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Malabrigo Book 11

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Its hard to believe ten years (or 3650 knitting days) has passed since the first batches of kettle-dyed merino were hung up to dry at Malabrigo’s headquarters in Uruguay.  What started out as a small family operation now produces seventeen yarn varieties and over three hundred unique colourways.  To celebrate the exciting tenth anniversary, Malabrigo enlisted the creative talents of the world’s top knitwear designers to put together a collection of patterns focused primarily on their newly-developed signature colourway, Aniversario, which blends together the most popular colour palette as chosen by knitters worldwide.



Fourteen irresistible projects grace the pages of Malabrigo’s newly-released BOOK 11, featuring seven different yarn bases- Arroya, Sock, Rios, Mecha, Rasta, Mechita, and the most recent addition, Caracol.  Look for a copy at your lys available now.


The fabulous highlights in Aniversario contrast beautifully against the richness of Pagoda in Rasta, just two of the mesmerizing choices available in Malabrigo’s super chunky spectrum used to knit this very cosy Vandam poncho style tunic.


Keep your head covered as the snow melts into spring with one skein of Sock weight merino in Malabrigo’s colour of the year- Aniversario.


Moss stitch creates a lovely woven look and a sturdy fabric choice for this cropped Clarkson cardigan knit in Arroya, a sport weight merino base dyed in Aniversario.


Dainty slip stitches create a checkerboard effect on this richly-hued Washington Square cowl knit in the round with two contrasting shades of Mecha.  Aniversario and Tobaccos (shown above).

Twinkle Twinkle Cowl

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

There is a new yarn in town and its making its way straight onto Santa’s nice list!  Fresh from the Malabrigo drying racks in Uruguay comes a truly fascinating wool with textural interest and the visual illusion of stained glass.  Not only is this pure merino extra soft and plush, it has been criss-crossed with a special binder thread to create a striking contrast that really makes the colours pop.  Caracol is available now at your lys in twenty-four of Malabrigo’s signature colourways and is specially-treated as a superwash so it cannot shrink or felt.



We just couldn’t resist sliding this yarn across the needles and knitting up something soft and cosy.  This yarn is so plush and thick, it takes no more than a couple of hours to whip up our latest cowl design.

Happy Holidays

from all

of us


Diamond Yarn





Finished Size: 23 cm/ 9 in x 71 cm/ 28 in

Yarn: 150g skein Caracol by Malabrigo (col. 89 Flama)

Needles: 10 mm/ US 15 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 9 sts and 12 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 56 sts.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts.  Place a marker on 1st st.

P 3 rnds.

K 2 rnds.

P 1 rnd, inc 4 sts evenly spaced = 60 sts.

Next Rnd- [(p,k,p) into next st, p3tog] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Next Rnd- [P3tog, (p,k,p) into next st] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Rep last 4 rows once.

Purl 1 rnd, dec 4 sts evenly spaced = 56 sts.

K 2 rnds.

P 3 rnds.

Cast off all sts purlways.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Rasta Mitts

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Quick like an elf, seems to be the motto for Santa’s special helpers this month as the big day draws near and the needles click faster and faster.  This week we feature the beauty of Malabrigo’s kettle-dyed pure merino wool in a pair of thick and cosy mitts that can be knit in an evening and wrapped up as a last minute gift.




Size: Womens Medium

Finished Width: 20 cm/ 8 ins

Yarn: 150 g Rasta by Malabrigo (col. 850 Archangel)

Needles: 9 mm/ US 13 double point set

Tension: 10 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 16 sts.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Join in rnd, place a marker on first st.

Work in k1/p1 ribbing for 6 rnds.

Cont in knit rnds, inc 4 sts evenly spaced across first rnd = 20 sts.

K 9 more rnds.

Thumb Opening:

Next Rnd- K1, k4 sts with scrap yarn, slip these 4 sts just worked back on to left needle, knit to end of rnd with Rasta.

Cont in knit rnds until work meas 20 cm/ 8 in.

