Amaranto Is the Knitted Scarf You Need this Winter
Every year as winter approaches I take stock of my scarf collection, and every year I decide I don’t have enough scarves to get me through the cold weather. I’m sure all you knitters feel the same way! We need knitted scarves in different weights and colors to coordinate with various outfits and temperatures. I mean, what if it’s freezing cold outside and you’re wearing an outfit that requires a blue scarf but the only one you have is a wispy lightweight thing that’s only suitable for temperatures above 40 degrees? Disaster.
As I evaluated my collection this year, I realized I’m really lacking in the aforementioned heavier-weight blue scarf department. So I was thrilled to hear that we teamed up with our friends at Manos del Uruguay to create Amaranto, a scarf in gorgeous blues and purples designed by Jocelyn J. Tunney. It’s exactly what I need this winter! I needed to know more, so I got my hands on the sample Manos sent to get an up close and personal look.
This scarf does not disappoint! It’s absolutely gorgeous, as you can see in these photos—and it’s even better in person. The banners of color transition beautifully from shades of purple at one end to blues in the center and then to purples again at the other end. The color blocks—10 in all—are trendy and bold but not in your face, making this a great project for knitters of all ages and styles.
Once I stopped ogling Amaranto’s colors and striping, I noticed how incredibly soft it is. YOU GUYS. It’s ridiculously soft, and it’s exactly what I want wrapped around me when the temperatures drop. The Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend yarn—a blend of 70% wool and 30% silk—is delicious in the hands, and although I haven’t yet had a chance to try it, I’m sure it’s pretty fab on the needles, too.
I love knitting with Manos because the yarn is so high quality: it’s handspun and hand-dyed by cooperatives of women artisans in Uruguay’s countryside, and you can tell that care goes into every skein. Working at Manos means the women who create the yarn can provide for their families while remaining in their home villages, creating a positive impact on Uruguay’s smaller communities. Each skein has a tag that lists the co-op location where the yarn was made and the name of the artisan who created it, connecting the knitter to the yarn, the artisans, and the creative (and creation) process.
Amaranto is made with 7 skeins of Manos’s Silk Blend that come braided together in a truly burly yarn loaf.
Super impressive, right? Every coworker who’s stopped by my desk has commented on the size of this yarn braid—not to mention the softness of the yarn and the fabulous colors! And when I’ve worn the sample around the office (all in the name of research for this post, of course), all my colleagues have asked where they can find the pattern.
With its garter-stitch fabric and relatively simple stitch pattern, Amaranto is suitable for knitters of all skill levels. Experienced knitters will be able to knit this scarf up quickly (in time for the holidays, even!), and beginners like me will find that it doesn’t take long to make once you get in the groove. I’m looking forward to working on it when I need a break from my sweater project!
This fantastic knitted scarf is just what I need this winter, and now that you’ve seen it, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s exactly what you need, too. Buy the kit and knit it up as a gift for a loved one, or treat yourself to it instead! With a scarf this gorgeous, you can’t go wrong.
P.S. Want to read more about Manos del Uruguay? Check out Sarah Solomon’s article in Interweave Knits Spring 2017!