Popular on Instagram for September, 2018

This entry was posted on 12th October, 2018 by vero .

Hello all! Can you believe it's already October ?! I'm so in denial, it even took me a while to post this months Top 5 Instagram posts!

But here the are, lets see what we have this month!

Close up of Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl Soho, knitted by gecko99 using malabrigo Rios in Diana. 

Close up of Song of Sorrow by Sara Gresbach, knitted by Coselaluna using malabrigo Mechita in Pearl and Aniversario 

Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar, knitted by vikkyzm, using malabrigo Rios in Sand Bank. 

Skeins of malabrigo Rasta in all the colours of the TriBeCa collection. 

 

Arboreal by Jennifer Steingass, knitted by anyalulu, using malabrigo Arroyo in Natural and Camaleon

What do you think? Is your favourite on the list?

Don't forget that you can have your voice heard too, by liking your favourite posts on our feed :)

See you next month!
 

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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 Oil Paint Cowl by Amy van de Laar

This entry was posted on 11th October, 2018 by Barbara .

After reading the proposal for this piece I was so very excited to see how it would turn out. The amazing designer Amy van de Laar used a fun new technique to create an amazing effect in this snuggly cowl she calls the Oil Paint Cowl.

I'm excited about this project for not only the opportunity to try something new, but also because I'm always looking for a new pattern that allows me to play with one of our wildly variegated yarns!

Now I could go on but I think it best to let Amy tell you all about this stunning pattern:

The Oil Paint Cowl pattern is now available on Ravelry! It's a cosy cowl with textured colour-play inspired by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. The all-over colourwork pattern uses the brilliant ‘marlisle’ technique pioneered by Anna Maltz, which adds textural contrast and colour-mixing to stranded colourwork. The foreground pattern of brushstrokes is stranded using one colour only, and the background is worked in garter stitch with both colours held together.

I was lucky enough to visit an amazing Van Gogh exhibition last year at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the colours, textures, and movement of the paint ended up inspiring this cowl design. I suggest picking one of your own favourite paintings to help choose your yarn colours!

I knit my cowl using two skeins of Malabrigo Mechita (100% merino; 420yds/384m per 100g skein). To keep the brushstroke pattern well defined I chose the semi-solid colourway ‘Frank Ochre’ for the stranded stitches, which also shimmers beautifully in the marled garter stitch background. And to really bring out the impressionist painting effect, I chose the variegated colourway ‘Sheri’ for the background, to add extra richness and depth.

Oil Paint Cowl features:
  • a cosy short cowl knit in the round from the bottom up
  • all-over marlisle colourwork pattern of stylised brushstrokes
  • techniques include stranded colourwork, and knitting in the round
  • suitable for solid or semi-solid fingering-weight yarn with contrast between the two colours
  • the background/MC also suits variegated yarn or colour gradients
  • one size, easy to alter by changing the number of repeats
  • pattern includes full written instructions as well as charts (made possible by the small 8-stitch repeat).
Because it’s my birthday this weekend, I’m offering a special discount of 20% off the price of this pattern until the end of Sunday the 14th - no coupon code needed!
So head over to your LYS or dive into your Mechita stash and plan on making a couple of these!
 

Malabrigo Quickie Twists and Turns by Michael Harrigan

This entry was posted on 18th September, 2018 by Barbara .

Sometimes as a knitter one simply wants to knit something with a little bit of lace and a scrumptious skein of yarn. The talented desigenr Michael Harrigan has designed the perfect shawl for those times and named it Twists and Turns.

Why did he call it that? Well I think he says it best:

I travel extensively looking for inspiration for my hand knit accessory designs. Natural elements, landmarks and textiles I encounter on my travels are often the basis. I’m particularly drawn to geometric shapes and to intricate colorways.

This design features a transection of geometric shapes on a background that reflects the interplay of shadows and light, as seen on the pavement from a seaside cafe in Croatia.

Often it is hard to match a variegated colorway with lace but Sirenas on Mechita is the perfect fit for this piece. The very geometric and bold shapes in the lace can stand up to multi-color choices and the swaths of solid fabric gives the yarn space to shine.

Worked flat from the top down this shawl is sure to be a soothing and fun knit! We can't wait to see what color you chose to knit it in. And just in case you didn't know it - this would work great in our Sock base as well!

Popular on Instagram for August, 2018

This entry was posted on 7th September, 2018 by vero .

Hi again!
We're back for the most liked by you pictures on our IG feed for the month of August. 

