Malabrigo Quickie Twists and Turns by Michael Harrigan
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
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:
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!
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
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
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!