New for You in the New Year

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

Does the start of a new year inspire you to take on a crafting challenge? Perhaps this year you would like to focus on a particular technique or type of project. Inspiration abounds with a new Manos yarn, new colors, new patterns and the whole year is still ahead of you!

Pattern ideas to try something new

(Top: left to right) Paper Bag Hat, Vasca, Cobre, and Asturias
(Bottom: left to right) Bordure, Calida, Taylor Pond, and Bloques

Taking on a crafty challenge should be fun and interesting to you! If you only knit hats, why not try a cowl or handwarmers? Try a lace project, a sweater, add a cable twist, or even a blanket. Experiment by adding a pop of color with a stripe or two. We’d love to hear from you in the Manos del Uruguay Ravelry group – feel free to share your Manos Yarn stash enhancements and projects with us there!

Manos del Uruguay display at TNNA 2016

At the Winter TNNA show in San Diego, the newest patterns from the Fairmount Fibers team made their debut. The collection, featuring designs by Emma Welford, will be available at your local yarn shop and on Ravelry in the upcoming weeks. A new addition to the Manos Yarn line also debuted at the show. Marina, a 100% superwash merino laceweight, is arriving in stores now. The first pattern in Marina, the Feroe Shawl, is online and available for free at We are looking forward to your projects this year!

A Project for You | New Pattern Round-Up

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

What a busy time of year! 2015 is quickly coming to an end and the Fairmount Fibers team wants to make certain you know about the latest patterns calling for Manos del Urugay yarns. These patterns are perfect for all skill levels and allow the wonderful colorways of Manos del Uruguay yarns to stand out. Make plans to knit or crochet something special for yourself!

Citadel by Joji Locatelli in Manos Gloria

Citadel is part of Joji Locatelli’s  The Authentic Collection. Knit in Manos Gloria this cardigan features classic, dreamy cables with a modern look and comfortable feel. This pattern is worked seamlessly from the top down, with pockets integrated with the bottom band. Seven to twelve skeins are needed, depending on size.


Crochet Seaside Sweater in Manos Serena

The Winter 2016 Interweave Crochet includes Daniela Nii’s Seaside Sweater. Inspired by the simple lines and overlapping panels of Japanese kimono wraps, this sweater is worked and seamed using only two pieces. Manos Serena is a lovely choice here. Depending on size you’ll need 7-10 skeins of the main color and 4-6 skeins of the contrast color.

Treacherous Winds Scarf in Manos Fino

Hunter Hammersen’s Fine Things for Plain Occasions is a collection of patterns inspired by the advice in vintage etiquette guides. The Treacherous Winds scarf is in-between a scarf and a cowl, as the arrangement of buttons allow you to fasten it in a variety of ways. One skein of Manos del Uruguay Fino is needed.

Surco Scarf in Manos Gloria

The Surco Scarf, by Christine Marie Chen, is a free pattern available at Just released this month, the scarf calls for two skeins of your favorite colorway of Manos Gloria. The stitch pattern is simple, allowing the yarn to shine in this great unisex project available free on Ravelry.
Maquereau Mitts in Manos Silk Blend

Knotions Magazine has returned with free patterns, tutorials and reviews. The Maquereau Mitts, included in the December issue, are a great way to showcase beautiful variegated colorways against a contrasting solid. Shown above in Manos Silk Blend, these simply sweet mitts are quick to knit!

Have we said “Thank You” for sharing your projects and plans with us? We love seeing how you choose to work with Manos del Uruguay yarns and we look forward to even more wonderful projects in 2016!

Fast and Fabulous Franca

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns, Yarn Features

If you had to make a graph plotting the number of days left in December and the size of the needles used on the project, you would see a proportional relationship familiar to many a knitter or crocheter as the time of gift giving draws near. We shared a variety of free patterns in our last blog post and today we’re focusing on the patterns for Franca, Manos del Uruguay’s Bulky 100% Superwash Merino.
Franca Cowls

Cowls are cozy and it is possible to finish several in a weekend! Each of the following call for one or two skeins of Franca and are available for free: (clockwise starting top right)  Franca Hourglass Eyelets Cowl, Francisca Cowl, and Franca My Dear.
Free Patterns for Franca
The Fairmount Fibers team has several free patterns calling for Franca, sure to be suitable for stocking stuffers or unisex gifts! Shown above from left to right: Quick Franca Mitts, Weekend Cowl, and the Esmeralda Hat & Scarf set.
 RavelryFrancaProjectsFrequently we turn to Ravelry for even more Franca project inspiration. We do hope you you’ll join us there and share your projects as well! Above, from left to right: RavenAK’s Encantadora Cowl, Jessiknitsnature’s Drop YO Cowl, and EmilyNan711’s Cosy Post Ear Warmer Headband.
 Whether you are indulging in a quick project for yourself or a last-minute gift for someone else, let us know how it goes and share your projects in Franca with us on Facebook, Instagram or Ravelry!

Simple and Straightforward Projects

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

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!

Free patterns for Manos Yarns

First, take a look at the collection of free patterns available at Several new patterns have recently been added including (top row, left to right) Simple Ribbed HatSimple 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.

Pradera Wrap Colorways

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!


Category: Featured Projects

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.

Poncho Designs in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

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.

Ravelry Poncho Projects

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.


Ponchos and Wraps from Manos del Uruguay

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.