MFPP: Daily Inspirations by Hanna Maciejewska

This entry was posted on 9th March, 2017 by .

There is a new MFPP we haven’t talked about yet!

We can all use some inspiration, some words to gives us a little push when we need it, or to help us  reach our goals, and achieve inner balance, making us better humans.

It is these daily inspirations that make up this lovely collection by designer Hanna Maciejewska. Life doesn’t only need words to inspire, but also texture, and interest, and this collection brings those as well.

feel-huggedBe open mindedBe ConfidentMake it yours

Be confident, a double twisted cowl

In the words of the designer:

Do you feel intimidated sometimes and think: “That’s too hard for me, I couldn’t possibly be able to achieve that”?

Well, “Be Confident” because many things are a lot easier when you actually try them as they had seemed on first glance.

The stitch pattern in this generously proportioned cowl, which I immediately fell in love with when I found it online, looks like a complicated shell stitch, but is actually quite easy to make. Just try it!

To make this cowl you will need 3 skeins of Malabrigo Yarn Rios, in the colour of your choice. This sample is knit using Plomo (#43).

Be Confident by Hanna Maciejewska

Be Confident by Hanna Maciejewska

Be Open Minded, an asymmetrical cardigan

In the words of the designer:

Step outside the box and make a statement with this modern and chic asymmetrical cardigan.

It features a subtle but beautiful eyelet stitch pattern on one of the fronts (also repeated on one sleeve), interesting ribbing details on the second front, and gentle waist and hip shaping.

Worked top-down in raglan construction – of course seamless, as always, this soft cardigan can be worn over jeans or a dress, making it perfect for any season.

This cardigan comes is designed for sizes XS (S, M, [M1, L, L1], XL, 2X, 3X), and to knit it you will need 4 (4, 4, [5, 5, 5], 5, 6, 6) of Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the colour of your choice. The sample is knit using English Rose (#57)

Be Open Minded by Hanna Maciejewska

Be Open Minded by Hanna Maciejewska

Feel Hugged, a triangular shawl

In the words of the designer:

Simple garter stitch alternates with a textured pattern in this triangular shawl knit on the bias from the tip to the widest side.

Looks best in solid colors or not too wild hand dyed yarns.

To knit this shawl you will need 6 skeins of Malabrigo Yarn Finito, in the colour of your choice. The sample is knit using Glitter (#48)

Feel Hugged by Hanna Maciejewska

Feel Hugged by Hanna Maciejewska

Make it Yours, a slim-fitting pullover

In the words of the designer:

“Make it Yours” is a slim-fitting pullover with a center cable panel on a double moss stitch ground. The cable stitch pattern, worked from a chart or written instructions, is full of unexpected twists and turns and culminates in a flattering neckline just to show your best features.

The sweater is knitted almost seamlessly from the bottom up with flattering waist shaping and set-in sleeves started from short row sleeve caps, with and a series of decreases for neckline and armholes.

This versatile pullover that can complement almost everything from jeans to festive skirt is going to be one of your favorites!

This pullover comes in the following sizes:XS (S, M, [M1, L, L1], XL, 2X, 3X) and to knit it you will need  5 (6, 6, [7, 7, 7], 8, 9, 9) of Malabrigo Yarn Finito in the colour of your choice. The sample is knit using Plomo (#43)

Make it yours by Hanna Maciejewska

Make it yours by Hanna Maciejewska

You can find the collection on ravelry through this link.

Link to Hanna Maciejewska’s website

MFPP: One Stitch, Two Stitch: A Mini Stitch Dictionary for Mini Stitches

This entry was posted on 10th October, 2016 by .

There is a new MFPP out, called One Stitch, Two Stitch: A Mini Stitch Dictionary for Mini Stitches by Barbara Benson.

 

 

Barbara Benson explains the brilliant concept behind this collection:

What can you do with two stitches? That is the question that prompted this exploration into simple knitting. First peruse the fourteen different stitch patterns in the stitch dictionary. Then select which one of the four easy and fun accessories you would like to make first. Decide which of the stitches you would like to use in the pattern and you are on your way.

This collection contains four patterns, but you can really create 14 different versions of each! How about that? It’s time to get creative!

The first pattern in the collection is called Ring the Gack, and it’s a lovely cowlette using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in Ivy.

Ring the Gack

Ring the Gack by Barbara Benson

Next comes On Mulberry Street,  using our lovely 100% Mulberry silk base Mora, in the colourway Sabiduría

On Mulberry Street by Barbara Benson

On Mulberry Street by Barbara Benson

If you’re more into hats, you can knit No Pat No, using Malabrigo Yarn Twist. The sample is knit using the colourway Sunset.

No Pat No, by Barbara Benson

No Pat No, by Barbara Benson

And if you’d rather knit a scarf in thicker yarn, there is also an option for you: Sala-ma-Sond is a scarf knit using Malabrigo Yarn Mecha, in the colour Teal Feather for the sample.

Sala-ma-Sond by Barbara Benson

Sala-ma-Sond by Barbara Benson

You can also buy each pattern individually, with the detailed instructions as shown for each, not the 14 different stitch patterns.

Barbara made a video, introducing this collection herself, which we are very excited to share and we hope you like it, too.

You can find the collection on ravelry through this link

Link to Barbara Bensons website: http://tumpedduck.com/

You can also browse all our past MFPPs here.

 

MFPP: Ilha Formosa by Connie of Yellowcosmo

This entry was posted on 9th February, 2016 .
Cover page I don't know about you, but this gorgeous collection from Yellowcosmo has me thinking spring!  
Qilian in Silkpaca, in Frank Ochre Qilian in Silkpaca, in Frank Ochre
Vedai in Rastita, in Plomo Vedai in Rastita, in Plomo
Wulai in Rastita, in Mostaza Wulai in Rastita, in Mostaza
Connie says:
Ilha Formosa is what the Portuguese explorers called Taiwan when they first set eyes on it. It means Beautiful Island. It is where I was born, and indeed it is a beautiful island. Each name of the pattern in this collection is a place in Taiwan with the name originated from Taiwan Aboriginal languages.
Pali in Arroyo, Borraja Pali in Arroyo, Borraja
Kavalan in Arroyo, in Borraja Kavalan in Arroyo, in Borraja
Taroko in Rios, Glazed Carrot Taroko in Rios, Glazed Carrot
So lovely and bright! You can find the full Ilha Formosa collection here, or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Balade sous les ormes by Cailliau Berangere

This entry was posted on 1st December, 2015 .
couverture 4 OK Today's collection (the title of which translates roughly to "stroll under the elms") utilizes one of my favorite designing techniques - picking a stitch pattern or technique to play with and just exploring the heck out of it! In this case, the grain d'orme stitch. The results are stunning!
Jalava in Malabrigo Finito, in Paloma and Mostaza. Jalava in Finito, in Paloma and Mostaza.
Olmo in Rios, in Candombe Olmo in Rios, in Candombe
Lilo says:
I really like textured stitches and when I found the "grain d'orme" stitch, I wanted to include it in different knit projects. This collection "Balade sous les ormes" created in collaboration with Malabrigo yarns, includes a shawl, a sweater, a baby blanket (which can easily be enlarged), a cowl and a matching hat. I hope you will enjoy knitting items from this collection as much as I liked designing it.
Samare in Rios, in Azul Profundo Samare in Rios, in Azul Profundo
Lemos in Merino Worsted, in Pearl Lemos in Merino Worsted, in Pearl
What a lovely way to say goodbye to fall! Check out the full collection on Ravelry here. Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: A Study in Single by Ela Torrente

This entry was posted on 5th November, 2015 .
In case you hadn't noticed, we at Malabrigo LOVE single-ply yarns. There's something so simple and beautiful and soft about a woolly single. Ela Torrente agrees, and her new collection is all about the celebration of the Single!
Ancient Soul in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki Ancient Soul in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki
Urban Gipsy in Silky Merino, in Smoke Urban Gipsy in Silky Merino, in Smoke
Ela says:
"A Study in Single" is a trip through single ply yarns. I always had a special affection for single ply. In this collection, I tried to find the perfect texture for each yarn. I mixed cable, twist and lace patterns to highlight the unique color shades and the gorgeous fabric softness.
Mina in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki Mina in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki
Ultraviolet in Rastita, in Sabiduria Ultraviolet in Rastita, in Sabiduria
Origami in Lace, in Fucsia Origami in Lace, in Fucsia
Ballerina in a singles yarn spun from Nube, in Natural color. Ballerina in a singles yarn spun from Nube, in Natural color.
Beautiful work! You can check out the whole Study in Single on Ravelry, here! Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: As Autumn Falls by Amanda Collins

This entry was posted on 23rd October, 2015 .
This collection by designer Amanda Collins so perfectly captures the colors that are surrounding me right now, in this unusually-warm Michigan October (even though she's experiencing autumn an ocean away!) What better way to wrap up the month than this gorgeously autumnal array!
Baile in Rios, in Sunset Baile in Rios, in Sunset
Bulgarwheat in Silky Merino in Sand Bulgarwheat in Silky Merino in Sand
Amanda says:
As Autumn Falls is a four piece collection knitted in beautiful Malabrigo yarn. Inspired by the changing colours Autumn brings, each piece is intended to resemble different aspects of the season. The collection comprises a cardigan, shawl and two hats, each in a different weight of yarn.
Emmer in FInito, in Coffee Toffee Emmer in FInito, in Coffee Toffee
SlipThatch in Worsted, in Rattan SlipThatch in Worsted, in Rattan
You can check out the whole collection on Ravelry, here! Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here.
Yum! Yum!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Days of the Week by Elena Nodel

This entry was posted on 19th October, 2015 .
What a treat we have for you today! A big ole ebook of gorgeous autumn designs in a wide range of techniques and sizes, from the talented Elena Nodel! Introducing Days of the Week (I encourage you to click through to the Ravelry page, because each one has several gorgeous samples!) unnamed
Busy Monday in Arroyo, in Borrajas and English Rose Busy Monday in Arroyo, in Borrajas and English Rose
Tuesday Glam in Rastita, in Cereza (there's also a Silky Merino version!) Tuesday Glam in Rastita, in Cereza (there's also a Silky Merino version!)
Casual Wednesday in Rios, Lettuce Casual Wednesday in Rios, Lettuce
Elena says:
Almost a year ago Alex Tinsley and I talked about an ebook project using Malabrigo yarns. It was a very exciting prospect for me. Not only do I like knitting with Malabrigo yarns, but I also like designing with Malabrigo yarns as they bring out that extra creativity in me. The beautiful range of colors and the uniqueness of each dye lot all add to the creative process. It was not very hard for me to create a theme for the ebook. I wanted to create unique pieces that are in tune with current fashion, something that I would myself wear every day, something I cannot buy at the store. Thus the idea of “Days of the Week” ebook comes to mind, as in 7 days of the week, unique knitwear for each day. Assigning designs for each day of the week was not a random process for me. Each design and day had a special meaning. Though I must say what gives me a “Thursday” vibe might say “Saturday” for you, or the other way around. I hope you will find this collection exciting and will associate each design with your favorite day of the week, just as I did. Monday – it is all about efficiency. Tuesday – it has to be glamorous. Wednesday – it is all about being casual. Thursday – there has to be at least one special day. Friday – it is all about excitement. Saturday – it is all about relaxation and comfort. Sunday – it is a family/friends day. “Days of the Week” collection offers a good mix of practical accessories and modern garments as well as the possibility of working with and mixing together your favorite Malabrigo colors. The collection has something for everyone, be it a beginner knitter or a very seasoned one. I hope you will enjoy your warm and cozy garments this fall/winter. I know I will! Please join me in my Ravelry group for our “Days of the Week” knit-a-long.
Thursday Special in Rios, in Lotus Thursday Special in Rios, in Lotus
And on a Friday, in Rios Sandbank, Lettuce, and Lavanda And on Friday, in Rios Sandbank, Lettuce, and Lavanda
Cozy Saturday in Rios, shown in English Rose and Jupiter Cozy Saturday in Rios, shown in English Rose and Jupiter
Sunday Stroll in Rios, in Candombe, Plomo, and Black Sunday Stroll in Rios, in Candombe, Plomo, and Black
Absolutely Fabulous, in Silky Merino in Blackberry (for any day of the week!) Absolutely Fabulous, in Silky Merino in Blackberry (for any day of the week!)
What an beautifully cozy week! You can see the full collection on Ravelry here Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: the LINEAR collection by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud

