New Designs Next on Our Needles!

Category: Featured Projects

It’s not quite summer, even though we are dreaming about getaways and low-key weekends. We are of course planning on lots of knitting and crocheting. There are a number of fabulous patterns published online and in print topping our list of needle-adjacent or up-next projects. We’re excited to share these great ideas calling for Manos del Uruguay yarns with you today!

Independent Designs

Hunter Hammersen has done it again! In the Wavering Hat, she combines Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Nickel for the hat body with Manos del Uruguay Clara in Miel for the colorwork stripe. As an extra bonus, the pattern includes a detailed tutorial to create and secure a detachable pom-pom!

The Maypole Shawl from Little Church Knits is an easy, semi-circular shawl that begins with a gentle stockinette body. The lace border with a whimsical pattern of big polka dots floating in mesh is knitted continuously, pretty to look at and fun to knit. Shown here in Manos del Uruguay Alegria in #A2800 natural (MC), 2 skeins; #A9453 Macachines (CC), 1 skein.

The Lenio Shawl by Joy of Motion is a perfect one-skein project for Manos del Uruguay Marina. You could even complete the crochet work in a weekend! Whip one up for a perfect lightweight summer shawl.

Kate Gilbert’s Sway cardigan in Clara is a beautiful showcase for our hand-dyed yarn. Worked in pieces, the fronts are triangles worked from the lower corner up to the raglan seam. Our light and lofty sport-weight yarn is a dream to use in lightweight sweaters. Black Forest, C24, is shown here.

Patterns in Print

Megi Burcl’s Askim Fringed Shawl is a perfect summer shawl! The pattern calls for one skein each of Alegria in A2800 Natural, A2363 Tahiti, A2058 Tumeric, A2394 Teal, A2176 Oxblood, and A2020 Spirulina. Look for the pattern in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2018.

On cool mountain nights, wrap up in the Buena Vista Stole; this Southwest-inspired shawl features graphic crosses, garter stitch, and simple lace for an unexpectedly impressive knit. Sandhya S.’s design for Interweave Knits calls for Milo; the modeled project was knit in #i2156 Venezia.

Arica Presinal’s design, The Flowers that Be, conveys an easy, breezy vibe. Worked in the wool and linen blend of Milo, it is a lightweight piece to dress up or down this summer. The pattern is included in I Like Crochet, June 2018.  

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!

Making the Most of Manos del Uruguay Fino Minis

Category: Featured Projects

Mini skeins continue to captivate yarn fans as a way to introduce a pop of color into a project, or as a way to sample a new-to-you yarn. Each Manos del Uruguay Fino Mini Skein set includes five 20-gram skeins. In this blog post, we are going to spotlight projects that make the most of each bundle.

Your first stop for inspiration should be the Fairmount Fibers Free Patterns page. Scarves, shawls, and cowl patterns are ready to download. Some patterns call for one mini skein set while others are used in conjunction with a full-sized skein of Fino.

Free Patterns from Fairmount Fibers

Clockwise, from the left side: Fino Shadow Shawl, Byberry Scarf, Ring of Rings Cowl, Fringed Violet Scarf, Trolley Tracks Infinity Scarf, Charnley Scarf, Fealdan Shawl, and Pirouette Cowl.

Spotted on Ravelry

 

We were especially impressed with luarn’s Studio Wall Swatches project that uses the Eleanor set and jostrong’s 5 Color Cashmere Cowl project that uses the Beatrix set.

Are you motivated by mini-skeins? We enjoy seeing your interpretations and colorway pairings when you share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!

Spring Projects in Milo and Serena

Category: Featured Projects

Warmer days call for lightweight layers, short sleeve tops, and natural fiber blends including linen and cotton. Now is a great time to cast on for a new project in season-spanning Serena or Milo!

Manos del Uruguay Milo Projects

  

Milo blends merino wool with fine linen for a yarn that is simultaneously rustic and elegant. Shown here are Elfreth, by Corrina Ferguson, and Gagran1’s Izu. Hilljstr’s Waiting for the Rain shawl is simply gorgeous in Milo with the pop of metallic alpaca/silk yarn. The linen retains its natural color through the dye process, resulting in a heathered effect perfect for blending in a fade-style project or a contrast in colors that benefits brioche. This is highlighted in the Hugo Shawl which is a new free pattern, available from your local yarn shop (LYS).

Manos del Uruguay Serena Projects

  

Serena has fantastic drape for scarves, wraps, cardigans, and summer tops. Keep in mind the fiber characteristics when you are planning your project and be sure to swatch! Cotton and alpaca do not have the elasticity of wool. The Fig Beret is a new free pattern, available from your local yarn shop. Peach Pullover is a new design by Sandi Prossner that is part of Spring 2018 Creative Knitting. Coronilla is a pattern we included in our Short Sleeve Sweaters post: shown here is wheatenmom’s version, knit in S2672 Lilac.

