Next on our Needles: New Patterns for Late Summer and Early Fall

Category: Featured Projects

The days are still hot, but the fall chill will be here before we know it. We’re starting to feel the sweater-knitting bug creeping in and have some fun new patterns featuring Manos del Uruguay yarns. Get your needles and hooks ready to start something new!

Patterns for the Last Gasp of Summer

Rockefeller by Lisa Ross is a perfect shell for late summer and can be layered under a blazer to transition to fall. This tank uses structured ribbing to elongate and flatter the feminine figure, making it the perfect date-night piece, but it’s also subtle enough to wear to the office. Rockefeller was featured in Twist Collective’s summer issue and is worked out of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for a touch of luxury and drape.

Rockefeller in Manos del Uruguay

The Time-Honored Sweater by Natasha Robarge is a sexy crochet sweater featuring mesh and large cables. This is perfect for layering in late summer, especially as the evenings grow cooler. The Time-Honored Sweater was featured in Interweave Crochet’s Summer issue and uses our linen blend yarn, Manos del Uruguay Milo.

Time Honored Sweater Crocheted in Manos del Uruguay

Patterns for Sweater Weather

Next up is the Margot Knit Top by Faye Kennington, featured in Knitscene’s Fall 2018 issue. Perfect for fall layering, this top features several colors of Manos del Uruguay Maxima. Mix and match your stripes using any of our semi-solid colors to create your own palette. The herringbone pattern at the bust adds texture and sophistication to this sweater, which may become your favorite new garment for fall!

Margot Top in Manos del Uruguay

The Plum Toddy Pullover by Sandi Prosser is a cozy, oversized pullover perfect for chilly fall days. Boxy shaping is accentuated by geometric striping to create visual interest while still being casual enough to become your favorite weekend sweater. Plum Toddy is featured in Creative Knitting’s Autumn issue and is worked in Manos del Uruguay Milo.  

Plum Toddy Pullover in Manos del Uruguay

The Pen and Ink Pullover by Lana Jois is a delightful pullover with pops of unexpected color in “vents” at the hem and wrists. Designed in Manos del Uruguay Maxima with Serpentina in the vents, the color combinations for this sweater are endless. Keep it subtle with a semi-solid colored body and small variegated pops, or make it fun and bright with some of our new variegated colors and a complementary solid for your accents. This pullover is featured in the Interweave Knits store.

Pen and Ink Pullover

Accessory Patterns for Chilly Days

First up is the Serenity Shawl by Michelle Costa. This crocheted shawl full of color changes is designed in Manos del Uruguay Milo. The color changes make this an addictive project to crochet and to wear – it will become a staple of your fall wardrobe! The Serenity Shawl is an exclusive feature in Happily Hooked Magazine’s August 2018 issue.

Serenity Shawl in Manos del Uruguay

The Pumpkin Spice Hat & Mitts Set by Cheryl Murray is featured in Creative Knitting’s Autumn issue. This cozy set features alternating sections of garter stitch, ribbing and textured pattern to keep you knitting through just one more row. The Pumpkin Spice Hat & Mitts set is designed in Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande and is sure to stave off the chill all winter long.

Pumpkin Spice set in Manos del Uruguay

We hope one of these fabulous projects will find its way onto your needles or hook soon. Let us know your needle-adjacent projects, recently-finished projects, and newly-stashed yarns by tagging us and sharing your photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!

A Year of Serpentina

Category: Free patterns, Yarn Features

Almost a year ago exactly, we first spotlighted Manos del Uruguay Serpentina, our Aran weight artisanal yarn dyed in a delicate color twirling effect. Since then, we’ve enjoyed seeing the projects you’ve created with our yarn. Today we’d like to feature some of Serpentina’s new colors for 2018, as well as some new patterns designed especially for this yarn.

New Colors in 2018

We’re delighted to add five new colors to our Serpentina lineup, bringing the total number of colorways offered to sixteen. New for 2018 are Sarah Bernhardt, Joan of Arc, Rigoberta Menchu, Georgia O’Keeffe and Anne Frank. We love these colorways which are created in memory of accomplished women in history, and we hope you love them too.

New Free Patterns Featuring Serpentina

We’re also delighted to share three new free patterns available on Ravelry and on our website for Serpentina.

