November’s New Patterns in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

Hello, November! Here in the U.S., the weather is cooler, the days are shorter, and magazine winter and holiday issues are previewing online! Let us enable your “to-do” list with a quick round-up of the latest patterns that call for Manos del Uruguay yarns

A one-skein quick-to-knit project can keep your motivation going when you need a break from your current project. The Flecha Cowl is the newest free pattern to download from the Fairmount Fibers design team. One skein of Serpentina is all you need! The sample shown here is P1563 Amelia. Did you know that the Serpentina colorways are named in honor of influential women? 

Vogue Knitting Holiday 2017 #03 Scandinavian Hat in Manos del Uruguay Fino

Speaking of influential women, Deborah Newton embraced the traditional Scandinavian stocking cap in honor of
her Swedish mother and grandmother in her new design found in the Vogue Knitting Holiday 2017 issue.  The #03 Scandinavian Hat uses Manos del Uruguay Fino in a modified version that eliminates an inner lining. 

Orianna pullover by Paula Pereira, Pom Pom Quarterly, in Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica

Cables and colorwork combine in Paula Pereira’s Orianna, published in Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 23.  An assortment of Wool Clasica colors are used, including 59 Kohl (main color), 31 Nickel, 25 Shale, 34 Oilslick, 71 Wisteria, 68 Citric, and 80 Highlighter. Maybe this would be a good wishlist item? An unassembled sweater, as it were, and you could ask for the yarn for this project!

Susanna IC's Trafala Valley Shawl in Love of Knitting, photo by Interweave / George Boe

Susanna IC’s new Tarfala Valley Shawl is on the cover of the Winter 2017 Love of Knitting! It is a shallow crescent shawl worked from the top down in easy garter with a pretty lace edging that can be left unblocked for a cute ruffle. Silk Blend in 3301 Abalone and 3224 Ice Melt are shown here. Which colors will you use? 

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It’s time for Fall knitting and crochet projects!

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

Whether you’re returning to the craft this fall, or have been knitting and crocheting all year long, Fall is prime time for selecting skeins of Manos del Uruguay yarn for a fall or winter project. Let’s get right to it! 

Fealdan Shawl

The Fealdan Shawl is a new free knitting pattern by Kate Groop that showcases a mini-skein set of Manos del Uruguay Fino with an additional full-sized skein. The sample photographed above is knit in Amethyst Earring and the Clarissa mini-bundle. Additional free patterns that make the most of the Fino Mini-Skein Sets are available to download, just click here

Chunky Crochet Cowl & Crochet Sweaters

Crochet patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns

The Chunky Crochet Cowl (top) is a free pattern from Kara Guzman of Petals to PicotsManos del Uruguay Serpentina does all the work here; there are no fancy or complicated stitches, making this a great beginner project! Kristen TenDyke’s Herbal Tea Cardigan (bottom left) is included in the October 2017 I Like Crochet. The sweater is worked top down, so you can try it on as your work progresses. Five to eight skeins of Manos del Uruguay Clara are required, depending on size. The Hondius Way Pullover (bottom right) is a unique hybrid of pullover and poncho. A tonal colorway of Alegria showcases a beautiful crochet stitch pattern. Natasha Robarge’s design is part of the Fall 2017 Interweave Crochet issue. 

Lundbye Scarf and Entwined Shawl

Little else says Fall like a handknit scarf or shawl to tuck in at your jacket collar or to warm your shoulders. The Lundbye Scarf by Little Church Knits is a simple ribbed scarf with reversible cables. The sample for the knit.wear Fall / Winter 2017 issue is knit in the Foil colorway of Alegria, making it a great go-with-everything accessory. Susanna IC combined simple braided cables with a touch of openwork and a modern asymmetrical shape in the Entwined Shawl. Three skeins of Maxima in Cherrywood and the Holiday 2017 Interweave Knits are all you need to get started on this ingenious shawl.

You know that the Fairmount Fibers team enjoys knitting, crocheting, and weaving all year long. When you are in the making mood, we hope you’ll share your projects with us! Connect with Manos Yarns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Ravelry

Favorite Fall Colors in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

October is here! There is something for everyone this month. What is your favorite component? Today we’re indulging in the colors of the season!

