Knits for the little ones

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Every year, new babies are born and children get bigger! Just try to deny the “Awww” factor of a wee handknit, especially when that item is made in a yarn with next-to-skin softness and fun colors. Manos del Uruguay yarns are a great choice for children’s garments; find inspiration in these patterns and projects! 

Knits for baby in Manos Yarns

First, a reminder that among the patterns offered by the Fairmount Fibers team, you’ll find a collection of garments for babies (with sizing up through toddlers). These patterns by Melissa LaBarre are a great opportunity to work with Manos yarns that you may have been eyeing for a while, but weren’t quite ready to make an adult-sized sweater. The extensive color range of the yarns means 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.

The latest baby projects spotted on Ravelry in Manos yarn are of a subdued palette, giving each an heirloom quality, don’t you think? Shown above, left to right: proxon’s Playdate sweater in Milo, Kirthedrink’s Baby Selbu Mittens in Fino, Cathrinskey’s Delicate Lace Crochet Bonnet in Fino (top), and Inkywells’ Sweetest Thing Dress in Serena (bottom). 

Knit as gifts or for your own little ones, we’d love to see the finished object photos before these special handknits are tucked away and saved for future generations! Manos Yarns is present on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Ravelry!




Making with Milo from Manos del Uruguay

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Continuing our yarn spotlight on Milo from Manos del Uruguay, today’s post highlights knit and crochet pattern inspiration in Milo. Our new flax blend has caught the eye of designers and crafters alike. We hope this post inspires you to cast on with this wonderful yarn for your next knit or crochet project! 

Published Patterns in Manos del Uruguay Milo

These recently published patterns show the rustic elegance of Milo. The Smattering Wrap, above left, brings together five different colorways of Milo. Cal Patch’s chosen palette of blues and neutrals is a go-with-everything project; the pattern is in Making Vol. 3 / DOTS. Above center is the Gallery Tunic designed by Quenna Lee for Love of Knitting, Summer 2017. This sweater is a great addition to your wardrobe as it can be sophisticated or casual. Interweave Knits Summer 2017 includes the Goodfellow Top, above left, by Faina Goberstein. The construction will keep your interest as it is worked in different directions! 


Ravelry Milo Projects

Browsing Ravelry for projects in Milo is eye candy that inspires! Clockwise from top left: Exlanemaxseb’s Lulworth Cove hat, MsGidgetty’s Breathing Space sweater, Faeriegrl’s Altitude Cowl, and MWheeldon’s Relax sweater. 

We hope you’ll put Manos del Uruguay Milo on your “must-try” list this season! The sport-weight wool-linen yarn is a treat to work with, creating fabrics with a beautiful drape and crisp stitch definition. Be sure to share your projects with us in Ravelry, on Facebook or Instagram





Spotlight on Milo

Category: Yarn Features

Wool is great for cold winter days and nights, but when the weather or temperature varies throughout the day, you want a yarn that can keep up with those changes. The wish list probably looks something like this: warm (but not too warm), lightweight (of course!), and a beautiful drape, too. If that sounds like a tall order, don’t worry -our Milo yarn fits the bill! This 65% merino wool and 35% linen sport weight yarn can handle seasonal fluctuations with ease.


The unique nature of linen gives Milo a rustic yet elegant look. The linen retains its natural color through the dye process, giving a heathered effect.  Currently, Milo is available in sixteen semi-solid colorways

Blending in linen with the merino wool to make this single ply yarn lightens the yarn. One of the unique properties of linen is its ability to absorb moisture from the skin and release it to the air. A project made with Milo will feel cool and crisp even on hot summer days. 

What sort of projects can you make with Milo? Hats, cowls, sweaters and accessories – all of them! The Fairmount Fibers team has two free patterns, the Mitad Hat and Mitad Cowl; you’ll only need one skein of Milo for each design. Two patterns in the 2017 Spring pattern collection call for Milo: the Braddock Capelet and the Trenton Scarf. Check out the Milo Pinterest board for even more knitting and crochet pattern inspiration.

Perhaps you have heard that linen can be difficult to work with. Milo is not one of those! It has a soft hand and excellent drape. In our next blog post, we will share project inspiration for Milo from knitters and crocheters just like you! 

Spring Showers

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Do you have any spring celebrations coming up? A handmade item, knit or crochet, is a lovely gesture for a bridal or baby shower. Today we are sharing projects made by our friends on Ravelry in Manos del Uruguay yarns to celebrate these wonderful events!

For the Bride

Bridal Shower Knits in Manos Yarns

Be sure to budget your time wisely on a project such as a bridal shawl! The pressure of a deadline can be stressful. Having enough time will allow you to avoid careless mistakes and devote time for proper blocking. Shown above, clockwise from the top: EmilyWool’s beautiful “Out of the Darkness” shawl knit in Fino photographed by Julie Hagenbuch, KathyBannon’s Diamond Fizz knit in Marina with two strands held together, and Loranel’s Callais in Fino

For the New Baby

Manos yarns in baby projects

Baby items are a fun way in which to try out a new-to-you stitch pattern or colorway. These projects tend to work up quickly and still yield a high “Awww!” factor. Shown clockwise from left: Fitzknits721’s Pepita in Alegria, Charliehrtsmatt’s Angel Wings Pinafore crocheted in Serena, and woolnutzi’s Franca Fun Baby Sweater in Franca. 

Do you have a go-to project for baby showers or a bridal gift that you would love to make again? Share your projects and inspiration with the fans of Manos del Uruguay yarns in our Ravelry group

Shawls for All

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Make the Spring Transition with a Shawl!

Figuring out what to wear can sometimes be a challenge when transitioning between the seasons. Shawls ease this seasonal shift as they are functional and stylish! Manos del Uruguay yarns of a finer gauge are beautiful choices for shawl projects; here are a few of our current favorites. 

Shawl Patterns from Fairmount Fibers

Manos Spring Shawls

Our newest pattern collection includes (above, left to right) Aramingo in Clara, Bodine in Alegria, and Palethorp in Marina. If you don’t want to have to worry about pinning or wrapping your shawl to stay in place, Aramingo is a great choice: it’s a combination of a cowl and a shawl! Bodine and Palethorp are each triangle-shaped and can be worn with the point of the triangle in the front, back, or on your shoulder. 

Shawl Patterns in New Publications

New shawl patterns to knit and crochet in Manos Yarns

Spring also brings new patterns to inspire your next project. Shown above, clockwise from the left: Gryphon Shawl (Cast On, Spring 2017) knit in Silk BlendSmattering Wrap (Making No.3 / Dots) crocheted in Milo, and the Pfeiffer Shawl (Interweave Knits, Spring 2017) knit in Silk Blend

We hope one of these patterns will be just right for your next spring project! We’d love to see your shawl style with Manos yarns – share your photos with us on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!