Book 7: Rasta in Brooklyn!

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Yes I know we just announced Book 6, but, surprise! Book 7 is here as well! This book is another collaboration with the folks over at Vogue Knitting (as was Book 5, “In Soho”.) This book is completely centered around the one and only RASTA! These patterns are quick, colorful, and oh so cozy. Just a few peeks at what’s inside:

Bushwick

Bushwick

Columbia Waterfront

Columbia Waterfront

The Heights

The Heights

Gowanus

Gowanus

You can browse all the patterns on Ravelry, here! The book is currently available in LYSes where Malabrigo is sold (and if you don’t have one nearby, some online LYSes are stocking it as well.)

Book 6 Pattern Feature: Lobos, Mar del Cabo, and Mejilliones

Our very last Malabrigo Book 6: in Cabo Polonio pattern feature post! We’re doing three this time – Lobos, Mar del Cabo, and Mejilliones!

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Lobos by Malia Mather are looooong chevron mittens- no gap between the mitts and coat sleeves here! They are a fun take on “opera gloves” (you know, those long elegant satiny gloves)… opera mittens! They feature turned hems with matching thumbs and fingertips, knit in several colors of Rios.

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Mar del Cabo by Ysolda Teague is a delight to wear in cozy Twist. A textured stitch pattern adds just a touch of detail to the hem, collar, and down the sleeve, while the stockinette body makes it nice and quick to knit. (Unfortunately I don’t have snapshots of this one!)

 

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Mejilliones is another great cowl by Breean Elyse Miller! This time in Rastita, which is held double with rotating colors to create a gradient effect. This one would be a lot of fun to experiment with- the possibilities for color combinations are endless. Stick with tone-on-tone for a similar gradient, or go buckwild and see what happens!

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And that’s a wrap! Thanks for joining us as we took a closer look at each pattern. One last time:  Malabrigo Book 6: in Cabo Polonio can be found wherever Malabrigo yarn is sold, so check your local yarn store!

Malabrigo Quickies: 30-Round Rasta Hat by Elizabeth Green Musselman

Talk about a quickie- how does 30 rounds to a finished hat sound?

30-Round Rasta Hat in Rasta (of course!) in Violeta Africana

30-Round Rasta Hat in Rasta (of course!) in Violeta Africana

Elizabeth says:

This pattern lets you be a superhero: with just 30 rounds of knitting, you’ve got yourself a gorgeous hat—perfect for that surprise cold snap that’s coming up tomorrow or the quick gift you need to whip up.

Great for the upcoming madness that is holiday gift-knitting season ;-) You can find the 30-Round Rasta Hat 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

Book 6 Pattern Feature: Estrellas and Majuga

For today’s Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio pattern feature, we’re taking a closer look at Estrellas and Majuga!

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Estrellas, designed by Elisa McLaughlin (a headband whiz for sure!) is a darling little stranded headwrap in Rastita. Nice and wide to keep your ears warm, it buttons at the nape of your neck with a little strap. The edging can be worn out, or folded under for a tidy rolled-in look.

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Majuga, by Joji Locatelli, really makes the most of the colorful Arco Iris colorway in Rios! I remember Joji emailing to tell me that she’d found the most perfect, vibrant dyelot at her yarn store- and she wasn’t lying! The gorgeous textured stitch pattern is perfect for such a variegated yarn. I don’t have snapshots of this one, as Joji lives near the Malabrigo headquarters and sent it directly there, but you can peek at her project page on Ravelry ;-)

Almost done! Just one more feature post to go.

Book 6 Pattern Feature: Rancho and Faro

Today’s featured patterns from Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio are Faro and Rancho!

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Faro, designed by Veera Välimäki, is a cabled swing cardigan in cozy Twist yarn, in Manzanilla Olive and Lettuce (a curious-sounding salad, but hey, it looks good!) The top half of the body is worked first, from the top down, and the horizontal cabled swing panel is worked side to side and attached as you go. (Unfortunately I don’t have any snapshots of this one- they came out blurry! Oops!)

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Back soon with more pattern features! In the meantime, you can find Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio at your local yarn store :-)

Book 6 Pattern Feature: Aguaviva and Angelito

Today we’re looking at Aguaviva and Angelito from Malabrigo Book 6: in Cabo Polonio!