Fall colors of Manos del Uruguay Alegria Manos del Uruguay Fino

Are you a leaf-peeper? Bringing your seasonally colored project might make the journey more enjoyable! Did you know that otono is Spanish for Autumn? Wind up a skein of Alegria in this colorway for socks or a hat, like RCPatten’s Stay Gold hat shown above. The mini-skein bundle, #5 Eleanor, in combination with Fino in Poison, pair perfectly in the Fino Shadow Shawl, a new free pattern from the Fairmount Fibers Design Team

Franca ideas

For lovers of heavier yarn looking to indulge in a fall palette, pick up Franca in Miel, Tormenta, or Fudge. The Cocktail Umbrella Cowl, another new free pattern, calls for only one skein! The Norwood hat & cowl patterns from the Fall collection are quick-to-knit accessories. They will keep you warm in those breezy fall mornings or evenings.

Camote Pocket Scarf free knitting pattern in Manos del Uruguay Maxima

What would October be without orange? Maxima in Sweet Potato, Tigerlily or Fire fit the bill! The Camote Pocket Scarf is a great way to showcase the amazing colors of this hand-dyed artisanal yarn. 

Let’s see what you are making in these fabulous fall hues! Share your projects with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Ravelry

Let’s get cozy with new knitting patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns!

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

Autumn in North America starts in a few weeks, but you don’t have to wait for a calendar date to decide on a fall knitting project!  Manos del Uruguay yarns will keep you warm and cozy no matter what you knit. Here are our newest knitting patterns to keep you covered as the temperatures cool. 

Mari Chiba knit patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns

The Fairmount Fibers team brings a beautiful pattern collection for the 2017 fall season. Mari Chiba is the featured designer of 6 pieces. Mari’s aim, inspired by Japanese fashion, was to create fun knits and indulge her cable obsession. Shown above, clockwise from the top left: Bonsall in Maxima, Dorrance in Franca, Jessup in Silk Blend, Ritner in Gloria, and Norwood cowl and hat in Franca.  

Hats, cowl, and fingerless mitts patterns to knit in Manos del Urugauy yarns

Accessories make great gifts, too – couldn’t everyone use a new hat, scarf, or mitts this year? The collection includes an assortment of unisex patterns including Ellet by Barbara Benson in Gloria (left), Cantrell Hat and Cowl by Sarah Solomon in Maxima (center top), Tasker by Christine Marie Chen in Maxima (right), and Gerritt, also by Christine in Gloria (center, bottom). 

Scarves and wraps to knit in Manos del Uruguay yarns

Scarves, wraps, and a capelet round out the accessories. Shown above, from left to right: Mifflin by Emma Welford in Maxima, McKean by Sara Solomon in Silk Blend, Ringgold (center top), Fitzwater (center bottom) and Sedgwick (Wrap, Cowl, and Scarf) all designs by Lisa R. Myers in Clara

New Sweater patterns to knit in Manos del Uruguay yarns

Finer-gauge sweaters include two designs by Melissa Leapman: Annin in Gloria and Latona in Silk Blend. In addition, Warnock by Sarah Solomon in Silk Blend and Winton by Ash Alberg in Milo all offer cozy and comfortable styles that are equally fun to knit and wear. 

With cooler temperatures on the horizon for much of the United States, will you start a sweater or layer on the accessories? Do you use Pinterest for planning? We have a dedicated pattern board for this collection on Pinterest from which you can pin! Share your projects and plans with us on your favorite social channel: Facebook, Instagram, or in the Ravelry group

Project Inspiration for Manos del Uruguay Serpentina

Category: Featured Projects, Yarn Features

In our previous post, we introduced you to Serpentina. This yarn is one of two new Manos del Uruguay yarns making its way to the stashes, hearts, needles, and hooks of our fans right now. When you see it on the shelves of your local yarn shop (click here to find one near you), keep these projects in mind for inspiration!

Project Inspiration for Serpentina

KnitterNinjaShar's Diagonal Ribbed Cowl in Serpentina   Nutmegknitter's One Good Turn crochet cowl in Serpentina

Pick up a skein of Serpentina and notice how soft and squishy it is – a natural choice for a one-skein project using an aran-weight yarn is a cowl. Shown above left is KnitterNinjaShar’s Diagonal Rib Cowl. Did you hear it discussed on the Yarniacs podcast Episode 147? Each skein has 142 yards, plenty for a crochet project! Nutmegknitter crocheted the One Good Turn cowl, above right, in just one morning.  

New Patterns for Serpentina

Serpentina Scarf by Lucinda Islesias   Fiber & Vine's Pattern    

We are looking forward to new patterns to support this yarn, the first of which is the Serpentina Scarf by Lucinda Iglesias, which calls for two skeins of Serpentina. The knitters at Fiber and Vine recently shared a sneak peek of a forthcoming pattern – check out those earflaps!

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