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!


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.


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

A Year of Serpentina

Category: Free patterns, Yarn Features

Almost a year ago exactly, we first spotlighted Manos del Uruguay Serpentina, our Aran weight artisanal yarn dyed in a delicate color twirling effect. Since then, we’ve enjoyed seeing the projects you’ve created with our yarn. Today we’d like to feature some of Serpentina’s new colors for 2018, as well as some new patterns designed especially for this yarn.

New Colors in 2018

We’re delighted to add five new colors to our Serpentina lineup, bringing the total number of colorways offered to sixteen. New for 2018 are Sarah Bernhardt, Joan of Arc, Rigoberta Menchu, Georgia O’Keeffe and Anne Frank. We love these colorways which are created in memory of accomplished women in history, and we hope you love them too.

New Free Patterns Featuring Serpentina

We’re also delighted to share three new free patterns available on Ravelry and on our website for Serpentina.

Paisano Vest (left) is a simple vest, designed to highlight the rustic handspun nature of Serpentina yarn. It is knit flat from the bottom up, and features a split back detail at the waist.

Hilltop Poncho (top right) by designer Sarah Chapman is a short poncho (almost a capelet!) that’s worked in 2 skeins of Serpentina. The fringe is worked in Manos del Uruguay Maxima, and only one skein is needed.

Chimel by designer Quinn Reverendo (bottom right) is a simple but warm hat perfect for the cold weather and dreary winter days to come. Chimel uses just 1 skein of Serpentina, and the pompom is worked in a contrasting color of Manos del Uruguay Maxima.


Serpentina in the Fall Collection

Our Fall Collection includes a design made just for Serpentina! Featured here is Newkirk by Lori Gayle, an entrelac accessory that can be knit as a snug-fitting cowl or as a longer infinity loop. The entrelac pattern lets the delicate dyeing of Serpentina shine and a picot edge adds the perfect finish.

We would love to see what you’re making with Serpentina – please share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!

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!

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

Fabulous Free Knitting Patterns

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns

We are thrilled with the number of free knitting patterns published recently and wanted to share a round-up of them here. Choose from shawls, scarves, and even a sweater – these projects are perfect to start now, so they are ready when you reach for them this fall. 

Free knitting patterns for Manos del Uruguay yarn

The Fairmount Fibers team has four new free knitting patterns available to download from their website: Incremento ShawlCharnley Scarf, and Rings of Rings Cowl are each worked in Manos del Uruguay Fino. Create your favorite color palette or look for the Fino mini-skein bundles coming soon to your local yarn shop! The Islamorada Shawl calls for four colors of Alegria. Shown here in four of the semi-solid colorways, this pattern is a great opportunity to spotlight your favorite colorblocked, gradient, or “fade” style by combining the semi-solids with speckled and variegated colors. 

Bosco Cardigan in Manos del Uruguay Clara

Bosco is a cardigan that maximizes the qualities of hand-dyed yarn. The pattern is also a great platform to showcase your handspun yarn. Yarn spun from Manos del Uruguay Superwash Merino Tops and Manos del Uruguay Clara are used in the blue version; the purple version is knit in Manos del Uruguay Clara. Mari Chiba’s design is available in the new Knitty


The Fargo Scarf is an exclusive free pattern offered to those who sign up for the Manos del Uruguay Yarns newsletter. Two colors of Manos del Uruguay Clara and a slip-stitch pattern combine in this easy and fun design. The newsletter is sent out every other month and is full of pattern inspiration and updates on new yarns and designs from Manos del Uruguay. 

Let us know your color choices and share your projects with us on your favorite social sharing platform!