This entry was posted on 11th October, 2015 .
Aligned Spaces in Finito, in Azules Aligned Spaces in Finito, in Azules
I'm pleased to introduce a gorgeous new collection by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud (aka Rock & Purl): the LINEAR collection!
Branch Point in Twist, in Manzanilla Olive Branch Point in Twist, in Manzanilla Olive
Ruth says:
the LINEAR collection comprises 5 patterns: 3 garments and 2 accessories, featuring Malabrigo yarns. All the designs are based on mathematical concepts and spatial geometric ideas, making the color choice the only thing you need to rock your garments and accessories! The ebook includes full color photo tutorials for techniques used throughout, detailed shots of all the pieces and information on each of the yarns used for you to make a great choice and love the knits you make.
Contrarian Helix in Arroyo, Fresco y Seco Contrarian Helix in Arroyo, Fresco y Seco
Parallel Planes in Rios, in Glazed Carrot Parallel Planes in Rios, in Glazed Carrot
Lightning Ray in Silkpaca, knit with Cuarzo and Polar Morn colorways held together Lightning Ray in Silkpaca, knit with Cuarzo and Polar Morn colorways held together
Such beautiful lines, hehe! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here. You can also browse all our past MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Accents in Black and White by Olga Wedbjer

This entry was posted on 28th September, 2015 .
unnamed Today I have the pleasure of introducing a lovely garment collection by Olga Wedbjer- Accents in Black and White!
Prominence in Rios, in Paris Night Prominence in Rios, in Paris Night with Black accent
Pitch in Silky Merino, in Cape Cod Gray with Smoke accent Pitch in Silky Merino, in Cape Cod Gray with Smoke accent
Olga says:
“Accents in black in white” is a 3 piece collection - a tee, a sweater and a jacket – each highlighting different parts of the body. “Emphasite” is a casual yet stylish tee with attention-seeking shoulders. The V-neck of “Pitch”, half-heartedly closed by leather cord lacing, puts the neckline in focus. Inspired by the classic riding jacket, “Prominence” accentuates a classic, feminine silouette.
Emphasite in Sock, in Persia with Natural accent Emphasite in Sock, in Persia with Natural accent
You can't go wrong with black and white! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here. You can browse our past MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Texture is the New Black by Melanie Berg

This entry was posted on 18th August, 2015 .
unnamed Today we've got a beautiful MFPP collection from Melanie Berg: Texture is the New Black. Not only does this delectable little collection focus on exploring texture, but every pattern features our super-soft, extra-fine-merino yarn Finito (in some of my favorite colorways...mmmmm.)
Sunwalker in Finito, Glitter Sunwalker in Finito, Glitter
Qwist Mitts in Finito, Paloma Qwist Mitts in Finito, Paloma
Qwist Hat in Finito, Plomo Qwist Hat in Finito, Plomo
Melanie describes each of the patterns (click the photos to go to Ravelry for more detail):
Sunwalker: Earthy textures combine with glimmering gold highlights in this subtle asymmetrical shawl. Qwist Mitts: Playful stitches twist and twine through Qwist, a cozy fingerless mitt with a mischievous texture. Qwist Hat: Cozy yet lightweight, the Qwist Hat is knit with a diagonal stitch pattern that creates warmth without bulk – perfect for those bright fall days when evenings come with an edge of chill. Risen: The simply elegant construction makes this topdown, seamless cardigan a breeze to knit and a classic in the closet. Threshold: Standing at the doorway between textured and smooth, Threshold is a top-down, seamless sweater with a flattering boat neck.
Risen in Finito, Plomo Risen in Finito, Plomo
Threshold in Finito, Paloma Threshold in Finito, Paloma
Such gorgeous designs and some great ideas for Finito! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here (psst- there's a KAL going on too!). You can also browse our past MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: The Piedras Collection by Shannon Squire

This entry was posted on 25th July, 2015 .
unnamed Designer Shannon Squire has produced a collection celebrating one of our favorite colorways- the complex and beautiful Piedras!
Jasper Cowl in Rastita, in Piedras and Natural Jasper Cowl in Rastita, in Mostaza and Natural
Beach Agate Hat in Rios, in Piedras Beach Agate Hat in Rios, in Piedras
Beach Agate Sweater in Rios, Piedras Beach Agate Sweater in Rios, Piedras
Shannon says:
The Piedras Collection grew from a single skein of yarn - a skein of Rastita in the colorway Piedras. I couldn’t get enough of the this colorway - there’s just so much going on! It just seemed right to build a collection inspired by the rainbow-y goodness that is river rocks. Both the Beach Agate Sweater and the Beach Agate Hat use Rios in Piedras, and the Jasper Shawlette uses Rastita in Piedras and Natural (there is a sample using Archangel, too, that’s amazeballs). The Opal Cowl pulls the colors out of Piedras, using a rainbow of Malabrigo Lace goodness. All of the pieces are perfect for cool walks on the beach, looking for treasures, and the color combos are endless!
Jasper Shawlette in Rastita, Piedras and Natural Jasper Shawlette in Rastita, Piedras and Natural
Opal Cowl in Lace, in XXXXXXX Opal Cowl in Lace, in Natural, Fucsia, Glazed Carrot, Frank Ochre, Lettuce, Bobby Blue, Cuarzo
Such gorgeousness! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here. You can also browse our past MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Let Them Knit Cake by Emma Welford

This entry was posted on 2nd May, 2015 .

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Our newest MFPP is both springy and regal, inspired by Marie Antoinette!
The Dauphine's Stockings in Sock, in Lotus The Dauphine's Stockings in Sock, in Lotus
Fargeon Mitts Fargeon Mitts in Silky Merino, Tatami
Emma says:
Let Them Knit Cake is a pattern collection exploring the intersection of history and fashion viewed through my personal lens as a knitwear designer, a source of inspiration I've begun to explore recently. Here I turn my focus to Marie Antoinette, the iconic French queen who is remembered by the public at large for her beauty, glamorous style and perceived superficiality. I've interpreted rococo fashion for the modern knitter by examining portraits of Marie in addition to reading accounts of her sartorial choices. The phrase "let them eat cake" has been falsely attributed to Marie? while an agreed upon fallacy in the academic community, pop culture holds tight to the wrongful association regardless. So as a historian-cum-knitting designer, why not use it as the basis for this collection's title? I wanted to play upon our familiarity of the phrase and make a reference to the usage of the terms 'cake' and 'frosting' in the sewing community. 'Cake' refers to basic foundation garments in one's wardrobe (plain tanks, versatile jeans), and 'frosting' means fun, maybe frivolous clothing (party dresses, maribou trimmed nighties). The four pieces shown in this collection appear to be frosting on the surface—due in no small part to the saturated and exhilarating colors of Malabrigo Yarn—but I hope that they will take the place of cake in your handknit wardrobe, as essential pieces you wear day after day.
Polonaise Cardigan in Silky Merino, in Spring Water, Topaz, and Tatami Polonaise Cardigan in Silky Merino, in Spring Water, Topaz, and Tatami
Coronation Tank in Arroyo, English Rose Coronation Tank in Arroyo, English Rose
A collection fit for a queen! Click the photos to go to the individual pattern pages on Ravelry, or see the whole ebook here! You can also browse our past MFPPs here! (Photographs by Kate Broderick) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Travel Knitting by Katherine Leek

This entry was posted on 10th April, 2015 .
With winter's end, many of us start to feel a touch of wanderlust. Whether you're fending off the last lingering touch of chill in the air or looking for some nice portable projects, Katherine Leek's new collection has you covered!
Adventurer's Cowl in Merino Worsted, Frank Ochre Adventurer's Cowl in Merino Worsted, Frank Ochre
Sourjourner's Shawl in Rastita, Plomo Sourjourner's Shawl in Rastita, Plomo
Sightseer's Mittens in Rios, Glazed Carrot Sightseer's Mittens in Rios, Glazed Carrot
Voyager's Hat in Merino Worsted, Bobby Blue Voyager's Hat in Merino Worsted, Bobby Blue
Rambler's Shawl in Sock, Abril Rambler's Shawl in Sock, Abril
Wanderer's Cowl in Mecha, in Plomo, Natural, Pearl Ten, Mostaza, and Teal Feather Wanderer's Cowl in Mecha, in Plomo, Natural, Pearl Ten, Mostaza, and Teal Feather
Click the photos to see each pattern on Ravelry or go to the whole collection here! You can also browse our past MFPP collections here.
Happy Travels! Happy Travels!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Casual Friday by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

This entry was posted on 16th March, 2015 .
cf.cover I know it's only Monday but that doesn't mean we can't start looking forward to Friday! Nadia Crétin-Léchenne's Casual Friday collection will keep you looking cozy and smart any day of the week.
Morning in Engelberg in Rios, Plomo Morning in Engelberg in Rios, Plomo
Afternoon in Montreux in Arroyo, Natural and Sandbank Afternoon in Montreux in Arroyo, Natural and Sandbank
Nadia says:
A little sweater collection, as a journey through a comfy day, where nothing matters more than to be at ease. Named after some lovely cities of my country, the garments featuring in this series have been inspired by my affection for sheltered mornings, sunny afternoons and snugly evenings. Treat yourself with one of these luminous yarn, and choose the project that will be your companion of cosiness :)
Evening in Locarno Evening in Locarno in Sock, Eggplant
Click the photos to see each pattern on Ravelry or check out the whole collection here! You can also browse our past MFPP collections here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: Sea Buckthorn by Jana Huck

This entry was posted on 4th March, 2015 .
Using just one yarn, three colors, and one inspirational (and useful!) shrub, Jana Huck has created a stunning collection of innovative shawls:
Baltic Sea Beach in Sock, Lettuce and Terracotta Baltic Sea Beach in Sock, Lettuce and Terracotta
Knock On Wood in Sock, Ochre and Terracotta Knock On Wood in Sock, Ochre and Terracotta
Rustling Leaves in Sock, Ochre and Lettuce Rustling Leaves in Sock, Ochre and Lettuce
Jana says:
Living and growing up in the North of Germany, I have known the shore plant sea buckthorn with its vivid orange berries and wild-growing bushes since I was a small kid. I've always been fascinated by the contrast of sharp and round – the thorns and berries – and that fascination inspired these five Malabrigo shawls. It also led to the shawls' unusual construction, and the intense colours of Malabrigo sock seemed to be the perfect choice to do this exceptional plant justice.
Sweet Berry in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce Sweet Berry in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce
Westwind in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce Westwind in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce
Click each photo to go to the pattern on Ravelry, or check out the full Sea Buckthorn collection here. (The ebook even comes with a cake recipe and instructions on dyeing with sea buckthorn- pretty cool!) You can also browse our past MFPP collections here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: The Wyoming Collection by Abbey Swanson

This entry was posted on 1st March, 2015 .
The Wyoming Collection cover I think it's about time for some crochet around here, don't you? And we couldn't ask for a lovelier example than Abbey Swanson's Wyoming Collection. Suddenly I'm feeling that old pull to move westward stirring in my veins again...
Cowboy Coffee in Mecha, in Glitter Cowboy Coffee in Mecha, in Glitter
Horseshoe Slippers in Rios, in Sunset and Coco Horseshoe Slippers in Rios, in Sunset and Coco
Tumbleweed Satchel in Gruesa in XXX and Chunky in XXX Tumbleweed Satchel in Aquarella in Palmar and Chunky in Marron Oscuro
Abbey has a beautiful essay about Wyoming, her new home state, in the ebook, but I'll just pull a small piece of it here:
I lived in Minnesota my entire childhood, and the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of that cold-weather state run through my blood. So when I moved to Wyoming as an adult, I didn’t anticipate the deep sense of belonging that would develop here. The spirit of the West lives on in any soul who loves freedom and adventure... exactly the feeling I have when riding a horse (there’s a reason my husband proposed to me on a horseback ride). It seems we were born to live in a place where we can make our own path through wide open spaces. I’ve designed this crochet book to honor my new home state, celebrate its unique beauty, and highlight some of the aspects I love most about it.
 