Shape Top:

Rnd 1- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 2- Knit.

Rnd 3- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 4- Knit.

Rnd 5- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 8 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.


Carefully unpick scrap yarn to create thumb opening and slip 8 live sts evenly spaced onto 3 needles.

Join in round and place a marker on 1st st.

Knit 1 rnd, inc 1 st at corner of thumb opening = 9 sts.

Knit 7 rnds (or desired length).

Next Rnd- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 6 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Make second mitt to match.


Design by: Michele Meadows

Malabrigo Book Ten

Monday, July 11th, 2016

With a secret recipe file consisting of more than three hundred hand-dyed colourways, this family-owned yarn company from Uruguay knows that variety is the spice of life and for more than ten years has consistently offered knitters the tangiest, zestiest skeins of merino around.  This month Malabrigo, releases a brand new collection by a myriad of well-known designers, with fourteen projects highlighting the richly-hued artistry of Rios, a superwash merino wool that readily absorbs dyes in a subtle yet impressive blending of light and dark undertones.

An early look inside the pages of Malabrigo Book Ten: Rios


rueben by mari lynn patrick

Reuben designed by Mari Lynn Patrick showcases the natural beauty of Rios, in a slip stitch pattern combining a semi-solid with a variegated colourway.

LeHigh by melanie berg

Lehigh designed by Melanie Berg is a worsted weight shawl that evokes a playful vibe, worked from the tip to fullest point in simple garter stitch and infused with a punchy colourway.

greenway by emily whitted

Greenway designed by Emily Whitted is a two-tone reversible cowl in Brioche rib, a fabulous plump and squishy stitch pattern that  continuously fascinates knitters with its complex nature.

High Line by Justyna Lorkowska

High Line designed by Justyna Lorkowska is a multi-directional shawl crisply-defined by two contrasting shades of Rios, knit with the geometric precision that only comes with short row shaping.

silicon alley by rosemary drysdale

Silicon Alley designed by Rosemary Drysdale  is a stylish pullover oozing with contemporary appeal, and worked up in a mosaic slip stitch pattern.

gallery row by courtney c. rios

Gallery Row designed by Courtney Cedarholm grabs the cover spot of this exciting collection.  Introducing Aniversario as Malabrigo’s newest and most vibrant colourway in a knitted rectangular piece bordered by a cabled edge that is folded inwards to create a cosy slip-on style.

Wool Heads

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

If you have been wondering why your lys is sold out of some of your favorite bulkies in the beginning of July, this may be the reason and surprisingly not what you might expect.  Currently, there are more than four hundred summer music festivals spread throughout Europe and North America.  Offering every type of open air sound from hip hop to jazz, these popular festivals are accompanied by indie craft fairs, and a fashion scene that is an evolving culture all its own showcasing one of the most striking trends to come along- wool dreads.  These are long felted hair extensions that are y-e-s………. made from our quickly evaporating into thin air bulky yarns and rovings.  While this woolly hairdo has become extremely popular with the goth crowd and indie fairies, (hide your stash) it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet certainly worth admiring for the artistic beauty and creativity.



Wool dreads can be wet-felted from rovings or pre-spun wools and attached directly to the hair (shown above) or created individually as decorative hairfalls which easily clip onto the hair (shown below).


Often embellished with beads, feathers, and miniature silk flowers, more examples of wool dreads can be seen here on Pinterest with links to tutorials on creating your very own with these bulkies from our current collection-

Diamond Luxury Highlander Grande

Diamond Luxury Highlander Grande

Highlander Grande is the newest addition to the Diamond Luxury line-up available now in fourteen solid shades, a barely-spun Peruvian wool.

Lana Grossa Olympia

Lana Grossa Olympia

A colourful mash up of thick and thin texture makes Olympia by Lana Grossa a great starting point for uniquely-designed hairfalls that can be accented with beads and silver charms.

