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MFPP: The Piedras Collection by Shannon Squire

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Designer Shannon Squire has produced a collection celebrating one of our favorite colorways- the complex and beautiful Piedras!

Jasper Cowl in Rastita, in Piedras and Natural

Jasper Cowl in Rastita, in Mostaza and Natural

Beach Agate Hat in Rios, in Piedras

Beach Agate Hat in Rios, in Piedras

Beach Agate Sweater in Rios, Piedras

Beach Agate Sweater in Rios, Piedras

Shannon says:

The Piedras Collection grew from a single skein of yarn – a skein of Rastita in the colorway Piedras. I couldn’t get enough of the this colorway – there’s just so much going on! It just seemed right to build a collection inspired by the rainbow-y goodness that is river rocks. Both the Beach Agate Sweater and the Beach Agate Hat use Rios in Piedras, and the Jasper Shawlette uses Rastita in Piedras and Natural (there is a sample using Archangel, too, that’s amazeballs). The Opal Cowl pulls the colors out of Piedras, using a rainbow of Malabrigo Lace goodness. All of the pieces are perfect for cool walks on the beach, looking for treasures, and the color combos are endless!

Jasper Shawlette in Rastita, Piedras and Natural

Jasper Shawlette in Rastita, Piedras and Natural

Opal Cowl in Lace, in XXXXXXX

Opal Cowl in Lace, in Natural, Fucsia, Glazed Carrot, Frank Ochre, Lettuce, Bobby Blue, Cuarzo

Such gorgeousness! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here. You can also 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

MFPP: Let Them Knit Cake by Emma Welford

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Our newest MFPP is both springy and regal, inspired by Marie Antoinette!

The Dauphine's Stockings in Sock, in Lotus

The Dauphine’s Stockings in Sock, in Lotus

Fargeon Mitts

Fargeon Mitts in Silky Merino, Tatami

Emma says:

Let Them Knit Cake is a pattern collection exploring the intersection of history and fashion viewed through my personal lens as a knitwear designer, a source of inspiration I’ve begun to explore recently. Here I turn my focus to Marie Antoinette, the iconic French queen who is remembered by the public at large for her beauty, glamorous style and perceived superficiality. I’ve interpreted rococo fashion for the modern knitter by examining portraits of Marie in addition to reading accounts of her sartorial choices.

The phrase “let them eat cake” has been falsely attributed to Marie; while an agreed upon fallacy in the academic community, pop culture holds tight to the wrongful association regardless. So as a historian-cum-knitting designer, why not use it as the basis for this collection’s title? I wanted to play upon our familiarity of the phrase and make a reference to the usage of the terms ‘cake’ and ‘frosting’ in the sewing community. ‘Cake’ refers to basic foundation garments in one’s wardrobe (plain tanks, versatile jeans), and ‘frosting’ means fun, maybe frivolous clothing (party dresses, maribou trimmed nighties). The four pieces shown in this collection appear to be frosting on the surface—due in no small part to the saturated and exhilarating colors of Malabrigo Yarn—but I hope that they will take the place of cake in your handknit wardrobe, as essential pieces you wear day after day.

Polonaise Cardigan in Silky Merino, in Spring Water, Topaz, and Tatami

Polonaise Cardigan in Silky Merino, in Spring Water, Topaz, and Tatami

Coronation Tank in Arroyo, English Rose

Coronation Tank in Arroyo, English Rose

A collection fit for a queen! Click the photos to go to the individual pattern pages on Ravelry, or see the whole ebook here! You can also browse our past MFPPs here!

(Photographs by Kate Broderick)
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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: Travel Knitting by Katherine Leek

With winter’s end, many of us start to feel a touch of wanderlust. Whether you’re fending off the last lingering touch of chill in the air or looking for some nice portable projects, Katherine Leek’s new collection has you covered!

Adventurer's Cowl in Merino Worsted, Frank Ochre

Adventurer’s Cowl in Merino Worsted, Frank Ochre

Sourjourner's Shawl in Rastita, Plomo

Sourjourner’s Shawl in Rastita, Plomo

Sightseer's Mittens in Rios, Glazed Carrot

Sightseer’s Mittens in Rios, Glazed Carrot

Voyager's Hat in Merino Worsted, Bobby Blue

Voyager’s Hat in Merino Worsted, Bobby Blue

Rambler's Shawl in Sock, Abril

Rambler’s Shawl in Sock, Abril

Wanderer's Cowl in Mecha, in Plomo, Natural, Pearl Ten, Mostaza, and Teal Feather

Wanderer’s Cowl in Mecha, in Plomo, Natural, Pearl Ten, Mostaza, and Teal Feather

Click the photos to see each pattern on Ravelry or go to the whole collection here! You can also browse our past MFPP collections here.

Happy Travels!

Happy Travels!