Juniper and Sage Cowl in Merino Worsted, in XXX Juniper and Sage Cowl in Merino Worsted, in Garden Gate
Open Sky Shawl in Arroyo in XX Open Sky Shawl in Arroyo in Azules
Outlaw Bandana in Chunky in XX Outlaw Bandana in Chunky in Marron Oscuro
Wildflower Throw in Rastita in XX Wildflower Throw in Rastita in Arco Iris and Sabiduria
Beautiful! You can check out each pattern on Ravelry by clicking the picture, or see the whole collection here. You can also browse our past MFPP collections here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: Babe in the Woods by Triona Murphy

This entry was posted on 18th February, 2015 .
IMG_5472   I'm pleased to present our first ever all-baby MFPP! Keep your tiny one cozy this winter in Triona Murphy's new collection:
Riparian Vest in Mecha, in Azul Fresco Riparian Vest in Mecha, in Azul Fresco
Transposed Hat in Rios, Natural and Fresco y Seco Transposed Hat in Rios, Natural and Fresco y Seco
Transposed Mittens Transposed Mittens
Triona says:
When your little one is cold, you need warm knits as soon as possible! This collection features five quick-knit accessories and a bulky vest, all sized from baby to child. Superwash Malabrigo yarns are a perfect choice for kids’ knits that are soft, squishy, and washable.
Aureate Hat and Scarf in Mecha, Mostaza Aureate Hat and Scarf in Mecha, Mostaza
Detail of Aureate Scarf Detail of Aureate Scarf
Aureate Mittens Aureate Mittens
  You can see each pattern on Ravelry by clicking the picture, or see the whole collection here. You can also browse our past MFPP collections here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Alternate, Basal and Cauline by Bunnymuff

This entry was posted on 5th January, 2015 .
Time to kick off another year of MFPPs with this beautiful collection by Bunnymuff/Mona:
Avignon Shawl in Silkpaca, in Sunset Avignon Shawl in Silkpaca, in Sunset 
Castalia Poncho in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive Castalia Poncho in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive
Mona says:
There are three types of biomimicry - one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem's level, like building a nature-inspired city. - Janine Benyus We find comfort and continue to yearn for a connection with other species. For many of us, flora inspires us to knit. We enjoy the feeling of leaves and flowers knitted into the materials that decorate and keep us warm. This is a compilation of knitting patterns exploring our need for biomimicry.
Taiga Shawl in Sock, Impressionist Sky Taiga Shawl in Sock, Impressionist Sky
Parvifolia Cowl in Silkpaca, Sunset Parvifolia Cowl in Silkpaca, Sunset
Cool concept and beautiful execution! You can find the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click each photo to go to the individual patterns. You can also browse our past MFPP collections here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: North Sea by Amanda Bell

This entry was posted on 20th December, 2014 .
cover with text Looking at this beautiful Scandinavian-inspired collection by Amanda Bell, I'm suddenly feeling better about all the cold dark days ahead. After all, that is when wool shines brightest! So just in time for the solstice, here are some wintery knits to warm your bones:
Hellisey Hellisey, in Chunky. Colorways Pearl Ten, Polar Morn, Continental, and Apple Green.
Arctic Cottongrass Arctic Cottongrass in Rios. Adult hat shown in Jupiter and Sandbank, child hat shown in Sunset and Paris Night.
Amanda says:
North Sea is a collection of patterns loosely inspired by the knitting traditions of the Scandinavian region, and named for flora, fauna, and geographical features of the area. The collection includes two accessory patterns: a small, textured shawl with practical, Faroese-style shaping, and a hat sized for babies through adults with a Norwegian-inspired colorwork snowflake motif (and a Latvian braid detail - remember: loosely inspired). Then there are three sweater patterns: both a kids’ and women’s version of a riff on the iconic circular-yoked Icelandic Lopapeysa sweater, as well as a fitted, steeked women’s cardigan with a cozy shawl collar and a simple, stranded zigzag motif that can be found in colorwork patterns throughout the region. The patterns are knit in a range of Malabrigo bases: a variegated colorway of luxurious Silky Merino is a perfect match for a slipped-stitch pattern in the shawl, ultra-comfy Merino Worsted in strongly contrasting semisolids for the cardigan lets the colorwork shine, Chunky gets the snuggly, relaxed yoked pullovers done in short order, and Rios makes a durable, soft, and warm hat for kids and adults alike.
Brandur Brandur in Chunky, in Cypress, Emerald, and Apple Green.
Capercaillie Capercaillie in Silky Merino, colorway Zarzamora.
Marsh Marigold Marsh Marigold in Merino Worsted, colorways Blue Graphite, Verde Adriana, and Frank Ochre.
Beautiful- such fantastic detailing! You can find the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click each photo to go to the individual patterns. You can also browse our past MFPP collections here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: Shieldmaiden Knits by Larissa Brown

This entry was posted on 2nd November, 2014 .
This is not designer Larissa Brown's first Viking-centric creative endeavor, but it certainly is the coziest! Welcome winter with some chunky knits inspired by those famous (infamous?) northerners:
Gull in Rasta, in Sunset Gull in Rasta, in Sunset
Gull Warmers in Rios, in Sunset Gull Warmers in Rios, in Sunset
Whale Road in Gruesa, in Plata Whale Road in Gruesa, in Plata
Frost Bonnet in Rasta, in Plomo Frost Bonnet in Rasta, in Plomo
Larissa says:
Vikings were poets and artists. Their woodwork, carvings, bracelets and intricate needle cases and combs all suggest a great passion for design. Their words and sagas show a love of bold gestures. The pieces in this collection take the gorgeous colors and textures of Malabrigo yarns, and use simple shapes and easy lace to bring about dramatic results. These are not historically accurate designs, but instead are modern pieces inspired by my research into Viking Age life.
Svala in Rasta, in Plomo Svala in Rasta, in Plomo
Shieldmaiden Gauntlets in Mecha, Hojas Shieldmaiden Gauntlets in Mecha, Hojas
Shieldmaiden Shrug in Gruesa, Amber Gold Shieldmaiden Shrug in Gruesa, Amber Gold
Absolutely stunning work! Click on each photo to visit the pattern on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here.  Or you can check out previous MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: Knitter's Apothecary Collection by Sara Gresbach

This entry was posted on 2nd October, 2014 .
  Knitter's Apothecary Collection Cover Image   Our first MFPP of October feels just right for the steadily crispening days (at least here in the midwest!) Pumpkin Spice? Naw, forget that: Yarny Spice. (BTW, that's totally my Spice Girls name.) [caption id="attachment_4984" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Comfrey in Mecha Arapey Comfrey in Mecha, Arapey[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4986" align="aligncenter" width="334"]Zested in Sock, Terracotta Zested in Sock, Terracotta[/caption] From the designer:
"Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavour." -William Cowper Just as everyday life is made brighter and more vibrant with a little flavor, whether it be some cinnamon in your coffee or a little extra kick in your evening meal, your knitting is made better with a little variety, or spice, as well. This collection was inspired by the more "earthy" tones in Malabrigo's lineup and grew into an eclectic little collection named for a variety of herbs, spices and natural remedies. If you are at all like me, then knitting itself is a remedy.
  [caption id="attachment_4987" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Ceylon in Silky Merino, Tatami Ceylon in Silky Merino, Tatami[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4988" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Valerian in Silky Merino, Lettuce Valerian in Silky Merino, Lettuce[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4989" align="aligncenter" width="333"]Rocoto in Sock, Botticelli Red Rocoto in Sock, Botticelli Red[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4990" align="aligncenter" width="333"]Ginger Root in Silky Merino, Tatami Ginger Root in Silky Merino, Tatami[/caption] So stunning! You can check out the patterns on Ravelry by clicking each photo, or see the whole collection here. (Or you can check out past MFPPs here!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: What the Heart Wants by Justyna Lorkowska

This entry was posted on 23rd September, 2014 .
teaser_20092014_348 There's no denying it anymore: fall is here. And what better way to kick off the season than with some lovely sweaters (and a shawl) from Justyna Lorkowska?
Fickle Heart in Rios, English Rose. Fickle Heart in Rios, English Rose. 
Breaking the Waves in Sock, Tiziano Red Breaking the Waves in Sock, Tiziano Red
From the designer:
“The Heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care” ? Emily Dickinson As women we possess a wealth of talents and abilities, we assume an incalculable number of responsibilities - some voluntary, some not – and we experience an indescribable range of emotions and moods. We're capable of anything…as long as our hearts are in it. Some may call us fickle, others may see indecisiveness, but all the while we're merely following our hearts. This collection has been created for all women who, like me, follow their hearts in everything they do.
Behind my Back in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive Behind my Back in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive
Old Loves, New Flames in Sock, Lettuce and Violeta Africana Old Loves, New Flames in Sock, Lettuce and Violeta Africana
I'll tell ya one thing- my heart definitely wants that pink sweater. Such exquisite detail! You can check out the full collection on Ravelry here, or click the photos to go through to the specific pattern (the cover photo will take you to the special website set up just for this collection.) Or you can browse past MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Berlin-Wrapped in Red

This entry was posted on 13th August, 2014 .
When it rains, it pours, they say, and today we've got another MFPP! This collection, "Berlin-Wrapped in Red", is the product of six different designers from Yarn Over Berlin.
Monbijou by Julie Cunningham, in Rastita-Cereza colorway. Monbijou by Julie Cunningham, in Rastita-Cereza colorway.
Spandau by Marion Bulin in Silky Merino- Raspberry Spandau by Marion Bulin in Silky Merino- Raspberry
 
Spree Shrug by Kimberly Gintar in Sock- Tiziano Red Spree Shrug by Kimberly Gintar in Sock- Tiziano Red
The designers say:
The eBook “Berlin - Wrapped in Red” is the result of a collaboration between Steffi Palm & Marion Bulin, owners of Yarn over Berlin, and their fabulous and creative friends. It features several Malabrigo yarns used for ten red patterns named after Berlin´s districts, rivers or sights.
 
Tegel by Marion Bulin in Arroyo- English Rose. Tegel by Marion Bulin in Arroyo- English Rose.
Pfaueninsel by Stefanie Palm in Rios- Jupiter. Pfaueninsel by Stefanie Palm in Rios- Jupiter.
Berlin Wall- East meets West by Stefanie Palm in Worsted- Fucsia and Tigerlily. Berlin Wall- East meets West by Stefanie Palm in Worsted- Fucsia and Tigerlily.
Havel by Marion Bulin in Mecha- Cereza.
Berlin Mitte by Claudia Eisenkolb in Sock- Tiziano Red. Berlin Mitte by Claudia Eisenkolb in Sock- Tiziano Red.
  Gorgeous designs and such a lovely palette! You can see the patterns on Ravelry by clicking the photos above, or see the whole collection here. You can also browse all of our MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Socks for Spies by Katherine Vaughan

This entry was posted on 8th August, 2014 .
What a fun collection we have for you this month- six sock patterns inspired by cryptography (the study of codes, that is) by Katherine Vaughan!
Short Wave Socks in Arroyo, Archangel Short Wave Socks in Arroyo, Archangel
Locks and Keys Socks in Sock, Ochre and Indiecita Locks and Keys Socks in Sock, Ochre and Indiecita
Encode Socks in Sock, Dewberry Encode Socks in Sock, Dewberry
Katherine says:
I’ve always loved stories about spies and spycraft. From a young age I was able to sing most of the Bond movie themes, and as a 12 year old I created my own cyphertext “code” that used symbols to replace letters. So you can imagine that a recent trip with my daughter to the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., coupled with reading The Code Book about spycraft and codebreaking, really piqued my lifelong interest in all things secret. This collection let me explore keys and locks, coding and decoding, dead drops, field communication, and my favorite keepers of secrets—archivists. The six socks in this set run the gamut of weights, techniques, and constructions to keep you - literally! - on your toes.
Decode Socks in Sock, Lotus Decode Socks in Sock, Lotus
What the Librarian Knew Slippers in Rios, Ivy What the Librarian Knew Slippers in Rios, Ivy
Rock on the Bridge socks in Arroyo, Plomo Rock on the Bridge socks in Arroyo, Plomo
You can unravel these mysteries (or, wait, no, the opposite of unravel!) over on Ravelry, here. Want more MFPP goodness? You can also browse all of our MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Blue Waves by Muriela

This entry was posted on 15th July, 2014 .
It may be winter down in Uruguay (though weather.com tells me it's awfully mild at the moment!) but for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is well underway! A fine time for this beachy collection from Muriela:
Uhaina in Silky Merino, in Indiecita Uhaina in Silky Merino, in Indiecita
Nerea in Arroyo, English Rose Nerea in Arroyo, English Rose
Muriel says:
I am very fortunate to live beside the sea, in the Basque Country in the south west of France. The bright blue of the sea and its waves, which are sometimes less calm than they first appear, inspired me to design this collection around that theme. A unisex slouch hat, Aloe, is blue like the sea in the magnificent Rios Bobby Blue: knit seamlessly in the round and modeled by my son, Clément. Aia is a simple shawl with alternating garter stitch and stockinette bands and a wave pattern border: the version in Silky Merino is modeled by Saioa, that in Rios by Manon. You will also find this wave pattern in the short sleeved pullover, Uhaina, as modeled by Manon, designed to be worn next to the skin in oh so soft Silky Merino with delicate lace detail on the sleeves and sides. On my daughter Anuhea’s sweater top (Nerea) a different, yet still easy to knit, wave pattern and the tones in Arroyo creating a unique result every time.
Aloe in Rios, Bobby Blue Aloe in Rios, Bobby Blue
Aia in Silky Merino, Indiecita Aia in Silky Merino, Indiecita
Aia in Rios, Bobby Blue and Sand Bank Aia in Rios, Bobby Blue and Sand Bank
Oh to be knitting on a French beach right now! You can see the full Blue Waves collection on Ravelry here, or click the individual photos to go straight to the pattern pages. You can also browse our past MFPP’s here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Attack from Outer Space by Annie Watts