Malabrigo Aquarella

Malabrigo Aquarella

Malabrigo has a treasure chest full of big wools that will create gorgeous dreads, in either the wet felting method or clip on style.  Aquarella (shown above) and Gruesa both offer handspun texture as well as artfully hand-dyed colouring to blend well with any hair colour.  Rasta has a smoother texture with a rich colour palette in solids and semis, while Nube is pure unspun merino in rovings.

Malabrigo In Central Park

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Easily recognizable as one of the world’s most famous urban landscapes, Central Park encompasses thirteen hundred square miles in the heart of New York City, a treasured landmark for over one hundred and fifty years drawing in thirty-million tourists annually.  This natural oasis embraces the outdoors with lush grassy meadows, man-made lakes and ponds for skating, fishing or paddling, walking trails, a vintage carousel, a zoo, and an amphitheater creating the ideal backdrop for this latest collection of fresh and enticing knitwear styles from Malabrigo.



In this latest collection from Malabrigo, a team of indie designers from the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ and beyond, show off their adept prowess and style finesse with fifteen patterns including this stunning cover cardigan, Pinebank, a modern spin on the traditional fairisle yoke knit seamlessly from the top-down.  Knit in marshmallowy-soft Merino WorstedAzul Profundo, Tiger Lily, Fluo, and Very Berry (shown above).



Winterdale leads the pack in this collection with the most ‘likes’ on Ravelry.  Designed by Kristina McGowan, this close-fitting top-down pullover features a wide boat-neck comprised of an intricate cabled strip knit sideways.  Knit in Merino Worsted.  Pearl (shown above).



Designed by Lori Steinberg, Gapstow stirs the memory of a summer garden in full bloom with this crescent-shaped shawl featuring short row shaping and a pretty lace edging.  Knit in Arroyo, a plush superwash merino in a sport weight.  English Rose, Escoria and Borraja (shown above).



Bethesda is right on trend for the season, a voluminous dolman-sleeved pullover designed by Nancy Ricci with a scoop neck and tiny ribbed sleeve cuffs.  Knit in a bold horizontal stripe pattern using Mecha, a bulky superwash merino in forty irresistible kettle-dyed hues.  Paris Night, Polar Morn and Cereza (shown above).



What better place for a picnic, than a woodland setting right in the centre of the Big Apple, and this hexagon-motif blanket is destined to draw a crowd.  Designed by Annabelle Speer and knit in a painterly palette that makes it truly artistic, Springbanks is a speedy knit on 8 mm needles in Mecha.  Lluvias and Indiecita (shown above).

Top Ten BIG Knits

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Take a deep breath, and relax, even with the holiday hoopla descending faster than a flurry of snowflakes, there is still time to get out your secret weapon, the BIG needles.  They are ready and able to cast on a few more last minute gift ideas and get you to the finish line before the final roll of wrapping paper runs out.

This week the spotlight is on fast and fabulous gift ideas, in a few of our favorite cozy, bulky, marshmallow-soft yarns, Kiko, Ushya, Big Softie, Rasta and Paloma, all knit on BIG needles with just one or two skeins.  These ten FREE Patterns are complimentary from the wonderful designers on Ravelry.

Merry Knitting!

Quick Mittens

Really Quick Mittens

1. Really Quick Mittens – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of 9 mm double pointed needles.

Margot Cowl

Margot Cowl

2. Margot Cowl – requires two skeins of Mirasol Ushya (double strand) and a 15 mm circular needle.


Moss Stitch Rib Hat

3. Moss Stitch Rib Hat – requires two skeins of Debbie Bliss Paloma, and a pair of 9 mm and 10 mm needles.


Two Hour Turban

4. Two Hour Turban – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta (makes two turbans) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Big Softie Cowl and Beret

Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret

5. Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret – requires three balls of Sirdar Big Softie (for the set) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Rainbow Twist Cowl

