February Quickies Pattern Make it Snappy

This entry was posted on 10th February, 2020 by Jessica .
 
 
 

Happy February!

Hopefully it's warmer and a lot brighter wherever you are today. The skies are gray, the ground is still covered with snow and it's quite cold out there outside my office, so when Pam Grushkin let me know that she just released her February Quickies pattern, it definitely brightened my day!

This hat is so bright, and looks absolutely cozy and warm. It's also knit in Rasta (and in one of my favorites, Zarzamora), which means if I take a very quick break from working on my book (shhhh, don't tell on me!), I'll have a new warm hat to keep me warm when I have to run to the bus stop to get my kiddos later this afternoon. 

Pam says the following about her new design, 

 
Malabrigo Yarns has consistenly created beautiful and unique hand-dyed yarns; they have long been a favorite of mine. Their colorways capitvate me, which was the true inspiration behind this pattern. While designing this hat, I wanted use pattern stitches that popped the colors featured in the yarn. The broken rib pattern in the brim pops the variations in the dyeing and truly brings the colors to life. 

'Make It Snappy' is a quick and easy knit, suitable for a range of skill levels from an advanced beginner to a seasoned knitter. This is a one skein wonder using Malabrigo Rasta; a wonderfully soft, super bulky yarn available in wide variety of unique, hand-dyed colorways.

The hat is sized to fit as follows: child (teen/small adult, large adult with head circumference of 19-21 (21-23, 22-24)”/48.3-53.3 (53.3-58.4, 58.4-61)cm.

If you like instant gratification in your knits, this is it! You’ll enjoy the whole process from choosing the color (or colors) that capture your heart, the softness of the yarn as you knit, and how quickly you’ll have a finished hat to gift or wear.

You can find Pam's work in the following places: 

Ravelry livelaughknit and patterns are the Ravelry store: Pam Grushkin
 
 
Instagram pamgrushkin
 
 
Make it Snappy pattern can be found here, and the pattern is 30% off until February 14, 11:59 pm EST with Coupon Code is MAKEITSNAPPY. 
 
 
Pam Grushkin shares her passion for knitting through teaching, designing and blogging.  
Her designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, Tahki, Stacy Charles Fine Yarns, String, Knitting Socks with Hand-painted Yarn, One + One Hats, One + One Wraps, Cowls & Capelets, and independently on Ravelry as Pam Grushkin Knits. 
 
She lives in Florida where she is rarely seen without needles in her hands. For more information, check out her website, www.pamgrushkin.com.
 
 
 

 

January 2020 Quickies Pattern Elizabeth Cowl

This entry was posted on 27th January, 2020 by Jessica .

I'm super excited to bring you the very first Quickies pattern of 2020, the Elizabeth Cowl from designer Patty Nance!

 

I've known Patty for awhile and I am super thrilled to be able to introduce you all to her work in case you aren't familiar with it. Patty is most-known for her special knitting technique, Bargello Knitting, and if you aren't familiar with it, you'll want to be sure to check out her book, Bargello Knits.

The Elizabeth cowl is that perfect one-skein project that you just cannot wait to get onto your needles. This piece is designed to really make the Washted base shine, and it's perfect for the cold that some of us are experiencing right now (this former desert loving gal will be getting one onto my needles right now because there is more snow in my forecast this week and I am cold!). 

This pattern showcases an easy to memorize stitch pattern that will have you wearing a brand-new cowl after a bit of TV knitting (the hardest part will either be choosing which color to knit it up in, because this piece works with anything- speckled, tonals, variegated, it will all look lovley in this cowl!

 

You can find the pattern here : https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elizabeth-cowl-11

and you can find Patty on IG @nancepatty.

I can't wait to see all of your beautiful Elizabeth Cowls!

New Yarn: Caprino

This entry was posted on 17th January, 2020 by Kristel .

Caprino is now available! 

Luxurious, timeless and elegant, we are excited to introduce you to our newest yarn.

This sublimely soft base is destined to create the most beautiful garments and accessories. It's the perfect balance of cashmere and superfine merino. 

 

This plied yarn brings not only an enduring elegance to your knits but also a cloud-like softness. It is hand-dyed in a meticulously curated color palette that is guaranteed to be chic. When you are looking for a piece with perpetual elegance, you will want to reach for Caprino.

These are the available colors: 

We hope you like it as much as we do!

December Quickies Pattern After the Rain

This entry was posted on 16th December, 2019 by Jessica .