This entry was posted on 1st May, 2014 .
What a super fun collection we have for you today, from the talented Annie Watts! Attack From Outer Space B v1 smaller  
Rayguns, in Sock. Blue version is Impressionist Sky, Light of Love, and Ochre. Purple version is Violeta Africana, Ochre, and Light of Love. Rayguns, in Sock. Blue version is Impressionist Sky, Light of Love, and Ochre. Purple version is Violeta Africana, Ochre, and Light of Love.
Metal Man Mittens in Chunky, Polar Morn. Metal Man Mittens in Chunky, Polar Morn.
Annie says:
Attack from Outer Space! The ebook has all your space necessities: rayguns, rockets, space helmets, and alien robots! This four pattern set is an homage to the sci-fi movies of the 50s and 60s. Drawing from classics spanning from The Day the Earth Stood Still to Barbarella, there's a little something for every sci-fi fan here. Rayguns are comfortable three-fingered gloves with the image of the rayguns on both sides. Metal Man Mittens have a unique construction with the gusset and thumb worked last. The Ignition legwarmers are worked bottom up with slight shaping and a generous top cuff. Noble Hero is a snug but comfortable balaclava with a fun cushy collar.
Ignition in Rios, Natural and Paris Night. Ignition in Rios, Natural and Paris Night.
Noble Hero in Twist. Version on left is Tuareg and Zinc. Version on right is Sunset an Tuareg. Noble Hero in Twist. Version on left is Tuareg and Zinc. Version on right is Sunset an Tuareg.
I can't resist good kitsch! And how about that rubber wig? Hehe. You can see the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click the individual photos to go straight to the pattern pages. You can also browse our past MFPP’s here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Almonds and Stripes by Atelier Alfa

This entry was posted on 30th April, 2014 .
Layout 1   Anne of Atelier Alfa has put together a fascinating collection of garments for us this month, all based around a particular "almond" motif. Let's have a closer look...
Almond Pullover in Rios, colorway Glitter. Almond Pullover in Rios, colorway Glitter. 
Almond Tee in Arroyo, in Volcan and Reflecting Pool. Almond Tee in Arroyo, in Volcan and Reflecting Pool.
Almonds and Stripes Cardigan in Arroyo, in Azules and Marte. Almonds and Stripes Cardigan in Arroyo, in Azules and Marte.
Almonds in Space in Sock, in Impressionist Sky and Candombe. Almonds in Space in Sock, in Impressionist Sky and Candombe.
Very cool! You can see the whole collection here, or click the individual photos to go directly to the pattern page. Anne used lots of testers, so be sure to check out the projects for some great eye candy! You can also browse all of our MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Field Journal by Meghan Jackson

This entry was posted on 17th April, 2014 .
Field Journal Meghan Jackson ebook cover   I am just loving today's mushroom-inspired collection by Meghan Jackson! Let's dive on in, shall we?  
Bracket Form in Malabrigo Sock, in Ochre Bracket Form in Malabrigo Sock, in Ochre
Foraging in Arroyo, colorway Sandbank Foraging in Arroyo, colorway Sandbank
Meghan says:
Field Journal is a knitwear collection that includes a cardigan, two shawls, a cowl, and wristlets inspired by mushrooms, both in nature and folklore. Modern details mean the projects are simple enough to bring on a hike in your backpack if you have a few minutes to knit, yet sophisticated enough to wear anywhere. Lightweight Malabrigo yarns in vibrant earthy colours are featured prominently in garter, broken rib, eyelets, and other uncomplicated stitches. I hope you enjoy knitting these five nature sketches: Foraging A comfortable shawl-front cardigan that’s perfect for nature walks. Knit in one piece with slim ¾ sleeves and casual lace details. Knit in Malabrigo Arroyo in Sand Bank. Gill The clean organic lines of mushroom gills create a subtle modern shawl. Knit in Malabrigo Sock in Natural. Mycelium Luxury yarn and simple stitches become pretty retro wristlets with a little bit of cross stitch. Knit in Malabrigo Silkpaca in Ravelry Red with embellishments in Malabrigo Lace. Spore print A mushroom cap knit with the simplest of stitches and shaping makes a striking wear anywhere cowl. Knit in Malabrigo Arroyo in Volcan. Bracket form Bracket form mushrooms are reflected in a swirly bias-knit garter stitch shawl. Knit in Malabrigo Sock in Ochre.
Spore Print in Arroyo, Volcan Spore Print in Arroyo, Volcan
Gill Pattern in Sock, Natural Gill in Sock, Natural
Mycelium in Silkpaca in Ravelry Red, with accents in various colors of Lace Mycelium in Silkpaca in Ravelry Red, with accents in various colors of Lace
  Gorgeous collection- just goes to show that wonderful knitting inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places! You can see the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click the individual pictures to go to each pattern’s page. You can also browse our past MFPP’s here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: A la French #3: Golden by Emilie Berger

This entry was posted on 25th March, 2014 .
This month's MFPP by Emilie Berger focuses on some of my favorite Malabrigo colorways- the golds! Specifically Glitter and Laguna Negra. Mmmmdelightful!
Blankie Wrap in Arroyo, Glitter and Natural Blankie Wrap in Arroyo, Glitter and Natural
 
The Clutch, in Rasta Laguna Negra The Clutch, in Rasta Laguna Negra
Emilie says:
The collection is called "golden" and I got inspired by the golden evening light of Florida where I have moved a year ago. Everything turns to yellows and oranges, and it is just so pretty ! It is also a pun, because I feel so "golden", so lucky to have moved here and to be in a great space in my life right now and to be so happy in my personal life. It is also an attempt to show people that we are all lucky in one way or another, that you have to choose to see things and life from a positive perspective :) The collection is composed of 3 pieces: - a very versatile shawl, that you can also use as a scarf, wrap, and even little blanket to put on your cold feet or to cover a baby - a clutch because you always need a trendy knitted accessory in life, right ? - a headband because they always save the day and make you look chic even though you're having a bad hair day.
Good Hair Day in Mecha, Glitter Good Hair Day in Mecha, Glitter
DSCN0686   You can see the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click the individual pictures to go to each pattern's page. You can also browse our past MFPP's here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

A Rural Idyll: MFPP x Army Of Knitters!

This entry was posted on 18th January, 2014 .
We teamed up with Heather Dixon to make the Winter 13/14 Army of Knitters collection an all-Malabrigo production! Now that all the patterns have been released, let's have a looksee!  
Foxhill Wood Cardi and Thurlby Lane Beanie in Merino Worsted, in Frank Ochre Foxhill Wood Cardi and Thurlby Lane Beanie in Merino Worsted, in Frank Ochre
Mill Hill Spinney dress in Silky Merino, Natural Mill Hill Spinney dress in Silky Merino, Natural
Old Blackberry Wood Beret in Rasta, Stitch Red Old Blackberry Wood Beret in Rasta, Stitch Red
Sheep Spinney Cowl, in Rasta, Stitch Red Sheep Spinney Cowl, in Rasta, Stitch Red
Wynnstay Wood Skirt in Rastita, Solis Wynnstay Wood Skirt in Rastita, Solis
Lovely stuff- and plenty of my beloved Frank Ochre ;-) You can see the full collection on Ravelry here, or browse our past MFPP's here!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Classics by Amy Miller

This entry was posted on 15th January, 2014 .
Classics - MFPP Starting off 2014's MFPP ebooks with a pow, we've got Amy Miller's new delightfully wearable collection, "Classics"!
"Earl" in Merino Worsted, in Pale Khaki
 
"Frank" in Merino Worsted, in Pigeon
Amy describes her collection as:
A showcase of Malabrigo Merino Worsted — 3 sweaters and 2 accessory sets sure to keep you knitting and warm winter after winter. Every winter I find myself looking for an oversized sweater to wrap myself up in — this is how Earl was born. Long sleeves, overlapping fronts and a huge shawl collar- a sweater to live in. Harrison is a seed stitch front and a large cowl put a simple, modern twist on a classic pullover. Francis is a simple and stylish sweater dress with twisted stitches to add just the right amount of flair to what will surely be a wardrobe staple. Frank is an easy, soothing set to welcome in the winter. It's simple enough to knit with friends and so cute and fresh you’ll want more than one color. And finally, Hilda uses doubled-up Merino Worsted for a quick set, while the simple cables keep it fun and interesting. Sure to be a winter classic!
"Harrison" in Merino Worsted, in Rattan
 
"Hilda" in Merino Worsted, in Polar Morn
 
"Francis" in Merino Worsted, in Chapel Stone
  So lovely! As I told Amy when she first sent me the pictures, I would wear each and every one of these, happily and constantly! All of them have that lovely "cozy thing that I can just throw on and wear anywhere" quality- which of course is what makes them Classics ;-) You can see the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click the individual pictures to go to each pattern's page. You can also browse our past MFPP's here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: North by Vivian Aubrey and Sorren Kerr

This entry was posted on 19th December, 2013 .
NorthCover   Celebrate winter with this darling collection from designers Vivian Aubrey and Sorren Kerr- it is pretty much guaranteed to charm your socks right off.
Anders by Sorren Kerr in Arroyo in Jupiter and Natural. Anders by Sorren Kerr in Arroyo in Jupiter and Natural.
Anders by Sorren Kerr in Arroyo in Jupiter, Coffee Toffee, Reflecting Pool, Regatta Blue, and Natural. Anders by Sorren Kerr in Arroyo in Jupiter, Coffee Toffee, Reflecting Pool, Regatta Blue, and Natural.
Anikka by Vivian Aubrey in Rios, in Ravelry Red, Natural, Glazed Carrot, and Sunset (Dress) Anikka by Vivian Aubrey in Rios, in Ravelry Red, Natural, Glazed Carrot, and Sunset
Anikka by Vivian Aubrey in Rios, in Ravelry Red, Natural, Glazed Carrot, Sunset, Teal Feather, and Azul Profundo. Anikka by Vivian Aubrey in Rios, in Ravelry Red, Natural, Glazed Carrot, Sunset, Teal Feather, and Azul Profundo.
  Vivian says:
I wanted to make pretty little practical things that were simple yet also strongly reminiscent of the Nordic knitting tradition. Children's clothes, especially, seem like a natural fit for the motifs and colors found throughout the North, so I set out to make things I would want to dress my own children in. I also tried to think of another knitter who perhaps just needed that extra gentle nudge to get into publishing, and Sorren is one of the most brilliant and imaginative knitters I know, I am so glad I could twist her arm to join me!  
Eivor by Sorren Kerr in ???? and Natural Eivor by Sorren Kerr in Ravelry Red and Natural
  And Sorren added:
I felt so honored when Vivian asked me to be apart of this project. When I found out the theme would be Nordic-inspired pixieish colorwork, my mind went right to my own Scandinavian heritage, dreams of Swedish winters, and celebrating St. Lucia day with my family every year. We don't get a lot of snow in Portland, but that won't stop me from dreaming of snow. My son who turned 2 this year inspires me every day, and I wanted to create pieces that were classic and would suit both our little men, and our little women.
 