Rainbow Twist Cowl

6. Rainbow Twist Cowl – requires 1 skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 12 mm needles.

The Big Hat

The Big Hat

7. The Big Hat – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a 10 mm circular needle.


Simple Wristlets

8. Simple Wristlets – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of double pointed 8 mm needles.


Aujourd’hui Cowl

9. Aujourd’hui Cowl – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 10mm needles.

Kiko Slouch Hat

Kiko Slouch Hat

10. Kiko Slouch Hat – requires two balls of Sirdar Kiko and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Rasta In Brooklyn

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Hot on the heels of Book Six, Malabrigo keeps the creative wheels spinning at high gear with their recently-released Book Seven, a fresh and vibrant collection of chill-busting knits, fashionably styled and photographed on location in Brooklyn’s most fascinating neighborhoods.  Collaborating with a talented team of designers and the artful palette of kettle-dyed sinfully-soft super chunky merino from Malabrigo, Rasta’s star continues to rise with fifteen brand new fun projects.

Here is a preview of Rasta In Brooklyn available now at your lys-

The Heights

The Heights

Looking for a handmade gift idea for a bestie?  This drop stitch cowl goes from zero-to-yay-I am-finished in under an hour and will leave your friends speechless.  Don’t let the open stitches fool you, it requires only one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and has plenty of warmth to go around.  Arco Iris (shown above).



One size fits all in this bold and cheerful pull-on hat design accented with a plush pom pom.  An ideal gift for the teenager on your gift list, just tuck in an iTunes gift card and watch them smile.  From left to right- Glazed Carrot and Plomo, Teal Feather and Lettuce, Azul and Sunset.



Winding cables and playful bobbles take centre stage on this cosy poncho which is knit in two pieces and finished off with a thick collar designed for standing up to the fierce Arctic wind.  Lotus (shown above).

Navy Yard

Navy Yard

Going east or going west, all stitches intersect for a fabulous trellis effect on these cabled wristers.  Solis (shown above).

Red Hook

Red Hook

Have you tried your hand at provisional cast on?  Its as simple as crocheting a chain and it creates a seamless finish on this richly-hued handbag designed to hold everything but the kitchen sink.  A fabric lining is added for support and structure.   Ravelry Red (shown above).

Comfort Yarns

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

If you are looking for delicate cobweb-like yarns, this is not your lucky day.  Clearly something big is going on right now as we enter the comfort zone, a weather-induced state of being that causes a constant craving for soft, squishy, substantial yarns, the kind that knitters can really sink their fingers into.  Yes, its time to pump up the volume and search out mucho grande yarns that make us feel cosy, covered, and cocooned in a bulky layer of warmth.  There is an instant appeal associated with these mega-sized (10.00 – 15.00 mm) yarns, the needles click louder, and the projects cast off lickety-split which means they score b-i-g points on the satisfaction meter too.


USHA SUYA by Mirasol

USHYA SUYA by Mirasol

1. Ushya Suya by Mirasol

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Plush malleable springy texture, a dream to knit with, adapts well to cables, stitch texture, and bulky lace patterns.  The unique chainette-style construction makes this yarn extremely lightweight.

COLOURS: Ten semi-solid mid-range hues including ‘Wheat and Chaff’ (shown above).

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

2. Big Softie by Sirdar

COMPOSITION: 51% wool and 49% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Single-plied whispery-soft construction creates a brushed unspun look when knitted, great for cold weather accessories, bulky cardigans, vests, and ponchos.  Bonus: this yarn is washer friendly.

COLOURS: Twenty-six solid and flecked shades including ‘Blizzard’ (shown above).

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

3. Zeus by Lanas Stop

COMPOSITION: 50% wool and 50% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: A mix of two independent strands, one glossy and the other matte, creates a profusion of radiant colour and extra thick texture.

COLOURS: Six sassy multi-twisted picks including no. 216 (shown above).

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

4. Paloma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 60% baby alpaca and 40% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Hollow core construction, ultra-light, pliable and overflowing with touchy-feely luxury.