 

Between the snow that started falling last night and the days to get gift-knitting finished dwindling, I'm looking for all the quick, warm, knit patterns that I can, anybody else? Thankfully, Elizabeth Felgate just released a hat pattern, After the Rain, that looks like it will be both a quick and warm knit, perfect to keep everyone warm. (The pattern is genrously sized from a 4 year old to an Adult Large).

This hat takes two skeins of Dos Tierras in highly contrasting colors. The sample uses Camelon and Plomo. 

 

Elizabeth, the designer, says the following about her piece: 

 

After the rain, the world is washed clean. Even in the muddy depths of a wet winter, pebbles shine with newly revealed colour, evergreen leaves gleam, and the clouds break to show the sky. This is a hat for hope and new beginnings.

Refresh your knitting mojo with some new skills too. Double knitting in DK yarn provides a warm double-layer hat, whilst one simple pattern row creates some texture and allows a multicoloured reverse side yarn to peek through like little jewels emerging from their ore.

I bet if you cast this one on this evening, you'll have a new hat before the end of the week! Happy knitting!

 

You can find the pattern here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/after-the-rain-10

Be sure to check out more of Elizabeth's work on her instagram @elizabethfelgate

 

 

 

 

November Quickies Garrity Cowl

This entry was posted on 2nd December, 2019 by Jessica .

 

 

 

I am super thankful for the incredibly talented designers that we get to work with to create some amazing projects for you all every month, aren't you? I know this past weekend was super busy (and it seems like it only gets busier from here, doesn't it?) so I want to make sure that you did not miss this brand new Quickies pattern for November: Garrity Cowl by Katy H. Carroll.

Katy says, 

The Garrity Cowl, designed for the 2019 Malabrigo Quickies program, uses elongated stitches to create an interesting surface texture. As a bonus, the cowl is completely reversible—the wrong side has a basketweave appearance. Chunky, single-ply Mecha takes Malabrigo Yarn’s signature colorways beautifully and creates a thick fabric which can be tucked inside to make an extra-cozy cowl.

I just love that the piece is reversible and you can wear it either way and still look amazing!

This project requires two skeins of Mecha and it is shown in the Anniverario colorway.

If you are looking for a quick knit gift for this Holiday season, you just might want to check this one out! It looks like a pretty quick knit and it makes a beautiful cowl. Hurry, the pattern is on sale until 12/5.

You can purchase the pattern right here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garrity-cowl and you can find more of Katy's work by following her on Instagram @katinkadesigns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twisted Strings a Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project by Amy van de Laar

This entry was posted on 18th November, 2019 by Jessica .
 

I am so excited to introduce to this incredible MFPP Colleciton that Amy van de Laar has created! It's such a stunning and amazing colleciton of accessory patterns, absolutely perfect for this time of the year.  Each of the pieces is by the decorative tracery found on Baroque string instruments. The names of the individual designs - the Dowland Wrap, Tielke Shawl, Playford Hat, Jaye Mitts, and Simpson Cowl - are borrowed from seventeenth-century composers, instrument-makers, and music teachers and publishers

 

Dowland Wrap

Dowland Wrap: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dowland-wrap

Amy says, "Named for the composer John Dowland, famous for his melancholy songs and instrumental works for viols, the Dowland Wrap is a dramatic rectangular wrap featuring a central cable panel flanked by contrasting garter stitch."

This wrap is worked in Dos Tierras in Azul Profundo. 

Jaye Mitts

Jaye Mitts: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jaye-mitts

According to Amy, these mitts are "named for the viol-maker Henry Jaye, this pair of fingerless mitts features a delicately intertwining cable motif, and simple twisted cables on the palms representing the strings of musical instruments."

These are worked in Sock in Teal Feather. 

Playford Hat

Playford Hat: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/playford-hat

Amy says, "The Playford Hat, named for the music publisher and bookseller John Playford, is knit in the round from the bottom up in a delicate all-over cable pattern following the twining lines, hearts, and flourishes inscribed on a Baroque violin. "

This hat is knit in Arroyo on Borraja.

Simpson Cowl

 

The Simpson Cowl, named for viol-player and composer Christopher Simpson, is a short cowl worked in the round featuring an all-over pattern of intertwining cable motifs.This piece is worked on Washted on Pearl.

