Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, Malabrigo is a fairly young yarn company that has taken the knitting and crocheting world by storm. Family-owned, it was founded in 2004 when Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao started dyeing yarn in his home kitchen. Within a year, he and his business partner Tobias Feder began bringing hand-dyed worsted-weight merino singles yarn to North America and Europe, searching for their market. Believe it or not, "hand-dyed" was not a coveted attribute of yarn a decade ago--Malabrigo was one of the brands that changed the yarn market, perhaps forever.
|Malabrigo Chunky||Malabrigo Lace Yarn||Rasta|
Malabrigo has since expanded it's range of yarn bases, from the superfine Malabrigo Lace and Baby Silkpaca Lace, to the super-bulky Rasta, beloved of cowl-knitters around the world. The dyeing process remains the same, however, with a fairly stable portfolio of standard colorways; a limited number of new colorways are introduced annually. One of the pleasures of knitting or crocheting with Malabrigo yarns is seeing how a familiar colorway appears across the different yarn bases, affected not just by the chance of the dyepot, but also by the blend of fiber, weight and ply of the yarn.
For easy-care, hard-wearing garments with the unique color that hand-dyeing produces, nothing can beat Malabrigo Rios, a worsted-weight superwash plied merino wool. Its sportweight little brother Arroyo can make quick shawlettes and accessories and even socks. Malabrigo Sock does make wonderful socks, but also shawls and scarves. Bulky Mecha is a newer singles for quick garments and accessories. River Colors stocks all of these superwash Malabrigo yarn options.
|Malabrigo Sock Yarn||Malabrigo Worsted||Malabrigo Silky Merino|
Malabrigo's flagship original yarn, Malabrigo Worsted, is a worsted-weight singles of incredibly soft merino wool. Rasta, as mentioned above, is a super-bulky; they have been joined by Rastita, a DK-weight singles. Malabrigo Twist is a cushy multi-ply subtly thick-and-thin aran weight yarn. For a little more luxury, Silky Merino is exactly what it's name implies--a DK-weight 50/50 blend of silk and merino spun as a singles. Malabrigo Lace is the laceweight version of the singles style, while Baby Silkpaca Lace is a two-ply laceweight blend of alpaca and silk. Each of these yarns, which River Colors Studio carries, requires the gentler care of handwashing.
When it's available, we also stock Malabrigo Finito, a limited-edition plied sportweight.
As a hand-dyed yarn, Malabrigo can vary from skein to skein within a dyelot; different dyelots can vary enough to seem like different colorways. It's important to purchase enough yarn for your project from a single dyelot; alternating skeins every couple of row as you knit or crochet is advisable to blend skeins visually in the finished garment.