Spring Projects in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

The calendar says spring has officially arrived, but your local weather may not quite match up. We are ready for lightweight layers and quick projects to grab and go; are you? Today we share the latest designs published by the major publications and independent designers.

Sweaters for Spring

The Weddell Top, in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018, features a repetitive stitch pattern in Serena. Paula Pereira’s top-down raglan top is inspired by the rugged and beautiful seascape. Shown here in #S2437 Pearl and #S2246 Oyster.

As seen on the cover of the new Twist Collective, Susanna IC’s Inachis Sweater features interestingly textured lace combined with a few cables. This tunic is worked from the top down using simple raglan construction, allowing for easy customization in the overall length. Four to eight skeins of Serena are required, depending on size. Shown here in S2441 Sapphire.

Yekaterina Burmatnova’s stunning pullover is included in Vogue Knitting, Late Winter 2018. The cropped, drop-shoulder turtleneck is worked in a combination of k2, p2 ribbing and two-color brioche rib in Manos del Uruguay’s Gloria.

Spring Accessories

The latest issue of Knitty.com includes Charmayne by Emily Wood. Beads are optional on this asymmetrical triangle shaped shawl which calls for one skein of Fino. 402 Inkwell is the color shown here.

The Surf’s Up Mobius, by Gwen Bortner, is a twist on lace knitting: it’s knit holding three strands of Marina together to create a reversible, textured cowl that is lightweight yet warm. Pictured here in the N7338 Denim colorway. 

The textured, casual Torque Hat, by karinsknit designs, is available in slouch and beanie styles suitable for any road nomad. This pattern is part of Spring  Interweave Knits and the yarn shown here is A2540 Kohl Alegria.

Which projects are you casting on to carry you through the season? Connect with us on your favorite social platform: Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram.

Crochet using Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

Crochet is not the same as knitting. Often faster to complete, the resulting fabric of lacier projects is lightweight with a beautiful drape. We have heard from the Manos del Uruguay fans about their love of using Manos yarns in crochet projects. Today we put the spotlight on crochet patterns and projects.

Crochet Collection from Fairmount Fibers

The 2018 Spring Collection from Fairmount Fibers features a mini-collection of season-spanning designs.



Independent Designer Crochet Patterns

The Montevideo Poncho in Milo has the versatility to be a form-fitting dress or a casual poncho. Bonus! This pattern is free to download.

The Infinity Crochet Whirl Slouchy is a fun, innovative hat worked flat in Valley Superwash DK hand-dyed by Manos del Uruguay.

Fan Crochet Projects


This Lost in Time Shawl is a shop sample for Yarnia in Montclair, NJ, crocheted by haleybun in Alegria. Roserona paired the Drops Fall Festival pattern with Silk Blend for a stunning lace jacket. Fino Mini-Skeins offer plenty of color play opportunities, as tammysmom’s Treble Fantasy shawl shows.

We encourage you to pick up a crochet hook and your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarn. When you do, share them with our Facebook page, Ravelry group, and Instagram channel.

Independent Designs & Fan Projects in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

As we posted previously, Manos del Uruguay is celebrating 50 years of making Fair Trade yarns. We are thankful that so many knitters and crocheters enjoy working with our yarn! Today we would like to spotlight completed projects and a few independent designs that caught our attention as we were browsing Ravelry.

Independent Designs


In addition to the wide variety of industry publications, we enjoy seeing independent designers self-publish patterns using Manos del Uruguay yarns. Madilyn Mendoza’s Galaxy Shortie Socks pattern, calling for Alegria, is available as a free Ravelry download. Crocheters can pair their favorite colorway of Silk Blend with the Softly Graphic Mitts by Denise Voie de Vie. The small version of Laura Patterson’s Rampion is knit with a single skein of Alegria.

Ravellenic Games 2018 Completed Projects


On Ravelry, there is an informal group where users form teams and challenge themselves to compete in themed events by knitting or crocheting on projects while watching the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. These two projects were knit as part of the “single skein” event. Reill knit a pair of Peekaboo Mitts using one skein of Maxima and Stitchnerd knit an Ali Hat with Wool Clasica.

Truly Unique Knit Sweaters


One of our favorite things about knitting is that there are no knitting police! You should be proud of your work, especially when it is as fun and unique as these. Bon-Qui-Qui used a Mentolat kit to knit a sweater instead of the scarf. TheReelLi added an intarsia design to the front of the Flax Light baby sweater knit in Alegria.

We hope these ideas from your fellow Ravelry knitters have inspired your next project! We like and often share your project photos that are shared to our Facebook page, in our Ravelry group, or when you tag us on Instagram!  

New Knit and Crochet Designs for 2018

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

The new pattern collection from the Fairmount Fibers team can soothe those winter blues as you cast on for something new! The collection is an ensemble of designers contributing layers and garments in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarns that will take you from winter to spring, with five of the items being crocheted!

New Crochet patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns

Ripka in Fino, Pensdale in Serena, and Pechin in Milo

Conarroe in Alegria, Shurs in Clara

New Knit Patterns in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Silverwood in Silk Blend, Lyceum in Serena, Salaignac in Serena

Shawmont in Marina, Elfreth in Milo, and Markle in Fino

Manayunk in Alegria, Girard in Milo

Learn a New Skill with Free Knitting Patterns


The Allspice Shawl is a triangle-shaped garter stitch shawl knit in two colors of Alegria. In the Byberry Scarf, one skein of Fino and one set of Fino mini-skeins are knit together using a brioche stitch.

The patterns are all available on Ravelry for adding to your queue and purchasing. If your local yarn shop participates in Ravelry’s In-Store pattern program, you can purchase the pattern at the shop when you purchase your Manos yarn! We are looking forward to a wonderful year full of projects with you!

Looking Ahead to 2018

Category: Featured Projects, Yarn Features

Can you believe that we are in the last few weeks of December? As we wrap up the month and year, our 2018 calendar is already beginning to fill. No time is wasted, as the Fairmount Fibers team will be kicking things off with exciting events in January!

Manos del Uruguay yarns will be at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC, January 2018

For the first time, Manos del Uruguay yarns will have an exhibitor’s booth at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. This event is taking place January 12-14, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Between classes and lectures, stop in the marketplace to see the Manos del Uruguay models, samples, and yarn. We’ve partnered with several shops from whom you can purchase your favorite Manos del Uruguay Yarns.

Manos del Uruguay Milo crochet pattern ideas

The new year brings new colorways and we can’t wait for you to pick up Milo from your local yarn shop in space-dyed colors. We’re already considering the patterns in which we can pair up the new space-dyed colors with the tonals. The Montevideo Pullover Top and Smattering Wrap are two crochet projects that come to mind.  

Peek at 2018 Patterns

Our Spring collection is sure to brighten those grey winter days. The new collection is an ensemble of designs and you can look forward to a crochet capsule. Our fans and friends in Venice, Florida will get a first look as Needlefish Yarns will have the collection from January 1 through January 22. Stay tuned for announcements and more details in January on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry.

Manos del Uruguay kits Fino Mini Skeins Gradiente Kits Mentolat Kits

What Manos del Uruguay projects and yarns will make it onto your needles and hooks first in January? Start a special project for yourself! Consider indulging in a set of Fino Mini-Skeins or a kit from your local yarn shop. The Mentolat Kit in Manos Silk Blend is available in 8 colorways total, the four newest colorways are shown above (middle). Gradiente Kits in Manos Marina are available in 5 colorways.


Thank you for a wonderful year of colorful projects! Cheers to a Happy New Year!