Tielke Shawl

 

Tielke Shawl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tielke-shawl

Amy says, "The Tielke Shawl, named for a family of musical instrument makers, is an asymmetric triangular shawl featuring a garter stitch ground and a cable panel which flows from simple twisted cables, representing the strings of musical instruments, into a complex intertwining motif."

This shawl is a quick knit, worked in Washted (a worsted weight!) on Sunset. 

The ebook is avaible here: 

Amy can be found here: 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular on Instagram for October, 2019

This entry was posted on 4th November, 2019 by vero .

Welcome to the top 5 of IG for the month of October!

How was your Halloween celebration, if you celebrate it?

Lets get on with the selected projects for this month, shall we?

Work in Progress... Toph by Woolly Wormhead,  knitted by Ravelry user edelweizs using ?malabrigo Dos Tierras in Paris Night and Arco Iris.

The Looking Glass Cowl by Jill DeMarco, using ?malabrigo Rasta in Whole Grain, Lluvias, Fog and Piedras

Work in Progress... Starflake: Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2019 by Stephen West, knitted by IG user @engel808_ ?using malabrigo Mechita in Glitter and Eggplant.

The Looking Glass Hat by Jill DeMarco, knitted by IG user @bknitshandmade using malabrigo Rasta in Arco Iris.

A Gentle Wind by Lisa Hannes,  knitted by Ravelry user Yarnsembles using ?malabrigo Rios in Whole Grain

Cobblestone Cowl by Kaye Adolphson using malabrigo Sock in Lettuce and malabrigo Caracol in Piedras.

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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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.

Stormy Lace Cowl a Bonus Quickies Pattern for October

This entry was posted on 28th October, 2019 by Jessica .

It's that time of the year, where we inevitably turn back to our needles and pick up our squishy yarn. Whether it is to stay warm, or to keep us focused during a busy season, cozy yarn and lovely handmade items seem to be the goal! This month also brings you an extra Quickies pattern and I think this one would make a lovely gift for someone, and if you cast it today you just might have that extra handmade present you will be looking for in the next few months!

Stormy Lace Cowl, designed by Fiona Munro, is knit in Silcpaca, and features a lovely lace pattern that just shines in this yarn. 

Here's what Fiona has to say about the piece: 

The Stormy Lace Cowl is the perfect accessory with its distinctive lace detail inspired by stormy skies. It is worked entirely in the round with a British Moss Stitch edging along the cast on and cast off edges. The stormy skies inspiration of windy dark billowing clouds for this cowl is also reflected in the depths of the Abril colour of the sample which is knit with one skein of Malabrigo Silkpaca Lace, (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk). This luxurious yarn has a gorgeous drape and vibrant colour.

 

I think it is simply an elegant and classic piece, the hardest part for me is trying to decide which color I want to knit one in first! If you think you might want to knit one too, be sure to purchase your copy this week, October 28, because with coupon code NewPattern 20, you will get 20% off, this week only! You can find the pattern right here

 

Malabrigo Quickies Friendship Mitts

This entry was posted on 14th October, 2019 by Jessica .

It’s October, so that means that we are in prime knitting season! So many Fiber Festivals and events are right around the corner, and we also have a fun Quickies project perfect for the season!

 

Designer Moira Engel brings us Friendship Gloves worked in Malabrigo Finito.

 

Moira says: A set of twin pre-teen girls who are very dear to my heart asked me to make them gloves that look like friendship bracelets. I had absolutely no idea, but the idea percolated for a while and the Latvian Braid kept invading my brain. So these are my Friendship Gloves, inspired by friendship bracelets. The color-work is mosaic, which I feel is a fun and magical way to work in color. 1 skein of each colour will complete both versions.

 

 

I just love how she has provided a warm, cozy, modern twist on friendship bracelets, don’t you? I’m also in love with how she has used the Latvian Braid to perfectly decorate this piece. 

 

You can find the pattern here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/friendship-gloves

 

Be sure to check out the rest of Moira’s designs here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/moira-engel

Malabrigo Quickie Surprised by Joy by Jessica Anderson

This entry was posted on 30th September, 2019 by Jessica .

When you are struggling the middle of the seemingly endless grey days, the hardest thing is to find hope in the middle of it all. Yet, those tiny moments, those glimpses of joy surprise us beyond measure. It’s in them that we grow, learn and move forward. Deceptively simple, this shawl gives you a pause to be surprised by joy with a simple pop of color, a band of garter stitch worked on a grey background of stockinette. The piece is completed with a dainty ribbed ruffle edging for just an extra touch of care. Pick your favorite pair of colors and this one has the potential to bring you joy all year long. 