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Aguaviva is a Silky Merino shawlette by Joji Locatelli, with a patterned center section, solid “wings” and a scallop trim. I don’t have any snapshots of this one – Joji lives closer to the Malabrigo factory than to me, so she just sends her designs straight to them instead- but she did send me a few snaps:

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Angelito is by (*gulp*) me! I hadn’t planned on having a pattern in the book, but Antonio requested that we sneak in a Rasta cowl at the last minute, so I was on the case! Imagine my surprise when it ended up on the cover- whoa! I do have some crappy snapshots of this one but given the excellent close-up, I don’t think they would add anything, heh.

We’re about halfway through the patterns of  Malabrigo Book 6: in Cabo Polonio! Stay tuned for more, and if you’re looking for the book, you should be able to get it through a LYS that carries our yarns :-)

Malabrigo Quickies: Odonata by Simone Kereit

Winter might be upon us (in the Northern hemisphere, anyway- the Uruguay crew is enjoying glorious spring weather, I’m sure!) but we can still reminisce about summer’s joys with this cheery (but cozy) hat from Simone Kereit:

Odonata in Rastita, in Black and Solis

Odonata in Rastita, in Black and Solis

Simone says:

The first colder nights of early fall bring with it cozy ideas of fair-isle knits and Scandinavian Ski sweaters to keep you toasty when the real cold gets here. But I am usually in ‘winter denial’ until much later and then often around the darker times of the year, I am longing for the lazy, warm days of late summer with the buzzing of bees in the air. What to do? I was in no way ready to knit snowflakes! Sitting by the local creek one afternoon, soaking up some late summer sun, pondering this dilemma, I watched the dragonflies dart to and fro in the sparkling light, and the perfect idea came to me: A colorful double knit hat, with dragonflies to represent summer days, worked in jewel tones of dragonflies, sunshine and sparkling water-drops, colors which would make me happy and a hat that would keep me warm and remind me all winter long that longer days are right around the corner!
The name Odonata (Odonata is an order of insects, encompassing dragonflies and damselflies.) to me has a beautiful ring to it and makes me think ‘Ode to summer’ which is what this hat truly is!

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This lovely hat is double-knitted, which means it’s completely reversible AND extra warm! Find Odonata 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

Book 6 Pattern Feature: Juncos and Calavera

Today our Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio featured patterns are Juncos and Calavera!

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First, Calavera! Fans of SpillyJane can probably pick out these mittens a mile away! Jane lent her considerable mitten expertise to our collection with these finger-warming op-art masterpieces:

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(Apologies for the slightly blurry and over-exposed pictures! These are just some quick snapshots from when I was working on the styling.) These fabulously bright colors are Water Green and Bergamota in Merino Worsted- love the combination!

I think of Juncos (by Breean Elyse Miller) as a sister pattern to Sur, and I’m sure you can see why- similar theory, different yarn, color scheme, and type of neckwarmer! Juncos is a double-thick mobius cowl in Merino Worsted (in a whole host of colors!)

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2 more down, 9 to go! In the meantime you can find Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio at your local Malabrigo-carrying yarn shop!

 

 

 

MFPP: Shieldmaiden Knits by Larissa Brown

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!

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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

 

Book 6 Pattern Feature: Sur and Fetiche

Today, we’re looking at Fetiche and Sur from Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio!

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Fetiche is a pair of bold, bright, slightly-fishnetted ankle socks by designer Star Athena! They are knit in Sock, in the Light of Love colorway. Unorthodox though it might be, I love these with heels- sort of a cheeky retro pin-up vibe! If you’re going to take the time to knit your own socks, might as well make them the star, right? (I don’t have any “Alex’s-shapshots” of these that are more close-up than that picture up top, so we’ll skip that for these!)

Sur is a complex (but not complicated to knit) and gorgeous scarf by Breean Elyse Miller. It is a sister pattern to Juncos (which we’ll look at in a different post.) Sur is knit with one of our newest yarns, Silkpaca- a laceweight blend of silk and alpaca (of course!) The yarn is held doubled for faster knitting, and the scarf is knitted as a tube so that it’s twice as warm- given the materials, this is a very cozy scarf indeed, without the bulk.

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Tune in next time for more Book 6 Pattern features! Malabrigo Book 6: In Cabo Polonio is available (or will be soon) anywhere that Malabrigo yarn is sold :-)