Category Archives: Malabrigo Rios

PROJECT Orion

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Orion

I love this new scarfy/wrappy pattern, Orion, from Nick Davis. I adore the simple but elegant welted ribs – they always give a simple air of style to a basic knit. Plus, it’s made with one of my favourite yarns, Malabrigo Rios. Rios is a hand dyed, super soft, machine washable merino wool made in Uruguay by a family owned company that supports local development environmental sustainability (plus they’re really nice, I met them at a trade show last summer and we chatted for a bit). If you want to substitute another yarn, you can use any worsted weight yarn.

The pattern uses basic short-row shaping to create the asymmetrical ribs (something else I love). If short-rows are a technique you don’t already know you don’t need to be afraid, they aren’t difficult and are definitely worth learning. There are LOTS of tutorials online, there’s a good one with photos and video HERE.

Mini Short-Row Knit-Hack

It’s easy to lose track of where you are in most knitting projects, but if you start with a consistent system your chance of success goes up exponentially! The most important thing about how to make short rows successful and fun is to keep track of what you are doing and where you are:

  1. Put a locking stitch marker in your wraps to mark them. Everything is easier when you can see it clearly!
  2. Keep track of your rows as you go. Your system doesn’t have to be fancy,  I usually just use paper and pencil to track where I am in the pattern, and I often tick off my progress right on my pattern. Plus, I’m a big fan of pencils, because if I have to rip back my work I can erase and adjust my notes without making a mess that will inevitably confuse me later.

Materials

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

 

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FREEBIE Ava

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Ava

Ok, this is jumping ahead by a month, but I came across this FREEBIE and it seemed like a great option for a casual cardigan, especially for beginner knitters (the only shaping is in the arms, the back and fronts are perfect rectangles). It’s designed with a basic worsted weight yarn, so you’ve got lots of options, depending on your budget and the aesthetic you want. I think it would look STUNNING knit up in a long ombre colourway like Cascade 220 Superwash Wave, it would create a very Missoni aesthetic. It would also be gorgeous made with hand dyed Malabrigo Rios, you can’t go wrong with hand dyed, super soft merino. And of course, I think everything looks better worked up with a standard heathered colour yarn, like Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash. Either way, I think this oversized sweater will fit like a BIG HUG!

Size

  • One Size
  • Bust (closed)—70″ Length—30″

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 4mm/US6-29″ circular needles
  • 4.5 mm/US7-29″ circular needles
  • 3mm/E crochet hook
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry Needle
  • FREE Pattern

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

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FREEBIE Boom

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This free wrap/scarf is an easy, mindless knit that will make a very popular gift. It would equally gorgeous with a self-striping yarn like Noro Silk Garden, or a hand-painted yarn like Malabrigo Rios or Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 6mm/US10 needles (5.5mm/US9 for Alegria Grande or Rios)
  • tapestry/darning needle
  • FREE Pattern

FREEBIE Campout Mitts

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Photo: mdcim 

Campout Mitts

I made a pair of these mitts a number of years ago and was super happy with them – they were fast, simple, didn’t use a ton of yarn, and looked great. They worked out so well, in fact, that the mitts seem to have (ahem) acquired a new home. The FREE pattern was originally designed for glorious, colourful Noro Silk Garden, but I also love the way they look with a semi-solid hand dyed yarn like Malabrigo Rios or Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a soft tweed yarn like Studio Donegal Soft Donegal.

Yarn Options

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FREEBIE Pome

Pome

Oy vey, how pretty is this cabled hat?! I think it would look amazing in a simple yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash (the heathered colours would be especially fetching), but any worsted weight solid, semi-solid, heathered or tweed yarn would look amazing! Be sure to wash your hat and lay it flat to dry to settle the cables.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 3.5mm/US4-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • cable needle
  • tapestry/darning needle
  • FREE Pattern

FREEBIE Rye Socks

 

 

Rye

Cozy sockies make great gifts, especially when they are knitted with worsted weight yarn. This FREE pattern from Tincan Knits has great instructions and ranges in size from Baby to Adult Large. The other great thing is that you have a lot of yarn options when you work with a worsted, ranging from pretty hand paints like Manos Alegria Grande or Malabrigo Rios, to budget friendly options like Cascade 220 Superwash and Berroco Vintage, or Berroco Comfort Print. The most important thing about your yarn choice is make sure it’s machine washable!

Yarn Options

Materials

FREEBIE Father Cables

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Father Cables

In case you are of the early holiday gift making persuasion, this cool cabled hat should get you off to a strong start! Father Cables isn't cables for beginners, but it sure is purty.

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Merino Worsted: 1 to 2 skeins

Super soft & buttery, this yarn has a lot of body and a little bit of a halo.

Malabrigo Rios: 1 to 2 skeins

Machine washable, this super soft merino wool will have a little bit more drape (or slouch more) than an untreated yarn (like Malabrigo Merino Worsted)

Berroco Vintage: 1 to 2 skeins

Cheap 'n cheerful, soft and comfortable, the heathered colours of this machine washable yarn would make this hat an instant favourite.

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 3.75 mm/US5 – 16” circular needles
  • 4.5 mm/US7 – 16” circular needles
  • 4.5 mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • tapestry/darning needle