Paisano Vest (left) is a simple vest, designed to highlight the rustic handspun nature of Serpentina yarn. It is knit flat from the bottom up, and features a split back detail at the waist.

Hilltop Poncho (top right) by designer Sarah Chapman is a short poncho (almost a capelet!) that’s worked in 2 skeins of Serpentina. The fringe is worked in Manos del Uruguay Maxima, and only one skein is needed.

Chimel by designer Quinn Reverendo (bottom right) is a simple but warm hat perfect for the cold weather and dreary winter days to come. Chimel uses just 1 skein of Serpentina, and the pompom is worked in a contrasting color of Manos del Uruguay Maxima.

 

Serpentina in the Fall Collection

Our Fall Collection includes a design made just for Serpentina! Featured here is Newkirk by Lori Gayle, an entrelac accessory that can be knit as a snug-fitting cowl or as a longer infinity loop. The entrelac pattern lets the delicate dyeing of Serpentina shine and a picot edge adds the perfect finish.

We would love to see what you’re making with Serpentina – please share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!

Cozy Up with Wool Blankets to Knit

Category: Featured Projects

Even though temperatures are still soaring, the autumn chill will be here before you know it.  Why not get a head start on the cozy season and start knitting or crocheting a blanket now? Blankets can be crafted in one large piece, but they can also be constructed in a modular fashion so that each square or section can be made virtually anywhere you go, with only a ball or two of yarn with you at one time.  

Fan Favorites

Today we’d like to feature a few blankets crafted by our fans. First, let’s look at the blankets that can be knit in smaller sections. NMcCullough took dedication to a new level knitting beautiful Persian Dreams blanket using many different colors of Manos del Uruguay Alegria, a sock-weight yarn. And what about statsgeek’s mind bending Kaffe Fasset Mystery Knit-a-long blanket knit in Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica? We love her choice of colors!

If you prefer crafting your blanket in one piece, check out Ravelry user CammieD’s Mosaic Blanket out of Manos del Uruguay Gloria. She said the slip stitch pattern is a lot easier than it looks and the finished blanket is pretty amazing looking! We just love armyb’s Hap Blanket knit in Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, one of our favorite yarns for blanket-knitting turned into a classic pattern.  

Our Favorite Blanket Yarn

Wool Clasica is the perfect yarn for blanket knitting and we have some exciting new colors for fall! Add Fiery, Spirulina, Taffeta, Carnival or Cincuenta to your projects to brighten them up.

Or if you prefer easier care, check out Manos del Uruguay Gloria, our 100% superwash merino wool that also has several new fall colors!

Pattern Inspiration

If you have your yarn ready to go but are still looking for the perfect pattern, here are a few suggestions from our catalog of designs. If you want to work in squares, why not consider Sequoia to create colorful geometric patterns? Perhaps you would prefer something stripey like Salida del Sol to add pops of color to a cozy room. Or if you’re looking for something classic where you can add fun colors, Rayas is a color block blanket knit with panels of color, edged with a neutral garter stitch border. All are knit in Wool Clasica which comes in over 70 semi-solid and variegated colorways in addition to the new colors we highlighted above.

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to get started on those cozy blanket projects. We’d love to see your knit and crochet blankets – please share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!

Stashbusting for Summer

Category: Featured Projects

Is your stash full of leftover bits of Manos del Uruguay yarn from other projects? Then this post is for you. We took some time to round up some amazing projects that use yarn leftovers to create new projects.  So toss your stash, grab your leftovers and let’s go!

If you’re interested in bags or cases, check out Ravelry user vashtirama’s Smartphone Vortex Shield made with just 75 yards of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for the perfect case to protect your phone. We also love likeflora’s Rachel Bag knit out of 1 skein Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  It looks like the perfect summer bag to hold your wallet, keys and a good book for easy summer reading.

 

Or try out some of those cute stuffed animals you’ve been wanting to make for the little one in your life. Try an adorable bunny like TheCraftyGlamma’s Bonbon in Manos del Uruguay Maxima or Arminty’s Bugle the Grey knit out of Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  Or check out Ravelry’s impressive catalog of amigurumi patterns to make that cute creature you’ve always wanted to.

   

 

Or you could try some stashbusting accessories to help keep you cool during the hot summer days. Check out SStO’s Hydrate crocheted out of Manos del Uruguay Alegria. Just add a strap and you’ve got the perfect accessory to keep your water bottle handy while you’re on the go.

