Will you be one of the many people travelling this week to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday? The Fairmount Fibers team would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few project ideas in Manos del Uruguay yarns that are good for travel, allow you to participate in conversation, and work up relatively quickly!
First, take a look at the collection of free patterns available at FairmountFibers.com. Several new patterns have recently been added including (top row, left to right) Simple Ribbed Hat, Simple Worsted Moss Stitch Baby Blanket, and Everyday Handwarmers each knit in Manos Gloria, and (bottom row, left to right) Simple Bulky Moss Stitch Baby Hat in Franca, Nina Hat in Franca and Rizo Crochet Baby Blanket in Serena.
The Pradera Wrap, also a free pattern, is a great choice for a travel project! The pattern is straightforward and enjoyable, and the color changes hold your interest. The original Pradera Wrap pattern calls for Clara, shown in Azafran, Miel, Granada, and Hortensia, but of course there are other combinations of colorways. We also assembled a selection of different alternate colorways (clockwise from top right)
- Hortensia, Granada, Velvet, and Frost
- Crudo, Acquamarina, Algas, and Petroleo
- Hortensia, Velvet, Frost, and Follage
- Crudo, Corderito, Azafran, and Miel
- Granada, Velvet, Black Forest, and Petroleo
- Acquamarina, Algas, Follage, and Frost
- Crudo, Corderito, Hortensia, and Grenada
Simple patterns allow the yarn to shine, and allow you to keep on working with yarn while being social or on-the-go! We can’t wait to see your projects worked up in your favorite colorways of Manos yarns. Please feel free to tag @Manosyarns in your Instagram photos, share your Ravelry projects with our Manos del Uruguay group, or post a picture to the Manos del Uruguay Yarns Facebook page!
Ponchos are topping the trend charts lately! While most ponchos are designed in a traditional rectangle shape with a neck opening, we are seeing more variety in the construction and different weights of Manos del Uruguay yarn being used. Generally larger than shawls, and more forgiving to make than a sweater, they are the perfect accessory to keep you warm all winter long.
Here are ponchos designed specifically for Manos del Uruguay yarns. Shown above (top row left to right) Ivy by Jocelyn J. Tunney in Manos Wool Clasica, Montevideo Capelet a free pattern in Manos Maxima, (bottom row left to right) Vagabond Poncho by Judith Shangold in Wool Clasica, and Lithodora Poncho by Joanne Scrace crocheted in Manos Serena.
Shown above are ponchos we discovered on Ravelry. Andytarr’s Easy Lace Poncho in Manos Serena, sewtartt’s Marilyn Dreams of Rhinebeck in Manos Maxima, and Carolyn192’s Golden Flame #3 in Manos Wool Clasica.
Ruanas are poncho-like garments, made from a woven wool fabric. The simple design shows off the texture of hand-dyed yarn. You can shop online for ones made in the Manos del Uruguay co-operatives by clicking here.
For today’s blog post, the Fairmount Fibers team is pleased to host a stop on the blog tour for Short Row Knits, by Carol Feller. The Riyito sweater is knit in Manos del Uruguay Fino, and is the sweater that Carol is wearing for the author photo!
If you are new to knitting with short rows, this book takes you through several different styles of the technique in a variety of projects. The Riyito sweater incorporates two short row methods and calls for three to five skeins of Fino, a fingering weight blend of 70% merino, 30% silk, depending on size.
The shoulder slope is created using Japanese short rows, and the curved hem is created with German short rows. The shoulders are worked individually at first (fronts and backs), then joined to continue the body portion down to the hem. Carol has a unique yet straightforward way in which she presents the design.
You can win two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Fino! Simply comment on this post letting us know which colorway of Fino you would like to knit this sweater. Be sure to include your Ravelry ID or an email address so we can contact you if you are the winner. We will draw a winner on October 19, 2015. With your prize, you could give short rows a try with the Chirripo Short Row Ball, the Diamante Center-Out Shawl, or the Volcan Modular Wedge Scarf.
In our previous blog post, we shared small project and pattern inspiration for knitting for kids. Today we would like to spotlight other gift items you can make, toys and blankets, in Manos del Uruguay yarns.
On the Fairmount Fibers Patterns page, you can view the assortment of blanket patterns available by selecting “Home Decor” from the type drop-down menu. While only the Cocheito Baby Blanket is specifically sized for a crib blanket, any of the patterns could be knit for a child. Simply use the child’s favorite colors and consider using Gloria or Clara, so that it is an easy-care item!
Handknit items are meant to be used! We love seeing project photos of the item in action; we spotted these blanket projects keeping the kids cozy. Here are Blueyecat’s Chevron Blanket in Serena and woolandflaxyarns’ Pinwheel Blanket in Silk Blend.
Toys can be a fun surprise, part of a game or story, or even a cuddle buddy. They tend to not use a lot of yardage, so you might even be able to make a toy with the leftovers from a blanket or sweater! Shown above is jenjoy77’s Waldorf Rabbit in Silk Blend, aprilshowers’ Frances the Sock Wearing Fox in Maxima, and an Octopus in Maxima from What to Knit The Toddler Years. Check out our Toys Pinterest board for even more ideas!
Have you knit or crochet a special toy or blanket for a little one? We love to share in the joy of seeing your hard work enjoyed, and are always looking for projects to share! You can find us on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Small projects can allow you to try out new techniques, explore color combinations outside your usual choices, and are finished relatively quickly. Projects for children, as gifts or by special request, are a great choice to kick off the return of knitting season! Here are a few patterns and projects to inspire you.
Several designers have called for Manos del Uruguay yarns in their designs for kids. The Bowburn hat in Silk Blend and Mallard Cowl in Wool Clasica are two fun accessories by Katya Frankel. Wooly Wormhead complements the variegated colorway of Silk Blend with an assortment of buttons on the Damsel hat. The Rosaline short-sleeve sweater, by Clare Slade, in Silk Blend is a great layering piece for cool fall mornings waiting for the bus or running around the playground!
Seeing the projects our fans have made with Manos del Uruguay yarns brings us such joy! Here are just a few we spotted on Ravelry. Clockwise from top left: annanozaki’s Hot Chocolate in Maxima, Monastrickt’s 6th Birthday Hat in Silk Blend, thislittlelemon’s Abate sweater in Maxima, VerilyV’s Hedgie in Silk Blend, and TanteLinnea’s Summer Suit for Lauritz in Serena. Look at those happy faces!
Stay tuned for our next blog post in which we will focus on blankets and toys to make for your favorite little ones!