New Designs Next on Our Needles!

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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

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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!

Spring Projects in Milo and Serena

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Warmer days call for lightweight layers, short sleeve tops, and natural fiber blends including linen and cotton. Now is a great time to cast on for a new project in season-spanning Serena or Milo!

Manos del Uruguay Milo Projects


Milo blends merino wool with fine linen for a yarn that is simultaneously rustic and elegant. Shown here are Elfreth, by Corrina Ferguson, and Gagran1’s Izu. Hilljstr’s Waiting for the Rain shawl is simply gorgeous in Milo with the pop of metallic alpaca/silk yarn. The linen retains its natural color through the dye process, resulting in a heathered effect perfect for blending in a fade-style project or a contrast in colors that benefits brioche. This is highlighted in the Hugo Shawl which is a new free pattern, available from your local yarn shop (LYS).

Manos del Uruguay Serena Projects


Serena has fantastic drape for scarves, wraps, cardigans, and summer tops. Keep in mind the fiber characteristics when you are planning your project and be sure to swatch! Cotton and alpaca do not have the elasticity of wool. The Fig Beret is a new free pattern, available from your local yarn shop. Peach Pullover is a new design by Sandi Prossner that is part of Spring 2018 Creative Knitting. Coronilla is a pattern we included in our Short Sleeve Sweaters post: shown here is wheatenmom’s version, knit in S2672 Lilac.

Connect with us to share your new Manos del Uruguay projects and yarns on your favorite social platform: Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram.

Short Sleeve Sweaters in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

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We’re going to just say it: you can wear sweaters year-round and not all sweaters need long sleeves! In this blog post we’re putting the spotlight on beautiful hand knit tops in lightweight Manos del Uruguay yarns.

What’s Your Style?

You still find your favorite pattern technique of lace, cables, colorwork, or short rows among the designs in the Fairmount Fibers pattern archive.


Coronilla by Emma Welford and Algorta by Miriam L. Felton, each in Serena.



Solis (backside shown) by Miriam L. Felton, Chirca by Kristen TenDyke, and Guirnalda by Varian Brandon, each in Silk Blend.



Winton by ash alberg in Milo, Narciso by Kristen TenDyke in Fino, and Frankford by Corrina Ferguson in Clara.

Is a short sleeve sweater part of your spring ensembles for Me Made May or another spring event? Check out our Spring-Summer Tops Pinterest board for more inspiration from knitters and crocheters like you! We want to see your styling, from casual to fancy.

Spring Projects in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

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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 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.