Malabrigo March

The name Malabrigo rolls off the tongue as soft and eloquently as it slides across the knitting needles.  Kettle dyed and spun from the finest quality merino wool, Malabrigo yarn is produced in a rural region of  Uruguay by a family-owned company with assistance from a local women’s co op.  Its difficult to pinpoint the single attribute of this yarn that makes knitters swoon at the slightest mention of it.  Is it the vibrancy of the colours, the subtle transition from one shade into the next, or is it the incredible buttery softness that makes you want to sink your fingers into each skein?  Fifty-six hundred (and growing daily) members of the Ravelry Malabrigo Group describe it with just one word- squishy.  It is the ‘total package’, a yarn that has to be touched to be believed. 

This month is fondly named MalMar by members of the Ravelry group, or Malabrigo March to the rest of us.  Its a time to enjoy all things Malabrigo with projects to share, knitalongs to join, and contests to take part in. Thirty-one days of devotion to a yarn and all the impressive qualities that it possesses.  To join in the fun of MalMar, here is a new project and some of the most coveted shades of Malabrigo Silky Merino to choose from-

Amorosa Silky Merino

Atardecer Silky Merino

Archangel Silky Merino

Indiecita Silky Merino

Ravelry Red Silky Merino

As we transition from one season into the next, welcome Spring in style with a lightweight beret knit in Silky Merino

Silky Merino Beret in Amorosa

Silky Merino Beret in Indiecita

SILKY MERINO BERET

Size:  Womens Medium (12 in/31 cm diameter)

Needles:  3.25 mm and 4.00 mm

Yarn:  2 skeins Malabrigo Silky Merino

Tension:  22 sts and 28 rows = 4 in/ 10 cm in st st on larger needles

Cast on 102 sts with smaller needles.  Work in K2/P2 ribbing for 12 rows.  Inc 35 sts evenly spaced across last row of ribbing = 137 sts.  Change to larger needles and cont in Pattern as follows-

Row 1- K1, *K1, YO, K2, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1*, rep *to*, end, K1

Row 2- P

Row 3- K1, *K2, YO, K1, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K1, YO, K2*, rep *to*, end, K1

Row 4- P

Row 5- K1, *K3, YO, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K3*, rep *to*, end, K1

Row 6- P

Rep these 6 rows 5 times in total.

Shape Top: 

Next Row- K1, *K7, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K6, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K5, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K4, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K3, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K2, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  P 1 row.

Next Row- K1, *K1, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  P 1 row.

Next Row- K1, *K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1 = 17 sts.  P 1 row.

Next Row- K1, *K2tog*, rep *to* = 8 sts.  Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.  Sew side seam.  Block overnight with a damp towel. 

Knitters Tip:  To blend colours evenly when knitting with kettle dyed yarns – work with two skeins, alternating every two or four rows, carrying yarn up side of work when not in use.

Design by:  Michele Meadows

 

  • nicole

    thanks for inspiring me this month with malabrigo. this yarn is the softest and most versatile and my favorite too.

    :)N

  • j. c.

    I cannot get enough of malabrigo! The ravelry group is a great place to meet other fans of this yarn. this week I knit two of the berets for gifts to friends.

  • b. h.

    nice and simple to knit, thanks, its a beautiful design for spring, lightweight and still warm.
    b.h.

  • Brenda W

    great pattern this week
    it is perfect for beginners like myself
    to learn a simple lace stitch.

  • Laura Anderson

    Great blog 9/10! Bookmarked :)