Favorite Fall Colors in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

October is here! There is something for everyone this month. What is your favorite component? Today we’re indulging in the colors of the season!

Fall colors of Manos del Uruguay Alegria Manos del Uruguay Fino

Are you a leaf-peeper? Bringing your seasonally colored project might make the journey more enjoyable! Did you know that otono is Spanish for Autumn? Wind up a skein of Alegria in this colorway for socks or a hat, like RCPatten’s Stay Gold hat shown above. The mini-skein bundle, #5 Eleanor, in combination with Fino in Poison, pair perfectly in the Fino Shadow Shawl, a new free pattern from the Fairmount Fibers Design Team

Franca ideas

For lovers of heavier yarn looking to indulge in a fall palette, pick up Franca in Miel, Tormenta, or Fudge. The Cocktail Umbrella Cowl, another new free pattern, calls for only one skein! The Norwood hat & cowl patterns from the Fall collection are quick-to-knit accessories. They will keep you warm in those breezy fall mornings or evenings.

Camote Pocket Scarf free knitting pattern in Manos del Uruguay Maxima

What would October be without orange? Maxima in Sweet Potato, Tigerlily or Fire fit the bill! The Camote Pocket Scarf is a great way to showcase the amazing colors of this hand-dyed artisanal yarn. 

Let’s see what you are making in these fabulous fall hues! Share your projects with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and 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! 

New Free Patterns in Manos Yarns

Category: Free patterns

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.

Free Cowl Patterns for Manos Yarns

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.

Free patterns in Manos Yarns

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!

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!

 

Fast and Fabulous Franca

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns, Yarn Features

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.
Franca Cowls

Cowls are cozy and it is possible to finish several in a weekend! Each of the following call for one or two skeins of Franca and are available for free: (clockwise starting top right)  Franca Hourglass Eyelets Cowl, Francisca Cowl, and Franca My Dear.
Free Patterns for Franca
The Fairmount Fibers team has several free patterns calling for Franca, sure to be suitable for stocking stuffers or unisex gifts! Shown above from left to right: Quick Franca Mitts, Weekend Cowl, and the Esmeralda Hat & Scarf set.
 RavelryFrancaProjectsFrequently we turn to Ravelry for even more Franca project inspiration. We do hope you you’ll join us there and share your projects as well! Above, from left to right: RavenAK’s Encantadora Cowl, Jessiknitsnature’s Drop YO Cowl, and EmilyNan711’s Cosy Post Ear Warmer Headband.
 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 with us on Facebook, Instagram or Ravelry!