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!


New for You in the New Year

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

Does the start of a new year inspire you to take on a crafting challenge? Perhaps this year you would like to focus on a particular technique or type of project. Inspiration abounds with a new Manos yarn, new colors, new patterns and the whole year is still ahead of you!

Pattern ideas to try something new

(Top: left to right) Paper Bag Hat, Vasca, Cobre, and Asturias
(Bottom: left to right) Bordure, Calida, Taylor Pond, and Bloques

Taking on a crafty challenge should be fun and interesting to you! If you only knit hats, why not try a cowl or handwarmers? Try a lace project, a sweater, add a cable twist, or even a blanket. Experiment by adding a pop of color with a stripe or two. We’d love to hear from you in the Manos del Uruguay Ravelry group – feel free to share your Manos Yarn stash enhancements and projects with us there!

Manos del Uruguay display at TNNA 2016

At the Winter TNNA show in San Diego, the newest patterns from the Fairmount Fibers team made their debut. The collection, featuring designs by Emma Welford, will be available at your local yarn shop and on Ravelry in the upcoming weeks. A new addition to the Manos Yarn line also debuted at the show. Marina, a 100% superwash merino laceweight, is arriving in stores now. The first pattern in Marina, the Feroe Shawl, is online and available for free at We are looking forward to your projects this year!

Spotlight on Gloria

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

In North America, many knitters and crocheters are looking forward to the return of autumn and working with a favorite wool. Equally exciting is when a new yarn from a favorite yarn company arrives in the local yarn shop. Gloria, the newest addition to the Manos del Uruguay yarn collection, is that new yarn!

Manos del Uruguay Gloria

Gloria is a classic three-ply worsted weight yarn, with a bouncy twist and super squishy hand. This 100% merino superwash wool comes in a generous put-up of approximately 219 yards in each 100g skein. Blankets, baby items, cowls, and sweaters are just a few of the patterns for which Gloria will be a perfect choice.

Gloria Color Inspiration Collage

Photos of Uruugay by Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri.
Yarn (clockwise from top left) Natural, Cachilo, Hibisco, Noche, and Vereda)

The color options for Gloria are the result of the work of Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri, two up-and-coming young designers. Last summer they visited Uruguay and expressed interest in working with the time honored crafts and traditional skills, wool and woodwork in particular. Over a month, they embarked on a road trip through Uruguay, making a stop in Algorta, where one of the Manos cooperatives is located. They spent some time with the artisans there, learning about their work and a bit about hand-weaving. The pictures they took are small pieces of the Uruguayan landscape, and provided the inspiration for the colorways. In the collage above, only five are shown. Gloria is available in sixteen colorways!

Gloria Yarn photo by FibreSpace on Instagram

We enjoy seeing the glorious Gloria make its way out into the shops across the country. If your shop has recently opened their shipment, encourage them to share with us and we can all share in the excitement! Or if you have brought several hanks of Gloria into your stash,  we’d love to hear about your color choices and pattern plans. We are ever ready in the Ravelry group, on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Instagram!