Book 6 Pattern Feature: Barcos and Rocos

Now that Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio is beginning to show up in LYSes, we thought it’d be fun to give a little individual attention to all of the awesome designs (and designers!) Starting with these two: Barcos and Rocos!

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Barcos is a stranded colorwork cowl in fluffy Merino Worsted, by designer Elisa McLaughlin.  In the book, there are close-ups of the picture above, but I thought it might be worth sharing some of the photos I took of the samples as they passed through my hands last summer (if you can forgive my amateur technique and messy backgrounds!):

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I love the bright orange with the neutral backdrop!

Rocos is a rather exquisitely-detailed set of tall legwarmers- perfect for wearing with skirts on a chilly day (or a blustery beach!) They are designed by Malia Mather (who owns an adorable yarn shop in Amsterdam, in case you’re ever in the area!)

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Rocas are knit with four shades of Sock- the fact that they coordinate so well with Barcos was serendipity, but you could have an awful lot of fun coming up with color schemes for these! Love the tiny picot hems.

Stay tuned for more pattern features as we work our way through Book 6! In the meantime, keep an eye out for the book at your local Malabrigo retailer/LYS!

Malabrigo Quickies: Migrate Beanie & Mitts by Amanda Bell

Designing for variegated colorways is no easy feat, but designer Amanda Bell has done a fantastic job with this two-fer Quickie!

Migrate Beanie in Arroyo, Pocion

Migrate Beanie in Arroyo, Pocion

Amanda says:

In this stylish and functional set (the patterns are available individually, too!), simple ribbing and stockinette stitch form the background for an elongated slipped stitch pattern that makes the most of your favorite variegated colorway of Arroyo. The graphic “flying v” motifs call to mind migratory birds heading south for the winter. The beanie features a substantial, stretchy brim that can be doubled up for warmth or left down and pushed back for a slouchier look (and ideal bad-hair-day camouflage). The mitts have similarly extended cuffs at the thumb and finger openings that can be folded back for dexterity or worn long for extra cozy coverage.

Migrate Mitts in Arroyo, Pocion

Migrate Mitts in Arroyo, Pocion

So lovely! (And Pocion is the perfect color for Halloween, don’t ya think? Reminds me of a witch’s brew.) You can see the Migrate set on Ravelry here, or browse all the past Quickies here.

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio is here!

It is with great excitement that we introduce our newest book of patterns- Malabrigo Book 6: in Cabo Polonio!

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at each pattern in turn here on the blog, but in the meantime here are a few snippets (and you can see all the patterns on Ravelry here!)

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As the title suggests, the book was shot in gorgeous Cabo Polonio in Uruguay- a beautiful, lonely, gusty beach.

Book 6 will be available in your local Malabrigo-stocking yarn store very soon (if it’s not there already!)

Interweave Crochet Home 2014

Our yarns always remain part of beautiful projects! The newest issue, Interweave Crochet Home 2014, It has been used malabrigo Rios, paris night, lettuce, sand bank and teal feather to create the “Waves Pillow” by Dora Ohrenstein.

Photo by Harper Point Photography - Waves Pillow by Dora Ohrenstein

Photo by Harper Point Photography – Waves Pillow by Dora Ohrenstein

The pattern is available in the Crochet Home 2014 website, so you can try! Always is a good opportunity to use malabrigo yarn! :)

 

Calico Parka Hood by Faye Kennington

Like it or not, winter is drawing near in the northern parts… luckily for us knitters, that’s no big deal. Today’s Quickie will certainly keep you warm in style- introducing the Calico Parka Hood by Faye Kennington!

Calico Parka Hood in Merino Worsted, Frost Gray and Nube, Glitter

Calico Parka Hood in Merino Worsted, Frost Gray and Nube, Glitter

Faye says:

One of the joys of winter is pulling a deep (faux) fur trimmed hood up and over your head. This hood can be made in 4 sizes to fit everyone.

Pattern includes a photo tutorial for making and working with thrums.

The hood is knit flat from shoulder to shoulder. Then the fur trim is rolled back and sewn in place and a seam is stitched up the back. Attaching icord and pompoms is the final step.

What a brilliant use of Nube (our merino roving) to make furry trim! You can find the Calico Parka Hood on Ravelry here, and you can browse all the past Quickies here.

 

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

Good news! Malabrigo in Pompom quarterly issue

Is the first time that malabrigo is present in Pompom quarterly issue, so we want to share the good news with all of you.

In their last number the designer Sarah Heys has created a “robust and beatiful” cowl, named Kallista, with our superfine Merino wool, chunky, fucsia color, and our lace, used to embrodery detail in Buscando Azul and Black colors.

Kallista by Sarah Heys

Kallista cowl by Sarah Heys

Kallista cowl by Sarah Heys

Kallista cowl by Sarah Heys

And how behind every design there is a story to be told, we share a text written for the designer:

” We like our cowls robust – they need to be able to stand up to wind and rain. We also like our cowls pretty, so it´s lucky that Kallista is both clever and beautiful (like one of our favorite country music stars!)”

Kallista cowl by Sarah Heys

Kallista cowl by Sarah Heys

 

 

MFPP: Knitter’s Apothecary Collection by Sara Gresbach

 

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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.)

Comfrey in Mecha Arapey

Comfrey in Mecha, Arapey

Zested in Sock, Terracotta

Zested in Sock, Terracotta

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.

 

Ceylon in Silky Merino, Tatami

Ceylon in Silky Merino, Tatami

Valerian in Silky Merino, Lettuce

Valerian in Silky Merino, Lettuce

Rocoto in Sock, Botticelli Red

Rocoto in Sock, Botticelli Red

Ginger Root in Silky Merino, Tatami

Ginger Root in Silky Merino, Tatami

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!)

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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

Malabrigo Quickies: Pheasant Scarf by Sharon Fuller

Today’s Quickie is for the crocheters! Something to keep you cozy in the increasingly crisp weather…

Pheasant Scarf in Arroyo, Glitter

Pheasant Scarf in Arroyo, Glitter

Sharon says:

Tweed stitch in crochet goes by many names, including moss, linen, granite and seed stitch. Whatever you call it, the stitch is easy to work and creates a handsome woven texture. The fabric is reversible, an important feature in a scarf.

What great texture! You can find Pheasant Scarf on Ravelry, or browse the past Quickies here.

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

Malabrigo in Interweave issue

Interweave has used the Malabrigo Silky Merino, a soft blend silk and baby merino wool, in their recent issue of Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits 2014. In this number you can see a beautiful and stylish scarf, Night-on-the-Town Herringbone created by Annie Modesitt.

Photo by Joe Hancock | Night-on-the-Town Herringbone Texture Scarf by Annie Modesitt

“You’ll love these stunning projects, perfect for men, women, and every day life in this special issue of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits!”

MFPP: What the Heart Wants by Justyna Lorkowska

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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!

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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