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MFPP: A Study in Single by Ela Torrente

In case you hadn’t noticed, we at Malabrigo LOVE single-ply yarns. There’s something so simple and beautiful and soft about a woolly single. Ela Torrente agrees, and her new collection is all about the celebration of the Single!

Ancient Soul in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki

Ancient Soul in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki

Urban Gipsy in Silky Merino, in Smoke

Urban Gipsy in Silky Merino, in Smoke

Ela says:

“A Study in Single” is a trip through single ply yarns.
I always had a special affection for single ply. In this collection, I tried to find the perfect texture for each yarn. I mixed cable, twist and lace patterns to highlight the unique color shades and the gorgeous fabric
softness.

Mina in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki

Mina in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki

Ultraviolet in Rastita, in Sabiduria

Ultraviolet in Rastita, in Sabiduria

Origami in Lace, in Fucsia

Origami in Lace, in Fucsia

Ballerina in a singles yarn spun from Nube, in Natural color.

Ballerina in a singles yarn spun from Nube, in Natural color.

Beautiful work! You can check out the whole Study in Single on Ravelry, here! Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here.

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

Malabrigo Book Nine: Niños!

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We are thrilled to introduce our first book of children’s garments and accessories! Ranging in sizes from toddler to ‘tween, Niños contains 19 colorful patterns by 9 fantastic designers, including Alicia Plummer, Justine Turner, Sara Gresbach, Terri Kruse, Elena Nodel, Kelly Herdrich, and Raya Budrevich, Joji Locatelli, and Rebecca Danger. With a focus on our superwash yarns, kids will love the fun designs and no-itch wools, and parents will love the easy washability! Here are just a few peeks:

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You can check out all the patterns over on Ravelry. The book is available to retailers now- inquire at your local Malabrigo stockist!

Malabrigo Quickie: Perfect Pitch Scarf by Knitwise Design

Today’s Quickie is soft, cheery, and rather innovative! Introducing the Perfect Pitch Scarf by Knitwise Design.

Pitch Perfect Scarf in Silky Merino, in Ankara Green

Perfect Pitch Scarf in Silky Merino, in Ankara Green

Linda says:

This clever design allows you to fine- tune your scarf so it’s perfect every time! Each time you wear it you can change the look by adjusting the relative lengths of the loop and tail. So many different ways to wear this design! The knitting is easy, but keeps you interested with integrated i-cord edges that merge for a seamless and tidy point. Classy enough for the office or the symphony!

So clever! You can find Perfect Pitch on Ravelry, or browse our past Quickies here!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

MFPP: As Autumn Falls by Amanda Collins

This collection by designer Amanda Collins so perfectly captures the colors that are surrounding me right now, in this unusually-warm Michigan October (even though she’s experiencing autumn an ocean away!) What better way to wrap up the month than this gorgeously autumnal array!

Baile in Rios, in Sunset

Baile in Rios, in Sunset

Bulgarwheat in Silky Merino in Sand

Bulgarwheat in Silky Merino in Sand

Amanda says:

As Autumn Falls is a four piece collection knitted in beautiful Malabrigo yarn. Inspired by the changing colours Autumn brings, each piece is intended to resemble different aspects of the season. The collection comprises a cardigan, shawl and two hats, each in a different weight of yarn.

Emmer in FInito, in Coffee Toffee

Emmer in FInito, in Coffee Toffee

SlipThatch in Worsted, in Rattan

SlipThatch in Worsted, in Rattan

You can check out the whole collection on Ravelry, here! Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here.

Yum!

Yum!

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

MFPP: Days of the Week by Elena Nodel

What a treat we have for you today! A big ole ebook of gorgeous autumn designs in a wide range of techniques and sizes, from the talented Elena Nodel! Introducing Days of the Week (I encourage you to click through to the Ravelry page, because each one has several gorgeous samples!)