Kirsa by Vivian Aubrey in Rastita, in Cereza, Aguas, Mostaza, Plomo, and Volcan (various combinations). Kirsa by Vivian Aubrey in Rastita, in Cereza, Aguas, Mostaza, Plomo, and Volcan (various combinations).
Lucia by Sorren Kerr, in Rios in Natural, Lettuce, Ravelry Red and Teal Feather. Lucia by Sorren Kerr, in Rios in Natural, Lettuce, Ravelry Red and Teal Feather.
Tovi by Vivian Aubrey in Rios in Sand Bank, Sunset, Glazed Carrot and Ravely Red. Tovi by Vivian Aubrey in Rios in Sand Bank, Sunset, Glazed Carrot and Ravely Red.
  So. Stunning. You can see the full collection (and all the variously sized and colored samples) on Ravelry here! You can also browse past MFPPs on our Ravelry page.   That's it for this year's releases- We'll see you on the other side of the holidays (may they be wonderful for all of you!)   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: Poinsettia Proliferation by Regina Rioux

This entry was posted on 4th December, 2013 .
December is here! And this month's MFPP ebook by Regina Rioux celebrates one of winter's most popular flowers, the poinsettia!   Poinsettia Proliferation Book Cover  
Poinsettia shawl in Merino Worsted, in Vermillion, Verde Adriana, and Sauterne. Poinsettia shawl in Merino Worsted, in Vermillion, Verde Adriana, and Sauterne.
Regina says:
The patterns in Poinsettia Proliferation pay homage to one of my favorite flowers, the poinsettia. I see one of those red beauties and I am instantly transported to December, a time of year where we celebrate our family and friends, take time to share a meal or two with our loved ones, swap stories and laughter and talk about what the future has in store. It is also a time where we decorate our homes with touches of the season, bake amazing confections, sing along to Christmas carols we learned as children and bathe in the glow of Christmas lights as we travel around our cities and towns after the sun has set. It is just such a magical time of year and all I have to do is glance at a poinsettia flower and I’m there.
Poinsettia Table Runner in Merino Worsted, in Vermillion, Natural, Verde Adriana, and Sauterne. Poinsettia Table Runner in Merino Worsted, in Vermillion, Natural, Verde Adriana, and Sauterne.
So, in honor of that big red lovely and all of the December festivities I have designed a group of Tunisian and traditional crochet patterns to help you celebrate the season. Within the following pages you will find patterns to make a 70’s inspired poinsettia motif shawl, fringe and all, a lovely 50’s style hostess apron emblazoned with a brilliant poinsettia pocket, companion oven mitts with poinsettia appliques and a lovely poinsettia table runner that is sure to remind you of many holiday dinners past. All of these items were designed using Malabrigo Worsted, which means sumptuous color and a beautifully soft hand. Get your hooks ready and have some holiday inspired fun!
Poinsettia Apron (shown with oven mitts) in Merino Worsted, in Verde Adriana, Vermillion, Sauterne, and Apple Green Poinsettia Apron (shown with oven mitts) in Merino Worsted, in Verde Adriana, Vermillion, Sauterne, and Apple Green
 
Poinsettia Oven Mitts in Merino Worsted, Verde Adriana, Vermillion, and Sauterne. Poinsettia Oven Mitts in Merino Worsted, Verde Adriana, Vermillion, and Sauterne.
  So fun and festive! And of course, if you're not into poinsettias, simply change up the colors to celebrate your favorite flower (I think daisies or black-eyed-Susans would work wonderfully for spring!) You can see each pattern on Ravelry by clicking the photo, or go to the whole collection here! You can also browse past MFPPs on our Ravelry page.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: Coloring Book by Lee Meredith

This entry was posted on 19th November, 2013 .
BookCover   Holy Merino! Let me tell you something about designer Lee Meredith, for those who are unfamiliar with her work: she does nothing halfway! There are always multiple samples, multiple variations you can choose to make or gauges you can use. And in the case of this MFPP, there's even an ebook inside an ebook! This collection clocks in at 11 distinct patterns plus a recipe for customizing your own accessories, making it the largest MFPP EVER! Whee!!! Let's have a peek:  
Pigment, in Arroyo in Sandbank, Glitter, Arco Iris, Fresco y Seco, and Piedras. ALSO in Chunky, in Pearl Ten, Cactus Flower, Glazed Carrot, Bobby Blue, Frank Ochre, and Water Green. Pigment, in Arroyo in Sandbank, Glitter, Arco Iris, Fresco y Seco, and Piedras. ALSO in Chunky, in Pearl Ten, Cactus Flower, Glazed Carrot, Bobby Blue, Frank Ochre, and Water Green.
 
misanga Misanga in Seleccion Privada in Code Base G
  Lee says:
With this book, you’ll use techniques to help your colorful projects go more smoothly, so that you can knit hats, shawls, scarves, cowls, headbands, mitts, and blankets which will really show off those colors, while keeping the back sides neat, and ending up with much less finishing work than you might expect! No projects in this collection use stranded knitting or intarsia - you’ll only ever use one yarn within a row of knitting. There is also little to no seaming (a small seam on the hat, and an optional seam in the Color by Number projects), and everything is worked modularly.
 
Scribbled Lines Scarf in Rios, in Ravelry Red, Glazed Carrot, Sunset, Lettuce, Teal Feather, and Niebla Scribbled Lines Scarf in Rios, in Ravelry Red, Glazed Carrot,
Sunset, Lettuce, Teal Feather, and Niebla
 
While these patterns are obviously great for using up leftovers, they are also a fun reason to pick out a pile of beautiful coordinating yarns of the same type, and make several different luxurious items! The sample items throughout this book were all made from the same pile of Malabrigo yarns, with skeins often being stretched between three different items. (The only exception to this is the Misanga hat, which is made from one single skein of variegated yarn.)  
Scribbled Lines Headband in Arroyo in Sand Bank, Glitter, Arco Iris, Fresco y Seco, and Piedras Scribbled Lines Headband in Arroyo in Sand Bank, Glitter, Arco Iris, Fresco y Seco, and Piedras
  (And now we get into the Color by Number series, which is sold as its own mini-collection as well as within the larger ebook!)
Color by Number Zig-Zag Mitts in Arroyo, in Sand Bank, Glitter, Arco Iris, Fresco y Seco, and Piedras Color by Number Zig-Zag Mitts in Arroyo, in Sand Bank, Glitter, Arco Iris, and Piedras
 
Color by Number Chevron Cowl in Chunky, in Pearl Ten, Cactus Flower, Glazed Carrot, Bobby Blue, Frank Ochre, and Water Green Color by Number Chevron Cowl in Chunky, in Pearl Ten, Glazed Carrot, Bobby Blue, Frank Ochre, and Water Green
 
Color by Number Checkered Headband in Rios, in Lettuce, Glazed Carrot, and Teal Feather Color by Number Checkered Headband in Rios, in Lettuce, Glazed Carrot, and Teal Feather
 
Color by Number Stash-Busting Blanket in a mixture of Twist, Merino Worsted, and Chunky, in colorways Pearl Ten, Lettuce, Sealing Wax, Dusty, Natural, Teal Feather, Cadmium, Coco, Cactus Flower, Verde Esperanza, Sunset, Tuareg, and Frank Ochre Color by Number Stash-Busting Blanket in a mixture of Twist, Merino Worsted, and Chunky, in colorways Pearl Ten, Lettuce, Sealing Wax, Dusty, Natural, Teal Feather, Cadmium, Coco, Cactus Flower, Verde Esperanza, Sunset, Tuareg, and Frank Ochre
 
Color by Number Lightning Headband in Chunky, in Glazed Carrot, Water Green, and Bobby Blue Color by Number Lightning Headband in Chunky, in Glazed Carrot, Water Green, and Bobby Blue
 
Color by Number Plaid Cowl in Twist, in Sunset, Lettuce, Teal Feather, Sealing Wax, and Natural Color by Number Plaid Cowl in Twist, in Sunset, Lettuce, Teal Feather, Sealing Wax, and Natural
 
Color by Number Stripy Mitts in Primavera, Persia, Ochre, Terracota, and Ivy. Color by Number Stripy Mitts in Primavera, Persia, Ochre, Terracota, and Ivy.
  If you're like me and up to your eyeballs in Malabrigo leftovers, you're probably already rejoicing- but with Lee's clever "use the same yarn for multiple projects" scheme, this book would be a GREAT way to knock a bunch of holiday gifts out of the same few skeins of yarn! You can check out each pattern by clicking the photo or see the full (50 page!!) collection on Ravelry here! You can also browse past MFPPs on our Ravelry page!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

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MFPP: Malabrigo Halloween by Stacey Trock

This entry was posted on 2nd October, 2013 .
My very favorite holiday is nigh- as far as I'm concerned, Halloween starts on October 1st, and what better way to kick off the festivities than this charming collection by Stacey Trock? If you get those hook's a-flyin' you've still got time to make yourself a costume! malabrigo cover
Witchy (Leg)-Warmers in Merino Worsted, in Apple Green and Jacinto Witchy (Leg)-Warmers in Merino Worsted, in Apple Green and Jacinto
 
Goblin Fingers Shawl in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive Goblin Fingers Shawl in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive
Stacey says:
I hope you enjoy this fun collection of Halloweeen-themed patterns in one of the yummiest yarns around... Malabrigo! This book contains a cowl, legwarmers, a shawl and hat: items that, in my opinion, are crucial for a successful autumn. Oh, yeah, and a monster pillow... just because I thought it was fun! I’m pretty sure you’ll love these patterns so much, that you’ll sneak them into your life all year long!
 
Witch Hat in Chunky, Black and Jacinto Witch Hat in Chunky, Black and Jacinto
 
Clown Cowl in Rasta, Arco Iris Clown Cowl in Rasta, Arco Iris
 
Monster Pillow in Merino Worsted, in Molly and Frank Ochre (w/ Natural and Black detail) Monster Pillow in Merino Worsted, in Molly and Frank Ochre (w/ Natural eyes)
  (The monster pillow! OMG! Can't even handle it.) Click the photos to go to each pattern, or check out the whole collection here. You can also browse past MFPPs on our Ravelry page!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above! - Alex

MFPP: Yarn Play by Katya Frankel

This entry was posted on 3rd September, 2013 .
yarn play cover-1 Our MFPP for September will send you back to school in style- introducing Katya Frankel's "Yarn Play"!  
Causal Nexus in Sock, in Eggplant and Ochre Causal Nexus in Sock, in Eggplant and Ochre
Cherrystone in Twist, in Zinc Cherrystone in Twist, in Zinc
  Katya says:
September has always felt like the beginning of a new year to me. The light gets softer, the leaves start to turn, and families get ready for a new school year. This time of year is exciting: the season for cosy knits is here! I begin to long for crisp air, I bring out my hats and scarves, and I start to plan what I am going to knit next for my autumn wardrobe. And this autumn I want to share my own collection of cosy knits: The Yarn Play Collection.  
Apple River in Lace, Applewood. Apple River in Lace, Applewood
Prim Cardigan in Arroyo, in Coffee Toffee Prim Cardigan in Arroyo, in Coffee Toffee
Waterspout in Merino Worsted, in Pigeon Waterspout in Merino Worsted, in Pigeon
Locus Vest in Silky Merino, in Burgundy Locus Vest in Silky Merino, in Burgundy
Hinged in Merino Worsted, in Polvoriento Hinged in Merino Worsted, in Polvoriento
  These gorgeous neutral and fun stitch details speak straight to my heart- I love love love this collection! Click the photos to go to each individual pattern, or check out the whole thing here. You can also browse past MFPPs on our Ravelry page.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above! - Alex

MFPP: Ars Antiqua by Danielle Kassner

This entry was posted on 15th August, 2013 .
DSC_0446   We've got a second MFPP collection this month, this one crocheted by the amazing Danielle Kassner.  
Santa Maria del Pí in Arroyo Santa Maria del Pí in Arroyo
Santa Maria del Mar in Merino Worsted Santa Maria del Mar in Merino Worsted
  Danielle excels at combining many colors into elaborate crochet jacquard designs that resemble stained glass. Given that, we knew she'd be able to produce some beautiful designs based on Gothic cathedrals and architecture- and she absolutely did!  
Camino de Santiago in Twist Camino de Santiago in Twist
 
Compostela in Sock Compostela in Sock
So beautiful! Click the pictures to see the individual patterns on Ravelry, or see the whole collection here. (And keep an eye out- there are rumors of a fifth piece to be added later!) You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above! - Alex  

MFPP: The Vagabond's Closet by Holly Priestley

This entry was posted on 7th August, 2013 .
20130717-IMG_5897 - title mock up   August's collection by Holly Priestley is somehow romantic and whimsical yet down to earth at the same time. The combinations of colors and textures are unexpected, but somehow perfect!   [caption id="attachment_3947" align="aligncenter" width="334"]Transient Tunic in Rios, in Pearl Ten Transient Tunic in Rios, in Pearl Ten[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3948" align="aligncenter" width="334"]Wayfaring Vest in Twist, in Natural, Manzanilla Olive, Azul Profundo, Sunset, and Burgundy Wayfaring Vest in Twist, in Natural, Manzanilla Olive, Azul Profundo, Sunset, and Burgundy[/caption]   Adapted from Holly's blog:
The Vagabond’s Closet is a 5 piece collection that features knit articles and accessories that, whether worn together or separately, are sure to complement your nomadic lifestyle. Showing off a variety of Malabrigo’s absolutely gorgeous yarns, the assortment ranges in yarn weights, colors used, techniques explored and difficulty levels. Among the items you’ll find the Wayfaring Vest, a circle vest that starts from the center of the back and is worked out with a stranded colorwork star motif and a combination of simple colorwork and textural interest. The Transient Tunic is modifiable in length and the fabric has a generous amount of give so any of the 4 sizes should fit most adult women! The geometric detail in the waistband is where it’s all started, with stitches picked up for the top and skirt later. The Tattered So Chic Mitts feature a simple shape and texture with visually interesting dropped stitch details – each mitt has a different make-up so even though it seems like you’re knitting plain stockinette the end results are stunning! The length allows the mitts to run all the way from your knuckles to your upper arms, but they look just as chic slouched down below your elbows. With chunky yarn, the Nomadic Nights Slouch is a super quick knit. The colorwork and textural interest make it fun to work on and the interesting construction and shape make it totally unique! And finally, the Wrapping Up the Journey Skirt is a one-size fits most, wrap-style skirt, this one is elevated with the gorgeous color combinations found only in Malabrigo’s yarns. Make it longer by knitting the panels longer, adding more panels or colors; wear it over jeans, leggings or bare legs – it’s perfect for all seasons!  
[caption id="attachment_3949" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Nomadic Nights Slouch in Chunky, in Rhodesian, Pearl Ten, and Lettuce Nomadic Nights Slouch in Chunky, in Rhodesian, Pearl Ten, and Lettuce[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3950" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Tattered So Chic Mitts in Sock, Natural Tattered So Chic Mitts in Sock, Natural[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3946" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Wrapping Up the Journey Skirt in Arroyo, in Archangel, VAA, Glitter, and Natural Wrapping Up the Journey Skirt in Arroyo, in Archangel, VAA, Glitter, and Natural[/caption]   What a stunning collection, Holly! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or peruse the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above! - Alex  