The above words from the designer seemed to be the best way to introduce this beautiful new Quickie from designer Jessica Anderson. To create the pattern Surprised by Joy Jessica chose two lovely skeins of Arroyo to craft a cozy top down triangular shawl.

A combination of stripes and simple texture, this project can be your constant companion at knit night or as you travel. While I love the combination of Pearl and Borrajas, this design is the perfect opportunity to play with one of our more variegated colorways! Take a look at the mix of colors in your skein and make sure to select a solid color that will contrast with all of them.

And did I mention the perfect ending? I'm not quite sure how she achieved it, but the tiny vertical blocks of color that skip daintily along the edging are just a perfect ending to this beautiful piece!

Popular on Instagram for August, 2019

This entry was posted on 8th September, 2019 by vero .

Welcome to the top 5 of IG for the month of August!
Which one do you like best? 

Lineage Sweater by Gabrielle Vézina using malabrigo Arroyo in Prussia Blue, Chircas, Sand Bank, Jupiter, Glitter, Piedras and Candombe.

 

Nightshift by Andrea Mowry,  knitted by Ravelry user majago using malabrigo Washted in Camaleon, Arcobaleno, Piedras, Sunset, Diana and Cirrus Gray.

 

Kaleidoscope Hat by Cate Savard knitted by IG user user heatheredhandmades, using malabrigo Rasta in Arco Iris and Cape Cod Gray.

 

cancun boxy lace top by erin kate archer knitted by IG user user jessbs27, using ?malabrigo Washted in Fortaleza

 

Twist of Fate Cowl by Cathryn Johnson  using ?malabrigo Rasta in Frank Ochre.

What do you think? 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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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.

Street Art by Paola Albergamo A Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project Collection

This entry was posted on 3rd September, 2019 by Jessica .

We are beyond excited that designer Paola Albergamo agreed to focus her creative flair on combining our yarns with her vision for a collection celebrating the Street Art of her home, Rome. As is often the case in our Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project, anything I try to write about these amazing designs can't hold a candle to hearing directly from the designer. Each of the stunning pieces in this collection is a well thought out, cunningly designed, work of art. But enough from me, let's hear from Paola!


It’s not a secret that I love all the different forms of Street Art. Writings, Graffiti, Murales, Stencil art, Sticker art, reverse graffiti to name some of the different techniques I know that are displayed on  the walls of our cities.

I live in a working-class district of Rome and, while I love it because of its low prices, friendly people and for the lively night life, I cannot deny that its architecture is poor and its green areas are scarce and quite dirty.

That’s why I’m so grateful for all the street art that gives color and joy to otherwise grey and dull walls of my neighborhood. When I take a walk in search for inspirations, I cannot count on fresh nature and beautiful flowers (though they appear here and there, when you less expect to see them!) or interesting architecture.

That’s why the colors and the shapes that catch my eyes in my everyday life are the ones offered for free by these casual spots of happiness on public walls. I know the places that writers and artists use the most and try to go there as often as I can to see their always changing, fleeting works, take pictures and be inspired.

The Pink Arch Shawl

This shawl is inspired by a graffiti writing near my house, with its unusual pink color. The detail that caught my eye is the semicircle showing on the top-right corner with the play of small circles of color around it, making it looks like a shawl on the graffiti “shoulders”.

Yarn: Mechita in Double Bass, English Rose, and Polar Morn.

Flying Diamonds Swoncho

Not a sweater, not a poncho, Flying Diamonds is a cozy layering piece, inspired by a shiny and colorful graffiti on a wall near my house. The graffiti has a detail that caught my attention: that diagonal gray stripe containing two white diamonds, similar to two eyes watching you from behind the wall. I tried to replicate this detail with the striking Mosaic Stripe dividing the Front of the piece from the Left Sleeve.

Yarn: Rastita in Plomo and Natural, Dos Tierras in Solis

City on Fire Shawl

City on Fire was inspired by a particular graffiti, on the wall of the local middle school. It is a stylized depiction of a burning city, with a grey tower surrounded by red flames.

Yarn: Finito in Cereza, Bronce, and Mostaza

Arrows Hat and Mitts Set

This set was by a piece on a school wall near my new house (yay!). It represents a lot of arrow pointing to the center from different starting point, using an explosion of different colors! The marlisle technique used for this set gives an interesting result, so similar to some raw drawing on the walls, when the paint is already fading, but the shapes are still visible.

