Yarn Review | Manos Del Uruguay Milo
This week saw the arrival of Milo from Manos Del Uruguay, I spotted it in April at H+H Cologne on the Manos stand and knew straight away that I had to find room in the Tangled Yarn stockroom.
Milo is a blend of 65% Merino wool and 35% linen. The fibres of the linen peek through giving you a yarn that is rustic and oozing with character. It's a single ply, so the stitch definition is just wonderful, it plays beautifully with plain stitches like stocking stitch but is equally the perfect companion for lace knitting as it blocks well.
The yarn label suggests that Milo works up to a DK gauge with 20 - 22 stitches over 10cm on a 3.5 - 4mm knitting needle. However, Manos Del Uruguay has categorised it as a 4ply / fingering weight, so I think there's a degree of flexibility with this yarn. It would be good to play around with it on different knitting needles for lots of different patterns to see what's possible.
Let's talk colour! I've hand picked 18 colours for you, that work beautifully on their own or paired up with others. You can achieve some wonderful ombre and gradients effects with Milo as the colour palette has been very well thought out to compliment one another. Overall the palette is soft and muted which suits the fibre content well.
More and more patterns specifically written for Milo are starting to make an appearance; it's still early days for this yarn as it was only introduced in the late autumn 2016. Manos Del Uruguay is working with designers to produce more patterns though. Joji Locatelli's Granito is a lovely relaxed sweater, knit in stocking stitch it shows off Milo's rustic charm.
Crochet also loves Milo! It is set to make an appearance in the third issue of Making Magazine. Smattering Wrap by Cal Patch plays with different shades of blue to create an ombre effect in this eye-catching piece that will no doubt be a conversation starter.
If you fancy giving Manos Del Uruguay Milo a try for yourself how about casting on Mitad Cowl, it needs just one skein of Milo and highlights just how this merino/linen blend handles different stitches. The pattern is free to download, just click the picture below.
Summing up I'd say that Milo is a good all round yarn for both knitting and crochet. The merino wool and linen blend make this a yarn for all seasons, while it has a rustic charm all of its own it holds up well to many different stitch patterns and has a lovely drape and feel to the finished fabric. Don't take my word for it though; there have been some great reviews already for Milo that are worth checking out Pink Brutus Knits, Hands Occupied and Stitch & Hustle.