MFPP: Let Them Knit Cake by Emma Welford

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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)
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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 Quickie: Casper Mountain Cowl by Abbey Swanson

You may remember Abbey (aka The Firefly Hook) from her recent gorgeous MFPP – well, she’s back today with one more project!

Casper Mountain Cowl in Arroyo, in Pocion

Casper Mountain Cowl in Arroyo, in Pocion

Abbey says:

The reds, blues and greens in the Pocion colorway beautifully represent the landscape around Casper Mountain. Because of its many functions, the bandanna served as an essential accessory for a cowboy or pioneer before it became an iconic fashion piece. I wanted a versatile design that could be worn by men, women and children. I love how it looks on both our models: a 16 year old young lady and my 6 year old son.

You can find the Casper Mountain Cowl on Ravelry here! Or see a list of our 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

First book of Kristen Kapur

Kristen Kapur has published her first independently book, Shawl Book One, “is a collection of ten of her best loved shawl patterns from her blog, Through the Loops. The book is beautifully photographed by Gale Zucker, of She Shoots Sheep shots.”

She has made two designs using malabrigo yarn, one is Laight Street in Twist, Zinc color; in words of Kristen: “this lovely stole features a combination of lace and cables, bordered with garter stitch.”

Laight Street by Kirsten Kapur | Photo by Gale Zucker | Twist in Zinc color

Laight Street
by Kirsten Kapur | Photo by Gale Zucker | Twist in Zinc color

The other one is Ulmus, “the body of Ulmus is created with a simple two row slipped stitch pattern, alternating two colors of Malabrigo Sock.” Kristen said. The colors that she selected were Abril and Indiecita.

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Ulmus by Kirsten Kapur | Photo by Gale Zucker | Sock, abril and Indiecita colors.

You can see the whole book in Ravelry, hope you like!

Amy Micallef and malabrigo

We want to share with you the work of Amy Micallef, an excellent designer that has worked with malabrigo in several of her prettiest designs.

In the Winter 2014/15 edition of Vogue Knitting you can see the Shawl-Collar Cardigan, a beautiful sweater from Broadway play “Of Mice and Men”, with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, made with malabrigo Sock in Ochre color.

Shawl-Collar Cardigan by  Amy Micallef | Sock in Ochre color.

Shawl-Collar Cardigan by Amy Micallef | Sock in Ochre color.

Vogue Knitting said about her design:

“Amy Micallef captures timeless style in her shawl-collar cardigan, crafting it with impeccable attention to detail. She work the cable rib collar along with the front, transposing the right and wrong-side pattern stitches so that the right side shows where it folds over at the yoke. The wide cabled rib border nips the waist and cuffs and harmonize with the charming allover pattern of eyelet blocks. Malabrigo yarn Sock offers a bit superwash luxury”

Shawl-Collar Cardigan by Amy Micallef | Sock in Ochre color.

Shawl-Collar Cardigan by Amy Micallef | Sock in Ochre color.

Also Amy is the author of Pinebankthe cardigan featured on the cover of the our newest Malabrigo book 8, In Central Park.

In this cardigan the perfect combination of bright colors, tiget lily, flúo, very berry and cadmium, enhance the blanced tones of Azules yarn. The garment enchant us for great details like the ends of the sleeves, or the internal colors finished.

Pinebank by Amy Micallef | Merino Worsted | Azul profundo, Tiger lily, Fluo and Very berry colors.

Pinebank by Amy Micallef | Merino Worsted | Azul profundo, Tiger lily, Fluo, Cadmium and Very berry colors.

We really appreciate working with talented designers who will contribute so much to malabrigo.

Thanks Amy!

 

Papilio Atalanta by Lotta Groeger

Springy weather calls for a springy shawl, like this airy number by Lotta Groeger!

Papilio Atalanta in Sock, Cote D'Azure

Papilio Atalanta in Sock, Cote D’Azure

Lotta says:

This shawl is worked from end to end. The boarder has stylized butterflies, just the right reminder that summer is just around the corner. The main body is worked in mesh to maximise the shawl size with limited yarn. The shawl can be worn as a way to warm your shoulders as well as a simple scarf.

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So pretty!
You can find Papilio Atalanta on Ravelry here, or see a list of our 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

MFPP: Travel Knitting by Katherine Leek

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!

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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: Bonne Toque by Moira Engel

Bonne Toque in Rastita, Natural and Sabiduria

Bonne Toque in Rastita, Natural and Sabiduria

Moira says:

Bonne Toque is just a pretty hat for spring. Warm and snuggly Malabrigo Rastita makes for a perfect knit for transitioning the seasons.

Find it on Ravelry here! Or see a list of our 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 Quickie: Amy’s Mitts by Jessica Anderson

Amy's Mitts in Sock, Dewberry

Amy’s Mitts in Sock, Dewberry

The days are getting warmer but there’s still a nip in the air! Today’s Quickie is perfect for those just-a-little-chilly days, or a wonderful gift.

Jessica says:

My midwife and friend, Amy, is one of the most knit-worthy people I know. When she asked me for a pair of fingerless mitts, I knew that they had to be dainty, elegant and purple. When I combined all those things, I knew I had Amy’s Mitts and this pattern was born. Perfect for crisp, early morning baby catching!

Find ‘em on Ravelry here! Or see a list of our 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

MFPP: Casual Friday by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

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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.

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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

 

MFPP: Sea Buckthorn by Jana Huck

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!

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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