Back to School: Projects for Kids

Category: Featured Projects

The last several weeks in North America are unofficially recognized as the “Back to School” season. Part of the back- to-school preparations is getting new supplies for the school year. Kids keep growing and can always use a new sweater, slippers or hat! Today we’re spotlighting projects in Manos del Uruguay yarns for the little ones!

Ravelry projects in Manos Yarns

The weather can still be warm this time of year, but accessories for babies and kids are quite portable and quick, without overheating you as you sit and knit. A few Ravelry projects that caught our eye are SuzyQue’s Foxy Hats in Maxima and Ashleynutrition’s Sister Barleys in Gloria. EmilyMarianne’s Slippers for Oscar combine handspun yarn with Maxima for a very sweet project! Spinzilla spinners, this is a great idea to keep in mind as a way to use your handspun with your favorite Manos Yarn. Why not spin with Manos Merino Roving while you’re at it?

Knits for baby in Manos Yarns

The Fairmount Fibers team has a new collection of garments and a blanket for babies (with sizing up through the toddlers). The patterns by Melissa LaBarre are a great opportunity to work with Manos yarns that maybe you have been eyeing for a while, but weren’t quite ready to make an adult sized sweater. The extensive color range of the yarns mean you can work with a classic or modern color palette! Shown above, clockwise from left: Trucha in Gloria, Habanero in Clara, and Pimiento in Alegria.


Espinaca is a baby blanket, approximately 28″ square, knit with two colors of Franca. You could keep going in the pattern to make it larger, but little laps will appreciate the blanket when they cuddle up for a story!

Just like in school, when they have “show and share” day, we love to see your projects! Feel free to share them at every stage of the project, from casting on to binding off. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry.

Manos Alegria for Non-Sock Projects

Category: Featured Projects

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.

Free Knitting Patterns for Manos Alegria

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.

MissBlaine's Mama & Newborn Vertebrae sweaters in Alegria Turnberry knit in Alegria by Andy1m

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!

Manos Alegria for Socks

Category: Featured Projects

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!

Designers use Manos Alegria in Sock designs

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.

Socks knit in Manos del Uruguay Alegria

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.

Alegria in Semi-Solids

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!




New Patterns, Part 2

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

In our previous blog post, we shared new sweater, scarf, and wrap patterns. As promised, we have even more designs to share with you from the Fairmount Fibers team. This round-up includes smaller accessory patterns to keep your head, hands and neck cozy! Not only that, we are thrilled to share with you a mini-collection of baby knits!

2016 Fall Accessories

Hats, mitts, and cowls are practical projects! These designs are the work of Christine Marie Chen, Heather Zoppetti, Jocelyn J. Tunney and Kristen TenDyke. Shown above, clockwise from left: Fresa in Maxima, Mijo in Wool Clasica, Espelta in Clara, Perejil in Clara, and Tomillo Hat & Cowl in Gloria.

Knits for baby in Manos Yarns

We have enjoyed seeing so many baby items made from Manos del Uruguay yarns and are so excited to share with you the new baby patterns from Melissa LaBarre! These designs are sure to pop in the wonderful color palettes available and depending on your chosen colorway can read as boyish, girly, or gender-neutral. Shown above, clockwise from left: Trucha in Gloria, Habanero in Clara, and Pimiento in Alegria.

Espinaca baby blanket in Franca

Espinaca is a baby blanket, approximately 28″ square, knit with two colors of Franca. These cheery little knits all call for our superwash yarns, making your precious handknit gift easy to care for as well!

We hope this pattern collection has inspired you to start something new, for you or for someone special! Share your projects with us by leaving us a comment here, on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram, or post to the Ravelry group.

New Patterns, Part 1

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

It’s never too early to start thinking about, planning, or working on your next fall project! The Fairmount Fibers team has a great new collection of patterns in all your favorite Manos del Uruguay Yarns. There are so many new designs, that we are going to present them to you in two blog installments.

Michele Wang Sweaters in Manos Yarns

Michele Wang is the Featured Designer of this collection. Her five sweater designs encompass styles that might be missing from your current sweater wardrobe. Shown above, Morilla in Maxima, Jalapeno in Silk Blend, and Centeno in Gloria. Shown below, Alforfon in Maxima and Sorgo in Wool Clasica.

Michele Wang sweater designs in Manos Yarns

Manos del Uruguay fall sweaters

That’s not all! Two additional sweaters, Cebada in Silk Blend and Sabio in Clara, designed by Laura Grutzeck and Kristen TenDyke, round out the collection. In harmony with the textured and cabled sweaters, and adding a touch of lace, perhaps a scarf or wrap design is more your style for transitioning to fall?

Scarves and Wraps

We are pleased to have scarves and a wrap design from Jocelyn J. Tunney, Angelia Robinson, and Heather Zoppetti.  Shown above: Amaranto in Silk Blend, Berza crocheted in Gloria, and Quinoa in Marina.

Stay tuned for our next blog post featuring smaller accessory items and knits for babies!