and so we recommend this technique for projects requiring more than one skein of yarn.

Such color differences may not be plain to the eye until the yarns are knit up side by side in the fabric, so by alternating skeins, you will minimize them because your eye will naturally “blend” the colors together.

Two Skeins of the Same Color

Here we have two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Clara in the Obispo colorway. They look similar enough in the hank and in the yarn loop, but if you look close, you’ll see that each has different lighter and darker spots. This is most visible in the wound skeins on the right:  the skein on the bottom clearly has more lighter, pinker spots than the one on top. Knitting each skein one by one in succession will result in a visible line where the new yarn began.

Alternating Skeins Makes the Colors Blend

The simple solution is to alternate skeins to blend the color variations. When knitting flat, you will  work two rows from one skein, then two rows from another skein (as shown above). Note: you do not have to cut the yarn! Let the first yarn hang down, and gently pull the second yarn to the outside to begin using it on the next two rows. Then, drop the second yarn and pick up the first yarn to work with once more, continuing in this manner until you’re done! For a project where you work in the round, you can use one skein for the first round and the other skein for the next, alternating in perpetuity.

Applying a black and white filter to your swatch photos will help to show the tonal variations you may otherwise miss. The top two swatches are both knit from different skeins of the same color; the top left has areas that are darker and the top right has areas that are much lighter.

The bottom swatch was knit by alternating both of these skeins, which blends the lighter and darker areas together to avoid flashing and pooling. The result is a swatch with more even color distribution.

The time and effort put into a hand knit or crocheted garment should feel satisfying. You can find a rhythm in alternating skeins as you work, and the finished result will make it all worthwhile!

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Favorite Fall Colors in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

October is here! There is something for everyone this month. What is your favorite component? Today we’re indulging in the colors of the season!

Fall colors of Manos del Uruguay Alegria Manos del Uruguay Fino

Are you a leaf-peeper? Bringing your seasonally colored project might make the journey more enjoyable! Did you know that otono is Spanish for Autumn? Wind up a skein of Alegria in this colorway for socks or a hat, like RCPatten’s Stay Gold hat shown above. The mini-skein bundle, #5 Eleanor, in combination with Fino in Poison, pair perfectly in the Fino Shadow Shawl, a new free pattern from the Fairmount Fibers Design Team

Franca ideas

For lovers of heavier yarn looking to indulge in a fall palette, pick up Franca in Miel, Tormenta, or Fudge. The Cocktail Umbrella Cowl, another new free pattern, calls for only one skein! The Norwood hat & cowl patterns from the Fall collection are quick-to-knit accessories. They will keep you warm in those breezy fall mornings or evenings.

Camote Pocket Scarf free knitting pattern in Manos del Uruguay Maxima

What would October be without orange? Maxima in Sweet Potato, Tigerlily or Fire fit the bill! The Camote Pocket Scarf is a great way to showcase the amazing colors of this hand-dyed artisanal yarn. 

Let’s see what you are making in these fabulous fall hues! Share your projects with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Ravelry