Can you feel the spark of excitement in the air? Its that time of year again, when knitters cast on for Mal March, affectionately known by devotees of all things Malabrigo as the ‘cherry on top’. With numbers on the upswing, already reaching more than ten thousand followers, those with a fondness for the magically delicious quality of this Uruguayan yarn dipped and dyed by hand, gather once a year as Ravellers and spend the month of March taking part in KALs (KnitALongs), making new friends, sharing conversation, and participating in a few of these fun contests, Best Use Of Colour, Be Scrappy, Show Your FO’s (Finished Objects), and Yummy Stash Photos. There is still plenty of time to join the celebration right here.
The following are a few of our favorites on the Mal March project list this year. Each one has a link to a free pattern shared courtesy of fellow knitters-
Designer Mindy Wilkes combines waves of lacy scallops with a striking picot edging in her dreamy Holden Shawlette, knit in Malabrigo Sock, a superwash merino in a 4 ply weight that sings high praises with lace knitters too. Look for two newcomers- Arbol, and Playa among the thirty-something range of splashy colourways.
S-s-ssh! Baby is napping peacefully in this super-cosy sleep sack designed by Teresa Cole, complete with matching cap. Knit in Malabrigo Worsted, a merino wool spun just enough to stay plush and buttery soft. Opt for muted baby colours like Kaleidos, Orchid, or Pink Frost.
These fabulous wristwarmers designed by Mikka Tokuda-Hall make a seamless transition into Spring, featuring a myriad of cables and unisex sizing. Knit in Malabrigo Worsted, and surprise, surprise, all it takes is one skein of this oh-so-squishy merino wool which has captivated knitter’s hearts with a painterly palette of more than a hundred happy possibilities. Choose a shade like Melilla, Floral, or Citrus that says, “S-P-R-I-N-G is in the air.”
Knitted headbands have made a comeback and this trendy design is especially appealing with its wide leaf panel and subtle side shaping. Designed by Adrienne Krey, and knit with a single skein of Malabrigo Chunky, available in over fifty richly-hued shades. Try one of this year’s vibrant colour picks- Emerald, Azul Bolita, or Tuareg.