Cincuenta Celebration & Manos Knit Along!

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Manos del Uruguay Yarns. Part of our celebration includes the Cincuenta colorway, available on all bases (except Serpentina) and a rerelease of patterns from our collection worked up in this fabulous colorway. We’d like to invite you to join in the celebration and knit along with us. Read on for the KAL details and your chance to win a prize before you even knit a stitch!

#ManosCincuentaKAL

Now through October 21, 2018, knit or crochet any Manos del Uruguay pattern in the Cincuenta colorway. Choose from our sweaters, shawls, or accessories from our diverse group of designers. Share your project plans, preparation and progress on Instagram using the official hashtag #ManosCinuentaKAL or in our Ravelry group. Three winners will be announced the week of October 22, 2018, to receive the grand prize of a pin, tote bag, and skein of Cincuenta yarn.

#ManosCincuentaKAL

See Cincuenta Knit Up

We have knit up several patterns using this variegated colorway to inspire you. Trigo, part of our Fall 2018 collection, allows for color play to happen in the best possible ways. Silk Blend in Cincuenta, Saffron, Chartreuse, Tahiti, and Magenta are shown at left. Murga combines Cincuenta on Franca with Limon. The Glorious Cincuenta Cowl is a new free pattern in Gloria, shown here in Cincuenta and Vereda. One skein of Franca, bottom right, knits up quickly into the Nina Hat. In the coming days, we’ll be sharing additional patterns knit with Cincuenta including the Simple Ribbed Hat, the Onda Cowl, and Escama del Dragon Cowl.

Cincuenta colorway knit up in Manos del Uruguay patterns

On Ravelry, we’ve already spotted a few projects using this beautiful colorway. Goldengourd knit a Seascapes Wrap (left) with the Cincuenta colorway of Marina, and Rob Thompson used Cincuenta on Maxima in his Basic Square Scarf (right).

Ravelry projects

Enamel Pin Giveaway

Show your love for Manos del Uruguay with an enamel pin on your project bag! Leave a comment on this post telling us which Manos pattern you would like to use a Cincuenta colorway in. Don’t forget to let us know how we can get in touch with you if you are the winner by email or Ravelry name. Double your chances by leaving a comment in the Ravelry chatter thread! We will draw a random winner here and on Ravelry on October 3, 2018.

Manos del Uruguay Enamel Pins

Next on our Needles: New Patterns for Late Summer and Early Fall

Category: Featured Projects

The days are still hot, but the fall chill will be here before we know it. We’re starting to feel the sweater-knitting bug creeping in and have some fun new patterns featuring Manos del Uruguay yarns. Get your needles and hooks ready to start something new!

Patterns for the Last Gasp of Summer

Rockefeller by Lisa Ross is a perfect shell for late summer and can be layered under a blazer to transition to fall. This tank uses structured ribbing to elongate and flatter the feminine figure, making it the perfect date-night piece, but it’s also subtle enough to wear to the office. Rockefeller was featured in Twist Collective’s summer issue and is worked out of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for a touch of luxury and drape.

Rockefeller in Manos del Uruguay

The Time-Honored Sweater by Natasha Robarge is a sexy crochet sweater featuring mesh and large cables. This is perfect for layering in late summer, especially as the evenings grow cooler. The Time-Honored Sweater was featured in Interweave Crochet’s Summer issue and uses our linen blend yarn, Manos del Uruguay Milo.

Time Honored Sweater Crocheted in Manos del Uruguay

Patterns for Sweater Weather

Next up is the Margot Knit Top by Faye Kennington, featured in Knitscene’s Fall 2018 issue. Perfect for fall layering, this top features several colors of Manos del Uruguay Maxima. Mix and match your stripes using any of our semi-solid colors to create your own palette. The herringbone pattern at the bust adds texture and sophistication to this sweater, which may become your favorite new garment for fall!

Margot Top in Manos del Uruguay

The Plum Toddy Pullover by Sandi Prosser is a cozy, oversized pullover perfect for chilly fall days. Boxy shaping is accentuated by geometric striping to create visual interest while still being casual enough to become your favorite weekend sweater. Plum Toddy is featured in Creative Knitting’s Autumn issue and is worked in Manos del Uruguay Milo.  

Plum Toddy Pullover in Manos del Uruguay

The Pen and Ink Pullover by Lana Jois is a delightful pullover with pops of unexpected color in “vents” at the hem and wrists. Designed in Manos del Uruguay Maxima with Serpentina in the vents, the color combinations for this sweater are endless. Keep it subtle with a semi-solid colored body and small variegated pops, or make it fun and bright with some of our new variegated colors and a complementary solid for your accents. This pullover is featured in the Interweave Knits store.

Pen and Ink Pullover

Accessory Patterns for Chilly Days

First up is the Serenity Shawl by Michelle Costa. This crocheted shawl full of color changes is designed in Manos del Uruguay Milo. The color changes make this an addictive project to crochet and to wear – it will become a staple of your fall wardrobe! The Serenity Shawl is an exclusive feature in Happily Hooked Magazine’s August 2018 issue.

Serenity Shawl in Manos del Uruguay

The Pumpkin Spice Hat & Mitts Set by Cheryl Murray is featured in Creative Knitting’s Autumn issue. This cozy set features alternating sections of garter stitch, ribbing and textured pattern to keep you knitting through just one more row. The Pumpkin Spice Hat & Mitts set is designed in Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande and is sure to stave off the chill all winter long.

Pumpkin Spice set in Manos del Uruguay

We hope one of these fabulous projects will find its way onto your needles or hook soon. 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!

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.