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Manos Alegria FADE

Accidental Fade

One of the things I really like about working in the store is interacting with people. I learn a lot from my customers, I enjoy their different perspectives, it opens my mind and stretches me. There is an infinite diversity in people’s colour preferences, and while I’m pretty good at combining colours, their choices are sometimes things that I didn’t see or wouldn’t think of.

The yarn above is one of those instances. I was taking pictures of new colours of Manos Alegria that had just come in, and afterwards, put the skeins on our table before putting them away. A client (Deborah) popped in and said: “Oh, is that a fade?” And there is was, right under my nose, a great combination for a Find Your Fade wrap!

Colours (from top to bottom): 

  • A2349 Oxygen
  • A2463 Pescador
  • A2363 Tahiti
  • A9008 Orquidea
  • A2620 Thistle
  • A9453 Macachines
  • A2530 Nickel

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Amy’s Fade

Another client, Amy, came up with this fade in Mineville Merino Sock, perfect for the So Faded pullover. Love it!

Colours (from top to bottom): 

  • 16
  • 15
  • 17

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Daphne’s Fade

Another fade of Mineville Merino Sock from Daphne for a So Faded pullover.

Colours (from top to bottom): 

  • 02
  • 03
  • 13
  • 14

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FREEBIE & NEW Colours Manos Alegria

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Manos Alegria A2198 Estancia

Manos Del Uruguay Alegria

Manos del Uruguay Alegria is an amazing sock yarn made from an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.  Its “hand” is remarkably soft and resilient, and the bright, playful colorways would make exciting baby projects as well as socks.

  • 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide
  • 100g/425m (445yds)
  • Fingering/Sock weight
  • 2.25 to 3mm (US1 to 3) needles
  • Gauge 28 – 30 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Machine wash in cool water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Uruguay
  • Pattern Ideas

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Sage Smudging Scarf

This pretty lace scarf would look gorgeous in any colour (aqua, muted pink, natural, whatever) – but how cool would it be in neon pink? Just a thought ….

Materials

FREEBIE Pixel Stitch Socks

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Pixel Stitch Socks

Worked from the toe up, these pretty socks would make an excellent spring project for the intermediate knitter. They’d look great with the subtle variations of the semi-solid, hand-dyed colour of Malabrigo Alegria. If you aren’t feeling that fancy, go for Cascade Heritage. You won’t go wrong with either, both yarns are made with super-soft merino wool that is blended with nylon to help them wear well.

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Alegria: 1 skein in each of 2 colours

Cascade Heritage: 1 skein in each of 2 colours

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 2.75mm/US2 double pointed needles (or size to obtain gauge)
  • scrap yarn
  • small crochet hook (for cast on)

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FREEBIE Kitty Ankle Socks

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YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks

File these adorable socks under “I saw these and thought of YOU”. Seriously, you don’t have to be a cat person, they’re adorable.  Whip them up with a super soft blend of machine washable merino wool and nylon ( so they wear well); semi-solid hand-dyed Manos Alegria, or affordably priced Cascade Heritage.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 2.25mm/US1 double pointed needles (or whatever technique you prefer: 12″ circulars, magic loop, or 2 circulars)
  • tapestry needle

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FREEBIE Riverside Pullover

 

Riverside Pullover

I love the simple lines of this light, top-down pullover. You can make it with any fingering weight yarn, variegated (Manos AlegriaMalabrigo MechitaKoigu KPPPPM), semi-solid (Madeline Tosh Merino LightManos AlegriaMalabrigo Mechita), ombre (Cascade Heritage Wave), or solid (Cascade Heritage).

Size

  • Size: S (M, L, XL)
  • Bust 33.5(37.5, 41.5, 45.5) inches

Yarn Options

Manos Alegria: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Malabrigo Mechita: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Madeline Tosh Merino Light: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Koigu KPPPPM: 6(7, 9, 12) skeins

Cascade Heritage: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Cascade Heritage Wave: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5-32″ circular needles
  • 3.25mm/US3-24″ circular needles (for neckline)
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry/darning needles

 

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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 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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