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Busy Monday in Arroyo, in Borrajas and English Rose

Busy Monday in Arroyo, in Borrajas and English Rose

Tuesday Glam in Rastita, in Cereza (there's also a Silky Merino version!)

Tuesday Glam in Rastita, in Cereza (there’s also a Silky Merino version!)

Casual Wednesday in Rios, Lettuce

Casual Wednesday in Rios, Lettuce

Elena says:

Almost a year ago Alex Tinsley and I talked about an ebook project using Malabrigo yarns. It was a very exciting prospect for me. Not only do I like knitting with Malabrigo yarns, but I also like designing with Malabrigo yarns as they bring out that extra creativity in me. The beautiful range of colors and the uniqueness of each dye lot all add to the creative process.

It was not very hard for me to create a theme for the ebook. I wanted to create unique pieces that are in tune with current fashion, something that I would myself wear every day, something I cannot buy at the store. Thus the idea of “Days of the Week” ebook comes to mind, as in 7 days of the week, unique knitwear for each day.

Assigning designs for each day of the week was not a random process for me. Each design and day had a special meaning. Though I must say what gives me a “Thursday” vibe might say “Saturday” for you, or the other way around. I hope you will find this collection exciting and will associate each design with your favorite day of the week, just as I did.

Monday – it is all about efficiency.
Tuesday – it has to be glamorous.
Wednesday – it is all about being casual.
Thursday – there has to be at least one special day.
Friday – it is all about excitement.
Saturday – it is all about relaxation and comfort.
Sunday – it is a family/friends day.

“Days of the Week” collection offers a good mix of practical accessories and modern garments as well as the possibility of working with and mixing together your favorite Malabrigo colors. The collection has something for everyone, be it a beginner knitter or a very seasoned one.

I hope you will enjoy your warm and cozy garments this fall/winter. I know I will!
Please join me in my Ravelry group for our “Days of the Week” knit-a-long.

Thursday Special in Rios, in Lotus

Thursday Special in Rios, in Lotus

And on a Friday, in Rios Sandbank, Lettuce, and Lavanda

And on Friday, in Rios Sandbank, Lettuce, and Lavanda

Cozy Saturday in Rios, shown in English Rose and Jupiter

Cozy Saturday in Rios, shown in English Rose and Jupiter

Sunday Stroll in Rios, in Candombe, Plomo, and Black

Sunday Stroll in Rios, in Candombe, Plomo, and Black

Absolutely Fabulous, in Silky Merino in Blackberry (for any day of the week!)

Absolutely Fabulous, in Silky Merino in Blackberry (for any day of the week!)

What an beautifully cozy week! You can see the full collection on Ravelry here Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here!

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

Malabrigo Quickie: Crosstown Traffic by Karie Westermann

Today’s Quickie is sure to add a little zip to the dreary winter days ahead! Introducing Crosstown Traffic by Karie Westermann:

Crosstown Traffic in Twist, in Zinc and Plena

Crosstown Traffic in Twist, in Zinc and Plena

Karie says:

Named for an iconic Jimi Hendrix track, this design oozes urban chic.

The asymmetrical cowl is worked in garter-stitch with stripes and an easy slip-stitch pattern. Designed to showcase wildly variegated colourways of Malabrigo Twist on a background of semi-solid, the cowl has an urban, relaxed feel.

The cowl is worked flat in garter stitch and a slip stitch pattern with icord edging. Only one colour is worked at any given time with the variegated section lending a pop of colour and tying the look together.

Very cool! You can check out Crosstown Traffic on Ravelry, or browse our past Quickies here!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

MFPP: the LINEAR collection by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud

Aligned Spaces in Finito, in Azules

Aligned Spaces in Finito, in Azules

I’m pleased to introduce a gorgeous new collection by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud (aka Rock & Purl): the LINEAR collection!

Branch Point in Twist, in Manzanilla Olive

Branch Point in Twist, in Manzanilla Olive

Ruth says:

the LINEAR collection comprises 5 patterns: 3 garments and 2 accessories, featuring Malabrigo yarns.

