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

New Manos del Uruguay Yarn: Serpentina

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

New Manos del Uruguay Yarn: SerpentinaNew Manos del Uruguay Serpentina yarn on display at TNNA

The 2017 fall season is shaping up to be fabulous with all that is new from Manos del Uruguay! Today’s post introduces you to one of the new yarns, Serpentina. Handspun from handpainted merino wool tops, Serpentina is a truly artisanal product. Each skein is unique, and the colors are totally random — they will not stack or pool. The result is a delicate color twirling effect reminiscent of paper streamers (serpentina, in Spanish) thrown at South American Carnival parties. 

12 Colors of Serpentina

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina yarn colorways

Serpentina is an aran weight yarn with approximately 142 yards per skein. The squish factor is high making this yarn a great choice for cold weather items. Twelve colorways are available: (top row, left to right) Malala, Jane, Edith, Pina, Florence, Coco. Bottom row, left to right: Amelia, Gabriela, Frida, Petrona, Mother Teresa, and Marie.

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina colorway inspiration

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina yarn colorways are named in honor of influential women

Did you notice each colorway name is female? Influential, empowering women from around the globe and throughout the years including artists, activists, authors, and pioneers inspired the colors. Shown above are the honorees:(top row) Malala Yousafzai, Jane Austen, Edith Piaf, Pina Bausch; (middle row) Florence Nightingale, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Gabriela Mistral; (bottom row) Frida Kahlo, Petrona Viera, Mother Teresa, and Marie Curie
 

Have you already discovered this new yarn from Manos del Uruguay? Let us know your project plans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Ravelry. Stay tuned for our next post spotlighting pattern and project suggestions to pair with Manos del Uruguay Serpentina

New Patterns, Part 2

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

In our previous blog post, we shared new sweater, scarf, and wrap patterns. As promised, we have even more designs to share with you from the Fairmount Fibers team. This round-up includes smaller accessory patterns to keep your head, hands and neck cozy! Not only that, we are thrilled to share with you a mini-collection of baby knits!

2016 Fall Accessories

Hats, mitts, and cowls are practical projects! These designs are the work of Christine Marie Chen, Heather Zoppetti, Jocelyn J. Tunney and Kristen TenDyke. Shown above, clockwise from left: Fresa in Maxima, Mijo in Wool Clasica, Espelta in Clara, Perejil in Clara, and Tomillo Hat & Cowl in Gloria.

Knits for baby in Manos Yarns

We have enjoyed seeing so many baby items made from Manos del Uruguay yarns and are so excited to share with you the new baby patterns from Melissa LaBarre! These designs are sure to pop in the wonderful color palettes available and depending on your chosen colorway can read as boyish, girly, or gender-neutral. Shown above, clockwise from left: Trucha in Gloria, Habanero in Clara, and Pimiento in Alegria.

Espinaca baby blanket in Franca

Espinaca is a baby blanket, approximately 28″ square, knit with two colors of Franca. These cheery little knits all call for our superwash yarns, making your precious handknit gift easy to care for as well!

We hope this pattern collection has inspired you to start something new, for you or for someone special! Share your projects with us by leaving us a comment here, on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram, or post to the Ravelry group.

New Patterns, Part 1

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

It’s never too early to start thinking about, planning, or working on your next fall project! The Fairmount Fibers team has a great new collection of patterns in all your favorite Manos del Uruguay Yarns. There are so many new designs, that we are going to present them to you in two blog installments.

Michele Wang Sweaters in Manos Yarns

Michele Wang is the Featured Designer of this collection. Her five sweater designs encompass styles that might be missing from your current sweater wardrobe. Shown above, Morilla in Maxima, Jalapeno in Silk Blend, and Centeno in Gloria. Shown below, Alforfon in Maxima and Sorgo in Wool Clasica.

Michele Wang sweater designs in Manos Yarns

Manos del Uruguay fall sweaters

That’s not all! Two additional sweaters, Cebada in Silk Blend and Sabio in Clara, designed by Laura Grutzeck and Kristen TenDyke, round out the collection. In harmony with the textured and cabled sweaters, and adding a touch of lace, perhaps a scarf or wrap design is more your style for transitioning to fall?

Scarves and Wraps

We are pleased to have scarves and a wrap design from Jocelyn J. Tunney, Angelia Robinson, and Heather Zoppetti.  Shown above: Amaranto in Silk Blend, Berza crocheted in Gloria, and Quinoa in Marina.

Stay tuned for our next blog post featuring smaller accessory items and knits for babies!

New for Spring 2016

Category: Free patterns, New Stuff

In February do you find yourself wishing for warmer days, lighter layers, and brighter colors? Spring is so close! What better way to prepare for its return than to start on a new project in a lighter weight yarn and in a fabulous pop of color? The Fairmount Fibers design team has a wonderful new pattern collection already in your LYS and on Ravelry!

Emma Welford Designs in Manos del Uruguay YarnEmma Welford is the featured designer for this collection. The garments and accessories are streamlined and elegant as well as fun to knit. Shown above from left to right: Coronilla in Serena, Eucalipto in Lace, Pitanga in Silk Blend, Azucena in Fino and Jazmin in Serena.

Kristen Ten Dyke and Angelia Robinson DesignsWe are pleased to have Kristen TenDyke and Angelia Robinson design with us once again. Kristen’s Chirca top in Silk Blend and  Narciso in Fino, (top left and center left) involve minimal seaming and allow the yarn to shine. Angelia’s crochet designs spotlight Serena. Geranio (center right) is crocheted in pieces from the bottom up, then seamed in this flattering design. The Tembetari cowl (above right) is lightweight, yet warm, and infinity scarves continue to be functional fashion accessories!

2016 Spring AccessoriesThe collection is rounded out by an assortment of accessories. From left to right: Almendro in Fino, Calliandra Cowl & Mitts in Clara, Mirto in Marina, Peperomia in Silk Blend, Envira Cowl in Silk Blend, and Ranunculo in Clara. We are looking forward to see the colors of Manos Yarns that you pair in each pattern!

2016 Free PatternsThree new free patterns are also available to make use of those special skeins you might have in your stash or simply cannot resist when you see them at your LYS! From left to right are the Alegria Shadow Shawl, the Dentado Scarf in two colors of Clara, and the Marina Circle Scarf. Enjoy these projects that you can knit or crochet, then wear right away!