Everywhere You Go is Home a collection from Carina Spencer

This entry was posted on 15th August, 2018 by Barbara .

One of the goals of our Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project is to make sure that our collaborations are led by the designer that we are working with. We provide the raw materials and they bring their creativity and direction. Typically the entire collection is released in one fell swoop, but Carina Spencer let us know that she likes to release the patterns only a few at a time so that she can give all of the pieces the attention they deserve, which sounds lke a fun plan!

To kick off the collection let's let Carina speak to her inspiration:

Sometimes home isn’t a place where we live, it’s a connection with the people we love where we feel seen and safe. Sometimes our homes wander the world in the hearts of others. Everywhere You Go Is Home is a collection of four heart-led designs to knit for the ones you love to remind them that no matter how far away life takes you, you'll always be close. Each pattern explores the territory of different close connections: kindred spirits, best friends, and familial bonds.

The first pieces in this collection are the Kindred Hat and Mitts. One of the truly exciting parts of Carina's proposal was showing these pieces in both a two color and one color version. It shows how the knitter can customize their pieces to fit whomever will be the ultimate wearer of the project.

When combined with stripes, slipped stitches produce amazing colorwork and you might think that going one color would dampen the effect, but nothing could be further from the truth. The way the slipped stitches glide above the surface of the fabric creates a fascinating texture when worked in only one color.

Another fun element of these patterns is that they can be worked in either Malabrigo Chunky or Malabrigo Twist! The women’s sample was knit with Twist in Burgundy and Applewood. The men’s sample was knit with Chunky in Dark Earth but with all of the colors available in each base the possibilities are endless!

Carina (check her out as @carinaspencer on Instagram) will be releasing the rest of the patterns in the collection over the remaining weeks of August so check back often to follow along on this journey!

 

Popular on Instagram for July, 2018

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

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

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

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

 

Work in Progress of Fallen Cloud by Lisa Hannes, knitted by knitted by bobbys81using malabrigo Rios in Teal Feather

 

So Faded by Andrea Mowry @dreareneeknits, knitted by pamela71 using malabrigo Mechita in Hojas, Arequita, Ninfas, Frank Ochre and Teal Feather.

 

Doo Wop  by Lisa Hannes, knitted by julbray using
malabrigo Arroyo in Sand Bank, Natural and Reflecting Pool.

 

Cape Battersea by Valérie Miller, knitted gecko99 using malabrigo Rios in Pocion .

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 Tea Garden by Laura Patterson

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

Our 100% Mulberry Silk yarn Mora is a dream to knit with and it absolutely loves lace. So when the talented designer Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams proposed this stunning lace shawl for a Quickie we jumped on the proposal!

Meet Tea Garden! Starting with just a few stitches this asymmetrically shaped shawl grows along the right hand edge and evolves into a mesh lace finished with a perfect picot bind-off. I personally am in love with the treatment along the bottom edge which shows the designers attention to detail.

A small version of this shawl can be knit with one skein, knit as pictured with two skeins, or you could go for the large with three skeins. Or one of each LOL! We asked the designer to provide us with a few thoughts on her design process and she had this to say:

The very first time I saw the main stitch that I used in this design I knew I’d have to do something with it, something special. I didn’t know right away exactly what it wanted to be, so I let it percolate. It sat there quietly in my book, calling out whenever I was nearby, and patiently waiting a little longer. Finally I knew. I chose a favorite frilly little edge for the edge of the triangle, and a super-simple border for the end, and that was it. All that was left was to knit it.

While we think this piece looks amazing in the designer’s chosen color Whales Road, we asked her what other colors she thinks would play well with this pattern and she had the following thoughts:

I think this shawl would look just as good in any of the semi-solids, but my personal favorites are Cereza, Lettuce, Teal Feather, Paris Night, and Black. 

I can’t wait to see what color you choose to knit up this silken lacey dream for yourself. See Tea Garden on Ravelry here and get a copy for yourself.

 

Annular Baby Blanket by Triona Murphy

This entry was posted on 10th July, 2018 by Barbara .

The Paris Teal gradient set features 5 full sized skeins of our famous Worsted in five shades of blue blending from Paris Night to Teal Feather. Of course this gorgeous gradient called for an extra special pattern so we decided to have one designed especially to show off its perfect palate.

Enter the talented designer Triona Murphy. She has done amazing things with our yarn in the past and we were confident she would come up with a cozy baby blanket for our beautiful blues and we were not disappointed.

Worsted loves garter stitch and Triona crafted a fun pattern featuring garter worked in wedges formed by short rows. Working flat, you knit wedges in the different colors and repeat them around in a ring for a pinwheel of smooshiness. The center ring is then picked up and worked in the round to finish it all with a cute center "button" detail (but no actual buttons for your little one to find).

We love this blanket so much that we have decided to present it as our gift to you! Visit the Annular Baby Blanket pattern page on Ravelry to download your own copy and start knitting up your own!

Popular on Instagram for June, 2018

This entry was posted on 5th July, 2018 by vero .

Hi again!
We're back for the most liked by you pictures on our IG feed for the month of June. We had to skip May, but we're back now!

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

Work in Prorgress of Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl Soho, using malabrigo Rios in IndiecitaPosted to Instagram by @northforkknitter

Azula by Woolly Wormhead, knitted by fabricoftime using malabrigo Dos Tierras in English Rose and Polar Morn.

Just Slip It - 2018 by Susan Ashcroft, knitted by 406FiberArts using malabrigo Rios in Natural and Indiecita.

Rio Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs,  using malabrigo Sock in Ochre.

Cascadial Wrap by Erin Kurup, knitted by Purlificknitter using malabrigo Mechita in Pearl, Ilusion, Sabiduria, Aniversario, Pegaso, Sirenas, Arequita, Diana, Dried Orange, Archangel and English Rose.

Which one is your favourite?

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 Flectere by Dana Gervais

This entry was posted on 21st June, 2018 by Barbara .

You have told us many times that you would like more patterns that play well with our highly variegated yarns, and we are listening! This month's Quickie from Dana Gervais makes the most of a skein of highly variegated Sock! Meet Flectere.

This sock makes use of the easy to work slip stitch to move yarn around and create a beautiful texture that makes these socks super fun. Dana chose to use Arco Iris for her samples but these socks would look great in pretty much any color we have.

When asked about her inspiration for this pattern the designer had the following to say:

The Latin word flectere , meaning “to bend” or “to curve,” and its form flexus give us the roots flect and flex. Something flexible can be bent without breaking. I love the combination of slipped stitches with variegated yarn. It’s a combination I never tire of or find boring to knit. This pattern was inspired by this gorgeous variegated yarn by Malabrigo Yarn. The short colour repeats combined with the curve and bend of the stitch pattern manage to complement each other without competing with each other, which is a good outcome not only for hand knit socks, but for life in general.This sock starts with a star toe and the stitch pattern on the top of the foot. Then, after a short row heel, the stitch pattern continues on the front and back of the sock.

So grab a skein of Sock and knit up a pair of socks for yourself!

malabrigo Newsletter | Winter - Spring 2018

This entry was posted on 21st June, 2018 by luciana .