Yarn: Sock in Aniversario and Pearl


Make sure to click through to each of the pattern's Ravelry pages to read more about the different Innovative constructions and see the details for each individual piece. The patterns are available both individually and as an e-book.

Another can't miss is Paola's Instagram feed where you can see super fun animated gifs of her patterns.

Malabrigo Quickie Tree Bark Set by Asita Krebs

This entry was posted on 22nd August, 2019 by Jessica .

Ah Rios! We love this yarn so much. It is versatile and shows off the malabrigo colors so well. While one might immediately think of bright and flashy colors, you won't want to overlook the varied depth of the complex neutrals that we offer. 

Take a look at Camel, at first glance it is a lovely light caramely brown color. But if you look more closely you'll see subtle shades of gray and faint hints of orange. All of these colors blend together to create a true Camel color.

For this month's Quickie, talented designer Asita Krebs took full advantage of this subtle colorway to craft an intricatedly cabled hat with matching arm warmers called the Tree Bark Set. The ribbing that starts out the hat quickly turns and swoops in and out of interlaced cables that evoke beautiful knots. The designer says "Inspired of the acient pieces of wood covered by the sand of the dessert, uncovered by the movement of winds and storms. Memories to the far past and future. "

The mitts have the same lovely cablework and cover the palm down to mid forearm. Another exciting plus for this pattern is that it is available in both English and German! If you love cables then you are sure to enjoy knitting up this snuggly set.

 

malabrigo Newsletter | Spring 2019

This entry was posted on 22nd August, 2019 by Kristel .

Malabrigo Quickie River Bend by Lindsay Lewchuk

This entry was posted on 29th July, 2019 by Jessica .

In the northern hemisphere it is in the middle of a sweltering summer and the idea of cooling silk and a flowing river of water might be just the thing to turn down the heat. Eco conscious designer Lindsay Lewchuk put her design skills to the test to create the River Bend scarf, a light and innovative warm weather accessory that takes only 2 skeins of our silk base Mora!

Because I couldn't quite figure out how she had achieved this intertwining of streams of silk I asked Lindsay to write up a bit about her process and inspiration.

In recent years, Puddles (her great dane- ed.) and I determined to select a theme under which to publish our designs ~ from Color, to Daring Details, to Eco Elements, to our 2019 theme, Fiber Focus.  Our goal this year, under Fiber Focus, is to examine the processes and natures of various fibers.  Silk yarn was up next and I couldn't resist the urge of casting on some luxurious Malabrigo Mora to have a design debut to accompany the blog. 

Concurrently, I was thrilled to be accepted into the Malabrigo Quickies program again this year!  The prompt: a non-cowl 1-2 skein item.  After settling on a summer scarf and with the forecast calling for an extra hot summer, my mind turned to ways of incorporating gaps into the design.  Gaps like watching water ebb and flow over rocky river bases and seeing those iconic swirling downspouts created as the currents belie the massive rock formations below.  I know the simplest way would be to use lace; however, I wanted to stretch the limits of the silk to discover if it were possible to create a structured item in what is otherwise an extremely drapey fiber.  

Several prototypes later; I sent the proposal in and it was a "yes".  The yarn arrived and I started knitting... but something was bothering me!  Designed with a single cable transitioning the river and riverbed elements, an uncomfortable twist was forming since the skinny scarf lacked stitches on either side to anchor the transition down.  It was back to the drawing board and many, many teeny tiny swatches to see just what worked.  My creative side jumped around different techniques, much to my tech editor's chagrin.  The pattern grew in length and difficulty as I tried to force the fiber to act in a way that was unnatural, until one day, it just clicked... just because a single cable was insufficient, the mass of cables was overkill! 

As easy as that, the design pieces fell into place resulting in a skinny summer scarf that doesn't twist at the color transition!  The pattern went through a major culling until the quickie nature once again resounded in the pattern directions.  This piece is designed to engage the little grey cells on the first repeat, but then becomes an effortless, perfect for summer, repeat as you knit in true quickies fashion.  

Working with Lindsay, we chose the colors Simple Taupe and Azure, in keeping with the cooling river theme. You'll need a set of US size 4 (3.5mm) DPN plus a cable needle and you will be on your way! Of course, you can choose your own color combination and have a blast.