We’d love to see what stashbusting projects you create and your Manos del Uruguay yarn choices! Please share your progress photos with us and follow us on  Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram for more inspirational project ideas, new patterns and announcements.

Fino Mini Madness

Category: Tutorial

About a month ago we spotlighted some Fino Mini-Skein projects and we’re happy to report that mini madness continues! For this post, we took one of our Fino Mini-Skein sets and matched it up with another hot trend: the fade.  

We decided that a pair of handknit mitts would be the perfect project to showcase a fade, and started with the Augusta Fino Mini-Skein set:

Fino Mini Skein Bundle in Augusta

This set contains five 20g skeins in the colorways: 415 – Silver Tea Set, 404 – Watered Silk, 429 – Storm Glass, 405 – Peacock Plume, and 427 – Mourning.

 

Considerations

When trying to adapt a pattern to fade between minis, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Pattern: If you’re starting with a pattern that is already written (as we did), consider fairly simple patterns to let the yarn color palette shine. Anything that is busy with pattern stitches might be too jumbled with the addition of color changes.
  • Transitions: In the sample shown below we opted to do a 4-round transition. In the case of Colors 1 & 2, we knit a section of the pattern in Color 1, then worked 1 round each with colors 2, 1, 2, 1 for a total of 4 rounds, and then continued on through Color 2. We repeated this process 3 additional times until we had all of our colors in sequence. You may wish to do more or fewer transition rounds, but either way, this is something you’ll want to plan before you start.

You could also consider transitions in linen stitch or by knitting a few rows of stranded 1×1 colorwork (see the Golden Pear Hat for example).

  • Sections of Color: The biggest question when adapting a pattern to fading is how long do you want each color section to be? Choosing a pattern may help dictate this, and you may have feelings on whether you want to feature certain colors more than others. Since the Fino Mini-Skeins are all the same yardage it may just be easiest to divide the pattern into 5 roughly equal segments.

 

Project

After looking through patterns on Ravelry, we chose the Colorblock Handwarmers by Purl Soho, a great free pattern. This was the perfect simple pattern to highlight the color changes and was written for a yarn similar to Fino. The pattern was originally written for four colors, so adding a fifth didn’t prove too difficult; we simply divided the portion below the hand into three roughly equal segments.

Here’s how to knit our fade version of the Colorblock Mitts using the following steps:

Step 1: Swatch to determine gauge on the mitts. Though the pattern recommended using US #3 needles, we found the fabric to be too loose and went down to US #1.5 needles to get a gauge we liked to knit the Small/Medium size (ultimately we ended up with a Small pair of mitts, so if you’re looking for a Medium size you might want to go up a needle size or knit the larger size).

Step 2: Starting with Color #1, in this case, Silver Tea Set, knit per pattern instructions until work measures approximately 2.25” from the cast-on edge.

Step 3: Add in Color #2, Watered Silk, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Silver Tea Set and continue working with Watered Silk until the mitts measure approximately 5.5” from the cast-on edge.

You may see a very slight stripe jog as you work, but you’ll see in the finished mitts that it’s not very noticeable at all. If you’re concerned about that jog, you could simply omit the four-round transition and move directly from Color #1 into Color #2.

Fingerless Mitts in Fino Mini Skeins

Step 4: Add in Color #3, Storm Glass, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Watered Silk, and continue knitting with Storm Glass until the mitts measure 8” from the cast-on edge.

Step 5:  Add in Color #4, Peacock Plume, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Storm Glass, and continue working with Peacock Plume (you should be working the thumb opening by now). As a side note, the pattern we chose already had two color sections in the hands, built around the thumb opening, and we chose to use these color breaks as guides.  

Step 6: As soon as the thumb opening is complete, knit two additional rounds of Peacock Plume, then add in Color #5, Mourning, and work 4-round transition as noted above. Cut Peacock Plume, and continue on with Mourning.

Step 7: Follow pattern instructions to complete the mitt in Mourning.

Repeat Steps 2-7 to make the second mitt and you’re done!

Finished Fingerless Mitts faded with Fino Minis

We hope this project gave you some ideas on how to incorporate our Fino Mini-Skeins into fading projects. We’d love to see your interpretations and fade projects – please share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!