Knit Voyage Colorado Nature A Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project
Once again we are pleased to present the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. In the MFPP we supply the yarn to fuel the creative pursuits of independent designers. The designer crafts a collection of designs highlighting our yarns in their own style. They handle all of the production of the patterns and sell them independently, so all of the proceeds go to them to help further their creative endevors.
For the first MFPP of the year we are honored to present Knit Voyage: Colorado Nature from Amanda Guthrie who designs under the name Atlas Knits. To explain the collection I think it best that we hear from the designer herself!
The concept for Knit Voyage was inspired by members of the Knitventure Society and their love of knitting patterns that not only inspire to create a beautiful finished accessory, but also engage and create opportunities to learn through innovative construction and stitch combinations. This love for adventurous knitting combined with correlating scenes from Colorado nature and our everyday lives serves as the inspiration for this collection. All designs feature the bright, saturated colors and the delightful, soft touch of Malabrigo, who generously contributed the yarn to sponsor this collection.
Escape the everyday knitting routine, and take a stitching journey with me through the resilience and enchanting essence of Colorado nature. Embrace your roots and cultivate connection with Aspen Roots, inspired by the resilience of aspen groves. Get in touch with the unique value you bring to the world with Mountain Snowmelt, a shawl that captures the life-sustaining properties of snowpack and snowmelt in the mountains and plains. Discover your endless possibilities while knitting Stargaze, a deep crescent shape shawl that encompasses the vast openness of the starry sky as viewed from mountain peaks. Embark on a quest of accepting change by cruising through cloudy skies on a windy day with Windswept Skies. Wrap up your journey through Colorado nature with how destruction evolves into new life with Wildfire Blaze, a shawl that embodies the insight of how new life and beauty can thrive through the ashes.
The collection features five beautiful shawls that play beautifully with the designer's chosen colors and bases of Malabrigo yarn.
Aspen Roots in Fresco Y Seco on Rios.
Mountain Snowmelt in Aquamarine on Rios.
Stargaze in Indicita on Dos Tierras.
Wildfire Blaze in Borrajas on Arroyo.
Windswept Skies; the smaller is in Ochre and the larger is in Azules, both on Sock.
And finally, do not miss out in perusing the absolutely stunning LookBook that Amanda put togehter for this collection. View it on issue Here.
We hope that you have as much fun knitting up the patterns in this collection as we did helping Amanda bring her vision to life!
Popular on Instagram for April, 2018
We're back for the most liked by you pictures on our IG feed for the month of Aptil. It's back to having a bit of a mix, between skeins, shawls and sweaters.
Let's see how it went!
Which one is your favourite?
Don't forget that you can have your voice heard too, by liking your favourite posts on our feed :)
See you next month!
We really enjoy showcasing the work knitters do with our yarns, and have dedicated most of our presence online to do so. Obviously one of the reasons is it's the best way to show our product, for others to see how it looks when worked up in different patterns, but we also think it's important to put a big spotlight on the knitters out there that do a wonderful job.
It's in this spirit that we would like to leave in the blog the 5 projects that you liked best from our Instagram account, as a sort of snapshot of the month.
Malabrigo Quickie Todi Fingerless Mitts and Headband
and Todi Headband.
Both pieces feature a wonderful mixture of textures which play beautifully with the range of blues found in Solis. The main texture has so much movement that it will also work beautifully with any of our more colorful colorways.
When asked about her inspiration for this pattern she had the following to say.
I absolutely love variegated yarns and working with color. But combining sudden color changes and stitch patterns can sometimes be a challenge. For this design I decided to focus on texture and form, in a way that the stitches would blend in the colors. With strong lines and a change in the direction of knitting this blend is achieved quite effortlessly. And the slightly felted structure of Rastita is just what's needed to let all these features shine.
Add in the fact that you can work both patterns with only one skein of Rastita and you have a recipe for a ton of knitting fun. The only question left to answer is what color will you knit these in?
ps: As an introductory offer the designer is offering 25% off when you use the coupon code TODI25 at check out. This offer is good until the 13th of May.
Malabrigo Quickie: Mountainside Toque
Fresh from the mountains for April designer Abbye Dahl has designed a wonderfully textured toque in the amazingly soft Dos Tierras. A truly unisex piece Abbye has knit the pattern up in two different colors (Indicita and Cirrus Gray) so that we can see the different looks possible with this elegant canvas.
The fun texture featured on the brim is perfect for mixing up the colors in our more variegated color ways so you can be adventurous in your choices and make more than one of these great hats.
With the combination of alpaca and merino found in Dos Tierras you can also count on this hat to keep your head warm.
When asked to tell us a little about the design and concept behind this pattern Abbye had the following to say.
The Mountainside Toque is the perfect project for an adventurous beginner or intermediate knitter. The instructions allow for a variety of toque shapes and sizes, including a fitted beanie, as well as a more slouchy toque style. The simple and repetitive brim stitch adds the perfect amount of interest, and would look amazing in any of Malabrigos Dos Tierras colourways. My favourites, Archangle, Indiecita, Cirrus Grey, and Aniversario.
Skills required: Knitting in the round, basic knit decreases, slipped stitches.
What color do you think you'll knit this in?