Last month I got overexcited going through the pictures and didn't noticed I had gone over to the August posts, so you will find one of the pictures is a repeat from last month. It's so pretty, though, I thought you wouldn't mind seeing it again ;) Can you tell me which one it is?

Let's see what you guys liked most this past month:

Close up of Quilted Lattice Cowl by Debbie Seton, knitted by Karajwill using malabrigo Rios in Camaleon colorway. 

Skein of malabrigo Rios in Arco Iris. Posted to Instagram by  @leostrikk

Skein of malabrigo Mechita in Paprika. Posted to Instagram by  @crochetcetera

Rumpelstiltskin by verybusymonkey, knitted by MOOG, using malabrigo Sock in Ochre colorway. 

Floating Leaves by Lisa Hannes, knitted by purlificknitter.
malabrigo Mechita in Pearl colorway. 

What do you think? Is your favourite on the list?

Don't forget that you can have your voice heard too, by liking your favourite posts on our feed :)

See you next month!
 

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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.

Introducing TriBeCa a New Look for Rasta

This entry was posted on 6th September, 2018 by Barbara .

Rasta! Just the name conjurs images of gloriously bulky softness ready to be crafted into sumptious and cozy pieces to adorn your life. Long has it been available in a stunning array of rich colors to tempt all tastes. But we are always on the look-out for ways to innovate in color, and so we are pleased to introduce some new additions to the Rasta palette: malabrigo TriBeCa!

These fresh, cool shades bring versatility and style whether used alone or in combination with the more intense colors of our existing range. With this new collection we aim to inspire the creativity of designers and knitters who have been requesting these fashion forward colors from us. And it is easy to see why, pastel, neutral, and muted colors can be found everywhere; from the runway to the living room and now they can be on your needles!

To kick things off right we decided to put out an e-book of 6 fun new patterns designed to highlight our new colors. These patterns are all available individually and as an e-book aptly named malabrigo TriBeCa. We found four amazing designers to focus their considerable talents on the new crayons in the Rasta box and we couldn't be more pleased with the results.

The Barclay Hat by Kali Berg

The Chambers Poncho by Kalurah Hudson

The Murray Cowl by Kali Berg

The Park Hat by Sarah Luse

The Reade Shawl by Kalurah Hudson

The Warren Cowl by Kirsten Kapur

So make sure to plan a trip to your favorite LYS so that you can check out these amazing new colors in person and get some for your own projects!

Malabrigo Quickie Carrasco Cowl and Mitts by Katy H Carroll

This entry was posted on 28th August, 2018 by Barbara .

It is heading into a transitional weather season regardless of which hemisphere you live in (unless you live in the tropics lol) and two of the best transitional pieces you can knit are cowls and fingerless mitts. For this month's Quickie we had the designer Katy H Carroll focus her considerable talents on crafting matching pieces that make the most of our sport weight Arroyo. Introducing the Carrasco Cowl and Mitts!

 

Here are some thoughts from the designer in her own words:

Believe it or not, it was an online friend’s reference to Malabrigo Yarn about 15 years that eventually led me to teach myself to knit.  She had referred to Malabrigo Worsted on her MySpace page as “softer than baby kittens”, which caused me to look up the company website to see what she was talking about.  The colorways were enticing, and I wanted to know how to work with this marvelous material.  

To date, my knitting patterns have leaned more traditionally feminine, and so I was excited for the opportunity to design something with a unisex appeal.  I settled on this checkerboard pattern, as I knew the knits, purls, and slipped stitches would break up any pooling and also create a fabric with some dimension.  I was pleased to see how well the easily memorized stitch pattern worked for both the subdued Piedras and the brighter Diana.  The name “Carrasco” comes from a barrio in Montevideo, Uruguay, the home of Malabrigo Yarn – it was fun to discover that the stitch pattern is highly reminiscent of the historic Hotel Carrasco’s façade.  

The cowl is offered in one size, with guidance on how it can easily be adjusted.  A subtle flare in the cowl’s base allows it to sit nicely on the shoulders.  The mitts have an integrated thumb gusset and are offered in sixes S – XL, to cover all hands.  An optional decorative button detail adds a little extra interest on both pieces.  Each design takes only one skein, making them perfect for holiday or gift knitting (although I suggest making them for yourself first!).  

Arroyo was a treat to knit – the fabric is squishy but not too heavy, and it relaxes beautifully when blocked.  I hope you enjoy making your Carrasco Cowl and Mitts!

These pieces work beautifully with our more variegated colors and the designer chose Diana for the women's set and Piedras for the men's but I can see them looking fabulous in any of our colors!