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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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.

Street Art by Paola Albergamo A Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project Collection

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

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 Barbara .

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 Barbara .

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.

Popular on Instagram for June, 2019

This entry was posted on 10th July, 2019 by vero .

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

Creature Comforts Cardi by Madelinetosh, knitted by ravelry user tsubasa1742, using malabrigo Rios in Ivy

 

Sunrise Cowl by Woolly Bear Knits using malabrigo Rasta in Cape Cod Gray, Valentina, Plomo, Ivory, Indiecita, Arco Iris and Queguay

Toph by Woolly Wormhead, knitted by ravelry user monknitker, using malabrigo Washted in Sunset and Azules

Nightshift by Andrea Mowry,  knitted by IG user kwschafer84 using malabrigo Rios in Hollyhock, Sunset, Frank Ochre, Glazed Carrot, Purple Mystery, Paris Night, Azul Profundo, Denim, Bobby Blue, Pearl, Niebla Sand Bank, Gris, Ivy and Lettuce

Hazel Shawlette by Katarzyna Przezdziecka using malabrigo Arroyo in Sand Bank 

See you next month! Don't forget that your likes on our feed matters on this list ;)

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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 Finley Socks by Marcela Chang

This entry was posted on 25th June, 2019 by Barbara .

For this month's beautiful Quickie we invited the amazing designer Marcela Chang to tell us about her new sock pattern in her own words, both Spanish and English!


Hola amigos de Malabrigo, mi nombre es Marcela, soy una diseñadora chilena y este mes participé del patrón de Malabrigo Quickies.

Las medias Finley es el patrón del mes de junio con la fabulosa Malabrigo Mechita en el color Lynx. Lo primero que pensé cuando diseñé estas medias fue que quería un patrón unisex, un patrón para tejerlo como futuro regalo para cualquier persona o para quedártelo después de pensarlo dos veces. Un patrón simple que fuera de un gusto generalizado que también sirviera para usar todas esas madejas solitarias del stash o que sirviera de excusa para probar nuevas lanas. Por eso elegí el patrón de trenzas, que a primera vista se ve más complejo pero que al tejerlo es fácil, rápido y apto para todo tipo de tejedores.

Para mí, las medias, son el proyecto ideal para llevar a las juntas de tejedores, o para salir de casa a tejer en el parque o en el café de la esquina. Para estas medias busqué un nombre unisex, esfuerzo casi imposible en español, en inglés encontré muchos! Pero el significado de Finley se clavó en mi corazón. Finley es un nombre Gaélico que viene del nombre escocés Fionnlagh, que significa el guerrero justo.

Espero les guste y hasta el 30 de junio tiene un 30% de descuento con el código MECHITA!


Hello Malabrigo Friends, my name is Marcela, I’m a knitwear designer from Chile and this month I designed a Malabrigo Quickie.

Finley Socks is the June pattern made with the fabulous Malabrigo Mechita in color Lynx. The first thing I thought when I designed these socks was that I wanted a unisex pattern, a pattern to knit as a future gift for anyone or to keep it to yourself after a second thought. I wanted a simple pattern but of a generalized taste, that works with all the SOLO skeins of your stash or an excuse for TRY other new ones. That’s why I choose a cable pattern, that at first sight can look complex, but when you start knitting it you realize that is easy, quick and suitable for all types of knitters.

For me, socks, are the perfect project to bring to your knitting group, or to leave the house to knit in the park or in the corner coffee shop. For this socks I look for a unisex name, endeavor almost impossible in Spanish, I found a lot in English! But the meaning of Finley just nailed into my heart. Finley is a Gaelic name that comes from the Scottish name Fionnlagh, meaning fair warrior.

Hope you like the pattern and until 30th June you have a 30% discount with the coupon code MECHITA!

The Breeze Collection a Crochet MFPP from Elena Fedotova

This entry was posted on 7th June, 2019 by Barbara .

The journey from sketched proposals to finished pieces is one of the most exciting parts of working with independent designers. Seeing how their ideas translate into a real world crafted item that can be worn is endlessly surprising. When we asked the amazing designer Elena Fedotova if she would be interested in creating a crocheted collection for the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project, her sketches were full of interesting promise. But the resulting collection? Nothing prepared me for how beautiful each and every piece would be. We couldn't be happier with these gorgeous crocheted patterns and hope you will love them as much as we do.

For the descriptions of each piece, I feel that Elena's words speak much better than mine ever could, so I'm turning this post over to her!


The Breeze Collection is a set of five crochet designs united by the common theme of a gentle drape and breezy mood thanks to a touch of lace in each of their stitch patterns. Though united in theme, each pattern in this collection has its own unique feature.

Sandpiper will probably surprise you with how little time it takes to crochet such a big garment (spoiler: very quickly!). The yarn, Rios (in Sandbank), makes this possible and the stitch pattern and gauge balance the yarn's weight to create a drapey comfortable sweater.