MFPP: Married to the Sea by Leah Coccari-Swift

This entry was posted on 2nd July, 2013 .
MFPP Cover Page2   Ahh, the sea! This month's MFPP takes you underwater with Ruby Submarine aka Leah Coccari-Swift (pun totally intended.) Let's dive in, shall we?*  
Dolman Tunic Pullover in Rios, colorways Indiecita, Aguas, and Azules Dolman Tunic Pullover in Rios, colorways Indiecita, Aguas, and Azules
 
Dolman Tunic Pullover in Rios, colorways Natural and Paris Night Dolman Tunic Pullover in Rios, colorways Natural and Paris Night
 
OctoShawl in Lace, colorways Cinnabar, Glazed Carrot, and Tiger Lily OctoShawl in Lace, colorways Cinnabar, Glazed Carrot, and Tiger Lily
  Leah says:
This collection is inspired by the sea, and those who seek the horizon. Good layering pieces for fickle beach weather in a variety of colors, textures and fabric types. From the diaphanous and floaty Octo Shawl in Malabrigo Lace (inspired by the translucent mantle of a vampire squid) to the bold and chunky openwork Tidal Cowl in Gruesa, it was truly fun creating these 5 patterns. This includes my first sweater and pillowcover patterns along with a few accessories, and will be the final release before my husband and I move away from Los Angeles (and my watery muse) to Chicago. This collection feels like a fitting end to 6 ocean-adjacent years!  
Urchin Shell Hat in Chunky, in Polvoriento and Pearl Urchin Shell Hat in Chunky, in Polvoriento and Pearl
 
Arms Pillow in Worsted, colorways Tuareg, Red Mahogany, and Pagoda Arms Pillow in Worsted, colorways Tuareg, Red Mahogany, and Pagoda
 
Tidal Cowl in Gruesa, Indigo Tidal Cowl in Gruesa, Indigo
  Gorgeous!! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. Or, you can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

* yes that one was intended  too.

MFPP: A Knit Confectionery by Sarah Burghardt

This entry was posted on 14th June, 2013 .
Screen shot 2013-06-14 at 2.49.11 PM   This month's MFPP is as sweet as they come- a sugar-spun candy-venture of woolly goodness in the perfect colors for June!  
Bon-Bonnet in Merino Worsted, in Water Green and Kaleidos Bon-Bonnet in Merino Worsted, in Water Green and Kaleidos
Saltwater Taffeta in Sock, Light of Love and Ochre Saltwater Taffeta in Sock, Light of Love and Ochre
Saltwater Taffeta in Arroyo, Natural and Indiecita Saltwater Taffeta in Arroyo, Natural and Indiecita
  Sarah says:
For the June Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project, I’ve designed a set of five candy-inspired patterns, from shawls to hats to leg-warmers. There’s even a tutorial and pattern for editing a loose t-shirt into a fashionable summer piece--with knitting!  Saltwater Taffeta is a shawlette with staggered lace panels and short-rows to give it shape. Yep. Shortrows in the lace pattern. And a sideways cast-on. (You’re welcome, nerds.) Jolie Rancher had quite a few incarnations before it reached its current lacy status. Gradually-increasing lace design was new territory for me, and I’m quite happy with what I learned in the process. I designed the Cottontail Candy Warmers with Angora, heaving a huge sigh of relief when two skeins were enough to go from my knee to my ankle. The yarn was so luscious to work with, and once I’d made them it was hard to go anywhere without them! The hat of the book, Bon-Bonnet, is something I had made for some twin four-year-old girls, thought it was adorable, and decided to make it bigger for adults. It’s such a fun hat, with its slight bonnet-like shape,stripes, pom-poms, thick seed-stitch band--you will feel like a kid whenever you wear it! And last, but de?nitely not least, is my Jelly Bean Tee. This is an idea I’ve had ?oating in my head for about a year, and for about a year I’ve been searching for the perfect vintage tee to edit. As June drew closer, I ultimately settled on a men’s tee from Old Navy (no street cred, I know) which ended up being a perfect match.
Cottontail Candy Wamers in Angora, Blue Surf Cottontail Candy Wamers in Angora, Blue Surf
Jolie Rancher in Silky Merino, Arco Iris and Plum Blossom Jolie Rancher in Silky Merino, Arco Iris and Plum Blossom
Jelly Bean Tee, edging done in Sock, Light of Love. Jelly Bean Tee, edging done in Sock, Light of Love.
  Beautiful work, Sarah! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

 

MFPP: Sleeping Beauty Knits by Jenise Reid

This entry was posted on 7th May, 2013 .
 

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I'm very pleased to introduce our newest MFPP, a whimsically beautiful collection by Jenise Reid inspired by Sleeping Beauty!
"Handspun Sweater" in Aquarella in Palmar (hemmed with Lace)
"Crown Tee" in Lace, in Polar Morn
"Sleepy Hoodie" in Silky Merino, Matisse Blue
"Sleepy Hoodie", back view
Jenise says:
Sleeping Beauty is a quick trip through an old tale. Knit the castle walls, or a gift for the baby princess, then at the end is the crown tee to celebrate the princess bride! Despite having such romantic inspiration, I have tried to keep everything modern and wearable. What is the sense of knitting something you won't be able to use every day?  
"Fairy Toque" in Sock, Chocolate Amargo
"Bramble Stole" in Merino Worsted in Fuscia
 
"Stone Wall Throw" in Gruesa in Pearl Ten
Such a beautiful interpretation of the classic fairytale, don't you think? Fantastic work Jenise! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above! - Alex  

MFPP: Hooked on Malabrigo by Rohn Strong

This entry was posted on 15th April, 2013 .
Our second April MFPP is an awesome crochet collection from fashionisto and crochet extraordinaire Rohn Strong. The collection has two editions- "Petite" and "Plus Size"- to suit every body.  
000_9864.NEF_medium2 "Linda" in Silky Merino, in Black, Narciso, and Party Pink
000_9951.NEF_medium2 "Rebecca" in Rasta, in Stitch Red, Violeta Africana and Porhino
  Rohn says:
Hooked on Malabrigo! Is a wonderful collection of 7 patterns for the beginner crocheter! From a skirt to a jacket there is something for everyone. All plus sized patterns are sized from 2X-5X and petite patterns are sized from XS-XL! Perfect for beginners!!  
000_9668.NEF_medium2 "Marly" (Petite version) in Rasta, Baya Electrica. (Plus size version here.)
000_9786.NEF_medium2 "Robyn" in Rasta, in Azules
000_9963.NEF_medium2 "Ellen" in Rasta in Violeta Africana
000_9918.NEF_medium2 "Mary Beth" (Plus size version) in Rasta, in Porhino and Abril. (Petite version here, in Stitch Red.)
000_9730.NEF_medium2 "Kristin" (Petite version) in Arroyo in Sandbank. (Plus size version here, in Indiecita.)
  Whew! Look at all those gorgeous goodies! Lots of Rasta love happening here <3 You can click the pictures to go to the patterns on Ravelry or see the whole collection here: "Petite" and "Plus Size". Or browse our past MFPPs here!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Pollination Collection by Star Athena

This entry was posted on 13th April, 2013 .
8610050087_ee6c604295_z Our newest MFPP is a Springalicious collection of goodies by Star Athena! I'll let Star tell you a bit about each one...
8611155560_1a1ba64b6b_z Conestoga Bonnet in Chunky, Pink Frost (Also the Honey Orchard shawl in Silky Merino, Cape Cod Gray, and the Plum Creek Mitts in Worsted, Pearl Ten, and Lace, Dusty.)
8610050309_53f9bfacaf_z Conestoga Bonnet in Chunky, Pearl
Before the development of the railroad, people relied on covered wagons like the Conestoga to travel the Appalachian Valley. The Conestoga Bonnet revives old time carriage dress into the modern era.  
8610049777_9ae19120ab_z Honey Orchard in Silky Merino, Sand (and a snippet of Conestoga Bonnet in Chunky, Geranio.)
Honey Orchard is a made-up place with dancing lambs and bees with no stingers. The sunlight tastes sweet and always comes paired with a gentle breeze. This asymmetrical shawl pattern is inspired by a dreamy little fictitious place like Honey Orchard.  
8611155854_fa4d2c1cf6_z Plum Creek Mitts. From left to right: Worsted in Sealing Wax and Lace in Pink Frost; Worsted in Pearl Ten and Lace in Simply Taupe; Worsted in Pearl Ten and Lace in Dusty.
On the banks of Plum Creek, “She heard pa shouting,’Jiminy crickets! It's raining fish- hooks and hammer handles!’” (Laura Ingalls Wilder) Plum Creek is a place where country gals ride horses and picnic in the grass. It is the inspiration for a set of armwarmers that integrate delicate lace onto a sturdy structure. These mitts are a little feminine and a little bit practical too, right at home in Plum Creek.  
8611155220_5a0374a0b7_z Tree Rings in Sock, Alcaucil and Natural.

Every tree has a secret inner life. You can guess the age by the height but the real data is locked within the core -- growth rings. Tree Ring Socks show your knitting growth on the outside. This project is an easy way to use two colors in your knitting without having to carry more than one strand at a time.

  What a delightfully charming collection, thanks Star!! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Mad Women by Sarah Wilson

This entry was posted on 31st March, 2013 .
Mad Women by Sarah Wilson
This months MFPP is called Mad Women by Sarah Wilson, (TheSexyKnitter in ravelry). She took inspiration from the 1960's and ended up with a collection perfect for the Mad Men women. I personally love that series!  
Megan's Sweater in Rios, in Glazed Carrot and Paris Night Megan's Sweater in Rios, in Glazed Carrot and Paris Night
In Sarah's own words:
My inspiration for this collection was the 1960's. I knew I wanted to do a mod mini, a groovy sweater and some kind of outrageous headpiece. When I finished the collection, it struck me that I had unwittingly captured 3 of Mad Men's leading ladies in knitwear, so I named the pieces after them. The cable shift just screams Joan to me. All it needs is a vintage pen necklace, and Christina Hendricks could walk right onto set in Miss Holloway! The sweater was my interpretation of a piece that Megan Draper wears in Season 5, updated just a bit for today's ladies. The bow, well...the bow is just for fun, but it's definitely something I could see being worn to a fancy husband's-work-event by Betty or any of the other girls on the show. All in all, I had a great time putting this collection together and I hope that it inspires a few people to add a little 1960's glamour into their wardrobes!
The collection consists of three designs: a sweater, a dress and a really fun accesory for your hair. Each of the designs have two options : The bow comes in 2 sizes, Megan's Sweater can be lengthened into a mini, and Miss Holloway contains instructions for how to modify into a tee.
Miss Holloway by Sarah Wilson Miss Holloway in Sock, in Ochre
 
Betty's Bow by Sarah Wilson Betty's Bow in Worsted, in Fucsia
  Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Verónica

MFPP: Space by Joanne Scrace

This entry was posted on 18th February, 2013 .
Our first crochet ebook of the year!!  
On the cover: Galactica in Lace, in Black and SFO Sky
What a fun collection! Nebulous color schemes and swirly motifs give these crocheted garments...wait for it....star quality. You might even say they're...out...of...this...world? Hehehehe.  
Neptune in Twist in Azul Profundo and Teal Feather
Joanne says:
The Space collection takes planets, stars and nebulae as its inspiration with a colour palette of black, grey, turquoise and purple. The collection includes four designs: Oberon is a fitted, long-line chunky weight cardigan with a raglan sleeve. Moon craters inspired the unusual edging worked in Worsted. Nebulous is a scoop necked top with set in sleeves and a pretty ripple pattern inspired by nebulae worked in the luxury Silky Merino. Galactica is a slim triangular scarf inspired by the Milky Way, made in alternating color rows of a starburst stitch pattern in Lace. And finally, Neptune is a warm and cosy shawl-fronted cardigan with gently sloped shoulders made in Twist. The bright random striping is inspired by the planet it is named for. All the designs are top-down and seamless. This is my first collection and I really enjoyed working to a theme and choosing designs that were very different yet had common elements and a colour palette that runs through all of them. Each of the cardigans has a different top down construction method - its almost a primer in seamless crochet! I loved working with the Malabrigo yarns, the colours are so beautiful and all the yarns were an absolute joy to crochet with. If I had to pick one favourite favourite it would probably be the worsted I used to edge Oberon - it is so soft and plump.
 