All the designs are based on mathematical concepts and spatial geometric ideas, making the color choice the only thing you need to rock your garments and accessories!

The ebook includes full color photo tutorials for techniques used throughout, detailed shots of all the pieces and information on each of the yarns used for you to make a great choice and love the knits you make.

Contrarian Helix in Arroyo, Fresco y Seco

Contrarian Helix in Arroyo, Fresco y Seco

Parallel Planes in Rios, in Glazed Carrot

Parallel Planes in Rios, in Glazed Carrot

Lightning Ray in Silkpaca, knit with Cuarzo and Polar Morn colorways held together

Lightning Ray in Silkpaca, knit with Cuarzo and Polar Morn colorways held together

Such beautiful lines, hehe! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here. You can also browse all our past MFPPs here!

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

Malabrigo Quickie: Hemisphere by Nett Hulse

I’m super jazzed about today’s Quickie: I love maps! Introducing Hemisphere by Nett Hulse:

Hemisphere in Twist, in Belgian Chocolate and Liquid Ambar

Hemisphere in Twist, in Belgian Chocolate and Liquid Ambar

Nett says:

Hemisphere is a two colour, double knit hat that transforms the wearer’s head into a globe of the earth.

Inspired by my husband’s love of cartography, Hemisphere is worked in the round from the brim up and uses charted map projections to simultaneously achieve the globe effect and head shaping.

Hemisphere in Twist, in Paris Night and Liquid Ambar

Hemisphere in Twist, in Paris Night and Liquid Ambar

So. Cool. Plus, handy if you happen to be sailing around the world and lose your map.

You can find Hemisphere on Ravelry, or browse our past Quickies here!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

MFPP: Accents in Black and White by Olga Wedbjer

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Today I have the pleasure of introducing a lovely garment collection by Olga Wedbjer- Accents in Black and White!

Prominence in Rios, in Paris Night

Prominence in Rios, in Paris Night with Black accent

Pitch in Silky Merino, in Cape Cod Gray with Smoke accent

Pitch in Silky Merino, in Cape Cod Gray with Smoke accent

Olga says:

“Accents in black in white” is a 3 piece collection – a tee, a sweater and a jacket – each highlighting different parts of the body.
“Emphasite” is a casual yet stylish tee with attention-seeking shoulders.
The V-neck of “Pitch”, half-heartedly closed by leather cord lacing, puts the neckline in focus. Inspired by the classic riding jacket, “Prominence” accentuates a classic, feminine silouette.

Emphasite in Sock, in Persia with Natural accent

Emphasite in Sock, in Persia with Natural accent

You can’t go wrong with black and white! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here. You can browse our past MFPPs here!

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

Malabrigo Quickies: Perfect Rime Hat and Cowl by Jenny Faifel

The crispness of fall is starting to sneak into the air (at least here in the midwest, where I’m writing from!) It’s time to break out the ole needles, grab a ball of buttery soft wool, and get to knittin’ before the snow shows up! May I suggest a beautifully cozy hat/cowl set in an undeniably-wintery shade? Introducing the Perfect Rime set by Jenny Faifel:

Perfect Rime hat in Merino Worsted, in Polar Morn

Perfect Rime hat in Merino Worsted, in Polar Morn

Jenny says:

The Perfect Rime hat and cowl is a classic cabled set that is easy and quick to knit up. Perfect for both cable veterans and novices, it will keep you toasty warm this winter! The buttons and wide brim add a charming touch. The hat is available in 2 sizes: 20” (22”) to fit child/teen (average adult) head.

Perfect Rime Cowl in Merino Worsted, in Polar Morn

Perfect Rime Cowl in Merino Worsted, in Polar Morn

 

You can find the Perfect Rime Hat and Perfect Rime Cowl on Ravelry, or check out our past Quickies here! Can’t decide which to make? Jenny is offering a 20% discount when both patterns purchased at the same time, so go nuts and grab both!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex