About us

We are a family owned yarn company located in Uruguay and we have developed a line of Hand-Dyed yarns of incredible softness and wonderful color variations. Our products are made out of the softest fibers available and inspired by nature, as well as landscapes, places, art and day-to-day life. This is what we try to represent when naming our 18 yarn varieties and the range of over 300 colors they come in.

We produce yarn because we are passionate about it. We believe in the pleasure of knitting with good-quality, carefully designed, subtly dyed yarns and in the joy of wearing whatever is made out of them.

Our wish is to continue developing yarns and colors to inspire people all over the world, and in return be inspired by them .


malabrigo started small, when two brothers-in-law started dyeing wool in a kitchen pot back in 2005. After achieving good results, they started selling a few skeins to the US and before they knew they had quickly grown to other countries in Europe and the rest of the world. To keep up with this growth, they needed to relocate to larger facilities and hire more employees.

This resulted in malabrigo’s mill which is located at Parque Tecnológico Industrial del Cerro, a Technology and Industry Park in Montevideo, Uruguay, where yarns are dyed and packed in large rooms with lots of natural light.

In 2010 the factory added a flat-plate thermal heating system to decrease the environmental footprint. Using the power of the sun, the water tanks are heated for the various processes to make your favorite yarns. The company employs environmentally safe practices using as little water and as few chemicals as possible.

More recently the company added a new mill in Perú.

malabrigo employs mostly women of all ages, and always tries to give job opportunities to people that have fewer opportunities than the average.


Most of malabrigo yarns are made with 100% Uruguayan Merino wool. Uruguay has one of the biggest wool supplies in the world, and for a good reason as it is of an extremely high quality, especially in regards to softness.

Our wool is 100% produced by Uruguayan farms that allow their  free-range sheep through the hills and are herded by actual old-style shepherds. The controversial practice of mulesing does not exist in Uruguay.

Some of our yarns use other fibers, such Silky Merino (a blend of our Merino and top-quality Silk), Mora (100% Mulberry Silk) and Silkpaca (Baby Alpaca from Perú and top-quality Silk). As well as the brand new Dos Tierras, a blend with 50% of our Merino with 50% Baby Alpaca from Perú.

We always ensure that our materials come from the best suppliers available here in Uruguay and around the world.

malabrigo flock

We are pleased to announce that Malabrigo is the proud owner of a flock of Merino and Corriedale sheep, who live on a ranch near our headquarters in Montevideo. Taking this step has been very important to us- we strive for sustainability and quality in all aspects of our business, and now we are able to have a direct hand in wool production from the very first step, and to ensure the humane, high-quality care of our happy little sheep. True, this flock isn't enough to produce all of our yarn by a long shot- but they're awfully cute. Welcome to the family, little guys! Should you happen to be in the Montevideo area, we invite you to visit our little sheepfold and say hello to the flock! 

In the following video we show you around beautiful Piedras de Afilar and demonstrate the process by which we shear our sheep and harvest the beautiful fleece that becomes Malabrigo yarn. We strive to use sustainable and humane farming practices with our ranch and flock – a happy sheep makes the best wool! 

Also, in August and September is a special time for the Malabrigo flock at La Serena: it's lambing time! Many members of our pasture-raised flock have recently given birth, and we want to share, through this video, this beautiful experience with you. Having a quiet walk in the lambing paddock is probably one of the most rewarding part of raising sheep! 

It is not only our own sheep that we worry about, but all of the sheep that produce our wools. The entire Uruguayan wool industry has committed itself to achieving the highest standards of sheep husbandry. In Uruguay the sheep graze mainly on native grasslands and lamb in the spring when conditions are best for success. All of the wool produced in Uruguay is mulesing-free and shearing occurs pre-lambing. To learn more about our commitment to sustainable, humane sheep welfare visit the Wools of Uruguay website and read the Guidelines for Ethical Sheep Production in Uruguay


Our Commitment to Sustainability

As part of our ongoing effort to build a greener business, our Superwash manufacturing process now meets Oeko-Tex standards. This means our yarn is free from a range of harmful substances often found in manufacturing (such as formaldehyde, pesticides, heavy metals, and a variety of other toxins and carcinogens.)  Our superwash process uses a very thin, very diluted coating of resin (which covers only .00002mm around the wool fibers.) This resin is the same material used in the manufacture of facial tissues and kitchen paper.