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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: Casual Friday by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

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I know it’s only Monday but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking forward to Friday! Nadia Crétin-Léchenne’s Casual Friday collection will keep you looking cozy and smart any day of the week.

Morning in Engelberg in Rios, Plomo

Morning in Engelberg in Rios, Plomo

Afternoon in Montreux in Arroyo, Natural and Sandbank

Afternoon in Montreux in Arroyo, Natural and Sandbank

Nadia says:

A little sweater collection, as a journey through a comfy day, where nothing matters more than to be at ease. Named after some lovely cities of my country, the garments featuring in this series have been inspired by my affection for sheltered mornings, sunny afternoons and snugly evenings.
Treat yourself with one of these luminous yarn, and choose the project that will be your companion of cosiness 🙂

Evening in Locarno

Evening in Locarno in Sock, Eggplant

Click the photos to see each pattern on Ravelry or check out the whole collection here! You can also browse our past MFPP collections 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

 

MFPP: Sea Buckthorn by Jana Huck

Using just one yarn, three colors, and one inspirational (and useful!) shrub, Jana Huck has created a stunning collection of innovative shawls:

Baltic Sea Beach in Sock, Lettuce and Terracotta

Baltic Sea Beach in Sock, Lettuce and Terracotta

Knock On Wood in Sock, Ochre and Terracotta

Knock On Wood in Sock, Ochre and Terracotta

Rustling Leaves in Sock, Ochre and Lettuce

Rustling Leaves in Sock, Ochre and Lettuce

Jana says:

Living and growing up in the North of Germany, I have known the shore plant sea buckthorn with its vivid orange berries and wild-growing bushes since I was a small kid. I’ve always been fascinated by the contrast of sharp and round – the thorns and berries – and that fascination inspired these five Malabrigo shawls. It also led to the shawls’ unusual construction, and the intense colours of Malabrigo sock seemed to be the perfect choice to do this exceptional plant justice.

Sweet Berry in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce

Sweet Berry in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce

Westwind in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce

Westwind in Sock, Ochre, Terracotta, and Lettuce

Click each photo to go to the pattern on Ravelry, or check out the full Sea Buckthorn collection here. (The ebook even comes with a cake recipe and instructions on dyeing with sea buckthorn- pretty cool!) You can also browse our past MFPP collections 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

 

MFPP: The Wyoming Collection by Abbey Swanson

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I think it’s about time for some crochet around here, don’t you? And we couldn’t ask for a lovelier example than Abbey Swanson’s Wyoming Collection. Suddenly I’m feeling that old pull to move westward stirring in my veins again…

Cowboy Coffee in Mecha, in Glitter

Cowboy Coffee in Mecha, in Glitter

Horseshoe Slippers in Rios, in Sunset and Coco

Horseshoe Slippers in Rios, in Sunset and Coco

Tumbleweed Satchel in Gruesa in XXX and Chunky in XXX

Tumbleweed Satchel in Aquarella in Palmar and Chunky in Marron Oscuro

Abbey has a beautiful essay about Wyoming, her new home state, in the ebook, but I’ll just pull a small piece of it here:

I lived in Minnesota my entire childhood, and the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of that cold-weather state run through my blood. So when I moved to Wyoming as an adult, I didn’t anticipate the deep sense of belonging that would develop here.

The spirit of the West lives on in any soul who loves freedom and adventure… exactly the feeling I have when riding a horse (there’s a reason my husband proposed to me on a horseback ride). It seems we were born to live in a place where we can make our own path through wide open spaces. I’ve designed this crochet book to honor my new home state, celebrate its unique beauty, and highlight some of the aspects I love most about it.

 

Juniper and Sage Cowl in Merino Worsted, in XXX

Juniper and Sage Cowl in Merino Worsted, in Garden Gate

Open Sky Shawl in Arroyo in XX

Open Sky Shawl in Arroyo in Azules

Outlaw Bandana in Chunky in XX

Outlaw Bandana in Chunky in Marron Oscuro

Wildflower Throw in Rastita in XX

Wildflower Throw in Rastita in Arco Iris and Sabiduria

Beautiful! You can check out each pattern on Ravelry by clicking the picture, or see the whole collection here. You can also browse our past MFPP collections 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

 

MFPP: Babe in the Woods by Triona Murphy

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I’m pleased to present our first ever all-baby MFPP! Keep your tiny one cozy this winter in Triona Murphy’s new collection:

Riparian Vest in Mecha, in Azul Fresco

Riparian Vest in Mecha, in Azul Fresco

Transposed Hat in Rios, Natural and Fresco y Seco

Transposed Hat in Rios, Natural and Fresco y Seco

Transposed Mittens

Transposed Mittens

Triona says:

When your little one is cold, you need warm knits as soon as possible! This collection features five quick-knit accessories and a bulky vest, all sized from baby to child. Superwash Malabrigo yarns are a perfect choice for kids’ knits that are soft, squishy, and washable.

