Fabulous Free Knitting Patterns

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

We are thrilled with the number of free knitting patterns published recently and wanted to share a round-up of them here. Choose from shawls, scarves, and even a sweater – these projects are perfect to start now, so they are ready when you reach for them this fall. 

Free knitting patterns for Manos del Uruguay yarn

The Fairmount Fibers team has four new free knitting patterns available to download from their website: Incremento ShawlCharnley Scarf, and Rings of Rings Cowl are each worked in Manos del Uruguay Fino. Create your favorite color palette or look for the Fino mini-skein bundles coming soon to your local yarn shop! The Islamorada Shawl calls for four colors of Alegria. Shown here in four of the semi-solid colorways, this pattern is a great opportunity to spotlight your favorite colorblocked, gradient, or “fade” style by combining the semi-solids with speckled and variegated colors. 

Bosco Cardigan in Manos del Uruguay Clara

Bosco is a cardigan that maximizes the qualities of hand-dyed yarn. The pattern is also a great platform to showcase your handspun yarn. Yarn spun from Manos del Uruguay Superwash Merino Tops and Manos del Uruguay Clara are used in the blue version; the purple version is knit in Manos del Uruguay Clara. Mari Chiba’s design is available in the new Knitty

 

The Fargo Scarf is an exclusive free pattern offered to those who sign up for the Manos del Uruguay Yarns newsletter. Two colors of Manos del Uruguay Clara and a slip-stitch pattern combine in this easy and fun design. The newsletter is sent out every other month and is full of pattern inspiration and updates on new yarns and designs from Manos del Uruguay. 

Let us know your color choices and share your projects with us on your favorite social sharing platform! 

Portable Projects to Knit and Crochet

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

Much of the United States is feeling the impact of summer’s return. You may not care for a pile of wool on your lap as the temperatures rise. Having a smaller project in one skein (or less) of Manos del Uruguay yarn by your side is easier to take with you and work on when you head outside.  Today’s post spotlights those grab-and-go projects!

Wolkig Cowl  Any Season Asymmetrical Shawlette

Wolkig, named after the German word for “cloudy”, is a project you can work on everywhere you are this summer. The pattern calls for one skein of Manos del Uruguay Fino and has only one line of instruction! Martina Behm’s design is available in the new Knitty. Kara Gunza, of Petals to Picots, has a new free crochet pattern. One skein of Manos del Uruguay Alegria will work up into the Any Season Asymmetrical Shawlette

Portable projects in Manos del Uruguay yarns

A peek at Ravelry gave us more ideas for portable projects! Katelynzhou’s Traveling Woman in Fino, Kadreco’s Kristi socks in Alegria, and Dawnamaw’s Flashdance Socks in Alegria

 

 

Wherever your travels take you this summer, don’t forget your project! We really love to see, comment on, and share your photos of Manos Yarns on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry

Knits for the little ones

Category: Featured Projects

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

Category: Featured Projects

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.

Milo

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!