COLOURS:  Thirty-two solid shades from pale to bright including ‘Cyclamen’ (shown above).

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

5. Olympia by Lana Grossa

COMPOSITION: 53% merino wool and 47% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun with a subtle change in thickness, featuring a graduated colour change.  This yarn is an extremely popular choice for cold weather accessories.  

COLOURS: Sixteen cheerful choices including ‘Glade’ (shown above).

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

6. Dolphin Baby by Himalaya

COMPOSITION: 100% polyester.

ATTRIBUTES: The chenille texture of this yarn makes it tactile in a velvety-smooth way, and mimics a woven finish when knit in garter stitch.

COLOURS: A mix of classic baby pastels and contemporary brights including ‘Rose’ (shown above).

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

7. Bliss by Diamond Luxury Collection

COMPOSITION: 80% extrafine merino and 20% superfine camel hair.

ATTRIBUTES: A classic plied twist, ultra smooth finish and sumptuous to the touch.

COLOURS: ‘Au Naturel’ (shown above).

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

8. Roma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 70% wool and 30% alpaca.

ATTRIBUTES: A conventionally plied yarn that produces crisp even stitches, ideal for texture and cable patterns.

COLOURS: Look for a full range including understated and vivid tones, sixteen in all, and Debbie’s signature ‘Duck Egg’ (shown above).

ARPY by Lana Gatto

ARPY by Lana Gatto

9. Arpy by Lana Gatto

COMPOSITION: 57% superwash wool and 43% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Rich in colourful undertones, malleable, a fusing of two opposite fibres together as one.  Works well in seed stitch and cable patterns.

COLOURS: A vibrant artist’s palette featuring six multi-hued options including no. 7233 (shown above).

RASTA by Malabrigo

RASTA by Malabrigo

10. Rasta by Malabrigo

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun from luscious merino fleece rovings, this yarn has achieved rock star status for its incredible colour spectrum and supple texture.

COLOURS: More than thirty-five luscious kettle-dyed choices including ‘Arco Iris’ (shown above).

Chill Chasers

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Deep winter may be in the forecast but there are more than a few ways to chase away the biting cold, sitting by a roaring fire with a cup of hot cocoa, flipping through pictures of last year’s tropical vacation or twenty minutes of jumping jacks should do the trick.  To look warm and stylish at the same time you might want to try one of these hot-hued chill chasers that are as much fun to knit as they are to wear.

Book 5 In Soho from Malabrigo features fifteen dazzling designs to cover your neck and shoulders in the silky soft luxury of merino wool-




A clever mix of textured stitch work and embedded pockets combine to make Baxter a truly unique scarf project.  Knit up in Mecha, a bulky superwash merino in a parade of almost forty colourways.  Designed by Annabelle Speer.  Borrajas (shown above).




Much more than just a stunning work of art, Sullivan translates the majestic beauty of a wintry landscape into a warm wearable double layer cowl knit with three shades of Arroyo, a sport weight merino.  Designed by Ashley Rao.  Regatta Blue, Natural, and Black (shown above).




Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and Kenmare has sprinkles of them detailed in delicate lacework on this crescent-shaped shawl knit in Malabrigo Sock, available in more than thirty choices.  Designed by Lynette Meek.  Rayon Vert (shown above).




As relaxing to knit as a Sunday drive down a winding country lane, Crosby harmoniously merges ribbing and cables together in a cosy scarf design knit in Mecha.  Designed by Annabelle Speer.  Azul Fresco (shown above).




This fiery shade of passion will undoubtedly raise the thermometer a few notches.  Lafayette is a semi-circular shawl worked with short row shaping and balanced at the top with a scalloped lace border.  Knit in Finito, a laceweight merino.  Designed by Zabeth Loisel-Weiner.  Cereza (shown above).




Filling the void between neck and chin, Broome is a bulky weight circular cowl knit with two skeins of Rasta and comes fully loaded with cables that swing left and then right.  Designed by Vanessa Putt.   Lettuce (shown above).