Aureate Hat and Scarf in Mecha, Mostaza

Aureate Hat and Scarf in Mecha, Mostaza

Detail of Aureate Scarf

Detail of Aureate Scarf

Aureate Mittens

Aureate Mittens

 

You can see each pattern on Ravelry by clicking the picture, or see the whole collection here. You can also browse our past MFPP collections 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

MFPP: Alternate, Basal and Cauline by Bunnymuff

Time to kick off another year of MFPPs with this beautiful collection by Bunnymuff/Mona:

Avignon Shawl in Silkpaca, in Sunset

Avignon Shawl in Silkpaca, in Sunset 

Castalia Poncho in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive

Castalia Poncho in Silky Merino, Manzanilla Olive

Mona says:

There are three types of biomimicry – one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem’s level, like building a nature-inspired city. – Janine Benyus
We find comfort and continue to yearn for a connection with other species. For many of us, flora inspires us to knit. We enjoy the feeling of leaves and flowers knitted into the materials that decorate and keep us warm. This is a compilation of knitting patterns exploring our need for biomimicry.

Taiga Shawl in Sock, Impressionist Sky

Taiga Shawl in Sock, Impressionist Sky

Parvifolia Cowl in Silkpaca, Sunset

Parvifolia Cowl in Silkpaca, Sunset

Cool concept and beautiful execution! You can find the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click each photo to go to the individual patterns. You can also browse our past MFPP collections 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

 

MFPP: North Sea by Amanda Bell

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Looking at this beautiful Scandinavian-inspired collection by Amanda Bell, I’m suddenly feeling better about all the cold dark days ahead. After all, that is when wool shines brightest! So just in time for the solstice, here are some wintery knits to warm your bones:

Hellisey

Hellisey, in Chunky. Colorways Pearl Ten, Polar Morn, Continental, and Apple Green.

Arctic Cottongrass

Arctic Cottongrass in Rios. Adult hat shown in Jupiter and Sandbank, child hat shown in Sunset and Paris Night.

Amanda says:

North Sea is a collection of patterns loosely inspired by the knitting traditions of the Scandinavian region, and named for flora, fauna, and geographical features of the area. The collection includes two accessory patterns: a small, textured shawl with practical, Faroese-style shaping, and a hat sized for babies through adults with a Norwegian-inspired colorwork snowflake motif (and a Latvian braid detail – remember: loosely inspired). Then there are three sweater patterns: both a kids’ and women’s version of a riff on the iconic circular-yoked Icelandic Lopapeysa sweater, as well as a fitted, steeked women’s cardigan with a cozy shawl collar and a simple, stranded zigzag motif that can be found in colorwork patterns throughout the region.
The patterns are knit in a range of Malabrigo bases: a variegated colorway of luxurious Silky Merino is a perfect match for a slipped-stitch pattern in the shawl, ultra-comfy Merino Worsted in strongly contrasting semisolids for the cardigan lets the colorwork shine, Chunky gets the snuggly, relaxed yoked pullovers done in short order, and Rios makes a durable, soft, and warm hat for kids and adults alike.

Brandur

Brandur in Chunky, in Cypress, Emerald, and Apple Green.

Capercaillie

Capercaillie in Silky Merino, colorway Zarzamora.

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold in Merino Worsted, colorways Blue Graphite, Verde Adriana, and Frank Ochre.

Beautiful- such fantastic detailing! You can find the whole collection on Ravelry here, or click each photo to go to the individual patterns. You can also browse our past MFPP collections 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

 

MFPP: Shieldmaiden Knits by Larissa Brown

This is not designer Larissa Brown’s first Viking-centric creative endeavor, but it certainly is the coziest! Welcome winter with some chunky knits inspired by those famous (infamous?) northerners:

Gull in Rasta, in Sunset

Gull in Rasta, in Sunset

Gull Warmers in Rios, in Sunset

Gull Warmers in Rios, in Sunset

Whale Road in Gruesa, in Plata

Whale Road in Gruesa, in Plata

Frost Bonnet in Rasta, in Plomo

Frost Bonnet in Rasta, in Plomo

Larissa says:

Vikings were poets and artists. Their woodwork, carvings, bracelets and intricate needle cases and combs all suggest a great passion for design. Their words and sagas show a love of bold gestures. The pieces in this collection take the gorgeous colors and textures of Malabrigo yarns, and use simple shapes and easy lace to bring about dramatic results. These are not historically accurate designs, but instead are modern pieces inspired by my research into Viking Age life.

Svala in Rasta, in Plomo

Svala in Rasta, in Plomo

Shieldmaiden Gauntlets in Mecha, Hojas

Shieldmaiden Gauntlets in Mecha, Hojas

Shieldmaiden Shrug in Gruesa, Amber Gold

Shieldmaiden Shrug in Gruesa, Amber Gold

Absolutely stunning work! Click on each photo to visit the pattern on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. 

Or you can check out previous 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