Ozone will amaze you with its rich texture created using only the simplest crochet stitches. Worsted (in Water Green), which is a buttery-soft single-ply yarn with great stitch definition, is perfect for highlighting this texture.


Anemone will restore your faith in crochet discovery: there are still many crochet stitch patterns and combinations waiting to be invented and explored. The star stitch used in this design highlights the beauty of the color variegation of Arroyo (in Reflecting Pool).

Waters will inspire your inner artist, an aesthete, and a perfectionist, in the way the colors blend beautifully one into the other like watercolors while using a colorwork method that leaves no leftovers. This design is worked in Malabrigo Lace held double, which becomes an ideal weight for a shawl and allows for the creation of a smooth color gradient (Water Green, Blue Surf, Jewel Blue, Indigo).


Suncatcher is all about relaxed regular crochet with a little smart touch to its edging. The edging uses a two-story stitch which allows one row to mimic the look of two rows and achieve that super-spiky look. The colorway, Ochre (on Sock), is absolutely amazing and looks very natural and smooth even in tall crochet stitches.


Make sure to check out the whole collection on Ravelry by clicking here.

And don't miss the beautiful LookBook on Issuu here.

Malabrigo Quickie Duneside Shawl by Ama Marie Knits

This entry was posted on 28th May, 2019 by Barbara .

Our Silky Merino yarn is a very versatile DK weight yarn suitable for all kinds of projects, but it simply sings when used for a shawl. Designer Ama Marie Knits took full advantage of its beautiful drape and penchant for lace in this month's Quickie the Duneside Shawl (click link for pattern page). By combining an arching wave motif with an architectural lace allows this shawl to highlight a variegated yarn (the colorway is Chuy) while maintaining the openness of lace.

We asked the designer about her inspiration for this lovely design and she had the following to say:

The Indiana Dunes consist of 2,182 acres of beautiful landscape on the southern end of Lake Michigan. The dunes themselves tower over 200 feet above the lake. Inspired by those waves of water and sand, Duneside is a light summer shawl, worked with 3 skeins of Malabrigo’s Silky Merino into an elongated triangle filled with mesh and lace with a neat I-cord edge. The yarn was fabulous to work with, amazingly lush while maintaining excellent stitch definition. The final size, airiness, and softness of the piece lend the wearer to a feeling of being wrapped in a warm summer's breeze. 

You will need 3 skeins of Silky Merino to complete this project and I believe that you can make it either larger or smaller based on the amount of yarn you use. I particularly like the way that the subtle varigation in Chuy provides flashes of color in the shawl knit by the designer, but I am confident that this piece will look amazing in any of our yarns. 

Make sure to check out the pattern's Ravelry page before the end of the month to see the introductory discount on this pattern!

Malabrigo Quickie: Amber Twist Hat by Natalya1905

This entry was posted on 15th April, 2019 by Barbara .

While some parts of the world are starting to get warm, other parts are still in the grips of the cold and half of the world is heading into winter, so it's the perfect time for a cozy new hat. Designer Natalya has taken a single beautiful skein of Dos Tierras in Ochre and crafted a fun hat featuring cables and texture and named it the Amber Twist Hat.

When asked about her inspiration, Natalya had the following to say:

Amber Twist is a cozy, slightly slouchy beanie hat, featuring a tubular cast-on, a classic ribbed brim, delicate zigzag columns and subtle cables. The hat is knit in the round from the bottom up and sized to fit most adults. Working on this design, I wanted to showcase the beauty of Malabrigo Dos Tierras, its flawless softness and perfect stitch definition. 'It's so gorgeous,' I gasped when I first saw this yarn in a hank. 'It's so lightweight and squishy,' whispered my model... Amber Twist is a quick and easy project. I truly hope you will like it and can't wait to see it in many different colors, bright or neutral. I'm sure all your hats will be stunningly beautiful. 

Like the designer, I cannot wait to see the other colors that knitters choose for this hat. I am pretty sure that it will look great in just about anything! Honestly, I can see knitting this one up in several different colors and never getting bored.

 

Popular on Instagram for March, 2019

This entry was posted on 5th April, 2019 by Kristel .

These are your favorite posts from last month:

 

Nightshift by Andrea Mowry, knitted by laurabainsantiago, using Rios in Blue Jeans, Magenta, Single Lot, Lettuce, Teal Feather and Syrah Grapes colorways. 

 

KnitWeave by Susan Ashcroft, knitted by Knapknits, using Silky Merino in Mares and Cape Cod Gray colorways. 

 

Sunrise Cowl by Emily Sheehan using Rasta in Arco Iris, Queguay and Cape Code Gray colorways. 

 

Skeins - Sock in Turner and Mechita in Art Nouveau. Photo by @driftwoodyarns.

 

Daelyn Pullover by Isabell Kraemer , knitted by OxanaH, using Rios in Bobby Blue colorway. 

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

See you next month !