Riyito | Short Row Knits Blog Tour

Category: Contests, Featured Projects

For today’s blog post, the Fairmount Fibers team is pleased to host a stop on the blog tour for Short Row Knits, by Carol Feller. The Riyito sweater is knit in Manos del Uruguay Fino, and is the sweater that Carol is wearing for the author photo!

Short Row Knits Cover Carol Feller Short Row Knits

If you are new to knitting with short rows, this book takes you through several different styles of the technique in a variety of projects. The Riyito sweater incorporates two short row methods and calls for three to five skeins of Fino, a fingering weight blend of 70% merino, 30% silk, depending on size.

Short Row Knits Riyito Sweater

The shoulder slope is created using Japanese short rows, and the curved hem is created with German short rows. The shoulders are worked individually at first (fronts and backs), then joined to continue the body portion down to the hem. Carol has a unique yet straightforward way in which she presents the design.

Riyito Back

You can win two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Fino! Simply comment on this post letting us know which colorway of Fino you would like to knit this sweater. Be sure to include your Ravelry ID or an email address so we can contact you if you are the winner. We will draw a winner on October 19, 2015. With your prize, you could give short rows a try with the Chirripo Short Row Ball, the Diamante Center-Out Shawl, or the Volcan Modular Wedge Scarf.

Clasica Design Contest Winners

Category: Contests, Free patterns

We received some really creative submissions to our Wool Clasica design contest – and while they didn’t number many, they were in such high quality that it was impossible for us to choose a favorite – so we didn’t!  All of these talented designers will be receiving prizes (read: free yarn!), and we’ll be publishing their patterns soon for your knitting pleasure.


Tweedledee & Tweedledum by QuiteCool:  This simple, quick knit is perfect for semisolids or space-dyed colors alike!


Affinity by NEEDdesigns:  This cozy slouchy hat uses twisted stitches and cables – no cable needle required! It’s knit from the bottom up and topped with a cute pompom.


Poco Rojo “Little Red” by MrsCollinHobbs: An adorable children’s hat with a lovely cabled pattern.  It is secured with a buttoned chin strap and covers the ears for maximum warmth!


Turban(d) by AmberMay:  This ribbed headband will keep your ears warm!  The twist in the front is a great detail on this quick-knitting fashionable accessory.


#77 Dream Hat by Ckknit:   A simple earflap hat with a lace pattern that won’t distract from space-dyed yarns!  Tassels and a pompom add a touch of fun to this quick-knitting hat.


Onda Cowl by Seni: This lacy scalloped cowl is quick-knitting and only takes 1 skein of Wool Clasica!


Stellar Cowl by Sharoneedlehands:  This two-skein cowl can also be work as a hood for maximum warmth!


Manos Wool Clasica Boot Tops by Nickersr:  These elegant cabled boot toppers will keep you warm this winter!

While we had a hard time deciding on a favorite design, the results were clear in our People’s Choice category – Ckknit’s #77 Dream hat won with 29 votes!


Thanks to everyone who took the time to create and submit these amazing patterns using Wool Clasica yarn! We can’t wait to share them with you so that you have plenty of quick knits to keep you and your loved ones warm this winter.  We’ll be sure to let you know when these patterns become available in our Ravelry Group and on our Facebook fan page!

Wool Clasica Design Contest!

Category: Contests

Do you love Wool Clasica?  Here’s a chance to be part of the Manos project — and score some free yarn into the bargain!  We’re seeking designs for wearable accessories for women, men, and children – hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, handwarmers, you name it.

Winning designs should be eye-catching and fun to knit as well as to wear, and will use 1 – 2 skeins of Wool Clasica.  Let your imagination run free as you incorporate simple cables, all-over texture, or creative colorwork into your design!

New Colors for Wool Clasica

To enter, add your project in your notebook on Ravelry and tag with “Clasica-Design-Contest.”  If you would like to be entered into the “People’s Choice” category, post your photo and a magic link to your project in our Ravelry thread.

DEADLINE:  September 5, 2011


  • Grand Prize (1):  10 sk of Manos Wool Clasica in color or colors of the winner’s choice
  • First Prize (1 in each category):  5 sk of Manos Wool Clasica in color or colors of the winner’s choice


  • Hats (women’s, men’s, or unisex)
  • Neckwear (women’s, men’s, or unisex scarves, cowls, gaiters, etc.)
  • Handwear (women’s, men’s, or unisex mittens, gloves, handwarmers, etc.)
  • Men’s
  • Kids’
  • People’s Choice (must post photo in our Ravelry thread for consideration)

The fine print:

Pattern and design must of course be the original work of the person submitting it to the contest, and cannot have been previously published in any form.

Winners will be required to submit knitting/crochet directions for their projects within 1 week of being notified that they’ve won.

Both parties will be able to use and promote the free pattern. We’ll put it on our site, promote you, advertise you on in one of our Ravelry ads, blog about you and so on…. and you can ALSO put it on your site and promote yourself accordingly!

Winners will receive their prizes within two weeks of our receipt of the completed pattern.

Edited 8/25/11 with deadline extension and new terms – see bold text above!