Connect with us to share your new Manos del Uruguay projects and yarns on your favorite social platform: Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram.

Tips and Tricks for Managing Brioche

Category: Tutorial

One of our newest free patterns, the Byberry Scarf by Lisa R. Myers, is a beautiful 2-color brioche project that is great for beginners.  If you are new to the technique, brioche can be a little intimidating to knit.  First, there are new symbols and abbreviations to learn. Then you have to remember to work each row twice, once in each color.  But once you get those elements down, you’ll need to advance to learning how to fix mistakes. Today we’ll cover some tips and tricks for managing your brioche mischief.

Lifelines

The first thing we recommend if you’re new to brioche knitting is to make use of lifelines. A lifeline is a piece of waste yarn that you run through a row of stitches with a darning needle.  Lifelines are often used in lace projects so that if you drop stitches or discover mistakes you can go back to a place in your knitting where things were in good shape. Given that each row in brioche consists of knit or purl stitches and slipped stitches with their accompanying yarn overs, a lifeline can be a true lifesaver if you need to rip back. You can place lifelines as frequently or as infrequently as you wish and that frequency can change as you become more comfortable with brioche.

The photo shows a lifeline being added (the green yarn going through the live stitches on the needle). The blue lifeline was added a couple inches back and can be removed since the work above it is all in order.

Fixing Mistakes on the “Right Side”

We have found that when fixing mistakes in brioche it’s helpful to try and fix your errors on the right side of your knitting. However, that can be a little tricky in 2-color brioche because each color has a dominant, or right, side. When you have to fix a problem like a dropped or mistake stitch, try starting on the side of your knitting where that stitch should be in a column of knit stitches.  

 

First, lay your knitting out flat to diagnose where the dropped or mistaken stitch lies. Then, either slip stitches onto a spare needle until you get to that column, or start to work the next row, moving towards that stitch.

When you reach the column that contains your dropped or mistaken stitch, you can gently ladder down the column until you get to the errant stitch.

Fix the problematic stitch, and then you will gently begin to work your way back up to your needle. Remember that you will be forming knit stitches out of your dominant color on that side and that for each new knit stitch that you create, you will need to loop the corresponding yarnover together with that stitch.  You may wish to use a crochet hook to aid you in this process.

For a great video on how to fix dropped stitches in brioche, you can also check out The Unapologetic Knitter’s tutorial. Crafts from the Cwtch also provides a great video tutorial to help you turn a mistaken purl stitch into a knit stitch.

Knitting with the Wrong Color

If you are new to 2-color brioche knitting, or even if you’re an old pro, you’ll probably pick up the wrong color at the wrong time. It happens to the best of us.  At this point, you’ll have two choices to fix the error. First, you can tink (“un-knit”) back to the row where you made the mistake. This may be time-consuming, but if your error is just a few rows back, it may be the best option. The second option is to pull out your work back to your lifeline. Remember how we said lifelines could be useful? If you have added a lifeline to your work recently, you can simply pull your work off of your needles and unravel your knitting back to the last “safe” point (your lifeline). Then thread your needle through your stitches, and then start again.

Knitting when you should purl; purling when you should knit.

There is a rhythm to brioche knitting. While you’re still getting into the rhythm, you may slip and purl stitches when you should slip and knit, or vice versa. As with tips above, you’ll have two options. You can tink back to the beginning of the row where you made your mistake, or you can drop down to your trusty lifeline.  

We hope that this tutorial has helped you troubleshoot your brioche knitting. We encourage you to try knitting the Byberry Scarf if you’re new to brioche knitting and to stay tuned for our fall collection which will feature at least one brioche pattern. If you have more questions or want to share photos of your beautiful projects, you can find us here on the blog or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Ravelry!

Short Sleeve Sweaters in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

We’re going to just say it: you can wear sweaters year-round and not all sweaters need long sleeves! In this blog post we’re putting the spotlight on beautiful hand knit tops in lightweight Manos del Uruguay yarns.

What’s Your Style?

You still find your favorite pattern technique of lace, cables, colorwork, or short rows among the designs in the Fairmount Fibers pattern archive.

 

Coronilla by Emma Welford and Algorta by Miriam L. Felton, each in Serena.

 

  

Solis (backside shown) by Miriam L. Felton, Chirca by Kristen TenDyke, and Guirnalda by Varian Brandon, each in Silk Blend.

 

  

Winton by ash alberg in Milo, Narciso by Kristen TenDyke in Fino, and Frankford by Corrina Ferguson in Clara.

Is a short sleeve sweater part of your spring ensembles for Me Made May or another spring event? Check out our Spring-Summer Tops Pinterest board for more inspiration from knitters and crocheters like you! We want to see your styling, from casual to fancy.