As the holiday lustre gradually fades away, its only natural that winter revs up and keeps us in its icy grip for a few months more, and New Year lists start to overflow with a bevy of fun knitting projects to try and tackle. Settle in for the duration with a hot cup of tea and a look at Book Four by Malabrigo, a collection of eighteen patterns inspired by the stunning architecture of Uruguay by well-known and up-and-coming indie designers. The emphasis is on clean lines, well-fitting and flattering shapes, with subtle details which highlight the natural beauty of these richly hued and hand-dyed yarns.
Start the ball rolling this year with Winter Warmers from Malabrigo–
Try a new direction! If straight up and down knitting is a piece of cake, challenge yourself to multi-directional, with this sleek tunic featuring a lower vertical panel and inset cables on the shoulders. Designed by Joji Locatelli and knit in Rios, a washable merino wool in subtle shadings. Cumparsita (shown above).
Beginner basics with style! A square and a rectangle are quite surprisingly the only two components in this simple yet well-constructed vest by Stephen West, knit in Rios, a superwash merino wool in an aran weight with extra drape and silky sheen. Playa (shown above).
Fascinated with fairisle knitting? This stylish hat inspired by the traditional fretwork seen in railings throughout Uruguay is a perfect starting point for two-colour stranding. Knit in Merino Worsted, a velvety soft hand-dyed wool in more than one hundred uniquely dyed colourways. Natural, and beige (shown above).
Leaning towards lace knitting? Set your sights on this circular motif shawl, in the colour of the year, a refreshing shade of emerald green. Designed by Mary Catherine Black, in Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino, a feathery light yarn with over fifty shades of lush colour.
Step up your shaping! Take a turn at knitting this pretty ruffled bolero designed by Gudrun Johnston and gain extra practice at increasing and decreasing. Knit in Lace Baby Merino. Amoroso (shown above).
Ready for a few twists and turns? Learn the ins and outs of cables with this trendy cap designed by NellKnits, interesting two-piece contruction comprised of a wide knitted band and stitches picked up along the edge for the top shaping. Knit with one skein of Merino Worsted. Forest (shown above).