Cozy Up with Wool Blankets to Knit

Category: Featured Projects

Even though temperatures are still soaring, the autumn chill will be here before you know it.  Why not get a head start on the cozy season and start knitting or crocheting a blanket now? Blankets can be crafted in one large piece, but they can also be constructed in a modular fashion so that each square or section can be made virtually anywhere you go, with only a ball or two of yarn with you at one time.  

Fan Favorites

Today we’d like to feature a few blankets crafted by our fans. First, let’s look at the blankets that can be knit in smaller sections. NMcCullough took dedication to a new level knitting beautiful Persian Dreams blanket using many different colors of Manos del Uruguay Alegria, a sock-weight yarn. And what about statsgeek’s mind bending Kaffe Fasset Mystery Knit-a-long blanket knit in Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica? We love her choice of colors!

If you prefer crafting your blanket in one piece, check out Ravelry user CammieD’s Mosaic Blanket out of Manos del Uruguay Gloria. She said the slip stitch pattern is a lot easier than it looks and the finished blanket is pretty amazing looking! We just love armyb’s Hap Blanket knit in Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, one of our favorite yarns for blanket-knitting turned into a classic pattern.  

Our Favorite Blanket Yarn

Wool Clasica is the perfect yarn for blanket knitting and we have some exciting new colors for fall! Add Fiery, Spirulina, Taffeta, Carnival or Cincuenta to your projects to brighten them up.

Or if you prefer easier care, check out Manos del Uruguay Gloria, our 100% superwash merino wool that also has several new fall colors!

Pattern Inspiration

If you have your yarn ready to go but are still looking for the perfect pattern, here are a few suggestions from our catalog of designs. If you want to work in squares, why not consider Sequoia to create colorful geometric patterns? Perhaps you would prefer something stripey like Salida del Sol to add pops of color to a cozy room. Or if you’re looking for something classic where you can add fun colors, Rayas is a color block blanket knit with panels of color, edged with a neutral garter stitch border. All are knit in Wool Clasica which comes in over 70 semi-solid and variegated colorways in addition to the new colors we highlighted above.

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to get started on those cozy blanket projects. We’d love to see your knit and crochet blankets – please share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!

Stashbusting for Summer

Category: Featured Projects

Is your stash full of leftover bits of Manos del Uruguay yarn from other projects? Then this post is for you. We took some time to round up some amazing projects that use yarn leftovers to create new projects.  So toss your stash, grab your leftovers and let’s go!

If you’re interested in bags or cases, check out Ravelry user vashtirama’s Smartphone Vortex Shield made with just 75 yards of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for the perfect case to protect your phone. We also love likeflora’s Rachel Bag knit out of 1 skein Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  It looks like the perfect summer bag to hold your wallet, keys and a good book for easy summer reading.

 

Or try out some of those cute stuffed animals you’ve been wanting to make for the little one in your life. Try an adorable bunny like TheCraftyGlamma’s Bonbon in Manos del Uruguay Maxima or Arminty’s Bugle the Grey knit out of Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  Or check out Ravelry’s impressive catalog of amigurumi patterns to make that cute creature you’ve always wanted to.

   

 

Or you could try some stashbusting accessories to help keep you cool during the hot summer days. Check out SStO’s Hydrate crocheted out of Manos del Uruguay Alegria. Just add a strap and you’ve got the perfect accessory to keep your water bottle handy while you’re on the go.

We’d love to see what stashbusting projects you create and your Manos del Uruguay yarn choices! Please share your progress photos with us and follow us on  Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram for more inspirational project ideas, new patterns and announcements.

Beginning Brioche

Category: Featured Projects

Do you dream of knitting brioche? Brioche stitches create a squishy, reversible fabric with pronounced ribs. As the yarn is carried over the stitch, rather than held in the front or back of your work, the resulting fabric has two layers, creating extra warmth. The technique looks fancy but is really no harder than turning a heel or working short rows – it just takes special attention as you learn the technique. Take inspiration from these brioche projects made by fellow Ravelry knitters using Manos del Uruguay yarns.

 

The Chromatic Cowl is a straightforward pattern for beginning brioche. Bookaddict13 used less than a full skein of Manos del Urugauy Alegria for one of the colors in her teaching project. Danube66 used Manos del Uruguay Fino in her Unda. She told us she loved this yarn so much, she cast on the same shawl a second time for a gift! Luckybara used Alegria in her Sizzle Pop.

Fairmount Fibers Design Team Patterns

Byberry Scarf

Another great beginner brioche pattern is the Byberry Scarf, in Fino. We featured this pattern in our Managing Brioche tutorial post. The Hugo Shawl, in Milo, and Fig Beret, in Serena, are free patterns to expand your brioche skills and at this time are only available through your local yarn shop.

Tuck a few brioche patterns into your Ravelry queue or project bags this summer. Be sure to keep us posted with your progress photos and Manos del Uruguay yarn choices! Stay tuned to our social channels for new pattern announcements, the fall collection includes a stunning brioche wrap! You can follow us on  Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram.

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!