We love to work with yarn and share our ideas on patterns and techniques. Our last post included several projects to take your skills to the next level. Each time we take a look at the projects on Ravelry in Manos del Uruguay yarns, our own queue grows! Here are a few fitting the techniques we suggested.
SusanMacL’s Dragon Striped Poncho in Wool Clasica combines the Drachenfels shawl pattern and Cowl Neck Stripe Poncho. The result is a stash-busting project that is warm and on trend! Fibermania’s Diamond Panel Jacket highlights the variegated colorway of Silk Blend. Have you tried a modular design yet?
Two Ravelry users recently knit the Silverleaf shawl pattern. Nvlad used Clara, and this was her first lace project! Robbieatteaforewe used Clara and Silk Blend for a color-blocked version. Lusciousluka brought the Florido cowl lattice lace stitch pattern into a Florido Hat in Silk Blend.
Cables and Crochet
Mdbatten knit up the Winter Sweater project with Gloria held double. Her project notes say it took 18 hours, over 4 days! The cable design on the front adds a fun twist to a straightforward design. Sylviameadows’ My Blue Jeans Shawl using Marina is her second attempt at crochet. Would you have guessed that?
We love the opportunity to cheer you on as you work on your projects. Let us know what you’re working on in the Ravelry group, on Facebook, or Instagram!
What new projects will you bring to your needles and hooks this year? A must-make project is often the push needed to take the plunge into mastering a new technique. The Fairmount Fibers team made a list of techniques that could be considered challenging, then looked for projects and patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns that would give you the chance to try the technique at two different difficulty levels.
Cinnamon Stars, in two colors of Manos Fino, features a traditional star motif worked in the round so there is no wrong side! The pattern provides tips for swatching in the round so you can practice with your color combination and the stranded color changes. We noticed a new KAL for 2017 from the Eat.Sleep.Knit shop – the Persian Dreams blanket. They have put together a kit with Manos del Uruguay Alegria, that would be a seriously dreamy project!
Dream Big (of cables and texture!) in this quick-to-knit sweater, using Manos Franca. A sweater like this is pretty darn close to instant gratification! Knit it now with plenty of time to wear it before summer returns. Centeno features all-over cables and is knit in Manos Gloria. This sweater may take a bit longer to work up, depending on your skill level. The end result is a show-stopper!
Lace & Crochet
The Whisper Knot Wrap is a free pattern and uses just one skein of Manos Marina. The resulting shawl is generously sized, lightweight and warm. The Shattered Quartz Shawl, from Interweave Crochet Winter 2017, includes the note in the directions that extreme focus is required! Working with Manos Serena and Tunisian lace stitches that bend and turn the linear lace pattern will result in a masterpiece you will enjoy wearing to showcase your work.
These projects are just a few examples that caught our eye. Your choice of what makes a project a challenge is completely up to you and that’s okay. Remember, every project proceeds one stitch at a time and can be conquered! Let us know how it is going by posting to our Facebook page, posting in the Ravelry group, or tagging us on Instagram.
It’s really getting down to the wire! Our last blog post, Fast with Franca, shared several project ideas you could complete before the holidays. Yes, really! In this post, we want to spotlight a few ways in which you can use Manos del Uruguay yarns in your handmade ornaments and decorations.
Take inspiration from these Ravelry projects that use less than a full skein (except the wreath) and work up in a little amount of time! Nbagnall’s Woolly Wreath in the top left was knit with 3 skeins of Wool Clasica, but know that others who have made this all note it is a fast project. Continuing clockwise are katylynn06’s Fall Wind snowflake in Fino, tornangel012’s Bunny Snowball Buddy in Gloria, and MsChris’s set of coasters woven on a Weave Easy loom in Maxima.
We have a curated Pinterest board, Festive Holidays, for projects of all sizes for inspiration. We have pinned a few free gift tags you can download and print, along with ideas on using yarn to wrap your presents! Keep sharing your photos of Manos del Uruguay yarns & projects with us, we do enjoy seeing and sharing them. Have a wonderful holiday & we wish you a creative new year!
There is still time to knit or crochet a fabulous item to give as a gift especially with a yarn like Franca! Since the Fairmount Fibers team first introduced Franca, the color palette has expanded as well as the number of patterns to support this yarn.
Free Patterns for Franca
Babies may be little, but big knits look adorable and keep them cozy! The Simple Bulky Moss Stitch Baby Blanket and Matching Hat will look great in a bold, neutral or gender-specific color palette. The Arenque Cowl, with the herringbone stitch pattern, will showcase the color shifts for a unique accessory. Quick Franca Mitts will keep hands warm this winter, if you’re shopping, making deliveries, or clearing the snow off the car. These patterns are all free PDF downloads from Fairmountfibers.com.
Fan Projects in Franca
We enjoy seeing your posts to our Facebook page and being tagged in Instagram photos of your finished objects. The projects shown above were spotted on Ravelry, all knit in Franca. At the top are Rachel’s Sophmore PC Mittens knit by socksandsticks. On the bottom left is A Mother’s Love is Never Ending blanket knit by ladybree88. The Honey Cowl knit by juliep55 is on the bottom right. For even more Franca project ideas, check out our Franca Pinterest board!
Don’t forget to enjoy the process of working with this fabulous yarn!
When the seasons start to shift and get cooler, accessories are key! In our last blog post, the spotlight was on items for your head and hands. Today we’d like to share patterns and projects spotted on Ravelry for your legs and feet in Manos del Uruguay Yarns.
Slippers can really make a difference in keeping your feet warm! Shown above from left to right: Skeins4Brains’ Felted Clogs in Wool Clasica, HattiesPurls’ Two-Hour Toe-Ups in Wool Clasica, and emilyskapar’s Simple Garter Stitch Slippers in Maxima. The Moogly blog has a great post with tips on how to make knit and crochet slippers non-slip, that’s a great finishing touch!
Boot toppers are not just a fashion trend, they are practical! These knits are great for stash-busting and using up leftovers. BegoniaPope knit her Sassy Boot Cuffs in Silk Blend. Dannynkathy used Maxima leftovers to knit a pair of Helmikuu Boot Toppers.
Alegria is our sock weight yarn that also makes great accessories. Legwarmers, like these knit by Beanjeans, are not just for ballerinas! CharliWilson’s Yoga Socks provide warmth and comfort while allowing your feet and toes to stretch as needed.
What sort of accessories are you making for your legs and feet? We hope you’ll share them with us when you share your projects on Facebook, Instagram, and on Ravelry!