Category Archives: Malabrigo Rios

FREEBIE High Woods Hat

 

 

High Woods Hat

Sometimes something small & colourful is just what you need to get through the second half of a grey winter!

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Merino Worsted: 1 skein

Malabrigo Rios: 1 skein

Berroco Vintage: 1 skein

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 4mm/US6-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double point needles
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry/darning needles

KNIT HACK & PROJECT Maeve

 

 

Maeve

Is it going to be warm? Is it going to be cold? I can’t tell anymore! I’ve been wearing shawls around the store lately, but I feel like I’d like something with a *touch* more structure, a little more style. After an exhaustive search, I’ve settled on Maeve, a shrug with a modern cable detail and little sleevettes.

The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn, but after looking at the tension, needle size and finished projects I’d say it’s more like a DK weight like Mineville Merino DK or Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. If you want to go up to a light worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220Cascade 220 Superwash, or Malabrigo Rios, go up a needle size to a 4mm/US6 or 4.5mm/US7 needle (test your tension and see how you like the fabric). I think I just want something simple and heathered, I’ll probably just use

I like heathers and tweeds, and since my Maeve will be worn a lot I need it to wear well. I think I’ll use a basic staple yarn like Cascade 220 Heathers – sometimes it’s best to keep things simple and not overthink it. I’ll probably make a smaller size, it;s a very unstructured garment and the dimensions of this type of style are generous.

Mini Knit Hack

Sometimes I like the feel of a yarn once the project has been blocked, but not so much in the skein when it’s straight off the shelf.  If you don’t love the feel of your yarn in the skein, you can soften it up by washing it before you start knitting.

  • If your yarn is not already in a skein wind it up around the backs of a couple of chairs,  or on a  swift (if you have one).
  • With scrap yarn, secure the skeins in at least 4 sections (to keep the yarn from getting tangled while being washed).
  • Wash skeined yarn in Eucalan no-rinse delicate wash (it is very easy, see instructions on the bottle/youtube/their website). Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the water to stabilize the colour.
  • Hang yarn to dry.
  • Wind yarn into balls or cakes.

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles (or longer)
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • tapestry/darning needle

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FREEBIE Blish

 

 

Blish

There’s something about chilly weather that makes me crave the cozy warmth of a swancho. Too unstructured to be a sweater, but more interesting than a poncho, it’s a Swancho!  Wear a swancho with jeans, tights, a skirt – really anything you like. I love the styling of Blish by mega designer Norah Gaugan – she’s great!

You can make it in cheap ‘n cheerful Cascade 220 Heathers or Berroco Vintage, or upgrade to a hand dyed merino like Malabrigo Rios or Malabrigo Merino Worsted. For a really marled look (two colours blended in a tweedy look like in the pattern picture) you can also hold 2 strands of a finer yarn together, like Madeline Tosh Merino Light, Manos Alegria, Malabrigo Mechita, or  Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino ( you’ll need about 950(1070, 1300, 1430, 1550) metres of each colour). Cascade 220 Heathers also comes in a marled grey colourway #9402.

If you don’t care for the little eyelet detail down the arms you can substitute a lifted stitch increase for the yarn-overs.

Yarn Options

Cascade 220 Heathers:  5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (100% Peruvian wool)

Malabrigo Rios: 5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (100% Superwash merino wool)

Malabrigo Merino Worsted: 5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (100% merino wool)

Berroco Vintage: 5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (Superwash wool/synthetic blend)

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 29″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • 1 stitch marker

Size

This garment was designed with approximately 10” of ease. Due to the dolman sleeves, the bust is very roomy, so go by the lower edge measurement when selecting your size

  • To Fit Bust Size: 30(34, 38, 42, 46, 50)”
  • Lower Edge: 40(44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”
  • Length (including collar): 26(26½, 28, 28½, 30¼, 31)”

 

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FREEBIE Yellow Brick Cold

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Yellow Brick Cold

A client walked in today wearing this cowl and it looked SO GOOD, I had to share! Hers was very similar to the original in the picture, it was a similar solid coloured yellow, but I think it was knitted on smaller needles. She also had a couple of big round buttons are the join – it was a nice little decorative accent. The pattern was written with simple, affordable Berroco Vintage, but you can make it with any kind of worsted weight yarn (see options below).  One caveat: you might want to use different size needles for the different stitches, the garter stitch might require a smaller needle than the basket weave stitch – play around and see what you like.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 8mm/US 11 needles (or smaller, check your tension)
  • tapestry/darning needle

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FREEBIE Simple House Slippers

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Simple House Slippers

Slippers make an awesome winter gift – they’re infinitely useful, fast to make, and son’t use a ton of yarn. There are lots of free slipper patterns floating around the internet, and I’ll post a few different styles going forward, but I like the simple, rustic style of these Simple House Slippers. You can make them with a single strand of a worsted weight wool like Cascade 220 Superwash or Malabrigo Rios, or create some colour effects with two strands of a sock/fingering weight yarn held together (try Manos Alegria). Generally, I prefer to use a soft wool yarn for anything that goes directly on feet – wool absorbs moisture without making your feet feel cold or creating excess smell (ie. wool socks & slippers don’t get super smelly like synthetic or plant fibres).  It’s also always nice to put something on the bottom of slippers like Slipper Bottoms or Anti-Slip to limit the amount of slip.

Yarn Options

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FREEBIE Favorite Slouchy

Favorite Slouchy

This stylish hat is a great project for both newbies and more experienced knitters (it comes with a tutorial on hat knitting). It’s simple, elegant, and makes a great holiday gift. It’s designed using soft, hand painted Malabrigo Rios, but you can use any worsted weight yarn (see list below for recommendations).

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 4mm/US6-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch marker

 

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