In 2010 the factory added a flat-plate thermal heating system to decrease the environmental footprint. Using the power of the sun, the water tanks are heated for the various processes to make malabrigo yarns. The company employs environmentally safe practices using as little water and as few chemicals as possible. All of our colorants also meet Oeko-Tex and 1907/2006 CE standards, which means we use none of the prohibited chemicals.

We took another step in 2017 when we migrated the majority of our energy solutions to renewable wood pellets! These cylinders are 100% biological and made of wood from runoff waste which would otherwise naturally decompose. The pellets have no chemical binding agents or dangerous additives and burn cleaner than other forms of wood-based energy meaning they have already significantly reduced our carbon footprint and will continue to do so for many years to come.


Answers to the questions we are more usually asked

Any other inquiry write to cm@malabrigoyarn.com whatever your language is!

  • How did you get the name 'malabrigo'?

    “Mal abrigo” roughly translates to “bad shelter”, which is by all accounts a curious name for a yarn company. 

    The name partially comes from the small village of Mal Abrigo in Uruguay. It was named as such because it is extremely windy and back when people rode horses and too often had to take shelter for the night, it was renowned for being a terrible place to stop.There are several towns of that name in South America (in other countries) but that was the one we had in mind.

    We were also inspired by novelists like Garcia Marquez, Juan Carlos Onetti, and William Faulkner, who set their novels in the magical but imaginary towns (Macondo, Santa Maria, and the towns in Yoknapatawpha County, respectively!). In our minds, malabrigo is an imaginary and chilly place where the weather drives everyone inside to knit, or to cozy up to the fire, where wool sweaters, hats, and scarves are always useful!

  • How do I pronounce 'malabrigo'?

    'maul' - 'ah-bree’ - 'go’

  • Where do you produce your yarn?

    We get all the Wool we use from Uruguayan suppliers, all the Alpaca from Perú and all the Silk from Italian suppliers. Spinning is made both in Uruguay and Perú. Some of our yarns are dyed, classified and tagged only in Uruguay, some only in Perú and some in both countries.

  • Are the colors of the yarn in your photos accurate?

    We work hard to obtain the most accurate colors in the photographs we show on the website. However, every computer has different monitor settings. For this reason we cannot ensure that the colors all monitors display will exactly match the color of the yarn.

  • Will my skeins match?

    As malabrigo’s yarns are Hand-Dyed, colors may vary from skein to skein, even within the same dye lot. This is increased for variegated colors. Make sure to get enough yarn for your project and to check that the skeins you are buying visually match. To ensure random color distribution, you can alternate a few rows from different skeins while knitting.

    Additionally there are specific colorways that do not have a dye lot. For these highly variegated yarns the absorption of the dye can vary even within the same batch so the idea of dye lot doesn't apply. Each skein is has its own unique beauty and to create a multi-skein project the knitter will need to just choose the skeins that are the most similar and alternate skeins while knitting to blend the colors together.

    We have put together the following list of no dye lot colors: 

    Liquidambar, Arco Iris, Aniversario, Indiecita, Piedras, Archangel, Diana, Zarzamora, Lotus, Poción, Soriano, Laguna Negra, Boreal, Queguay, Lluvia, Marte, Salpicado, Baya Electrica, Whales Road, Primavera, Chuy, Mares, Pradera.

  • Will my yarn bleed?

    Although bleeding is not usual, it can be caused by one of two things: excess dye, which is more typical of dark, saturated colors, or dye not being set properly. To avoid bleeding soak in water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar for at least 30 minutes, as many times as necessary, until it stops bleeding.

    Do this process before knitting for colorwork projects.

  • Care Instructions

    You can read our recommended care instructions for every yarn on the Yarns page, or on your yarn label.

    Also you can download our YARNS INFO DOCUMENT (pdf link to download) You can also find great advice from experienced malabrigo customers in Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/groups/malabrigo-junkies/pages/FAQ-General-Frequently-Asked-Questions