Portrait of Sierra Roberts
by: Sierra Roberts

Malabrigo March Week 1: Lace and Merino Worsted

Let’s kick off Malabrigo March with two yarns that are always guaranteed to please: Malabrigo Lace Yarn and Malabrigo Merino Worsted Wool Yarn!


Malabrigo Lace Yarn Malabrigo Lace Yarn
Malabrigo Merino Worsted Wool Yarn Malabrigo Merino Worsted Wool Yarn

A true classic, Malabrigo Merino Worsted is the rich, buttery, single ply Malabrigo yarn that first stole my heart. This wonderful worsted weight yarn is great for anything – hats, shawls, sweaters, mittens, blankets, you name it.

We love it in the incredibly versatile [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] , a simple style that works on everyone and is sized from baby to adult. The squishy worsted goodness is also great in the Rippling Ringlet Infinity Cowl, Malabrigo Baby Blanket Pattern - Medium Weight and Malabrigo Mock Cable Scarf Pattern - Medium Weight Yarn, which are free as print or downloads when you buy yarn for the project!


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Rippling Ringlet Infinity Cowl  Rippling Ringlet Infinity Cowl
Malabrigo Baby Blanket Pattern - Medium Weight  Malabrigo Baby Blanket Pattern - Medium Weight
Malabrigo Mock Cable Scarf Pattern - Medium Weight Yarn  Malabrigo Mock Cable Scarf Pattern - Medium Weight Yarn

This versatility is not exclusive to Merino Worsted, though…

Not that long ago, we added the ethereal Malabrigo Lace to our selection. Ethereal may be kind of a silly word to use to describe yarn, but there’s something about this particular yarn that makes the colors seem like they’re glowing when you work with it. The single ply makes a beautifully smooth fabric with great stitch definition, and the light weight of Lace makes it great for spring/summer/fall clothes and accessories.

Actually, it works for winter too! The incredibly talented Emily Werner paired a skein of Malabrigo Lace Yarn with a mini cone of JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Yarn to weave the Serendipity Woven Scarf Pattern .


Malabrigo Lace Yarn  Malabrigo Lace Yarn
JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Yarn  JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Yarn
Serendipity Woven Scarf Pattern   Serendipity Woven Scarf Pattern

Needless to say, when she showed up to work with it we were all flabbergasted. Sections of plain weave celebrate the natural tonal variations of Malabrigo, while sections of Bird’s Eye pattern provide additional depth and interest. This scarf pattern is adapted from Triple Draught Bird’s Eye, a pattern found in the classic [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] by Marguerite Porter Davison (2007). This project requires a 4-shaft loom with a weaving width of at least 10″ and a reed capable of 20 E.P.I.  You can purchase the pattern in print or as a download right here ( Serendipity Woven Scarf Pattern Download). Since it uses just one mini-cone of Zephyr and one skein of Lace, it’s a very affordable woven indulgence!


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Serendipity Woven Scarf Pattern Download  Serendipity Woven Scarf Pattern Download

And for all you knitters out there, here’s another new project: the Pressure Drop Infinity Scarf Pattern. It only requires one skein of Malabrigo Lace Yarn and makes for excellent TV knitting (trust me, I tried it out).


Pressure Drop Infinity Scarf Pattern  Pressure Drop Infinity Scarf Pattern
Malabrigo Lace Yarn  Malabrigo Lace Yarn

Knit up on a US 6 circular needle, this scarf is drapey and gauzy and perfect for warmer weather, or as a delicate accessory for a fancy night out. The short dropped stitch pattern is worked after casting on, and once it’s complete you work in stockinette stitch until the end. Worked in the round, that means easy knitting until it’s done!  This pattern is also available as a download- click here to check it out: Pressure Drop Infinity Scarf Pattern Download.


Pressure Drop Infinity Scarf Pattern Download  Pressure Drop Infinity Scarf Pattern Download

These patterns are both free when you purchase the yarn for the projects!

But wait, there’s more!  Here’s a list of some other books and projects to use with with this versatile yarn:

Hannah Fettig’s Knitbot Featherweight Cardigan is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Malabrigo Lace. This super wearable cardigan has long been a favorite among knitters, and it’s at the top of my personal summer knitting list.


Knitbot Featherweight Cardigan  Knitbot Featherweight Cardigan

Malabrigo has a handful of books out as well, with patterns featuring a variety of their yarns.  Malabrigo Book One includes Arapey, a cozy looking lace wrap.


Malabrigo Book One  Malabrigo Book One


Arapey shawl from Malabrigo Book One

Malabrigo Book 3 has a pattern for another lightweight cardigan; the Flyaway Lace Weight Cardigan is closed at the waist with a single button, enhancing the simplicity of the garment.


Malabrigo Book 3  Malabrigo Book 3


Flyaway Weight Cardigan from Malabrigo Book 3

Malabrigo Book 4 includes a few patterns that use Lace. One of them is the Abalorio shawl, which is a uniquely circular shape.

Abalorio shawl from Malabrigo Book 4


Malabrigo Book 4  Malabrigo Book 4

That’s just a few projects, but it helps to illustrate how versatile Lace can be. And although it’s skinny, this yarn packs some serious character. We love both of these yarns here at here at the shop, and would like to share that love with all of you!

Malabrigo Lace is on sale, along with its much bigger brother Merino Worsted, from now until next Thursday March 9th, so get your spring knitting started while the getting’s good!


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