Category Archives: Manos Alegria

FREEBIE Gorgas Run Scarf

Gorgas Run Scarf

This FREE pattern scarf combines a number of qualities that make me really, really happy:

  1. The knit is fairly simple, but not too boring. Beginners can learn a new skill, more established knitters can easily do it while watching TV.
  2. It offers an opportunity to play around with colour in a simple, uncomplicated way.
  3. It’s not a bad way to use up a skein or two of skinny stash yarns.
  4. It makes a great gift that will be well received (that time of year is right around the corner).
  5. It’s easy to swap out and substitute yarns.

Yarn Options

Any fingering weight yarn will work, but I think Gorgas Run would be especially EXQUISITE made with Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino  (it’s a single ply merino yarn that knits well with two strands together, and the skeins are very affordable). The pattern is made with Semi-solid coloured yarn, but you can mix it up and use variegated colours if you want some drama.

Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino: 1 skein in each of 4 colours (swatch for a tension you like)

Manos Alegria: 1 skein in each of 4 colours

Cascade Heritage: 1 skein in each of 4 colours

Madeline Tosh Merino Light: 1 skein in each of 4 colours

Mineville Merino Sock: 1 skein in each of 4 colours

Materials

Notes

  • Yarn is held double throughout.
  • Use Colors A & D for your gauge swatch. You will need the entirety of Colors B & C for your project, but will have approx. 30g each of A & D leftover.

FADES Found

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

Mineville Merino Sock FADE COMBO

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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Photos: Geena Garcia

 

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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