Nebulous in Silky Merino, in Black, Smoke, Teal Feather, and Nocturnal
 
Oberon in Chunky Tortuga and Worsted in Sweet Grape, Pigeon, and Tuareg
Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page. Joanne Scrace (aka Not So Granny) specialises in seamless knitting and crochet, often vintage inspired but always with a fresh modern feel. You can check out her blog and more of her work at notsogranny.blogspot.com!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Love from London by Alex Tinsley

This entry was posted on 4th February, 2013 .
When I took this job a little over a year ago (!!!), Antonio suggested that I do an MFPP myself, and of course (being quite a fan of the genre) I couldn't resist. And here it is! All items are made with Malabrigo colors Natural, Black, and Ravelry Red.
Bermondsey Shawlette in Malabrigo Sock
 
Hallo, Love! in Malabrigo Worsted
  To steal a snippet from my blog (where you can read about each pattern in more detail if you like):
Time to admit it- America is great and all, but my heart belongs to London. Consider this my London-y Valentine ?  This collection includes all you need to be lookin' cozy and cute this Valentine's day, from head to ankles. It also features my VERY FIRST EVER PUBLISHED GARMENT PATTERN OMG.
 
Northern Line in Malabrigo Rios
Borough Market Mitts in Malabrigo Worsted
 
Zebra Crossing in Malabrigo Twist
  Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page. Thank you for perusing my collection- and a very happy Valentine's Day to all! ?

  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Winter Sonata by Kitman Figueroa

This entry was posted on 20th December, 2012 .
Our last MFPP of the year is a stunning collection of warmy lacy goodies by the ever talented Kitman Figueroa!  
Fianna in Arroyo, colorway VAA
 
Zigg in Silky Merino, Smoke
About the collection, Kitman says:
December is such a festive and happy month for everyone. When I think of December, I think of the cold weather, the nice balsam scented candles and also all the knitted accessories that I love! The 4 designs in the Winter Sonata collection are ideal quick knitted accessories for December. They can be made for oneself or as gifts for the loved ones. Fianna is a bottom up textured lace shawl which is knitted with beautiful Malabrigo Arroyo in colorway V.A.A and Santi is a top down circular shawl that knitted with same yarn but in Natural colorway. Both shawls can be knitted in fingering weight yarn too. As for Zigg, it is a simple zig zag textured unisex scarf. The last design, Pearlie, is a set of hat and cowl with lace, nupps element in it. It is a fun collection that I designed for the MFPP December 2012 and I hope other knitters would enjoy making them! :)  
Santi in Arroyo, Natural
 
Pearlie in Merino Worsted, Pearl colorway
  So gorgeous and festive! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page. Happy knitting and have a wonderful holiday season! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: At the Bakery by Lindsey Stephens

This entry was posted on 8th November, 2012 .

The second tasty crochet collection is out! I think this one wins the "Best subtitle for an MFPP ebook" award. Mmm, pie! I'll let Lindsey tell you about the collection:

Malabrigo has always been close to my heart. It was the yarn that got me into local yarn stores and out of the big box chain stores. I was so excited when I found out I would be able to work with Malabrigo for this project. The inspiration photo for this collection was of a beautiful pie. It made me think of warmth, sweetness, and running to a cozy cafe.

 The Cinnamon Sticks Hats and Fingerless Gloves as well as the Traveling Vines Pillow use post stitches. I love post stitches for the texture they can provide. You can do some really great things with them. (In order to help crocheters out, I've created some tutorial videos for the stitches I use in these patterns. You can see those tutorial videos, as well as others, at http://www.youtube.com/user/PoetryinYarn/videos?view=0.)  
 
The Flue Socks are my personal favorite. I love a cozy pair of socks. This pattern has a close up of the first couple of heel rows which can help people trying this technique out for the first time. I had some crocheters test this pattern, and they found it a quick to make project. So keep this in mind for last minute gifts!  
 The Simple Sugar Scarf is a nod to my nerdy chemistry love. Simple sugars like glucose are made up of 6 carbon atoms, 12 hydrogen atoms, and 6 oxygen atoms. So for the striping sequence I went with group repeats of 6 and 12. The sock yarn makes it lightweight, and it can be worn so many ways.  
Finally, the Blackberry Blanket is what I think of as the perfect snuggling throw. Its fantastic texture looks great in the single ply yarn. I hope other crocheters enjoy these patterns as much as I do. I'm always happy to hear feedback and answer questions. Just e-mail me at support@poetryinyarn.com Happy Stitching!
That last one really does look like blueberry pie, doesn't it? Cozy delicious pie. Nice one, Lindsey! You can see the full collection on Poetry in Yarn, here, or on Ravelry here. Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Sugar and Spice by Linda Permann

This entry was posted on 5th November, 2012 .
  Crochet lovers, heads up! You're going to like this month's MFPPs! Starting with the extremely talented Linda Permann and this colorful collection of wooly treats.       Linda says:
When I think of fall, I remember pumpkin patches, changing leaves and crisp morning walks. I savor those first cool mornings, and as the temperatures fall, my urge to snuggle up with crochet gets even stronger. The six designs in Sugar and Spice were inspired by my love of crocheted texture—and desserts, ranging from simple to ornate. Bubbling cherries swim a cobbler crust, embossed designs adorn an Italian cookie, and glowing beads of sugar dance along the edge of a freshly baked pie. Just like a delicious dessert, a beautiful hat, shawl or sweater will leave you feeling warm and content. I hope you find inspiration in these pages to make your own crochet delicacies, either as gifts or to cherish for yourself. Happy Crocheting!
        Don't they just look good enough to eat? (Okay, that was a really obvious joke, but it's still true.) Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page. Happy hooking! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: The Harrow Collection by Andrea Rangel

This entry was posted on 3rd October, 2012 .
This cozy collection by Andrea Rangel just makes me want to snuggle up and watch the seasons change outside my window. If you start knitting now, you might be ready just in time for the first snowfall!     Andrea says:
When Malabrigo invited me to participate in this year’s Freelance Pattern Project as their October contributor, I was excited at the chance to stretch my imagination a bit. The Harrow Collection was designed with Victorian- era style in mind, so it’s got a touch of the costume feeling about it. It’s what I might knit and wear in a drafty old house while reading Whuthering Heights in front of a sputtering fire. Whittingham is a luscious square wrap with a delicate lace edging that can be worn as a shawl or used as a lap blanket or throw. The Zarzamora slippers look intricate, but as they’re worked in a washable worsted weight wool, they knit up quickly and provide a cozy, cushioned step. I named Issa’s Bloomers after my sister who loves frilly things like silk ribbons, lace, and old-fashioned underwear. Wear them under a skirt for warmth or keep them for fancy lounging. I hope you have as much fun knitting this collection as I had designing it. (Happy Halloween!)  
(I can't tell you how excited I am by the prospect of knitted bloomers!)     Click the photos to see the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Autumn Nostalgia by Stephannie Tallent

This entry was posted on 17th September, 2012 .
Cover image is Applejack Cowl, in Worsted (Applewood)
  Mmm, fall is just about here at last (well, in the Northern Hemisphere anyway.) To many, autumn is a time to pick up your needles again after a hot sticky summer and start cranking out woolies for the cold days ahead. Why not get a jump start with this cozy autumn-inspired collection?
I’m thrilled to be part of the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. When I found out that my month was September, and the theme Autumn & Back to School, I was even happier. Autumn is my favorite season. I especially love it in parts of the world where you really get to indulge in that change of seasons -- with red and gold leaves, bright blue skies, that crispness of the air and the softer edge of light. (My four years at West Point, in the Hudson River Valley, firmly cemented that!) This collection, using a range of yarns, includes a variety of techniques: stranding (the Tailgate Mitts), reversible texture stitches (Farewell Summer Cardi & Hat), and lacy cables (Applejack Cowl). I hope you enjoy these patterns, inspired by the nostalgia of autumn.
Farewell Summer in Rios (Piedras)
Farewell Summer hat, also in Piedras Rios
 
Tailegate Mitts in Sock, in Impressionist Sky and Cordovan
  Ooh, they just make me want to bundle up and drink hot cider and eat donuts! (I am told that's a uniquely midwestern/northeastern autumn tradition, but I highly recommend it.) Click the photos to see the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Sweets for All Seasons by Laura Brown

This entry was posted on 20th August, 2012 .
And now, our third and final MFPP for August, by the talented Laura Brown! Laura says:
This collection was inspired by the look and feel of ice cream: the girl’s dress and hoodie by the swirling of two colors in a double scoop, the boy’s hoodie and vest by the lattice pattern on the cone. Since I consider ice cream a year-round treat, I wanted there to be a pattern that would work for each of the different seasons.
Double Scoop Hoodie in Sock, in Archangel and Violeta Africana
 
Waffle Cone Hoodie, in Rios Sunset and Coco.
 
Double Scoop Dress in Sock, Violeta Africana and Ochre
 
Sugar Cone Vest in Worsted, in Stone Blue and Coco
For the first month of its release (until September 20th) you can use coupon code "4SWEETS" on Ravelry to receive 10% off! Use the savings to treat yourself to a cone ;-) It's all so cute! After this month of sugary adorableness, children of knitters everywhere should be set on ice-cream-themed duds well into adulthood, hehe. Click the photos to see the individual patterns on Rav, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

- Alex

MFPP: Sunfest by Kelly Herdrich

This entry was posted on 10th August, 2012 .
  Just look at this bunch of adorableness! (And no, I don't know if I'm talking about the knits or the models. Or the dog. It applies everywhere.)   Kelly says:
Sunfest is a six-piece collection of baby and children’s garments inspired by the idea of the classic ice cream truck I grew up with in my summers on the Delmarva Peninsula. The collection is based on traditional shapes with a unique twist, features six Malabrigo yarns, and boasts fashionable, wearable garments for babies and children.  
          Soooo cute, right? And even better, the Sunfest collection is 10% off on Ravelry for the rest of August with the code "SUNFEST"! Click the photos to see the patterns on Rav, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

-Alex

MFPP: Vintage Ice Cream Truck by Terri Kruse

This entry was posted on 1st August, 2012 .
  With the first of three MFPPs this month, we're thrilled to be featuring Terri Kruse! Terri's kidswear is always adorable, and she's got five wonderful new designs for your wee ones (and one for your less-wee ones...or perhaps yourself!)  
Make Mine Strawberry
From the designer:
These patterns draw their inspiration from summery ice cream treats and vintage patterns. Sweet little details make them a treat to knit. There is something for everyone!
Limepop Sweater
Blueberry Swirl
Sammie sweater...
...and matching hat!
Limepop Hat
And as if that weren't exciting enough, August 1st through the 31st, the ebook and individual patterns are 10% off using the code ICECREAM on Ravelry! Such a charming set of designs, non? You can see the full collection here, or browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

-Alex

MFPP: Beyond the Sea by Alison Stewart-Guinee

This entry was posted on 24th July, 2012 .
  I'm please to present our newest Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project ebook, a delightful collection of beachy goodies by Alison Stewart-Guinee! From Alison:
Beyond the Sea is a collection of 6 designs inspired by the ocean and the hopes and dreams carried across it. The patterns are designed for year round wear and include two sweaters, a shawlette, a versatile shawl which can be worn as a shrug, cape or vest, a pair of lace knee socks, and a pretty three season neck wrap.
  (Click the photos to see the pattern on Ravelry!)         What a dreamy collection! You can see the full collection here, or browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

-Alex

MFPP July- Entomology by Odessa Reichel

This entry was posted on 6th July, 2012 .
Our latest MFPP collection is inspired by BUGS! But don't worry, these patterns aren't even remotely creepy. Designer Odessa has really captured the insect world's beautiful side, don't you think? And the colorwork is just amazing- I love the mixture of solids and multis. (It sounds like a fun collection to work on, too- her family even adopted a little prickly caterpillar during the research phase!)     And a little more good news: Odessa is giving away kits for some of these projects on her blog! Go check out the giveaway for ways to win.     Gorgeous work, Odessa! You can see the full collection here, or browse all the MFPP patterns on our new-and-improved Ravelry page!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

-Alex

June MFPP: The Great Deep by Talitha Kuomi

This entry was posted on 9th June, 2012 .
The first of our June MFPP ebooks is here!   It's all so fantastically bright and cheery and summery, don't you think? You can check out the whole Great Deep collection on Ravelry. Or, browse all our MFPP patterns on the MFPP Ravelry Page.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or browse the patterns at the Ravelry link above!

