Celebrating Crochet with Manos Yarns

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Crochet with Manos del Uruguay Yarns!

We love to share the new patterns and projects made in Manos del Uruguay yarns. We have noticed that most of these patterns are knit – but don’t let that stop you from using Manos yarns in your crochet project! In honor of National Crochet Month, we are putting the spotlight on projects made with a hook.

Wraps and open-front cardigans are perfect for spring!

Fantasia Wrap  Cascading Lace Cardigan

Dora Ohrenstein’s Fantasia Wrap is a stunning wrap to wear throughout the season. Find the pattern, spotlighting Manos del Uruguay Fino, in Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace. Drifting delicate cherry blossoms inspired the Cascading Lace Cardigan. Manos del Uruguay Alegria makes for a cushy and lacy kimono-style cardigan. Look for Juliette Bezold’s design in Interweave Crochet’s Spring 2017 issue.

Crochet Projects by our Ravelry Friends

Crochet projects in Manos yarns

We find a lot of inspiration (and enabling) on Ravelry, do you? Here are just a few eye-catching crochet projects. Karinamaza crocheted her Picking Flowers sweater (top) using Manos del Uruguay Alegria for the sleeve detail. Emmadeline’s Tunisian Ripple Scarf (bottom left) in Manos del Uruguay Maxima plays nicely with the variegated colorway. Jlou’s Small Talk Shawl (bottom right) in Manos del Uruguay Fino has left us searching for the right words to describe its beauty. 

For even more crochet craftiness, check out our Pinterest board

 

 

Start Knitting for Spring

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Are you already dreaming of Spring? Our new collection will help you weather the transition to warmer days; these pieces are perfect for layering! Brighten your day with a pop of color with your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarn

New knitting patterns by Corrina Ferguson in Manos Yarns

Corrina Ferguson is the featured designer with five designs. Corrina, also known as PicnicKnits, has been designing for 9 years. She has more than 200 patterns to her credit, including previous design for us: Mirto, Ferrico, Trufa, and Sandalo. Each of the 5 pieces features a touch of texture making for a number of enjoyable projects. Shown above, clockwise from the top left: 

Accessory patterns in Manos Yarns

We also have five more simple yet stunning designs for spring by Lisa R. Myers, Cassandra Milani, Melissa Leapman, and Barbara Benson. Knit in lighter weight yarns and wool blends, the fabrics are warm but won’t weigh you down. Continuing clockwise from the top left corner:

All patterns are available on Ravelry for purchase and don’t forget to add them to your favorites, queue, or project pages. Which will you cast on first? Remember Manos del Uruguay yarns do more than just look good in your project: every purchased skein of Manos yarn helps a woman in Uruguay support her family. The Manos Cooperatives are a non-profit group dedicated to developing economic opportunities for women. Thank you for your support!

Ravelry Inspiration

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We love to work with yarn and share our ideas on patterns and techniques. Our last post included several projects to take your skills to the next level. Each time we take a look at the projects on Ravelry in Manos del Uruguay yarns, our own queue grows! Here are a few fitting the techniques we suggested.

Colorwork

Color work with Manos yarns

SusanMacL’s Dragon Striped Poncho in Wool Clasica combines the Drachenfels shawl pattern and Cowl Neck Stripe Poncho. The result is a stash-busting project that is warm and on trend! Fibermania’s Diamond Panel Jacket highlights the variegated colorway of Silk Blend. Have you tried a modular design yet?

Lace

Lace stitches in Manos yarns

Two Ravelry users recently knit the Silverleaf shawl pattern. Nvlad used Clara, and this was her first lace project! Robbieatteaforewe used Clara and Silk Blend for a color-blocked version. Lusciousluka brought the Florido cowl lattice lace stitch pattern into a Florido Hat in Silk Blend

Cables and Crochet

Cable and crochet in manos yarns

Mdbatten knit up the Winter Sweater project with Gloria held double. Her project notes say it took 18 hours, over 4 days! The cable design on the front adds a fun twist to a straightforward design. Sylviameadows’ My Blue Jeans Shawl using Marina is her second attempt at crochet. Would you have guessed that? 

We love the opportunity to cheer you on as you work on your projects. Let us know what you’re working on in the Ravelry group, on Facebook, or Instagram

Challenge Accepted

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What new projects will you bring to your needles and hooks this year? A must-make project is often the push needed to take the plunge into mastering a new technique. The Fairmount Fibers team made a list of techniques that could be considered challenging, then looked for projects and patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns that would give you the chance to try the technique at two different difficulty levels. 

Colorwork

Cinnamon Stars Persian Dreams pattern

Cinnamon Stars, in two colors of Manos Fino, features a traditional star motif worked in the round so there is no wrong side! The pattern provides tips for swatching in the round so you can practice with your color combination and the stranded color changes. We noticed a new KAL for 2017 from the Eat.Sleep.Knit shop – the Persian Dreams blanket. They have put together a kit with Manos del Uruguay Alegria, that would be a seriously dreamy project! 

Cables

Dream Big Cable Sweater Centeno cable turtleneck

Dream Big (of cables and texture!) in this quick-to-knit sweater, using Manos Franca. A sweater like this is pretty darn close to instant gratification! Knit it now with plenty of time to wear it before summer returns. Centeno features all-over cables and is knit in Manos Gloria. This sweater may take a bit longer to work up, depending on your skill level. The end result is a show-stopper! 

Lace & Crochet

Whisper Knot Wrap in Manos Marina Shattered Quartz Shawl in Manos Serena

The Whisper Knot Wrap is a free pattern and uses just one skein of Manos Marina. The resulting shawl is generously sized, lightweight and warm. The Shattered Quartz Shawl, from Interweave Crochet Winter 2017, includes the note in the directions that extreme focus is required! Working with Manos Serena and Tunisian lace stitches that bend and turn the linear lace pattern will result in a masterpiece you will enjoy wearing to showcase your work. 

These projects are just a few examples that caught our eye. Your choice of what makes a project a challenge is completely up to you and that’s okay. Remember, every project proceeds one stitch at a time and can be conquered! Let us know how it is going by posting to our Facebook page, posting in the Ravelry group, or tagging us on Instagram

Handmade Ornaments and Decorations

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It’s really getting down to the wire! Our last blog post, Fast with Franca, shared several project ideas you could complete before the holidays. Yes, really! In this post, we want to spotlight a few ways in which you can use Manos del Uruguay yarns in your handmade ornaments and decorations.

Handmade Yarn Decorations

Take inspiration from these Ravelry projects that use less than a full skein (except the wreath) and work up in a little amount of time! Nbagnall’s Woolly Wreath in the top left was knit with 3 skeins of Wool Clasica, but know that others who have made this all note it is a fast project. Continuing clockwise are katylynn06’s Fall Wind snowflake in Fino, tornangel012’s Bunny Snowball Buddy in Gloria, and MsChris’s set of coasters woven on a Weave Easy loom in Maxima

 

Manos Yarns Festive Holiday Pinterest Board

We have a curated Pinterest board, Festive Holidays, for projects of all sizes for inspiration. We have pinned a few free gift tags you can download and print, along with ideas on using yarn to wrap your presents! Keep sharing your photos of Manos del Uruguay yarns & projects with us, we do enjoy seeing and sharing them. Have a wonderful holiday & we wish you a creative new year!