Mini skeins continue to captivate yarn fans as a way to introduce a pop of color into a project, or as a way to sample a new-to-you yarn. Each Manos del Uruguay Fino Mini Skein set includes five 20-gram skeins. In this blog post, we are going to spotlight projects that make the most of each bundle.
Your first stop for inspiration should be the Fairmount Fibers Free Patterns page. Scarves, shawls, and cowl patterns are ready to download. Some patterns call for one mini skein set while others are used in conjunction with a full-sized skein of Fino.
Free Patterns from Fairmount Fibers
Clockwise, from the left side: Fino Shadow Shawl, Byberry Scarf, Ring of Rings Cowl, Fringed Violet Scarf, Trolley Tracks Infinity Scarf, Charnley Scarf, Fealdan Shawl, and Pirouette Cowl.
Spotted on Ravelry
We were especially impressed with luarn’s Studio Wall Swatches project that uses the Eleanor set and jostrong’s 5 Color Cashmere Cowl project that uses the Beatrix set.
Are you motivated by mini-skeins? We enjoy seeing your interpretations and colorway pairings when you share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!
Warmer days call for lightweight layers, short sleeve tops, and natural fiber blends including linen and cotton. Now is a great time to cast on for a new project in season-spanning Serena or Milo!
Manos del Uruguay Milo Projects
Milo blends merino wool with fine linen for a yarn that is simultaneously rustic and elegant. Shown here are Elfreth, by Corrina Ferguson, and Gagran1’s Izu. Hilljstr’s Waiting for the Rain shawl is simply gorgeous in Milo with the pop of metallic alpaca/silk yarn. The linen retains its natural color through the dye process, resulting in a heathered effect perfect for blending in a fade-style project or a contrast in colors that benefits brioche. This is highlighted in the Hugo Shawl which is a new free pattern, available from your local yarn shop (LYS).
Manos del Uruguay Serena Projects
Serena has fantastic drape for scarves, wraps, cardigans, and summer tops. Keep in mind the fiber characteristics when you are planning your project and be sure to swatch! Cotton and alpaca do not have the elasticity of wool. The Fig Beret is a new free pattern, available from your local yarn shop. Peach Pullover is a new design by Sandi Prossner that is part of Spring 2018 Creative Knitting. Coronilla is a pattern we included in our Short Sleeve Sweaters post: shown here is wheatenmom’s version, knit in S2672 Lilac.
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