-Alex

May MFPP: Yin Yang by Angela Tong

This entry was posted on 24th May, 2012 .
Our second May ebook has landed! I'll let the designer explain this bright and fun collection:
Yin Yang is a collection inspired by the principles of Yin Yang in design and architecture. Yin Yang opposites are represented by things such as tall and short, bright and dark, ornate and plain, straight and curved.
Such a cozy and chic collection! (I love the staggered stripes on that last one!) Thanks Angela! You can see the whole Yin Yang collection on Ravelry, here. Or, browse all our MFPP patterns on the MFPP Ravelry Page.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or browse the patterns at the Ravelry link above!  

- Alex

May MFPP: Birds of Mythology by Melissa Goodale

This entry was posted on 14th May, 2012 .
Our first May MFPP ebook is here, and totally stunning! Each design is named for and inspired by a mythological bird, and features feathery lace designs. Usually I post a little blurb about the whole collection, but the story behind each design's name is so interesting, I'm just going to share each one individually.
Who needs a new lucky sweater? You do! Alicanto, named after the beautiful bird of Chilean myth, is a top-down breezy cardigan that features light, lacy panels down the front. According to legend, the Alicanto, whose wings shine in the night sky with beautiful colors, brings luck to any miner who sees it. Will this sweater be your lucky charm?  
A light lacy tank sweater, Sirin is named for a mythological bird-woman of Russian  folklore. The sirins sang beautiful songs to the saints, telling tales of joys to come. Once you hear the sirin’s call of this sweater’s overall lacy pattern of delicate eyelets and wavy ripples, you won’t be able to put it down!
 
Have you ever wanted to spread your wings and fly away? Manohara is a half-bird/half-woman heroine of Buddhist and Hindu lore who flies away from danger. With the Manohara shawls, knitting can become your escape from the daily grind. With options to make this shawl your own—sock weight or lace weight, one color or two, garter stitch or  lace—nothing will hold you down!
 
In Chinese mythology, the Jian bird has only one eye and one wing—by itself, it cannot function. But as a pair, inseparable and completely dependent on each other, the Jian could soar. With a bold, feathery center panel, Jian will encourage your fingers to fly. And what better argument against the dreaded “second sock syndrome?”

(All descriptions provided by the designer. Photographs copyright Vivian Aubrey)

  The intricacy of these designs and choice of color palette are just gorgeous- great job Melissa!! You can find this delightful collection on Ravelry. Or, browse all our MFPP patterns on the MFPP Ravelry Page.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or browse the patterns at the Ravelry link above!  

- Alex

Second April MFPP- Joji Locatelli's April Showers!

This entry was posted on 18th April, 2012 .
Now that we're halfway through April, I'm thrilled to present the second April Showers ebook, this time by Joji Locatelli! In Joji's words:
This collection of patterns is a tribute to spring, to rain, to flowers blooming everywhere! Let the spring fall down on your needles and bring the freshness of springtime knits. Let lightweight yarns seduce you with their softness and airyness… You will find in this pattern booklet projects made with Malabrigo’s lighter yarns: Arroyo (sport weight), Sock (fingering weight) and Lace (of course, lace weight). Their colors and textures are endless sources for inspiration. They make me happy, when skies are gray…
(I love that amazing umbrella yoke!)   You can see the full collection on Ravelry. Or, browse all our MFPP patterns on the MFPP Ravelry Page! Thank you, Joji, for a beautiful collection!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”? MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or browse the patterns at the Ravelry link above!  

-Alex

MFPP April: April Showers by Cinzia

This entry was posted on 7th April, 2012 .

The first of April's beautiful collections has arrived! 

  Cinzia's collection of lightweight, lacy designs is sure to see you through the rainy days of spring (and well into May!)       You can see the full collection on Ravelry, here. Or, browse all our MFPP patterns on the MFPP Ravelry Page! Stay tuned for our second April ebook later this month!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is “MFPP”?  MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or browse the patterns at the Ravelry link above!  

-Alex

MFPP March: How Does Your Garden Grow?

This entry was posted on 31st March, 2012 .
March's MFPP collection has arrived! Jenny Raymond and Chris Church have put together a darling collection of springy projects for your little sprouts- and one for you, too!           Adorable! You can see the full collection here, or browse all the MFPP patterns on the MFPP Ravelry Page! (As of this posting, the full How Does Your Garden Grow ebook is not yet available for download on Ravelry, but it will be shortly!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What on earth is "MFPP"?  MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or browse the patterns at the Ravelry link above!  

- Alex

Sneak Peek of April MFPP Ebook

This entry was posted on 17th March, 2012 .
One of our designers for April sent me this deliciously enticing sneak-peek photo of his/her ebook projects! You guys are going to love this collection, I just know it! Any guesses who the designer is? We're having a little contest over in the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry- feel free to drop by and enter! (And maybe stay awhile, it's Malabrigo March and there's a lot going on!)

MFPP - Winter Bloom by Patti Waters

This entry was posted on 2nd February, 2012 .
We're thrilled to present Patti Waters' gorgeous February MFPP ebook: Here's some sneak peeks of what's inside, but to see and purchase the full ebook, please click here to check it out on Ravelry.  

This collection so acutely captures the feeling of a crisp, sunny, early-spring morning. From the designer:

The names for the designs are all derived from scientific names for flowers that I thought were fitting for the designs themselves. The idea overall for the book is to remind us that Spring is coming even when we are in the midst of Winter, hence Winter Blooms.

Well done, Patti! I hope you all enjoy this collection as much as we do :-) 

MFPP is the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project- we team up with fabulous independent designers to bring you themed ebook collections each month! To see all our MFPP ebooks, please visit the MFPP directory.

MFPP January- Hot Child in the City

This entry was posted on 3rd January, 2012 .
  Please welcome the newest MFPP ebook: Hot Child in the City by Breean Elyse Miller! A cozy, Chicago-inspired collection, this ebook contains a luscious cowl, two lacy-but-warm scarves, and two hats in rich jewel tones - great for life in the Windy City (or anywhere else chilly-yet-sophisticated!) Definitely a collection of wearable, easy-to-knit pieces perfect for any wardrobe! About the designer: Breean Elyse Miller works as a Marketing Manager living in Chicago. In her free time, you can usually find her knitting, cooking, or reading about knitting and cooking.   Other malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project

MFPP December — Follow the lines

This entry was posted on 10th December, 2011 .

The last issue of this years MFPP is out. It's designed by Veera Välimäki and it's called Follow the lines. In the designers own words: "This collection is all about the lines; lines as stripes, cables, and twisted stitches. Some lines are spiralling, some are created with eyelets and some are more common stripes." There is a little bit of everything in this e-book. There is a lightweight shawl, a fisherman-styled sweater, a hat and a cowl. Each of them, despite being somewhat traditional, have something new and modern about them, whether it's in the construction or in it's shape. We really hope you'll enjoy this issue of MFPP, these patterns make really attractive garnments for this winter. About the designer: Veera Välimäki is the woman behind the hand knitting designs of Rain Knitwear Designs. Her designs focus on simple and clean lines with small modern details. Veera is passionate about wool and loves all kinds of short rows. Other malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project

November MFPP - Come Sail Away

This entry was posted on 3rd November, 2011 .
'Come Sail Away' is the November installment of the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project! Fall in love with classic and beautiful designs by Heidi Kirrmaier. Heidi's inspiration for the collection was a feeling of escape from the coolness of winter months to a private beach location. With a full colorcard of Malabrigo blues, she has anything but the blues in these gorgeous patterns. The collection is available for purchase on Ravelry. My favorite pattern from the collection has got to be the Windward Wrap, shown in Sock color 'Playa' -- this wrap is perfect for fall or a chilly ocean breeze!

-- Hannah

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MFPP October -- Harvest

This entry was posted on 2nd October, 2011 .

If it wasn't enough to you to have one MFPP release recently, how about two? Nichole Reese has been busy working away at the Harvest e-book pattern collection for this month's MFPP, and you're sure to adore it as much as we do! Harvest is full of quick knits, interesting construction, and uses for all your favorite yarns. You'll find something in here for Rasta, Rios, Worsted, Silky and Sock! With credits from Knitty, Classic Elite, Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and various other published works, we are very pleased to have Nichole in our MFPP calendar.

-- Hannah

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MFPP September -- Velvet

This entry was posted on 30th September, 2011 .

Mary Catherine Black has released her September patterns, and aren't they worth the wait? The collection, which is themed around the idea of velvet texture, showcases Rios, Twist, and Worsted in a mixture of smooth stockinette, velvety cables, and interesting construction. The pattern trio makes good use of lush colorways in the Malabrigo card, and is sure to be flattering to whomever knits it up! You can buy the patterns here: MFPP September. Other malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project

MFPP 2011 Knits So Far

This entry was posted on 12th August, 2011 .
We've released nearly six months worth of patterns this year through the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project, and many of them have been racking up projects in the meantime! It's fun to review some of the different patterns in new colors, yarns and styles. We rounded up some to show you, but don't forget - we still have six e-books to go before next year's lineup begins!

Taina's Tilda Mittens, from January MFPP; Jejune's Estella Hat, from January MFPP; Thao713's Verdure, from April MFPP; QuiltedRobin's Daphnaie, from May MFPP; Carowien's Amalthea, from May MFPP; Rufarocrafty's Lucretia, from June MFPP There are many, many, beautiful projects, but we couldn't feature them all! Be sure to check them out by looking through the currently-released e-books: January MFPP - Nina Machlin Dayton's 'The Best of Times: A Dickensian Winter Collection' March MFPP - Elizabeth Elliott's 'New Growth' April MFPP - Kristen Hanley Cardozo's 'Understory' May MFPP - Tori Gurbisz's 'Myths and Fairytales' June MFPP - Kristi Holaas' 'Getaway in Greece' July MFPP - Amy Duncan's 'Fireworks and Folly' *Just Released* August MFPP - Jennifer Dassau's 'Sailing to Byzantium'

MFPP - August

This entry was posted on 3rd August, 2011 .

Our August edition of Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project is really spectacular! 'Sailing to Byzantium', by Jennifer Dassau is inspired by the art and architecture of ancient Constantinople, but the shapes and patterns are anything but ancient. You'll love her modern but beautiful take on colorwork and lace. These are great patterns to finish off your summer with - small knits that will turn into a very warm wardrobe!

Make a set with the Lattice Mittens, Minaret Hat and Sofya Cowl, or mix and match for your favorite look. These look amazing in the refined colors of the collection, but in Malabrigo Worsted you can make them in nearly any color combo! If colorwork isn't your thing, you can try either of Jennifer's lovely shawls - beautiful knits that are sure to teach you new techniques and leave you with something lovely to wrap around your neck!

-- Hannah

MFPP - July

This entry was posted on 27th July, 2011 .
Finale Shawl by Amy Duncan
Our July MFPP is going to be released in installments, because the designer got married during July! Congratulations to Amy Duncan, and also to you readers, because you'll get to check out the first two patterns in her awesome e-book. Inspired by the sparkling celebrations that take place in the USA, this e-book is available for pre-purchase as a whole (with the additional patterns) for $12, and will be $15 once patterns come out. Find 'Fireworks and Folly' here!

-- Hannah

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Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project - March

This entry was posted on 31st March, 2011 .

The March edition of the Freelance Pattern Project has been released! This month's theme is 'New Growth', and the patterns are by Elizabeth Elliott. You can tell that it's all about little green things shooting up everywhere by the great colorwork patterns in this edition!

New Growth - March

You can buy the e-book or individual patterns in Elizabeth's Ravelry store: New Growth E-Book. I especially love the gorgeous Circinate lace cowl, knit in a skein of Malabrigo Sock. There is something really wonderful about super-versatile pieces that you can wear with anything, and that keep you warm at the same time, since much of the world is going through transitional weather right now! In case somehow it slipped your radar, the January of MFPP can be found by clicking on the collection of patterns from January below!

January E-Book, by Nina Machlin Dayton

Happy Knitting!

Hannah