Spring is a time to refresh and try something new – a new yarn or maybe a new pattern technique. Today we’d like to share with you several new patterns that spotlight the unique qualities of Manos del Uruguay yarns. These cowl patterns are available as free PDF downloads from Fairmountfibers.com, the U.S. distributor of the Manos yarn line.
These 1-2 skein projects will work up quickly and we look forward to seeing your progress pictures on Instagram and Ravelry! Shown above, clockwise from top left: the Racimo Cowl in Alegria, the Escama del Dragon Cowl in Silk Blend, the Zigzag Cable Cowl in Clara, and the Tejido Cowl in Fino and Alegria.
On Ravelry, these new patterns calling for Manos Yarns are also free! Shown above from left to right: Herringbone Infinity Scarf in Maxima, Sara Basic Fingerless Mitts in Silk Blend, and Charlie Bottom Pants in Alegria.
Happy knitting in the Spring season!
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 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.
We 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!
The 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!
Three 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!
If you had to make a graph plotting the number of days left in December and the size of the needles used on the project, you would see a proportional relationship familiar to many a knitter or crocheter as the time of gift giving draws near. We shared a variety of free patterns in our last blog post and today we’re focusing on the patterns for Franca, Manos del Uruguay’s Bulky 100% Superwash Merino.
Whether you are indulging in a quick project for yourself or a last-minute gift for someone else, let us know how it goes and share your projects in Franca
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Will you be one of the many people travelling this week to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday? The Fairmount Fibers team would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few project ideas in Manos del Uruguay yarns that are good for travel, allow you to participate in conversation, and work up relatively quickly!
First, take a look at the collection of free patterns available at FairmountFibers.com. Several new patterns have recently been added including (top row, left to right) Simple Ribbed Hat, Simple Worsted Moss Stitch Baby Blanket, and Everyday Handwarmers each knit in Manos Gloria, and (bottom row, left to right) Simple Bulky Moss Stitch Baby Hat in Franca, Nina Hat in Franca and Rizo Crochet Baby Blanket in Serena.
The Pradera Wrap, also a free pattern, is a great choice for a travel project! The pattern is straightforward and enjoyable, and the color changes hold your interest. The original Pradera Wrap pattern calls for Clara, shown in Azafran, Miel, Granada, and Hortensia, but of course there are other combinations of colorways. We also assembled a selection of different alternate colorways (clockwise from top right)
- Hortensia, Granada, Velvet, and Frost
- Crudo, Acquamarina, Algas, and Petroleo
- Hortensia, Velvet, Frost, and Follage
- Crudo, Corderito, Azafran, and Miel
- Granada, Velvet, Black Forest, and Petroleo
- Acquamarina, Algas, Follage, and Frost
- Crudo, Corderito, Hortensia, and Grenada
Simple patterns allow the yarn to shine, and allow you to keep on working with yarn while being social or on-the-go! We can’t wait to see your projects worked up in your favorite colorways of Manos yarns. Please feel free to tag @Manosyarns in your Instagram photos, share your Ravelry projects with our Manos del Uruguay group, or post a picture to the Manos del Uruguay Yarns Facebook page!
Are you confident with colorwork? The online Stitchionary from Vogue Knitting presents a great quick visual to a variety of colorwork techniques ranging from basic to complex. Manos del Uruguay yarns are eye-catching in their range of colorways, from bright and playful to subtle and tonal. Today we’re sharing several new patterns and projects incorporating different techniques. Which one calls to you?
Thea Colman’s Mixed Berries Hat, in 3 Skeins or Less Fresh Knitted Accessories, is knit in Silk Blend. The Fair Isle design features an unusual motif paired with textural and color choices (3216 Oxblood, 3211 Cactus Flower, and 3203 Tomato) that make the hat stand out, but not in a distracting manner. The Winter 2015 Interweave Knits includes the Trapper Cowl by Lisa R. Myers, knit in Maxima. Combining the two colorways (M2540 Kohl and M2110 Zinnia) in double-knitting creates a reversible, cozy cowl. We are also looking forward to the publication of Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant. Brioche also creates a reversible fabric; the Stegosaurus shawl in Silk Blend (3109 Woodland with 3055 Olive) is a unique off-center shawl. A tip of advice here, brioche stitch uses up a lot of yarn, make sure you have enough before starting your project!
There are even more colorwork projects available through FairmountFibers.com; the patterns shown above are free! The Schuyler Hat by Jennifer Burke is knit with two skeins of Silk Blend, shown above left in 3014 Natural and 3112 Moss. Erin Schrader’s Ballston Legwarmers are shown in the center. Silk Blend, shown in 300M Bing Cherry, 300U Rust, 300X Topaz, 3014 Natural. Shown right is Lisa R. Myers’ Fair Isle Tam, another project in in Silk Blend;it is great for colorwork! This project calls for 1 skein each of 3068 Citric, 300G Coffee, 300X Topaz, 300M Bing Cherry, and 300U Rust.
These projects are all impressive and we hope we’ve inspired you to pick up a few of your favorite colorways and take it one stitch at a time! We’d love to see the colors you pick, the works in progress, and of course, the finished objects! You can tag us in a photo on Instagram or post it to our Facebook page and Ravelry group.